- First Aid in Schools Program Kinder-Year 2 (Term 2, Week 10)
Please go to our school calendar on the website or SZapp for more details.
It was a joy to share a Mothers Day Breakfast with families this morning.
I would like to wish all mothers, and those who play that crucial role in children's lives, a happy Mothers Day this weekend. Thank you for the ways you support your children's participation and engagement every day in school. Never understimate the positive impact of you have when you say 'good bye' or provide a quick hug or smile before they get out of the car or leave you for school. It helps them to know they are loved and they enter their school day with that knowledge.
Gathering together more often in 2021
We're conscious that we haven't been able to come together as a community very often in the past 16 months and keen to get together more often, helping to build relationships between friends and community members.
At Wednesday night's Community Council meeting we discussed ways that we can now come together more regularly within any health regulations. We have some wonderful ideas for Term 3 onwards and we look forward to sharing these soon as they take shape.
Enrolment Period: Year 6 Tours
Enrolment period for 2022 began this week and on Tuesday evening our Year 6 student leaders welcomed visitors to the school, providing tours of our facilities and sharing their own experiences.
The feedback we received about thier communication and spirit during these tours was very, very positive. We were told that they were 'better than high school students'. They were a wonderful testament to our focus on building student confidence and capacity for leadership as they grow and learn each year.
I would like to thank our Year 6 students for their outstanding leadership.
I hope you all enjoy a healthy and restful weekend.
Enrolments for 2022
We are now in the enrolment period for 2022.
If you have a child currently in pre-school and will be enrolling them for Kindergarten then please be sure to do this before 28 May. Please go to our school website to lead you through how to do this or contact Leanne at the Front Office with any questions.
If you have a child in Year 6 and look to enrol them in St Francis Xavier College for Year 7 then you will need to do this by 28 May. Please go to their website for all of the information you need.
What is the NCCD?
The National Consistent Collection of Data of School Students with Disability (NCCD) is a collection of data in August each year. It counts the number of school students receiving adjustments (or support) because of a disability.
The national data collection helps governments and schools plan for the needs of students with a disability. The aim of the data collection is to make sure that students with a disability have access to the same quality education as the others in their class.
Who is included in the NCCD?
To include a student in the NCCD, all schools are required to consider the following key questions:
- Is the student receiving adjustments to assist them with their ability to participate in schooling on the same basis as their peers?
- Does the student meet the NCCD's broad definition of disability?
- Has the school discussed the adjustments with the students and/or parent/carer?
- Does the school have documentation (assessments, medical reports or other paperwork) about the students functional needs, the adjustments (help) that they provided and how the student progressed over time?
What about NCCD Data & Privacy?
All schools must complete the NCCD. Legislation requires that every year, each school must complete the following information for each student receiving an adjustment due to disability:
How is 'disability' defined for the NCCD?
The definition of disability used for the annual NCCD, is based on the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and there are four broad categories:
- sensory (eg. vision/hearing impairment);
- social-emotional, and;
The definition of disability is very broad and many students that need help at school can be counted in the NCCD. Students with learning disorders, ADHD or auditory processing disorder, chronic health conditions, physical disabilities, vision/hearing impairment and social-emotional disorders may be included in the NCCD data count if they are receiving reasonable adjustments to help them access and engage in school on the same basis as their peers.
A formal diagnosis by a specialist may be very helpful for the school but is not the only piece of evidence schools can use for the NCCD. The NCCD count is based on professional teacher judgement. Schools can consider school based and external documents to decide if a students can be counted.
What is an 'adjustment' for NCCD?
Students need different types of help at school. Some students need a little help sometimes (minor adjustments) but other students need a lot of help nearly all the time (extensive adjustments). The type of help and support that a school provides is also very different depending on the needs of the student.
The adjustments can include:
- physical changes to the school buildings or grounds;
- extra teacher support in classes;
- special learning programs;
- changes to the way the curriculum is presented or delivered, or;
- extra adult assistance
If you have any questions about the NCCD please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Principal and Inclusion Coordinator
Our students are continuing to reflect on the Easter story. The story of Easter continues all the way to Pentecost. There are some beautiful artworks from Year 2 that reflect the joy of the Resurrection.
Catholic Life and Reflection
The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament[a] proclaims his handiwork.
