Beginning of Term
Welcome back to all our students and families. We have had a great start to the term. Year 5/6 have already had a Discovery Day at Fairhills High School, year 1/2s visited Healesville Sanctuary on Friday and years 3-6 participated in a short Anzac Commemoration on Monday. We are very much looking forward to our first on site assembly this Friday. We know many people are going to attend. Please enter the school from 3.05 and sign in at the tables by the QR code or the sign in sheet (don’t forget a pen). Signing in is compulsory.
It is very exciting to be feeling that we can do more on site events.
A huge thank you to the GNPA workers who have recently organised the sale of leftover uniforms for families. Uniform is compulsory at Ferntree Gully North. Please make sure all your items are named so, if lost, they can be returned to your child. Have a chat to your child/children about how to care for their items. It is not uncommon for over 10 items to come to the office after each break. Most of these are named and can be returned but sometimes they aren’t named. Lost property cupboard is labelled in the area outside the specialist office if you need to check for anything. From term 3, students who are not in uniform, will receive a reminder slip to wear correct uniform. If you are not sure please visit the Klad Sports store in Rowville and you have the opportunity to try on all items before purchase. Going forward we will be working out a system where parents will have the opportunity for second hand swapping or purchasing.
‘Big Write’ is a new approach at Ferntree Gully North to teach the skills of writing. It is highly effective for students all the way from Prep to Grade 6, and has an immediate impact on writing standards. The method is based on fast, fun and lively teaching of the ‘writing voice’ through oral communication. It gives students the confidence and understanding to develop control of a higher level writing voice. Before students are given the opportunity to complete their ‘Big Write’ students will be provided with a ‘Home Talk’ stimulus. Families will discuss this at home, which sets the child up for a successful writing session.
This week the whole school completed their first ever ‘Big Write’ and it was a huge success. All students were prepared for this celebration of their writing by an oral language lesson, followed by uninterrupted writing time. All levels were given different topics/experiences to write about based on what they are currently learning in the classroom. We look forward to continuing our ‘Big Writes’ every fortnight. We have been thrilled already with what we have seen and how engaged students are in this process. Congratulations to all our families supporting their child/children in the Home Talk process.
If you have a child starting prep in 2022 please see the office for an enrolment form. We encourage families to enrol as soon as possible to assist with our planning. It seems a long way away but we are already putting measures in place for next year. If you know anyone in the community who would like a tour, please get them to contact the office to book a time. If parents have had a tour we encourage them to enrol as soon as possible as we are already planning for 2022. This Saturday we have our Open Morning for prep 9-10.30. We welcome all prospective families to come along. Children will have some activities and adults can chat with staff and have any questions answered. This is a great opportunity for parents to come along who might be working during the week and can’t do a tour or perhaps families who have a child in 3 year old kinder. Hope to see you there.
Naplan will take place on May 11, 12 and 13 for students in years 3 and 5. This testing is National and covers English and maths. There will be a fact sheet for parents when it arrives for distribution. The testing is a snapshot of a child’s abilities but supports teacher judgements. If you have any questions contact your child’s teacher, Priscilla or me.
We wish all our mothers and special people a wonderful family day on Sunday 9th May. Our traditional Mother’s Day Stall, run by GNPA, is back. For those new to the school see the flyer in the newsletter for further information. The stall is a lovely way for students to organise their own gifts well supported by GNPA and their teachers. Thank you to our GNPA army for their work.
Friday 30th July- House Athletics
Wednesday 11 August- Student/ Parent/Teacher Conferences 12.00pm-8.00pm Students attend for their interviews.
Monday 16th - Friday 20th August- 3/4 Camp- 2 Groups
Wednesday 18th August- School Council meeting
Thursday 26th August- Book Week Parade
Thursday 2nd September -District Athletics
Wednesday 15th September- School Council meeting
Friday 17th September- Term 3 ends- School Finishes at 2.30pm
Monday 4th October - Term 4 Starts
Wednesday 6th October -5/6 Summer Sport
Thursday 7th October - Divisional Athletics
Friday 15th October- Art Show and 5/6 Market Day 2.00pm-5.00PM
Wednesday 20th October- School Council meeting
Thursday 21st October- Regional Athletics
Monday 1st November- Curriculum day (to be confirmed)
Tuesday 2nd November- Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
Friday 12th November- Movie Night
Tuesday 7th December- Year 6 Transition day
Friday 17th December- Last day of Term 4
As part of our inquiry unit in Term 2 on Biology, the 1/2s visited Healsville Sanctuary on Friday. We had a wonderful day exploring the Sanctuary and discovering the different trails and finding our favourite native Australian animals.
On Tuesday the 20th of April the 5/6s went on an excursion to Fairhills High School. We rotated through 3 subjects including PE, food tech, and science. During PE we practiced basketball and played a game called the Hunger Games. We also learnt that the assistant PE coach played against Ben Simmons from the Philadelphia 76s as a kid, and just missed out on an NBA team.
