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Year 5 Social Program

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

This week saw the culmination to our Year 5 Social Programs, Cool Blokes and Girl Stuff. Year 5 staff organised a breakfast for parents to see first-hand tohework the students have been involved in during the program. An important component of the program is for our students to develop resiliency skills and the ability to work together to complete a set task. It was great to see so many adults in attendance supporting their child’s learning and development. It is important for parents to ensure that they are actively involved in their child’s lives. The one on one moments shared between parents and children are gold. As families, we all do the group activities but equally important is for parents to make individual time to spend with each of their children.

Talking Tactics Together

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

A yearly event on the school calendar is the Year 6 Talking Tactics Together night. Again, this year, our students performed admirably and provided their parents with many strategies and information when dealing with drugs. We had a very enthusiastic turn-out of parents with over 80 parents in attendance. What makes this night so important is the fact that the students are the presenters. Our teachers provided the educational vehicle and it’s the students who take the active role on the night. The students have spent much time researching body mapping – learning about the effects of drugs on the body, talking tactics – learning refusal techniques to help in situations where you may feel pressured and harm minimisation – identifying unsafe situations and strategies to minimise harm. This year I spoke to the audience about the importance of opening lines of communication with your child, how the adolescent brain operates with alcohol and importance of role modelling in developing positive attitudes towards drugs. A huge thank you must go to the Year 6 team for their efforts in preparing the students in such a professional manner. Here are some useful numbers and websites for parents to access to give them more information about this important topic.

Knox City Council Youth Services 9298 8469

www.drinkwise.com.au www.drugs.health.gov.au

Foundation Grandparent’s Afternoon

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

The Foundation students finished their very busy term with a Grandparent’s Afternoon and it was wonderful to see so many grandparents attend, some travelling from the country or from the other side of Melbourne. The children very proudly shared their Work Books, writing and poetry books.  They completed a THRASS codebreaker activity alongside some mindful colouring. The afternoon finished with the reading of a book and you guessed correctly…it was all about grandparents.

It was an afternoon that will be long remembered by both the children and their grandparent’s.

Reading Success Shared in The Age Newspaper

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Hopefully many of our community members saw the wonderful article Minding the gender gap: how schools are trying to stop boys falling behind that was published on page 2 of The Age newspaper on Monday this week, which highlighted some of the work we have been doing around engaging our students in reading. The article focused on the range of intervention programs and strategies we have been implementing to support our students and the rejuvenation of the library and individual classroom libraries to provide a broad range of engaging and appropriate texts. While the article focused on engaging boys in rich literature and supporting the development of their reading skills, it has been great to see all of our students benefiting from this whole school focus. If you missed the article you will be able to locate it via The Age website at http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/minding-the-gender-gap-how-schools-are-trying-to-stop-boys-falling-behind-20170916-gyiqpc.html

Wakakirri

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

On Monday this week, Mrs Chalmers and I had the pleasure of attending the 2017 National Wakakirri Dance Competition State Finals at Hamer Hall. It was an incredible evening, filled with spectacular performances from a range of primary school students across the State. All schools who performed on the evening had won a Wakakirri award at their performance evening which deemed them eligible to perform at the State Finals. Our Wakakirri team performed brilliantly in the competition demonstrating enthusiasm, a strong sense of teamwork and community spirit. It was also evident that a strong growth mindset and a lot of time and effort had been spent perfecting their performance since their performance night at the Frankston Performing Arts Centre earlier this term. It was wonderful to see our students shine on stage and relish the opportunity to perform at such a prestigious venue. We were presented with our Best Media Story Award at the end of the evening which is on proud display in the school foyer.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to Mrs Ferris for coordinating our school’s performance and to Mrs Marget, Mrs Epstein and Miss Karanzoulis for their support throughout Terms 2 and 3 and on the evening. Thank you also to Mr Hall for creating the wonderful props and Louise Smith who organised and provided the costumes for our performance. It was wonderful to see such a large group of parents, carers, grandparents and special friends supporting our students on the evening. I know our students felt very special to have such love and support on this special occasion.