It was a wonderful event having families back on site to share in our assembly. Thank you to all those who attended. The distribution of children at the end didn’t go quite as we planned.
So for this week's assembly, the preps can be collected from their gate area as normal, the 1/2s from the normal pick up area and 3/4s and 5/6s the normal gates.
Please meet the children as normal to reduce confusion. The teachers will take them to the gates.
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 the 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.
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.
Naplan has taken place on May 11, 12 and 13 for students in years 3 and 5. This testing is National and covers English and Maths. 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 hope all our mothers and special people had a wonderful family day on Sunday 9th May. Our traditional Mother’s Day Stall run by GNPA was back.
The stall was a lovely way for students to organise their own gifts as well as being supported by GNPA and their teachers.
For those new to the school see the flyer in the newsletter for further information on GNPA.
Thank you to our GNPA army for their hard 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
Congratulations to the following students who received Student of the Week:
|PREP C||Ruby P||Excellence||For showing excellence by working hard on her reading this week. Keep it up!|
|PREP A||Maggie C-M||Excellence||For demonstrating excellence by thinking of lots of 'Wow' words to use in her learning tasks.|
|1 /2 B||Neve R||Excellence||For demonstrating excellence during her first Big Write session.|
|1 /2 C||Lilly M||Excellence||For her excellent descripive writing in her Big Write about Healesville Sanctuary!|
|1 /2 D||Liahona N||Excellece||For striving for excellence in all learning tasks this week!|
|1 /2 N||Eli H||Excellence||For striving for excellence on your Healesville Big Write, wonderful effort!|
|3 /4D||Larnie J||Resilience||For showing persistence and resilience in maths.|
|3 /4B||Josh P||Integrity||Your diligence when completing your jobs within the Enviro Centre. You were focused and your actions help make our school a better place to be.|
|3 /4E||Oscar J||Resilience||For demonstrating resilience in his Big Write this week. Keep it up!|
|3 /4K||Zayne W||Resilience||For showing persistence and resilience when completing tasks.|
|3 /4F||Colton D||Resilience||For still striving for his personal best despite having a broken arm.|
|5 /6 O||Mia R||Excellence||For showing pride in her work and creating a fantastic persuasive piece for her first Big Write!|
|5 /6A||Camden F||Excellence||For sharing his knowledge and skills with his peers during a coding session.|
|5 /6G||Hugh M||Excellence||For using ambitious vocabulary and writing an awesome persuasive piece for his first Big Write.|
|5/6I||Archie A||Excellence||For working on using powers of ten to convert units of measurements.|
|5 /6S||Kelsie A||Excellence||For taking pride in her learning and striving to achieve her personal best.|
|MUSIC||Jasmine M||Resilience||For showing resilience and refocussing on our music task.|
|LOTE||Dakota E||Excellence||For showig excellence in recalling Hiragana - well done!|
|ART||Neve R||Integrity||for showing great integrity when solving problems in the yard.|
|ART||Elijah H||Integrity||for showing great integrity when solving problems in the yard.|
|PHYSICAL EDUCATION||Abigail R||Integrity||For showing integrity in volunteering to swap teams in T Ball to balance the teams.|
Congratulations to the following students who received Student of the Week:
|PREP C||Emma N||Excellence||For thinking of some fantastic verbs during writing this week. Keep it up!|
|PREP A||Tilda B||Excellence||For demonstrating excellence in all her learning activities.|
|1 /2 B||Abby E||Excellence||For striving for excellence when writing persuasive text this week! Well done.|
|1 /2 C||Bailey H||Excellence||For demonstrating excellence in his persuasive writing this week!|
|1 /2 D||Ebony L||Excellence||For being a good friend and encouraging others to make strong choices.|
|1 /2 N||Matilda K||Excellence||For Pursuing your best and striving for excellence in all literacy tasks this week!|
|3 /4D||Marcus C||Excellence||For pushing himself in all areas of learning this week.|
|3 /4B||CJ S||Respect||For always showing respect to your classmates and teachers.|
|3 /4E||Ryan M||Integrity||For demonstrating integrity towards his classmates and having a positive attitude towards school.|
|3 /4K||Hannah W||Resilience||For never giving up and always trying to push herself with all learning tasks.|
|3 /4F||Amelia F||Excellence||For showing excellence during maths by not giving up and always trying her best.|
