Newsletter #15

16th September 2021

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Principal's Report 16th September 2021

Remote Learning
It’s been a long and challenging time.  We know that some days have not been great, but we encourage you to celebrate some good things that have come from this time.  It might be that you have had more outdoor time together, your family might have learnt a new game, you might have some new family favourite recipes, and everyone needs to be congratulated for getting through.  We don’t know what next term will bring so stay positive and enjoy the break from remote learning in the next two weeks.  Most of all congratulations to our students for their perseverance, determination and their work in remaining positive and committed to their learning. School officially finishes at 2.30pm tomorrow.  If students are at supervision that will be pick up time.  We will update you with arrangements regarding term 4 towards the end of the holidays on Compass.

Works Around the School
During the term we have been able to get some trades people in the school to do outdoor jobs.  With times of no contact for workers this has been ideal to complete some tasks.  We have a new railing on the 3/4 deck and Ilona Bennett and Megan Casey are already formulating their ideas for an indigenous art installation and some indigenous plants for the area to be part of our 2022 program.  We have also created a new bike shed in the old BBQ area.  The old bike shed had poor visibility and the narrow setting made moving bikes awkward.  The new one will cover both these needs.  The structure is all done and we are awaiting our bike racks to finish off.

Our hub is going to be demolished at some stage.  Unfortunately, the building has deteriorated considerably and structurally has a number of significant problems.  This means that the possible repair to the structure is not cost effective.  Department of Education and Training will pay for the demolition and then the school will be free to make plans moving forward.  At this stage we have not been advised when this will go ahead.  The life of a building is generally considerably less than the 70 years that building has been in place. We have been working with the Department and the School Council through this process.

Finally take care of yourselves over the break.  Stay safe.


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!

The Preps Final Week of Term Fun!

For the final week of term, the preps have been having lots of fun doing a variety of engaging and creative activities which kicked off over the weekend! Miss Aiello and Mr Chamberlain have been missing all the preps so much and all the fun they have together at school! Even though they are apart, they decided that they could still learn and explore together with all their prep students. Students were given a flat teacher challenge. They were asked to take their teacher emoji with them on all their adventures and to document their time together! Miss Aiello and Mr Chamberlain had the most exciting weekends you could imagine. They went to the park, jumped on trampolines, camped in backyards, ate endless food, listened to students read, collected rocks, played games, did some cooking, joined in ballet class, went on bike rides, busted some moves on Just Dance, played barbies, went on lots of bushwalks and played students in different maths games. What busy weekends they both had. They were certainly well looked after in all households! 

Monday then kicked off with crazy hair day. Students came to their morning meet and contact groups with all sorts of wild hairdos. It ranged from spikey hair, coloured hair, curly hair and even hair turned into different animals. In true spirit of crazy hair, together we followed a guided drawing of a character from a favourite movie of ours…Trolls! We thought what better way than to celebrate by drawing the character Branch and his wild hair.  

On Tuesday, students turned into mini MasterChefs in the kitchen. Following along with Miss Aiello and Mr Chamberlain to make chocolate crackles. Students then wrote a procedural text of ‘How to Make Chocolate Crackles’ and practised sharing their chocolate crackles out evenly amongst all of their family members. We all had so much fun measuring and mixing, as well as licking the bowl once we finished. They were so delicious. We think the biggest fans of these chocolate treats were certainly the parents.  

On Wednesday, students celebrated footy colours day as the grand final is fast approaching. Students wore their sports teams’ colours to their morning meet and contact groups and cheered loudly for their favourite team! Richmond was a fan favourite in prep A and Essendon was a fan favourite in prep C. Prep A surveyed and graphed what team each student went for, and prep C surveyed and graphed students favourite sport, with basketball being the most popular.   

The preps are also very excited for Thursday’s virtual excursion with the RSPCA and Friday’s family fun trivia session. Followed by a well-deserved holiday break. Congratulations to all the preps on a terrific final week of term! 





















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Parenting Ideas- Everyday resilience lessons for kids

  • Resilience                                  by Michael Grose


Muscles needs to be exercised daily if they’re to remain strong, flexible and do their jobs. Resilience is no different. If it’s not exercised regularly our resilience will waste away.

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 practice 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 out the rubbish 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 even though they help develop 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

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.

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