In Food Tech we made delicious low-fat pita crisps. We also learnt about the healthy dose of sugar intake per day. The correct amount is 6 spoonsful of sugar or less. While we were in Science we learnt about bases and acids and we leant about the PH scale and how the 0-6 is an acid and 8-14 is a base, but 7 is a neutral.
To finish the day off we did a quiz about the school and the teachers. Thank you to the staff and students at Fair hills high school and thank you to our wonderful staff for making that day possible!
Written by Dennis House Captains Henry W and Amelia C.
On Monday the school captains held an ANZAC day service for the Grade 3 to 6 classes.
The purpose of the service was to come together to commemorate the soldiers & nurses who bravely served our wonderful nation and fought for our freedom.
ANZAC stands for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs and the pride they took in that name still remains today.
ANZAC Day is one of Australia’s most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action that Australian and New Zealand forces fought in during the First World War in 1915.
Australian soldiers were deployed at the Gallipoli peninsula with New Zealand, British and French troops. The aim of the operation was to capture the Dardanelles Strait and the Turkish capital city.
ANZAC soldiers landed at Gallipoli on the 25th of April 1915. Throughout the fighting at Gallipoli there were 26 111 Australian casualties, including 8 141 deaths.
We paid our respects to the ANZACs by taking part in a moments silence and listening to the last post. We also read the poem “For the Fallen” by Laurence Binyon. The 3/4s created a wreath and we laid out poppies that the 5/6s made in Art.
Written by Cooper S and Claire P
|PREP C||Elijah S||Excellence||For always being a great role model for his peers and completing this work to the best of his ability.|
|PREP A||Rex S||Excellence||For pursuing his personal best in all learning activities by being an active participant in class discussions. Great Job!|
|1 /2 B||Lilly T||Respect||By being a strong role model by always showing respect to others.|
|1 /2 C||Courtney N||Excellence||For starting Term 2 with a positive attitude and can do mindset. Well done Courtney!|
|1 /2 D||Lachlan S||Respect||For always showing good manners and respect to his teachers and peers.|
|1 /2 N||Julian M||Excellence||Great work for striving for excellence on researching about crocodiles this week!|
|3 /4D||Vasilis M||Excellence||For making a positive transition into term 2! Keep it up|
|3 /4B||Isla C||Resilience|
Showing resilience when faced with a challenging situation in the Enviro Centre. You asked for help and pulled a supportive team of friends around you.
|3 /4E||Dakota E||Excellence||For striving for excellence when writing persuasive text this week! Well done|
|3 /4K||Sophie J||Excellence||For striving for excellence when using different strategies in maths this week|
|3 /4F||Sierra B||Respect||By being a strong role model by always showing respect to others.|
|5 /6 O||Naiima S||Excellence||For always striving for excellence when completing learning tasks|
|5 /6 A||Dexter S||Excellence||For being able to successfully articulate why his reading goal is a good fit.|
|5 /6G||Cooper B||Resilience||For taking charge of his learning and making stronger choices.|
|5/6I||Angus R||Excellence||For working hard to show his understanding of persuasive techniques.|
|5 /6S||Charlie A||Excellence||For enthusiastically sharing his mathematical knowledge with the class.|
|MUSIC||Jesse A||Integrity||For showing INTEGRITY and maturity when working in Music.|
|LOTE||Harrison McG||Excellence||For excellence in writing his name in hiragana.|
|ART||Daniel G||Integrity||For showing INTEGRITY and maturity when working in Art.|
|PHYSICAL EDUCATION||John W||Excellence||For excellence in PE (long jump).|
The Grade 3/4’s are on Enviro duty this term. They will be growing a variety of plants from seeds and investigating what plants need to grow. They will also need families to volunteer to do Enviro duty on the weekends so if you are interested please let your classroom teacher know.
Our compost bin is nearly full and has attracted many worms which will help break down the organic waste into compost we can use on the garden. Our soft plastic recycling program has been a success in Term 1 with 3 large bags of wrappers going to recycling rather than landfill. This term the Grade 3/4s will be looking at reducing their landfill waste in their classrooms and why it is important to do so.
Mottainai Project – ‘Oh What a Waste!’
Our Grade 5 and 6 students enjoyed learning about Mottainai in LOTE last term and our Enviro Leaders are keen to take this challenge to the whole school by looking at our waste at the end of each term and identifying what we can do better.
Congratulations to Chloe B, Seb P, Chloe S, Brandon H, Gloria L and Kamryn H who have been chosen to be guinea pig carers for two terms. They will support students from all year levels to meet the guinea pigs on Wednesdays at lunchtime, and will take them home on weekends.