|5 /6 O||Chelsea S||Excellence||For demonstrating her knowledge of lattice multiplication in front of two classes.|
|5 /6A||Alyssa H||Excellence||For becoming confident enough to contribute to class discussions.|
|5 /6G||Milly S||Respect||For consistently being a respectful member of our classroom.|
|5/6I||Abigail R||Excellence||For working collaboratively to research and report on Kinship in Inquiry.|
|5 /6S||Kian R||Excellence||For creating a well-designed alien invasion fence using his knowledge of perimeter.|
|MUSIC||Indi C||Excellence||For trying her personal best when performing in music this week.|
|LOTE||Levi D||Excellence||For excellence in making his koinbori for Children's day.|
|ART||Desmond V||Integrity||showing leadership and integrity when working in the artroom.|
|PHYSICAL EDUCATION||Claire P||Integrity||For demonstrating integrity in helping a classmate complete the triple jump.|
|PHYSICAL EDUCATION||Millie C||Integrity||For demonstrating integrity in helping a classmate complete triple jump.|
At a time when we hear a great deal about growth mindsets, good mental health habits and creating digitally savvy students, we can easily overlook the skill sets that form the building blocks of long-term school success. These are skill sets that are also easily forgotten when we narrow our focus onto numeracy, literacy, performing arts, STEM and other academic areas.
While all these other mental skills and academic areas are important, the skills I want to focus on here are ones that can be taught, or at the very least drawn out, alongside every other skill when we as parents and teachers know what to look for.
Following are five skill sets that contribute massively to overall student success and contentedness at school.
1. Friendship skills
The ability to get along with others is hugely important for children and teenagers. Those students with a strong set of friendship skills are easy to like, easy to relate to and easy to play with. The skills they possess include knowing how to win and lose well, how to approach others to join in a group and how to lead rather than boss.
2. Organisational skills
The ability to organise your time, your space, your items and other aspects of your life is a massive plus for any student. The best way to help children who are organisationally challenged is to introduce them to systems and processes to help them organise themselves. These processes include the use of visual reminders, anchoring (i.e. linking new behaviours to habitual behaviours) and the mapping out of activities.
3. Optimism skills
It may seem strange to see optimism as skill set, but as leading psychologist Professor Martin Seligman discovered through his research, optimism can be taught. Seligman found that while some children are more inclined by nature to see a glass as half empty than half full, all children are capable of developing an optimistic explanatory style through exposure and direct teaching. The skills of optimism include being aware of self-talk, reframing negative events into positive events and the practice of perspective-taking.
4. Coping skills
Kids will generally face a number of challenges during the course of their school lives including overcoming the disappointment of not being picked on a team, working their way through difficult learning situations and dealing with rejection. The impact of these challenges will depend on each kid’s own spirit, the support they receive and their coping skills. The good news is that coping skills can be taught or, at the very least, encouraged if adults know what to focus on. Coping strategies include parking problems for a while, normalising difficult situations and accepting and moving on. Some kids will use coping strategies quite naturally, while others need parental and teacher input to help them cope with even seemingly minor challenges.
5. Relaxation skills
The ability to relax and get away from it all is vital for the maintenance of mental health, which in turn affects a student’s ability to perform. Many of today’s kids live with pressure. That pressure needs to be released through relaxation and play, otherwise it can lead to anxiety and other mental illnesses. The ability to relax and unwind is paramount to your child’s school success. Relaxation techniques include mindfulness and meditation, participating in hobbies and enjoying creative pursuits.
These skills are part developmental and part environmental. That is, kids will naturally develop many of them as they mature but the skills also need to be nurtured environmentally. They need to be recognised, encouraged, taught and modelled by adults who children and teenagers respect and admire. That makes parents and teachers ‘Very Important People’ in the process of acquiring them.