God bless you all,
Religious Education Coordinator
Notices from the Parish
Happy birthday to Sophie P, James S, Amelia S, Bianca L, Thomas A, Callum S, Liliana G and Jayden A who all celebrated a birthday over the past week.
Please note that we ask students to not bring home made cupcakes to share with the class for their birthdays. This is a precautionary measure for health and hygiene. The Canteen offers a number of options to share with the class. Purchases can be made through the QKR app.
Welcome to May in the Library! We hope you have had a great holiday break and we are so glad to welcome everyone back into the Library. We missed the Year 6s, 2s and Kindergarten classes that normally occur on Mondays but are glad everyone has caught up with their Library visits. A big focus in the Library this term was our ANZAC day display. Students were involved in creating wreaths out of their own hand prints, they read a variety of books - both fiction and non-fiction, and generally participated in discussions about the meaning of ANZAC day.
We encourage all students to use the Library borrowing time to pick a book of their choice. We don’t like to tell students what they can and can’t borrow (unless it is a book classified as Senior Fiction or a Teacher Resource) but encourage them to choose things books that appeal to them. If you find that your child is bringing home books that you deem inappropriate, please discuss this with them. We always encourage parents to sit with their children and look over the library books borrowed each week. Picture books are a wonderful way to share time and relax together, but chapter books can also be a lovely bonding time and a way to wind down each day with read alouds. If you have any questions or concerns, though, please email us.
Family Borrowing - Thursday 2:50 -3:30
We are so excited to announce that we are finally ready to re-open for Family Borrowing after school hours. The new hours will be on a Thursday afternoon, from 2:50 to 3:30. We have a range of books available for parents and carers to borrow now also. We are able to create borrowing profiles for parents now so please pop in and see what we have, have a chat and support our school’s library.
We have some lovely new books in the Library. Why not pick one up off our New Books display?
Bluey - Join Bluey on a dreamy night-time adventure. What will you see in the dark?
Bruce Pascoe - Bruce Pascoe has collected a swathe of literary awards for Dark Emu and now he has brought together the research and compelling first person accounts in a book for younger readers. Using the accounts of early European explorers, colonists and farmers, Bruce Pascoe compellingly argues for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. He allows the reader to see Australia as it was before Europeans arrived – a land of cultivated farming areas, productive fisheries, permanent homes, and an understanding of the environment and its natural resources that supported thriving villages across the continent. Young Dark Emu - A Truer History asks young readers to consider a different version of Australia's history pre-European colonisation.
Scholastic - Ready, Set, Play! is the essential guide to the all the coolest games that are appropriate for gamers ages 5-8. In this guide, readers will learn all the best tips and tricks for their favorite games like Minecraft, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Party Star Rush, Splatoon, LEGO Dimensions and so much more. They’ll learn some gaming basics, discover new games worth playing on console and mobile, and even be introduced to some of the cutest characters they can expect in the games they play, like Kirby, Yarny, and more.
Christina Majaski - Whether you are a hardcore gamer ready to master the latest game, a newbie to the world of Roblox, or a parent trying to find out more about it, this book is the essential guide to all things Roblox. You’ll learn the basics and eventually discover the little-known secrets of exploring this user-generated online social gaming platform. Maximize your fun by learning how to:•Safely install and play Roblox on your PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Oculus, and Xbox•Create and share your own 3-D worlds and games with other users•Craft and create items, resource gather, trade, and combat•Customize your avatar and design your look for maximum fun•Upgrade to Builders Club for special privileges•Earn, spend, and use Robux•Enjoy a wide range of Roblox games from Tycoons to Shooters to RPG and moreWith full-color images and clear explanations, you’ll enjoy using The Ultimate Unofficial Guide to Building Awesome Games with Roblox to build on your mastery of this virtual playground and join millions of other fans in the gaming revolution that is Roblox.
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Four Chickens Looking for a New Home
The Chambers family will be moving to London very soon for our next big adventure. Sadly, that means our four beautiful chickens are looking for a new home. They are about 18 months old and usually lay one egg each per day. They are very friendly and will bring lots of joy to your family. If you have a chicken coup and enough room in your yard and would like to adopt some chickens please let me know.
