A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

School Expo tomorrow!   Come one, come all! Our School Information Expo is on tomorrow 9 -11:00am. The children have helped to design the day and are very excited to also be playing the role of presenters. Please come along and support the students and the teachers who have gone to a lot of trouble this early in the year to showcase the programs, learning and support that this year will bring.

As I mentioned in and earlier newsletter, this year is a Review year for St Mary’s School.  As a part of the process I will be sharing information with you as the parent community and inviting feedback (via email).  Each week I will be sharing one of our recently updated policies with you.  Policies are also available on the school website.  This week’s policy looks at Australian Values. I have also attached the Australian Values Poster. As you would expect the values highlighted in the poster align very well with our St Mary’s School Motto and Vision Statement.

As we look to increase student engagement across the school, I am also wanting to hear from anyone who may be interested in helping the school with keeping some goats and chickens!  We have the donation of a wonderful chook house and are hoping to have this erected with correct wire fencing etc. at the next Working Bee. I would also like to hear from anyone who may be able to assist as a ‘Goat Caretaker’.  Each year, we spend a lot of money removing blackberries and undergrowth along the bush road area.  I am hoping that we may be able to strike up a ‘relationship’ with some goats that may help us manage the undergrowth in a mutually effective way.  I’d love to hear from you if you can help out in any way.

Last Friday, we presented this year’s Grade Six Students with their leadership badges and bomber jackets.  A wonderful group of young leaders, we look forward to watching them further develop their leadership skills across the student community.

Extra-Curricular News: Good luck to the students who are representing our school this Friday at the district swimming!

Sacramental Evening: Any parents of children interested in receiving one of the sacraments this year are invited to attend the Sacramental Information Evening THIS Wednesday at 6:00pm in the school library.

Parish Community Mass: All St Mary’s families are invited to attend Mass this coming Sunday evening at 5:00pm. The parish will provide a jumping castle and sausage sizzle after Mass; a great way to meet other parish families.

Statement affirming and outlining St Mary’s School commitment to teaching our children what it means to be an Australian Citizen 

At St Mary’s we are committed to creating an environment which supports the development of effective Australian citizens, who have an awareness of the values and systems which underpin our democracy.

We strive to ensure that our children develop the following:

  • An understanding of, and commitment to, Australia’s democratic system of government, law and civic life.
  • The capacity to clarify and critically examine values and principles that underpin Australia’s democracy and the ways in which these contribute to a fair and just society and a sustainable future. These values/principles include – Care and Compassion, Doing Your Best, A Fair Go, Freedom, Honesty and Trustworthiness, Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Understanding, Tolerance and Inclusion.
  • The knowledge, skills and values that support active citizenship and the capacity to act as informed and responsible citizens.
  • An appreciation of the local, state, national and global rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic life.
  • An appreciation of the experiences and heritage of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their influence on Australian civic identity and society.
  • An appreciation of the uniqueness and diversity of Australia as a multicultural society and a commitment to supporting intercultural understandings within the context of Australian democracy.
  • An understanding of the ways in which citizens and governments contribute to environmental sustainability in local to global contexts and a commitment to adopting values, behaviour and lifestyles required for a sustainable future.
  • An appreciation of the influence of media, information and communication technologies on the views and actions of citizens and governments.
  • An understanding of historical perspectives on Australia’s development as a democratic nation.
  • An understanding of the ways in which governance structures from other countries are similar to or differ from democracy in Australia.

 

How can I help my child’s learning?  This week we have a focus on Wellbeing:

 

BUILDING RESILIENCE IN CHILDREN

Resilience helps kids navigate these stressful situations. When kids have the skills and the confidence to confront and work through their problems, they learn that they have what it takes to confront difficult issues. The more they bounce back on their own, the more they internalize the message that they are strong and capable.

Strategies to Build Resilience - Parents can help kids build resilience and confront uncertainty by teaching them to solve problems independently. While the gut reaction of the parent might be to jump in and help so that the child avoids dealing with discomfort, this actually weakens resilience. Kids need to experience discomfort so that they can learn to work through it and develop their own problem-solving skills. Without this skill-set in place, kids will experience anxiety and shut down in the face of adversity.

Build a Strong Emotional Connection - Parents can help kids build resilience and confront uncertainty by teaching them to solve problems independently. While the gut reaction of the parent might be to jump in and help so that the child avoids dealing with discomfort, this actually weakens resilience. Kids need to experience discomfort so that they can learn to work through it and develop their own problem-solving skills. Without this skill-set in place, kids will experience anxiety and shut down in the face of adversity.

Build a Strong Emotional Connection - Spend one-on-one time with your kids: Kids develop coping skills within the context of caring relationships, so it’s important to spend one-on-one time with them.

Promote Healthy Risk-Taking - What is a healthy risk? Something that pushes a child to go outside of their comfort zone, but results in very little harm if they are unsuccessful. Examples include trying a new sport, participating in the school play, or striking up a conversation with a shy peer.

Resist the Urge to Fix It and Ask Questions Instead - When kids come to parents to solve their problems, the natural response is to lecture or explain. A better strategy is to ask questions. By bouncing the problem back to the child with questions, the parent helps the child think through the issue and come up with solutions.

Teach Problem-Solving Skills - We all need help sometimes, and it is important for kids to know they have help. By brainstorming solutions with kids, parents engage in the process of solving problems. Encourage kids to come up with a list of ideas and weigh the pros and cons of each one.

Mrs. Rose / Curriculum Leader Wellbeing

Congratulations to our students of the week:

PF: Archer W                PR: Indy O

1/2P: Kalian M               1/2M: Annabelle B         1/2H: Noah M/Isla G      1/2D: Blair V

3/4G: Finn B                 3/4R: Ella D                  3/4M: Evie T                  3/4O: Rocco C

5/6B: Archie P               5/6T: Dylan P                5/6P: Allyssa W             5/6F:

 

My best wishes for a lovely week,

Angela Glennie, Principal