Principal's Message

Clay for Kids Art Exhibition at the Duldig  Gallery

It was fantastic to see our school’s entries were  selected from a very talented pool of clay sculptures last Sunday. Congratulations to all of our entrants , but specific congratulations to Lucy Silk (5/6 T) for her excellence award and to Oliver Maughan (5/6Z)  for the people’s choice award.

Building Resilient kids

When is bullying really bullying?

I was fortunate enough to listen to Tim last night who presented to our community on how to build resilient kids and how  to enable the children to bounce back from difficulties. Tim also presented two workshops yesterday to all the children in Year 3-6, so please make sure you ask them what some of the key messages were. I thought I would share some of the insights Tim offered.

Bullying is an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power over one or more persons. Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert).

Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders.

Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying.

Source : Alannah and Madeline Foundation / National Centre Against Bullying

Whilst parents and children are quick to label an unkind action as bullying, or a tiff between friends as bullying, it really isn’t.  Parents must be far more discerning and diligent when listening to children talk about being  bullied and ask questions to clarify the situation further. Children are notorious for catastrophizing events that happen at school or at home with other siblings. Our job is to help them not to think about these things as the worst case scenario. If  parents and teachers   continue  to help  solve  children’s problems we will not prepare them for the serious things that may trip them up later in life.  As parents we need to allow children to solve problems themselves and resist the temptation to interfere and try to solve it for them.  When children let their teachers  know of incidences of “bullying”  we always talk it through and help the children resolve it for themselves.

We know parents are time poor and we also know that when things are going well at school, parents don’t pay much attention. However when a child comes home and says ‘I was bullied at school’, all of a sudden we  stop what  we are doing and pay them attention.

This just reinforces to the children that when they hang on to the negative things that happen out of a day of great things,  it gets my parents’ attention. Try to reframe your questions and pay more attention to the great things that happened during the day  and the instances the children enjoyed and then they won’t catastrophize all the  minor situations.

Delayed gratification in early childhood will often see children becoming far more successful later in life, so resist giving  your children everything so soon and so early in life and allowing them to think about the long term picture and not the short term gain.

Effective parenting builds resilient kids:

What you might like to consider:

1. The goal is always to help children strategize and problem solve, cope and find their own solutions

2. Understand why and when children are bored and then help children relieve their own boredom. This will enable their creativity

3. Have clear boundaries about what they can and should do – limit screen time

4. Know who your children are friends with and what their influences are

5. Be engaged in your children’s lives

6. Be open with them and they will be open with you.

What do children need the most in the life?

1. A strong sense of belonging and connectedness with their family or with a school

2. A genuine closeness to one caring adult in a genuine relationship

3. A belief in spirituality beyond themselves – being community minded.

If you would like to know more please visit this website: http://www.valuesforlife.net/

community sees anything strange or unusual over the weekend could you please alert the school.

Family Fun Night

The children are getting very excited about this forthcoming event and I cannot wait to see everyone at our school next Friday night, December 1st.

Thank you so much to Lucy Gorman for organising these workshops for our community.

Graffiti in the school ground

We had a very unfortunate incident that happened in our school grounds on the weekend, however we do have the matter in hand. If any of our community sees anything strange or unusual over the weekend could you please alert the school.

Family Fun Night

The children are getting very excited about this forthcoming event and I cannot wait to see everyone at our school next Friday night, December 1st.

Have a wonderful week.

Rochelle Cukier

Principal


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 


 

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