From the PRINCIPAL'S DESK

Seven Ways to Help Parents be on Top of Their Game

I believe that the art of good parenting is probably one of the most difficult skills to master. Listed below is an extract from an article by Michael Grose, parenting expert, that might help you to develop your parenting skills. Everyone wants to be the best parent they can be, yet it is confusing knowing what to focus on.

Give the Gift of Restraint; Just because you can afford to give your children what they want, doesn’t mean you should. Differentiate between a want and a need, and encourage restraint, goal setting and saving.

Build and Develop Knowledge; You need to keep one parenting eye on meeting kids’ current needs and the other on preparing them for the next stage of development.

Reinforce Self-Regulation; Children need to be able to occupy their own time, wait their turn and follow family rules.

Practise Digital Parenting; Parents need to be digital savvy. The internet is fun and it’s here to stay but it can pose some risks for parents. Digital parenting means providing guidelines for safety without limiting children’s opportunities to learn and communicate in the on-line world. You need to understand the digital world that your child inhabits.

Develop Character Strengths in Children; Studies have shown that character, not cognitive ability is the single most reliable determinant of how a person’s life will turn out..

Practice Reciprocity; ‘We help each other out and we treat each other fairly’ builds belonging and forges greater kinship between siblings. Children helping out around the home is a great place to start.

Encourage Social Risk Taking; Children need to practice meeting and speaking to new friends. Allow your child to mix in a variety of social environments. Scouts, dance classes, soccer etc are great places to practice this skill and forge new friendships.


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ARTICLES

House Athletics

Congratulations to our students in Grades 3-6 who completed in the House Athletics sports on Wednesday. From all accounts, our students demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship behaviour and their personal best effort throughout the day. Mr Davey’s thorough organisation and assistance from our hard-working teachers, ES staff and parent volunteers ensured the sports ran smoothly and students [...]

Cross Country

The annual House Cross Country event will be held on Thursday 20 April from 9:00-11:00am. Parents are most welcome to attend. We are requiring some parent helpers to assist us on the finish line and at checkpoints around the course on the morning. If you are able to help out please let Mr Davey know. [...]


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NEWS

Last Day of Term 1

Tomorrow, Friday 31 March, is the final day for Term 1. Students will be dismissed from their classrooms at 2:30pm. The Wentworth Avenue school crossing will be supervised by Sharon, our school crossing supervisor. Please ensure you have made arrangements for your child/ren to be met at this earlier time.

National Ride2School Day

Friday 17 March is National Ride to School Day. Students are encouraged to ride to school on this day. Bicycles and helmets need to be in good working order. If riding is not your thing, maybe leave the car in the garage and walk to school instead.


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