ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Some children make new friends easily, while others take a while to warm up. It is important to know that both are normal. Teachers play an important role in supporting children to make friends. Teachers can identify which children are chatty, confident and good at interacting with other children, and which are a little more cautious. They arrange classrooms and groups to play to everyone's strengths.
Here are some important things to talk about with your child/ren about making friends:
- Let your child know that if one child doesn't want to play with them, they still have friends and people who care about them.
- Encourage your child's interests and get them involved in clubs or groups that have similar interests.
- Whether your child has one special friend or many friends doesn't matter as long as they are happy and content.
- Don't be alarmed to discover that children's friendships are often very up and down.
- Help them to understand that conflict is a part of everyday life, and that they can cope.
- Help them to maintain friendships outside of school, so they know the world is bigger than the school playground.
- Talk to your child about forgiveness. Being able to overlook and forgive mistakes and upsets are sure ways to keep good friends.
- Make friends with other parents - having a support network of other parents can be invaluable.
For more information on childhood friendships, head to the Raising Children Website
RESILIENCEThe word resilience is used to describe a person’s ability to cope, adapt, learn and thrive in the face of change, challenge or adversity. While some children find it harder than others, all children can develop positive coping strategies that will benefit them their whole lives.
At school, we support students to learn valuable life skills, such as building relationships, seeking help, and making decisions. The school environment provides children with lots of chances to learn and grow as people. At primary school they can learn to understand and assert themselves, get along with others, face challenges, make friends and deal with conflict – all personal skills they will need as teenagers and adults.
KEY SKILLS FOR RESILIENCE
- Self-awareness– understanding emotions and needs and being able to communicate them to others.
- Self-control– managing anger and anxiety and the expression of emotions.
- Social awareness– being aware of the needs and feelings of others, and building the capacity to respect those with different views or beliefs.
- Social management– developing the skills and confidence to talk and mix with other children and adults, and to work and play well with others.
- Responsibility– taking responsibility for a range of tasks, such as tidying up, doing their homework and helping others.
- Effort and persistence– understanding the importance of hard work and persistence.
- Hope– believing in the possibility of a good future and in the value of education.
- Self-esteem– feeling proud of the effort they make at school, and their efforts to get along with others, and to be part of the family.
- Problem-solving skills – building the capacity to think about how to deal with a range of challenges.
- Positive coping strategies – developing the capacity to cheer themselves up, calm themselves down, ask for help when needed, and to work out ways to solve a problem.
Challenges to Resilience
Positive Coping strategies
Understanding Problem Solving
Marine Ambassadors: Our Marine Ambassadors are supported by the Dolphin Research Institute who run amazing educational programs and conduct research for marine conservation. Sunday 1st of May they are holding a fundraising walk, along with other activities to raise funds to continue their wonderful work. You can join the walk or find out more information here.
Students started planting around the outside of the Chook Shed for shade and preparing the inside. Our exciting news is that we are going to be incubating and hatching our own chooks!
We are very proud of Liam from 3S for his recent efforts - participating in a cycling fundraiser to raise money for the Monash Children's Hospital and Starlight Children's Foundation. Liam and his family know first hand of the crucial work and support these organisations provide for children and their families in caring for children who are sick or injured. Liam appeared in the Sydney Daily Telegraph on the 16th April.
Well done, Liam!
TERM 2 CALENDAR
Here is the Kids Café class roster for Term 2, please make a note in your diary of your class dates. I will send tiqbiz reminders to individual classes as your week approaches. To make things easier for the class reps, please call or text me on 0413 009 493 to let me know of your availability on your rostered day.
Working With Children Check
All parents/guardians, visitors & volunteers to the school MUST sign in & out of the school and display their WWCC in a lanyard, which is available at the school office.
The Department of Education requires any person involved in an activity where children may be present to have a current WWCC or have supplied proof that they have applied for a WWCC with the Department of Justice. All schools are required to comply with the Working with Children Act 2005.
Volunteers are expected to carry the WWCC card on their person at all times when working or volunteering at the school or during school related activities.
There is no fee for this check. Apply now by visiting: www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au
COMMUNITY SERVICE & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Piano lessons are available for Grade 2-6 students during school time.
If you are interested, please contact Mrs Jocelyn Millard on 0418 629 586 or 9583 6172.
POCO MUSIC INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC LESSONS
NEW ENROLMENTS Term 2
Local Music School POCO MUSIC offers private Brass and Woodwind, singing, strings, and drum kit lessons at Mentone Park primary school during class hours. Lessons are conducted in a fun environment by qualified teachers teaching students the basics and expanding to AMEB exam preparation if needed. If you would like your child to commence lessons in term 2 visit our website and fill out the online enrolment form at: www.pocomusic.com.au , alternatively you can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office on 9584 7341.
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MORDIALLOC NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE
Drawing and Sketching
This drawing class is designed to introduce the fundamentals of drawing through a series of structured exercises: line, tone, proportions & contours. Students will be given the opportunity to explore different mediums such as graphite, pencils, charcoal and pen.
Monday: 1.00 – 3.00pm
May 2 – June 6 (6 weeks)
Cost: $75, concession $65
Materials list supplied upon enrolment.
For further information to enrol, please phone:
Mordialloc Neighbourhood House; 9587 4534
MORDIALLOC NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE
Introduction to iPads and technology.
Tuesday: 9.00 – 11.30am
April 12 – June 21
Cost: $60, concession$50 (11 week class)
*Enrolments are accepted anytime throughout the duration of the course.
*(pro rata costing applied)
For further details or to enrol, please phone: 9587 4534