Thank you to the families who volunteered to do duty at the Enviro centre over the holidays: the Makin, Sealey, Martins, Sima, Donovan, Neal, Garden, Philip and Whitten families. We could not have animals at the school without the generosity of these families taking time to care for them.
The article in the Gully News explains about what our school focus will be this year. Students may bring home items in their lunchboxes that can be used again or recycled in their home recycling bin rather than putting them in landfill at school. Together we can reduce our landfill.
To read more:
GNPA is very excited to be able to host our first face to face meeting at school this year. Everyone is welcome to attend. Younger siblings can come along too. Please make sure you sign into the office before heading to the meeting.
On the Agenda:
Come along and join in the discussion.
Mother's Day Stall coming soon!
After missing out last year everyone is looking forward to our stall. We will be selling a variety of gifts priced between $1-$6. Students are invited to bring along some spending money & a bag to put their purchases in. All students will attend the stall during school hours.
The Parents Garden Club is getting back into the groove after recent welcome rainfall and a worldwide pandemic. If you haven’t heard about us before, we are a group of parents who enjoy working within the school grounds maintaining the garden beds, particularly the Wildlife Walk. We aim to meet up one or two mornings a week for an hour of two of basic gardening such as weeding, mulching, watering and sometimes planting! There are many jobs always need doing so if you would like to join us for some fresh air in the mornings, email either Caroline or myself to let us know you are interested. Cheers, Fiona
10 year-old Elle liked to be active, but one weekend things got out of control. A jazz ballet concert, a game of netball, and a family visit to her cousin’s house meant no time to herself. And she let her parents know it with constant moaning, as well as a tantrum or two.
Her father held his tongue for most of the weekend, but couldn’t help but give her some fatherly advice on Sunday night. “You’ve spent the whole weekend moaning about how busy you are. Maybe you need to drop one of your activities, if they are stressing you out so much!”
A tantrum followed…from Elle.
Elle’s mum took a different tack. She had a hunch that something was bothering her daughter. “You sound like something is bothering you big-time. What’s up?”
“I’ve got to give a talk at school on Monday in front of the whole school and I haven’t time to prepare. It’ll be awful and everyone will laugh.”
Her mum replied, “You sound like you might be pretty nervous. That makes sense. Giving a talk in front others can be nerve-wracking.”
Elle dropped her shoulders, smiled and said, “You bet!” She was relieved because her mum understood how she felt. In fact, her mum had unlocked the problem for her and reflected back how she felt.
Elle’s dad focused on her behaviour and responded in kind (with well-meaning advice about her future behaviour), while her mother focused on the feelings that acted as a possible driver to her daughter’s behaviour. She took an emotionally smart approach, which turned out to be the right one in this circumstance.
Emotionally intelligent parents don’t dismiss children’s behaviour and allow kids to do as they please. There are times that we need to focus on a child’s behaviour. A child who is rude in public should be reminded in no uncertain terms that poor manners are inappropriate. However, there are times when smart parents need to look beyond the obvious behaviours to get a good understanding of what’s happening to their child, and to help a child better understand and manage their emotions.
So what does an emotionally intelligent parent look like? And importantly what is the impact on kids, parents and families of this approach?
Emotionally intelligent parents have the following five attributes in common.
There is nothing better than being understood. Parents who operate from an emotionally-smart mindset are more likely to listen to their kids when emotions are high, trying to access what may be going on, rather than clamping down their behaviour or closing them down with well-meaning advice. The impact of this is better, more open relationships.
Anyone who lives with teenagers will know that emotions can run very high. They can say the worst possible things to each other and, at times, to you. Ten minutes after delivering a hateful tirade they can be cuddling up to the person who was the butt of their anger, frustration or anxiety. Emotionally intelligent parents know that feelings need to be expressed rather than bottled up, and allowed to fester. They also believe there is nothing so bad that a child can’t give voice to in a family, however there are behaviours that are not unacceptable. The impact of this is healthy expression of emotions.
Most parents are rightfully future-focused. We focus on the homework that needs to be handed in tomorrow, the washing that needs to be done, the meal that needs to be cooked. That’s part of everyday life. Children generally focus on the here and now. That of course can be frustrating to a task-oriented future-focused mother or father. However when we lower our gaze we are more likely to pick up how kids are feeling, and importantly help them understand and manage their moods and emotions. The impact of this is happier families and less stress felt at home.
Some parents discipline according to their moods. If they feel good then they give children plenty of lenience. If they are feel bad then they pick their kids up on every little thing. It’s better to stick to the family and house rules; that makes you more predictable, which kids really crave. The impact of this is more consistent parenting.
A family develops a vocabulary around the things that are important to them. Kids in a sport loving family will inevitably have a rich vocabulary around their chosen sport. The same holds for emotional intelligence. Families that truly value building emotional smarts will develop in kids a rich palette of words that will help them describe how they feel. This vocabulary will inevitably stay with them for life. The impact of this is better relationships later in life at work and in their own families.