Newsletter #13

19th August 2021

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Principal's Report 19th August 2021

Remote Learning
Only in the last newsletter we were welcoming everyone back. We know that many in our community are disappointed and upset about our new restrictions. This is the time, more than ever, that we must stick together and show kindness and care for one another.  The Department of Education and Training have asked us to focus on creating routine, predictability and security.  We would ask that all adults in our homes support our students to help create this. At the very least, students must attend the morning meets and the contact groups.  We are teaching and students are learning in these difficult times. We will have teachers working together to share some Book Week experiences and other events that were coming up.  These will be modified for classes to share on teams. Students need to be supported to maximise their opportunities.  If you are finding this difficult your GP is a good resource and sites such as Beyond Blue provide a huge range of resources.  Compass has outlined requirements for school supervision.  If this applies to you contact the office if you have questions.

I would like to publicly thank all our wonderful staff.  Whilst you may see them at morning meets and contact groups, teachers and aides are working tirelessly to plan and implement programs appropriate to remote learning.  They spend hours each week preparing additional materials for those who may need it and hours supporting families in many different ways that some of you would not be aware of.  Give them a shout out and say thanks for their efforts.  We of course also need to say thank you to families.  We know everyone is doing their best.  Hang in there.  Some days will be diamonds and some days won’t be. 

Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences
Thank you to everyone who attended their interview.  These help to create and sustain the vital links between home and school as well as celebrate the wonderful achievements of your children. Particularly at this time it is essential for us to have strong links between home and school.

Illness at School
Attached below are the current guidelines regarding children who may be unwell at school.  We encourage you to ring the office if you are not sure of what to do. Managing unwell students covid19 factsheet.pdf


Important Dates to Remember

2021

TERM 4

December
   
Thursday 9th December- 3/4 Special Lunch

Monday 13th December- Grade 6 Graduation
Ceremony: 4.15pm-5.45pm at School
Dinner and Disco: Knox Club 6:15pm-9:15pm

Tuesday 14th December- Class Parties

Wednesday 15th December- Colour Run

Thursday 16th December - Last day of Term 4 2:30pm finish

Friday 17th December- Curriculum day No students at school



2022

January

Friday 28th January-
Curriculum  day

Monday 31st January-Term 1 Students Start at 9:00am-Don't forget your hats.

February

Saturday 19th Feb 9.30am -11.00pm Save the date- Open Morning for Prep 2023



From the Office

Office Opening Hours

The School Office is staffed between the hours of 8:15am-4:30pm Monday to Friday. For all enquiries please contact us on 9758 1662 or via email ferntree.gully.north.ps@education.vic.gov.au

Borrowed Spare Clothing

If your child has come home in spare clothing supplied by the School, please wash and return these items as soon as possible. As you might imagine in these wetter days we can go through our limited supply very quickly!  A spare set of clothing in school bags would be greatly appreciated ‘just in case’.  It’s not just the younger students that might need a change after the breaks.

Late Arrivals

A reminder to all parents that if your child arrives late to school, parents/guardians must come into the office so that students can be signed in to school by the office staff. We need to record the correct data for the absence.

If students arrive unattended there will be an unexplained absence entered in Compass and parents will be required to update with an explanation.

Lost Property 

Just a reminder to ensure all items are clearly named so that if lost can be reunited with students.  If you have received a pre loved item please make sure the name is updated.

We also ask please that you check your child’s uniform from time to time to ensure they haven’t brought home someone else’s clothing by mistake in the excitement of the day.

A Good News Story

A brand new jumper was found in the street by a very considerate community member.  The jumper had the child’s name and contact mobile number on the underside of the label so the parent could be contacted and the child reunited with their brand new jumper!

Yay for kind strangers!  Thank you!

School Council Newsletter

Items discussed at school council on the 18th August 2021:

  1. 1.The school continues to actively pursue options for having regular lunch orders available at school. Unfortunately in the current climate there are fewer businesses around, but they are working hard to make it happen.
  1. 2.Works continue on upgrading the bike shed. It is being moved to the old BBQ area which is currently being worked on.  This will make the bikes more visible, allow more space and be safer for the bikes/scooters that are left there.
  1. 3.GNPA – many events have either had to be cancelled or postponed
  1. 4.Ilona Bennett (art teacher) has been working hard on making the Art Show an online event this year, to be run on Microsoft Teams and making children’s art work downloadable for parents.
  1. 5.Rest assured that teachers are working very hard to educate our children in trying times. They are online each morning for morning meets.  They are running small contact groups for children. They are on the phone to parents to discuss the needs of children.  They are answering parent emails. They are answering the questions that children send to them on Microsoft Teams.  They are planning to try and meet the needs of the class as well as individual children.  They also have their own families to work around as well. Please remember, they are doing their best too. Be kind to them and offer support to all staff for the great work they are doing.  