From left to right: Bellina, Starfell, Funny and Crystalina
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Teaching consent to children and teenagers
Following the March 4 Justice rallies families have been urged to talk to their children about consent. Many parents are unsure where to start and how to go about it. Here are some ideas to assist parents in this most important topic.
Start the consent ball rolling from an early age
Consent education begins with adults teaching and modelling respectful treatment related to children’s development stages. Holding discussions about body boundaries, checking in with feelings, respecting the feelings and voices of others, and listening to children’s concerns are the types of behaviours that will help you develop a culture of respect in your family.
Is your home a place where children can talk about any topic? Sexuality and relationship education are subjects that many parents place in the ‘let’s talk about this when you are older’ basket.
Professor Kerry Robinson, who is in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology and the Sexualities and Genders Research Network at Western Sydney University advises parents to be factual when answering children’s questions, emphasising the importance of staying informed about the subject kids are interested in.
In a recent article in The Guardian, she said “…. have set it up early with your child that when they talk about certain things you give open, simple, honest answers, then you set a precedent that you can build on.”
Professor Robinson also advises parents not to fob off children’s questions: “Straight away you’re setting a pattern of not answering and putting it off. Kids learn really quickly that this is a taboo subject. They will talk to their friends about it: they won’t talk to their parents and other adults about it because it’s taboo.”
Teach no means no
Children learn about mutual consent through their play and sharing. A child who doesn’t want to share their toys has a right to be left alone, rather than being scolded to change their mind. A parent who withdraws a privilege in response to a teenager’s poor behaviour shouldn’t be subjected to repeated attempts to negotiate a different outcome. Reinforce with children and young people that a no is not an invitation to ask again.
The biggest lesson to reinforce for children and young people is that they have a choice in how they behave, and how they react. The young person who blames alcohol for sexual assault has neglected the role that choice plays in their decisions. Blaming alcohol, the dress or the demeanour of another person are older versions of ‘it’s not my fault because he/she made me do it’ that children so often use when asked to account for poor behaviour.
Framing behaviour as a choice is a central consent strategy for children or all ages. A young child who shares a toy with a friend can be told, “Good choice Harry. Now you can have fun together.” A primary school child who completes their homework assignment early can be reminded “Now you’ve got plenty of time to relax. Smart choice.” The teenager who quietly helps you prepare a meal can be told, “You could have done anything after school, but you chose to help me. I appreciate that.”
Teach kids to seek consent
While teaching kids the right to say no is a central consent message, children and young people should also develop the habit of seeking consent from others. “Ask your sister if it’s okay for you to play that game next to her.” “Ask grandma if she feels like a cuddle right now.” Permission-seeking is another piece in respectful relationships puzzle that you can reinforce with kids.
The use of consensual language is a community concern. A grandparent may need to be respectfully reminded to ask young children if they’d like a kiss or hug. Similarly, a relative should abide by a young child’s wishes if they ask them to stop tickling or playing with them. A doctor should ask a child, “I’m going to take your temperature. Is that okay?” It’s up to adults to frame requests in ways that children feel safe and comfortable.
Fathers step up
Dads can’t leave consent and sexuality education to mothers, which still appears to be the case in many families. Fathers can help their daughters develop the confidence to say no by regular interactions with their daughters and encouraging them to be assertive. If they feel comfortable telling you to stop a game, they are more likely to feel comfortable saying no to other males in their lives later in life. Open the door to conversations about sexuality, relationships and consent with your teenage daughter, and she’ll know she has a willing ally in you.
Fathers can model respectful behaviours for their sons through their treatment of women at home, and in the community at large. Start the by calling out displays of derogatory behaviour towards women by men or young people. Reinforce in your sons that they the standard of behaviour they ignore is the standard of behaviour that they accept. There are many powerful lessons that boys can absorb from their fathers.
The best age to start teaching your children about consent is when they are young. The second-best age is whatever age they are right now. Consent education is too big an issue to ignore or leave to schools to manage. It’s something we all have to commit to if we want real change to occur.
Michael Grose, founder of Parenting Ideas, is one of Australia’s leading parenting educators. He’s an award-winning speaker and the author of 12 books for parents including Spoonfed Generation, and the bestselling Why First Borns Rule the World and Last Borns Want to Change It. Michael is a former teacher with 15 years experience, and has 30 years experience in parenting education. He also holds a Master of Educational Studies from Monash University specialising in parenting education.