Tee-Ball team Top the Division

On Monday, Hillsmeade played against Lyndhurst Primary School in the Tee Ball Division Finals.  Lyndhurst displayed some great skills and provided some strong competition, but in the end, Hillsmeade’s commitment during training paid off and won 31 runs to 3.

Mixed Netball and AFL teams off to the Regional Finals

Last Monday 18th July, Hillsmeade’s grade 5/6 football team travelled to Lynbrook Primary School. It was a very windy match that saw the students coming away with a close win of only 2 points. We congratulate the team in moving forward to the Regional Finals in the coming weeks.

On Friday 15th July, the mixed netball team played its Divisional final against Coral Park. It was a great game with the final score being 35-7.

Managing Winter Cold and Flu Season





Managing winter cold and flu season for young children

This winter NPS MedicineWise is reminding Australian parents and carers that young children could be taking antibiotics unnecessarily. This is in part because of a common misconception in the community that antibiotics work on common winter viruses. In fact, using antibiotics for ordinary colds and flu actually contributes to the problem of antibiotic resistance. NPS MedicineWise is working with the Australian Government Department of Health to respond to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.

Many people are misinformed

No-one likes seeing a child unwelI with a cold or flu, but it is important for parents and carers to remember that antibiotics only work on infections caused by bacteria, not those caused by viruses. In most cases, children just need rest and time to allow their immune system to fight the virus. Another common misconception is that antibiotics will speed up recovery from cold and flu viruses in both children and adults – but they don’t.

With any course of antibiotics, there is a risk of developing antibiotic-resistant bacteria. This means that antibiotics are no longer effective against the bacteria they once killed. Once they develop, antibiotic resistant bacteria can exist for up to a year. This is another key reason why it is important to avoid antibiotics unless there is a bacterial infection that won’t clear up on its own.

Ear infections

Ear infections are commonly associated with colds in children. In children older than 2 years, a middle ear infection will often get better by itself in a few days, as the body’s immune system can take care of the infection without any treatment. Children aged under 2 years, often won’t need antibiotics either, but may benefit from antibiotics if they have certain symptoms such as infection in both ears, fluid draining from the ear or if they otherwise seem unwell. It is important to remember that children of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin are at higher risk of repeated infections and chronic ear problems so should always be assessed by a doctor when they have ear ache. As pain is usually the worst symptom of ear infections, pain relief medicines (such as paracetamol or ibuprofen) are important to help with pain. Antibiotics won’t help to relieve initial ear pain.

Antibiotic side effects

Like any medicine, antibiotics can cause side effects. Common side effects include vomiting, diarrhoea, thrush infection and can also include allergic reactions (such as hives). Antibiotic-associated diarrhoea is particularly common in children taking a course of antibiotics. If taken for a viral illness, antibiotics will not help the illness, but can cause damage to ‘good’ bacteria like those found in the gut. Scientists are only just discovering how gut bacteria affect overall health. It takes time for these good bacteria populations to regenerate in a child’s body after a course of antibiotics.

Medicines Line
If you have any questions about medicines and children, call the NPS Medicines Line
1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424)
from anywhere in Australia for the cost of a local phone call (calls from mobiles may cost more), Mon–Fri, 9am to 5pm AEST.
Independent, evidence-based and not-for-profit NPS MedicineWise enables better decisions about medicines and medical tests. We receive funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.

Bounce Back Term 3

Bounce Back Term 3 Whole School Planner

Week Unit Focus (Kinder – Grade 2) Focus (Grade 3 – Grade 4) Focus (Grade 5 – grade 6)
Week 1



Emotions Feelings are necessary, even the unpleasant ones Feelings are necessary, even the unpleasant ones Everyone has feelings, they are necessary in your life, even the unpleasant ones
Week 2



Emotions Feelings happen inside our body too Feelings change a lot Mixed Feelings
Week 3


Emotions How angry do you feel? Understanding angry feelings Anger
Week 4



Emotions Don’t be a worry bee Managing worries and feeling anxious Feeling worried or nervous
Week 5



Relationships Getting to know others Getting along with others Getting along with others
Week 6



Relationships It is important to listen well when people talk to you Being a good listener Listening and communication skills
Week 7



Relationships Apologising and being friends again Saying sorry Managing disagreement
Week 8



No Bullying What is bullying? What is bullying? What is bullying?
Week 9



No Bullying Put downs can lead to bullying or be part of bullying Put downs Put downs
Week 10


No Bullying What can you do if you are bullied? What can we do about bullying? Responding to being bullied


What it means to be an emotionally intelligent parent

What it means to be an emotionally intelligent parent


By Michael Grose


So what does an emotionally intelligent parent look like? Here are five attributes that emotionally intelligent parents have in common.