Next meeting is on 15th September on line.



Day in the life of our Teachers

Preps 100 days of learning

On Tuesday our Preps had lots of fun celebrating 100 days of learning. Although it wasn’t the celebration we had originally planned, we still had lots of fun dancing at home, playing games and following a guided drawing. We are looking forward to getting back to school when we can dress up like 100-year olds and continue our celebrations!

Mr Chamberlain and Miss Aiello








Junior School Council- Garden Club

On Tuesday the 3rd of August Junior School Council had the first Garden Club session. We moved the circle garden beds that are in the 3/4 area out into the sun. Then more and more people came to help. We managed to finish in 30 minutes. Now, thanks to everyone’s help the garden beds are getting access to sunlight and rain.  We will be planting in these tubs and mulching some of the garden beds near the soccer pitch.  We hope to be running Garden Club every week until the end of term and we hope to see lots of people to help.

JSC and Mrs Casey







Enviro News 19th August 2021




Parenting Ideas- The language of respectful relationships

  • RESPECTFUL RELATIONSHIPS       by Michael Grose
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

This reply to playground name-calling has been taught to children by generations of parents. While the sentiments are true, it demonstrates how destructive language can be when it’s used to hurt or humiliate.

Name-calling dehumanises the child or young person on the receiving end, making it easier for a perpetrator to bully, put down or abuse. The language of bullying and sexual abuse is deliberately vague and generalised making it easier to hurl insults about gender or ethnicity. It’s much harder to insult someone when real names are used as it becomes personal.

Bullying uses language that dehumanises. Respectful relationships has its own language, and it’s through this language that respect is shown, and personal safety and integrity are assured.

Parents can help children and young people to develop the language of respectful relationships in the following ways:

Use first or preferred names

The sound of a person’s name respectfully spoken is music to the listener’s ears. Teach kids to refer to other people by their first or preferred name. If a relative prefers to be called aunt or uncle rather than by their first name, then out of respect, encourage children and young people to adjust their language accordingly, even though you may not subscribe to such formalities. Politeness is respect in action.

Differentiate between behaviour and the person

It’s incorrect to define a child’s character through their poor behaviour. A child who tells lies is frequently called a liar, someone who steals is often labelled a thief, or someone who inadvertently shares secrets is deemed untrustworthy. In sporting parlance, focusing on the behaviour rather than on the person teaches kids about to play the ball, not the person. It may sound like splitting hairs but the focus on  character traits rather than on a person’s behaviour is hurtful, often degrading, and leads to resentment rather than change.

Call out disrespectful behaviour

The standard of behaviour you ignore is the standard of behaviour you accept. Disrespectful behaviour needs to be called out by adults so kids learn that bullying, racism and other forms of disrespectful language are not acceptable. When discussing the behaviour and character of friends, fictional characters in books and personalities on film differentiate between the behaviour and the person, calling out the use of negative labels when you hear them. It’s easy to ignore disrespectful language when you hear it, but this one area where a consistent approach by adults is critical.

Frame behaviour as a choice

Framing behaviour as a choice is an essential respectful relationships strategy that needs to be reinforced for children and young people. “That’s a smart/good/helpful choice!” is the type of response kids should repeatedly hear, reinforcing that their behaviour is a result of choice rather than driven by others, circumstances, or emotion. Personal choice negates the idea that somehow other people or circumstances determine behaviour, or become convenient scapegoats for all types of abuse and disrespectful behaviour. “She/he made me do it” just doesn’t wash in a civilised society.

Develop a wide vocabulary

Build a wide vocabulary of terms essential to respectful relationships. Terms such as safety, choice, respect, acceptance, tolerance, love, likeable and host of others should be familiar to kids as well as phrases that emphasise fair and respectful treatment of others in all types of environments.

In closing

Respect is shown not only through the treatment of others but through the language kids use every day. By focusing on the language of respect you are laying the basis for kids to enjoy respectful relationships both now and in the future.

Michael Grose

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.

Community News 19th August 2021