Congratulations to all families on the level of involvement in morning meets and contact groups during remote learning. It is likely that we may experience this again and each household will need to work on making sure all students engage in their learning as they would during any school day. We know that absences can impact on long term learning as it can for remote learning. We are very excited to have everyone back on Friday. Please make sure you have read our Compass post regarding drop off and pick ups. At this stage we don’t have an operational guide to provide further clarifications. As they come to us we will update you. Again, thank you to everyone who participated so effectively in this round of remote learning.
Anita Burman has been working at Ferntree Gully North doing year 5/6 music and is one of our great tutors. She has been very fortunate to gain a more permanent position starting in term 3 at Belgrave Christian College. We are very grateful for all that she has brought to our school but understand that a more permanent position is a great opportunity. We wish her well. If you would like to email her to wish her well you can do so through the school email address. Good luck Anita.
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. The Klad store will be open in the second week of the holidays. This will provide you with plenty of time to go and try on. Going forward we will be working out a system where parents will have the opportunity for second hand swapping or purchasing.
Thank you to everyone who has gotten their enrolment forms in. If you are not sure about your personal situation please call me to discuss your needs. We are working very hard to organise our arrangements for 2022 so you need to get enrolments in by the end of this term. If you know of someone who is considering enrolling please prompt them with a reminder.
Education Week activities
The year our Education Week activities have been spread out. We have had two open mornings for prep students for 2022, a morning tea on the green for prep mums celebrating Mother’s Day and we have our Expos coming up. Expos are an opportunity for parents/special people to come into the classroom and see what their child or the class has been working on. All going well, this year we will hold them in the last week of term. Parents with surnames A-K will come on Tuesday June 22 2.45-3.30 and parents with surnames L-Z on Thursday June 24 2.45-3.30. Parents will need to sign in at each classroom door for contact tracing purposes. We will notify you closer to the time whether masks are required. Please come along and share in the fantastic work our students have been doing. We will confirm these arrangements as soon as we can.
Year 5/6 students got two complete days of the 3 at camp. The weather was not particularly kind to everyone. There were some great experiences so keep an eye on the newsletter for student reports.
We are still waiting to hear about possible arrangements for the colour run. We will update as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience.
Stem Robo Lab
We are pleased to present an after school opportunity to Ferntree Gully North Primary School. Stem Robo Lab will be running after school on Tuesdays in Term 3. We will need a minimum of 10-12 students to go ahead. If you are interested see the flyer attached for registration details. Stem Robo Lab Registration Details
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
One week ago the 5/6s went and had an exciting camp at the wonderful Camp Rumbug. It was a two and a half hour drive to get there but it was all worth it. As we drove through the rainforest, we saw the beautiful campsite.
We got straight into activities when we arrived. The activities that we completed were the cold and shivering canoeing, the wet and muddy mud run, the challenging and hard raft building, the fun but scary flying fox, the brain burning orienteering, the bouncy but wet aero ball, the ginormous giant swing and archery!
We had delicious meals made with love from the cooks there. Though we couldn’t get to all of the activities due to camp being cut short, we still had an amazing time. We are very grateful for all the teachers and staff that came with us and made camp possible.
Katie and Larli 5/6
Mottainai – ‘What A Waste!’ : Reducing Our Landfill At School.
Our school has been successful in securing a grant from bankfirst to fund our Mottainai Project to reduce the amount of landfill we produce at school.
Mottainai is the feeling of regret when wasting something that still has value. This project will see the students learn about where the waste we create goes to and how we can make choices that reduce the amount of landfill we produce. Waste sorting stations in each classroom will allow students to sort compost, soft plastics, paper and landfill easily across the school. We will be able to measure our waste and keep track of it to see if we can reduce our landfill. This program will be introduced to every class by the end of the year. It is hoped this will create an awareness in students that will last their lifetime and make an impact on climate change.
WE NEED YOUR VOTE!
We would love to win the popular choice grant from bankfirst as well.
Read about the Mottainai Waste Project at the bankfirst website at this link.
You can vote at the bottom of this for Ferntree Gully North Primary school.
We’ve been successful with our application for a 2021 Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant for our project, Gully Restoration Project! This project aims to protect the stormwater pit in our gully by reducing erosion and enhancing the area with local native plantings. We have been lucky to also receive a Bee Bonus grant which can be used for educating our students on the importance of bees by investigating bee hotels and bee friendly plants.
Our FGNPS Garden Club parent volunteers, teachers and various students will have the opportunity to protect our school gully by continuing to plant the area with local native plants. We can visibly see how the plants and rocks are easing silt build up over the stormwater pit, reducing litter falling into the drain and improving water quality. This extra planting opportunity will further enhance the area.
Ferntree Gully North Primary School is one of 1,609 primary schools and early learning centres throughout Australia receiving a Woolworths Junior Landcare grant to help grow our next generation of environmental champions.
The grants are being funded with a 10c contribution from each sale of the Woolworths Bag for Good at full price, which was launched in 2018 when Woolworths went single-use plastic bag free. The children and teachers are looking forward to working and learning from this project and we’ll keep you updated on the results.
The recent rise in childhood and adolescent anxiety and its acceleration during COVID-19 has worried parents and teachers. Many ask how they can assist kids when they become anxious about seemingly routine events such as attending school camps and excursions, tackling difficult subjects, or facing the prolonged absence of a favourite teacher.
Typical responses such as ignoring their worries or encouraging them to ‘get on with it’ are unhelpful. Allowing a child to avoid an activity that makes them anxious is another unhelpful option. Avoidance may help kids feel safe in the short term, but it risks the establishment of a long-term pattern that can be impossible to shift.
Regardless of the source every child and young person needs an adult in their life that understands them when they are anxious. It may make little sense that an activity makes a child anxious, you just need to understand that they are anxious. They need someone to witness their anxiety without dismissing or ignoring their feelings.
Anxious kids frequently look to parents and teachers for reassurance when they feel anxious. This shows in many ways, including kids continually seeking the opinion of others, wanting parents or teachers to make decisions for them, and continually asking for praise. Adults don’t have to fix kids’ problems, but we do have to understand they are anxious.
The use of ‘Ahhhh’ statements to validate how an anxious child is feeling, is a practical way to show that you are trying to understand them. It’s also a great way to help a child develop a more nuanced emotional vocabulary. Here are some examples:
‘Ahhhh, you’re feeling anxious about going to school camp . . .’
‘Ahhhh, you’re having one of those “I might mess it up” thoughts . . .’
Each child’s anxiety is unique. The first and most important response from an adult is to show a child that you ‘get’ that they are anxious. Having someone understand that they are anxious is an enormous relief, particularly if they haven’t been taken seriously in the past. Sitting alongside a child who feels anxious is an underestimated act of compassion that makes a huge difference to their immediate emotional state.