Welcome to the new term. I hope all families spent a relaxing and enjoyable time together over the holidays.
As we begin a new term, we thank our Year 5 leaders from Term 2 and congratulate and welcome the new leaders for Term 3. The Term 3 leaders will receive their badges on next week’s virtual assembly.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent teacher conferences will be held for Prep – Year 5 students next week. You will have received communication from the College regarding the new process for these conferences, which will now be run digitally via Whereby. Although the conferences are not compulsory, they provide an ideal opportunity for parents, teachers and students to discuss Semester 1 results. If you require further clarification around this topic, please contact your child’s teacher or our Head of Learning K-5 Mrs Sue Zweck.
You Can Do It Program
Over the next few weeks, the focus for the You Can Do It Program relates to developing persistence and the habits of mind related to working tough, giving effort and developing an ‘I can do it’ attitude. Persistence means trying your best and not giving up when something feels like it is too hard to do. Examples of persistent behaviour include:
- Continuing to try even when work is hard;
- Not being distracted by others; and
- Checking work when it is finished.
Often students need to experience what it feels like to succeed if they are to be successful in the future. Success or achievement does not come without effort and persistence. Success is about each individual achieving their potential. Parents can support and develop persistence in their children by staying positive, encouraging effort and recognising success.
The concept of persistence fits neatly with developing positive types of thinking skills. The You Can Do It Program not only fosters the development of thinking, it supports children in achieving to the best of their ability and aids them in developing social and emotional wellbeing and emotional resilience.
It is great to see many of the students out on the ovals or playing in the grounds during breaks and heartening to see so many of our students abiding by our sun safe policy. We are also grateful for parental support in encouraging and reminding all students to wear a hat to school every day. As the weather continues to remain cool, we ask that items such as jackets and jumpers are clearly named so they may be easily returned in the case of them being misplaced. We also ask that students continue to co-ordinate the correct jumper with the correct uniform.
As restrictions remain in place for external visitors to the school, we remind parents that entering the College grounds is strictly by appointment only. If picking students up before the close of school, we ask that you ring P-5 Students so they may make the necessary arrangements with their class teacher and your child can be brought out to the car park for collection.
We thank you for your continued flexibility in working with the College and our plan at the drop-off and pick up areas. We ask parents to remain with their cars and staff will bring your child to you.
With the recommencement of sports training on the College grounds, the bike racks have been moved back to their traditional spot, adjacent to the courts connected to the gym. The front entry via the gym will remain closed. Parents riding with their children to school are asked to stop at the front car park and allow their child to cross to the racks individually.
Parents are also reminded that students need to bring a named 1-2 litre water bottle for use throughout the day as bubblers are still turned off.
Take care and God bless.
Mr Damian Davis, Head of Staff and Students P-5