Ten year-old Elle liked to be active, but one weekend things got out of control. A jazz ballet concert, a game of netball, and a family visit to her cousin’s house meant no time to herself.


And she let her parents know it with constant moaning, as well as a tantrum or two.


Her father held his tongue for most of the weekend, but couldn’t help but give her some fatherly advice on Sunday night. “You’ve spent the whole weekend moaning about how busy you are. Maybe you need to drop one of your activities, if they are stressing you out so much!”


A tantrum followed…from Elle.


Elle’s mum took a different tack. She had a hunch that something was bothering her daughter. “You sound like something is bothering you big-time. What’s up?”


“I’ve got to give a talk at school on Monday in front of the whole school and I haven’t time to prepare. It’ll be awful and everyone will laugh.”


Her mum replied, “You sound like you might be pretty nervous. That makes sense. Giving a talk in front others can be nerve-wracking.”


Elle dropped her shoulders, smiled and said, “You bet!” She was relieved because her mum understood how she felt. In fact, her mum had unlocked the problem for her and reflected back how she felt.


Elle’s dad focused on her behaviour and responded in kind (with well-meaning advice about her future behaviour), while her mother focused on the feelings that acted as a possible driver to her daughter’s behaviour. She took an emotionally smart approach, which turned out to be the right one in this circumstance.


Emotionally intelligent parents don’t dismiss children’s behaviour and allow kids to do as they please. There are times that we need to focus on a child’s behaviour. A child who is rude in public should be reminded in no uncertain terms that poor manners are inappropriate.


However, there are times when smart parents need to look beyond the obvious behaviours to get an good understanding of what’s happening to their child, and to help a child better understand and manage their emotions.


So what does an emotionally intelligent parent look like? And importantly what is the impact on kids, parents and families of this approach?


Emotionally intelligent parents have the following five attributes in common.


They will usually:


  1. Listen more and judge less


There is nothing better than being understood. Parents who operate from an emotionally-smart mindset are more likely to listen to their kids when emotions are high, trying to access what may be going on, rather than clamping down their behaviour or closing them down with well-meaning advice.


Impact: Better, more open relationships.


  1. Accept strong emotions


Anyone who lives with teenagers will know that emotions can run very high. They can say the worst possible things to each other and, at times, to you. Ten minutes after delivering a hateful tirade they can be cuddling up to the person who was the butt of their anger, frustration or anxiety. Emotionally intelligent parents know that feelings need to expressed rather than bottled up, and allowed to fester.  They also believe there is nothing so bad that a child can’t give voice to in a family, however there are behaviours that are not unacceptable.


Impact: A healthy expression of emotions.


  1. Focus on the present


Most parents are rightfully future-focused. We focus on the homework that needs to be handed in tomorrow; the washing that needs to be done; the meal that needs to be cooked. That’s part of everyday life. Children generally focus on the here and now. That of course can be frustrating to a task-oriented future-focused mother or father. However when we lower our gaze we are more likely to pick up how kids are feeling, and importantly help them understand and manage their moods and emotions.


Impact: Happier families and less stress felt at home.


  1. Use rules rather than their moods to determine discipline


Some parents discipline according to their moods. If they feel good then they give children plenty of lenience. If they are feel bad then they pick their kids up on every little thing. It’s better to stick to the family and house rules; that makes you more predictable, which kids really crave.


Impact: More consistent parenting


  1. Develop a language around feelings


A family develops a vocabulary around the things that are important to them. Kids in a sport mad family will inevitably have a rich vocabulary around their chosen sport. The same holds for emotional intelligence. Families that truly value building emotional smarts will develop in kids a rich palette of words that will help them describe how they feel. This vocabulary will inevitably stay with them for life.


Impact: Better relationships later in life at work and in their own families.


At a time when anger and anxiety has never been so high in families, there is a massive need for a parenting approach that includes emotional intelligence. Many parents struggle in the area of helping children understand and manage their emotions because we’ve never had any training in it. We didn’t learn it from our parents, and more than likely haven’t learned it at work. Emotional intelligent parenting can be learned.  At Parentingideas emotional intelligence is central to the work we do with parents. We know first hand that kids who have parents versed in Emotional Intelligence are more likely to raise kids with the skills to be happier, enjoy better relationships and experience more success at school.

Michael Grose Director Parentingideas 2014