From the PRINCIPAL'S DESK

The Value of Boredom

Recently, I came across a video from the Today Show with Hugh Van Cuylenburg. Hugh worked with our school in the early days of our positive education journey. Hugh has, over recent times, been working with many of Australia’s leading sporting teams. In the video, Hugh talks about the importance of ‘boredom’ in children’s lives. He believes boredom is important for children to develop their creativity skills. Today, it is easy for parents to put an ipad in front of their child in the car, at the supermarket, while travelling on holidays or after dinner to fill in the time. However, a bored child develops the cognitive skills to think of alternative ways to amuse themselves. They become creative. Why is this important in life? When our children are faced with difficulties as they grow older, they are more likely to problem solve a number of possible solutions to the problem. A question to ask yourself is; How much down time does your child have? Or are you thinking of employing a social secretary to manage their day.

Prep Healthy Day

This week, we had our Prep Healthy Day. This is the first stage of our camping program. Students came to school in their pyjamas, had breakfast, and changed in to their school uniform and participated in activities during the day. As usual, we had a fantastic parent turn out and the day was hugely successful. A special thank you must be given to our teaching staff, aides and student teachers from Deakin University for their dedication in making this event so successful. The students ate so quietly with great table manners. You could feel the excitement in the room. Learning should always be fun but I think that this event will be remembered by our Foundation students for a long time to come.

2020 Foundation Students

School tours for 2020 Foundation families have commenced. Enrolment forms can be collected from the office. If any of our families have neighbours with children starting school next year, could they please encourage them to organise a tour with myself through the office.

Last Day of Term

Friday 28 June is the last day of term. Students will be dismissed from their classrooms at 2:30pm. School recommences on Monday 15 July.


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