Did you get to watch the online magic show on Wednesday with Michael Webb?
It was so much fun. I loved watching the faces filled with amazement and hearing the comments by students.
It was one way to help our students have a breather from our remote learning program and get online for a fun activity rather than just work through their set activities for the day.
We hoped that parents would be able to have a little fun with their children as well.
As we enter into the last week of our remote learning program for Term 3 we're going to plan a more relaxing activity for next Wednesday as well.
What's happening in Term 4?
I share with you a keenness to know what is happening in Term 4. Catholic Education are working on a number of return-to-school scenarios that are all dependant on the decisions made by the ACT Government in the coming weeks. We know and trust that those making these decisions have the health and well-being of the entire ACT community in mind. As soon as we know what is happening about schools we will let you know.
Following last week's announcement of prioritising vaccinations for school staff and educators, Catholic Education have already worked with ACT Health to ensure our staff can access this service as quickly as possible.
COMPASS Parent Portal
Have you received your email inviting you to register for the Compass Parent Portal? Our entire Catholic Education system is moving to a new app/web portal called COMPASS beginning next term. It will make communication and information access between home and school much, much smoother.
Please take your time this week to register so that when we begin using it in Term 4, you won't miss out on any important information. Please note that Student Semester 2 Reports will be distributed through Compass Parent Portal.
Talking to your child about Covid-19
Yesterday, ACT Health posted the following on their Facebook page about talking to your children regarding COVID-19.
It can be difficult for children to understand the changes and uncertainty they are experiencing in this current situation. They can be particularly vulnerable to feelings of anxiety, stress, and sadness.
It’s important to talk to them about what’s happening. You might like to approach this by:
- Asking your child if they’d like to talk about the issue. If they don’t want to discuss it, don’t push it.
- Being honest about what is happening.
- Using age-appropriate language.
- Being mindful of what they’re watching online or on TV and how much exposure they’re getting to COVID-19 news and events each day.
- Offering reassurance.
- Showing them examples of people doing positive things to help with the situation.
- Sticking to regular family routines to help them feel secure.
- Taking care of yourself and setting a good example.
For free training and practice guides on how to identify, assess and support children at risk of mental health conditions, visit https://emergingminds.com.au/
For information and support on how to manage your mental health and wellbeing, visit https://health.act.gov.au/covid19mentalhealth
A couple of weeks ago, I also shared a page from the Human Rights Commision. There have been some more Lock it Down! Newsletters posted and they have also posted some Boredom Buster activities for kids.
Please let us know if there is anything we can do to support you and your family during these times.
Community Council Hampers
Just a reminder about the Hamper Raffle. You can purchase tickets on the Qkr app under Community Council Events/Fundraising.
It has been a little tricky to fundraise for the Community Council, so if you are able to, it would be fantastic if you could support this fundraising activity.
If you can't make a decision on which hamper to choose, then the "All Hampers" ticket is the one for you. Purchase one ticket for $10 and you will get one ticket in each hamper.
The price of tickets are as follows:
1 ticket = $2
3 tickets = $5
5 tickets = $7
The following hampers are available:
Assistant Principal and Inclusion Coordinator
I feel that RUOK? Day was well timed this year!
I was reminded by a dear friend that it is actually ok to not be ok, and that might not be for the whole day, but rather moments through the day. In those moments I take a deep breath, go for a quick walk or have a cuppa. Reaching out to ask for help is not something I am great at so I keep connected to my family and colleagues as much as possible.
Please reach out if needed. We're all in this together.
Maybe pop this short prayer somewhere prominent to remind you.
God of grace and wisdom,
You continually raise up good people who show with their lives that they follow Your inspiration.
Let our lives be true to all that our faith teaches, to respond to others’ needs with an open and compassionate heart, so that we will grow more and more in Your son’s likeness.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
What the students are learning about
I am constantly amazed at the wonderful work of students.
Tai James created a 3D version of the Lord’s prayer.
Jessica M in Year 6 made a beautiful natural mandala based on Psalm 148.
Emma M in Year 6 created a drawing of her response to Psalm 148
Spencer in Kinder wrote a reflection on the Sacred Heart.
Catholic Life and Reflection
My dependence on IT at the moment is very high (isn’t everyones?). My husband is in IT support and I have one son at Uni and the other in Year 5 so we are all very dependent on it working.
Please watch the clip below from the fabulous British comedy The IT Crowd. If you have never seen it I can’t recommend it enough. This clip is so perfect for right now.
15 So I commend enjoyment, for there is nothing better for people under the sun than to eat, and drink, and enjoy themselves, for this will go with them in their toil through the days of life that God gives them under the sun. (NRSV)
God bless, stay safe and well.
Stephanie StewartReligious Education Coordinator
Notices from the Parish
Live Streaming of Mass
Praying the Rosary
Happy birthday to Isabelle J, Emily A, Alana S, Evie M, Sean O, Layla P, Bior A, Eva G and Bailey C who all celebrated a birthday over the last 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.
A reminder that fees for term 3 are due. Prompt payment would be appreciated.
If you are experiencing financial stress due to COVID – 19 please refer to the information below.
Please email Debbie Milne (finance officer) if you wish to discuss your fees. firstname.lastname@example.org
Everyday resilience lessons for kids
Resilience is developed through regular daily use. Here are some simple ways you can encourage a child or young person of any age to flex their resilience muscles every day.
Wait until mealtime
Discourage them from random snacking when they are hungry. Encourage them to wait until mealtime. By tolerating minor discomforts such as hunger, thirst or even some worries, kids get the practise needed to help them manage bigger future hurdles that may come their way. You can build your child’s tolerance of discomfort by encouraging them to delaying immediate gratification even just for a few moments.
Do more than expected
Great sportspeople routinely train more than others and push through mental and physical boundaries. Encourage your child to push through boundaries and do more than expected in small ways. Perhaps they don’t just clean their bedroom but tidy the living room as well. They may aim to shoot 10 goals in a row at basketball practice but keep going until they reach fifteen. Going past the finish line is wonderful resilience practice. What else can you do that would encourage your child to do more than expected on a regular basis?
Save pocket money
Did you know that when you encourage your child to save some of their pocket money rather than spend it immediately you are teaching them to delay gratification, an acknowledged resilience attribute? Asking a child to set aside some pocket money for saving, some for charity and some for spending will help develop a balanced use of pocket money. It helps if a child can develop their own savings goal, and parental suggestions can assist. The delay of an immediate reward to achieve a greater or later reward needs to be practiced if it’s to become part a child’s pattern of behaviour.
Make the bed
Resilience comes from doing things that we don’t feel like doing and making a bed is one thing few people enjoy. The daily habit of making a bed (to the best of a child’s or teen’s ability) is a brilliant discipline to develop, which has the bonus of setting kids up well for a productive day at school. What other simple habits that fit into the “don’t-like-to-do” basket that benefits either your child or others in the family?
Help when you don’t feel like it
It’s easy to help at home when they’ve had a good day at school or the weather is fine. It’s much more difficult to step up and help set the table, put the rubbish out or hear a sibling read when they’ve had a bad day at school or the weather is stinking hot. The seemingly small act of sticking to commitments develops discipline and conscientiousness that contributes to a sense of resilience.
Smile when you don’t feel happy
Feelings may be difficult to manage, but behaviour is a choice. Encourage kids to choose happy, or at least act happy by smiling rather than putting on a grumpy face. The brilliant thing about this strategy is that smiling changes their mood so that they begin to experience pleasant emotions.
It’s the small, everyday behaviours we encourage in kids that have the greatest impact on their behaviour, wellbeing and resilience.
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.