Reminder: Connect to the School Portal (Sentral)

Please connect to the school portal as soon as possible.

The portal provides families with direct access to discreet information about your child as well as an interactive area to communicate directly with your child’s teacher and the school via a secure application managed by the school.

Initially, the portal will provide parents with access to your child’s enrolment details and will allow you to update these records. Parents will be able view your child’s attendance records and provide explanations for any unexplained absences. As a parent you will be able to view school newsletters, class notices and communicate directly with your child’s teacher.

As the portal is developed it will provide you with more significant information about your child and their progress at school.

To facilitate access to the portal all families will require a valid email address. Once registered you will be required to enter your unique family access key. Please contact the office for your portal letter.

In Case You Missed It: ELC Parent Opinion Survey

We have received our 2016 Kindergarten parent opinion survey from the Department of Education. Last year families enrolled in the funded kindergarten program were invited to fill in a survey regarding our program. It was very encouraging to read question 8 “Friendliness of kindergarten towards children, families and visitors” with 100% response that we are very friendly.

Our kindergarten and prep teachers have recently attended professional development regarding the transition to school. We also had the opportunity to network and meet with other local kindergarten teachers. We are now in the process of planning and preparing our next transition to school process for 2018. One of our local kindergartens is Littlecroft, we are planning three visits this term where the kindergarten class with their teachers and parent helpers will walk to the school for an excursion to find out all about school. Our Early Learning Centre will also be involved in similar visits to classrooms and finding out what happens in specialist classes.

Picking Up Students During School Hours

If you are planning on picking your child up from school in between 11-11:30am or 1:30-2:30pm, please let the office or teacher know so we can have your child and their bags waiting in the office.

While the kids are outside, it is hard for them to hear all of the announcements. Our teachers also lock the classrooms during recess and lunch so it can make collecting school bags difficult.

After school if you are running late please call the office before 3:20pm so we can call your child to the office and have them wait with us.

Please remember school finishes at 3:30pm each day and your child is required to be picked up no later than 3:45pm.

Bounce Back Whole School program Term 1 2017

Attached is our whole school term one planner for our Bounce Back curriculum. You can read a summary of each weeks lesson across the year levels. Bounce Back is an evidence based wellbeing and resilience program. Each week every year level has a focus linked to a story and discussion to support students to build strong social and emotional skills.

 

2017 planner (Whole school)TERM 1

Social skills for children by Michael Grose

Social skills for children

 

By Michael Grose

 

Here are 7 important social skills to help children to develop:

 

  1. Ask for what you want

Help children ask for what they want. It means they don’t throw tantrums, whinge, and sulk or expect parents to guess what’s on their minds. While we need to be patient with toddlers, we need also to give older children the chance and opportunity to ask for what they want. Sometimes we need to ignore shrugs and grunts and expect them to articulate their wishes. This is the basis of civil behaviour, as well as a basic human skill.

 

  1. Good manners

Teach kids good manners, in particular the three ‘power words’. These words are very persuasive because they have a way of breaking down barriers and people’s defences. These three words are: your name; please; thanks. These terms are the basis of good manners, and, when used, will increase the likelihood of getting what you want.

 

  1. Sharing

Sharing is a basic social skill. Developmentally, very young children like to keep their possessions themselves. As they get older and move into Pre School and beyond the notion of sharing becomes a pre-requisite for playing with and forming relationships with others.  Other children like to play and be with those who share their time, possessions and space with them. Sharing is the start of empathy as it shows sensitivity to other people’s feelings.

 

  1. Holding a conversation

Holding conversations with others is a lifetime friendship skill. Conversations require self-disclosure, which can be challenging for some children. Good conversationalists give of themselves, but also take an interest in the person they are talking to. Many children forget that good conversations are two-way events, and tend to focus solely on themselves.

 

  1. Winning and losing well

Kids need to learn to win without rubbing others noses in it, and lose gracefully without throwing tantrums and making excuses. Wanting to win is natural, but they need to do so in a way that they maintain a relationship with other players so they will play again. Losing may make kids feel bad, but kids need to control their negative feelings so that others will play with them again.

 

  1. Approaching and joining a group

The ability to approach strangers in social situations is valuable skill that opens up many doors, both friendship–wise and business-wise. These skills can be learned and practised during childhood, so that it becomes second nature in adulthood.

 

  1. Handling fights and disagreements

Disagreements happen in families and among friends. The key is to make sure disagreements don’t lead to the breakdown of friendships. It’s important to get across to kids that having an argument or disagreement doesn’t mean that a friendship is over. Strong friendships, like strong family relationships, withstand disagreements. In fact, they only serve to strengthen friendships.

 

Michael Grose Director Parentingideas 2016

Positive mental health for parents and carers

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What does it mean for parents and carers to look after themselves?

Looking after parents’ and carers’ mental and physical health is just as important as looking after children’s. Some ways parents and carers can look after themselves can be to eat well, exercise regularly and have positive relationships.

Why is it important for children that parents and carers to look after themselves?

When parents and carers are supported to look after themselves (link to ‘Supporting parents and carers to looks after themselves’), they are more likely to feel good. This means they are more able to provide their children with the best care possible. Being healthy helps parents and carers relate to and make good decisions for their children. This promotes positive mental health and wellbeing in children and allows families to enjoy time together.

Children’s mental health and wellbeing is promoted when parents and carers look after themselves.