Woodend Primary School Newsletter

14 February 2019
Issue 3
2019 Calendar
From the Principal, Diana Ellis
From the Office
Senior Unit
Carlsruhe Annexe
Middle Unit 
Foundation Unit
Sports Report
Student Awards & Achievements
Gardening Group
Canteen
PFA News
Student Banking
Library
Uniform Shop
Community News
Michael Grose: Parent Insights
School Information
Woodend Primary School
(03) 5427 2455
Owen Street,
Woodend, Victoria, 3442
AU

2019 Calendar

CANTEEN ROSTER

February

Fri 15th  Anna, Jess

Wed 20th  Meredith

Thurs 21st Help needed

Fri 22nd 2 Helpers needed

  • urgent help needed for next Friday 22nd

Please contact me if you can help on mobile 0411 558 557.  Remember its only Wednesday to Friday,  9-12.30pm and your child(ren) receives a free icy pole and the chance to see their carer behind the counter.

February
Foundation students do not attend Wednesdays for the month of February 2019.

Fri 15/02

District Tennis

Book Club orders due

Mon 18/02

Computer Info Session Yr 4/5/6

  • 5pm - 5.30pm
  • 7pm - 7.30pm

Wed  20/02

District Tennis

Thurs 21/2

Parent Helpers Program - Reading 2-3.30pm (Library)

Wed 27/02

Division Tennis Bendigo

PFA Meeting  / AGM  - 7.30pm

March

Wed 06/03

Cobaw Summer Sports - Senior Students

Friday 08/03

  • PUPIL FREE DAY - no students at school

Mon 11/03

  • Public Holiday - no students at school

Tues 12/03

Divisional Swimming, Bendigo

Fri 14/03

Divisional Volleyball

Tue 19/03

Yr 5/6 Visit to Kyneton Secondary College

Thurs 21/03

Regional Swimming, Swan Hill

Mon 25/03

Regional Tennis, Swan Hill

Wed 27/03

PFA Meeting  - 7.30pm

April

Tue 02/04

Cobaw Cross Country

Wed 03/04

Easter Lunch Packs - Canteen

Fri 05/04

  • LAST DAY OF TERM 1 - 2.30PM FINISH

2019 School Dates

Term 1  - 30.01.2019 - 05.04.2019

Term 2  -  23.04.2019 - 28.06.2019

Term 3  -  15.07.2019 - 20.09.2019

Term 4  -  07.10.2019 - 20.12.2019

2019 Pupil Free Days

  • Friday 8th March
  • Thursday 27th June
  • Monday 4th November

2019 Camp Dates

Year 2 - 16-17 October

Year 3 - 18-20 September

Year 4 - 4-6  December 

Year 5 - 27-29 November

Year 6 - 30 April - 3 May

2019 School Photo Day

Monday 29th April 

Dental Screening Services to Children

Sunbury Community Health is offering a FREE dental service to junior students (Foundation to Year 2) at Woodend Primary School on Wednesdays 28th August, 4th, 11th and 18th September, 2019.

There are no out-of-pocket costs for any child. Application forms will be distributed prior.

From the Principal,
Diana Ellis

School Council elections

Our nomination period for School Council began last Monday and will close at end of business of Monday February 25th.

Thank you to the people who have already nominated. School Council is an excellent opportunity to find out about how our school works and how decisions are made. Our meetings are once a month during school terms and each meeting is around one and a half to two hours.

If you are interested in nominating but would like to find out more, please drop in and see me.

 

School council positions of responsibility

School councils must include these positions:

  • President: parent member (non-Department employee) or community member who is chairperson of school council meetings. This is a mandated office bearer position.
  • Executive officer: the principal.

Other positions may include:

  • Vice president: parent member (non-Department employee) or community member. This position is not mandated.
  • Treasurer: is elected from council members, preferably a parent member who is not a Department employee or community member. The business manager/bursar should not hold this position. The treasurer may be appointed by council as the facilitator of the finance subcommittee.
  • Minute taker / secretary: the councilor undertaking this role records the actions and discussion in council meetings. It can be filled by a non-council member. If this is the case, the person is required to be a silent observer and has no voting rights.

Student members are ineligible to hold any office bearer position.

 

Terms of office on council

School council members are elected (or co-opted in the case of community members) for approximately a two year term. Usually half the membership expires each year creating vacancies for the annual school council election.

The term of office and rights and responsibilities of community or co-opted members are the same as those of elected councilors.

School expectations

Our focus this year is school pride and high expectations. This means that we are explicitly teaching our students the expected behaviours. One of the expectations is that if students enter the class before the morning bell they put their bags in, get their learning tools ready and go back outside to play.

At WPS we aim to be open and welcoming each morning however we do request that parents, like students, do not stay in the classrooms and corridors.

Before school is when teachers prepare their classrooms for the day and have appointments.

For safety reasons, including any emergency evacuations we require the corridors to be free of congestion at all times and we therefore ask you at the end of the day to wait in the courtyard. We understand that you are excited about seeing your child at the end of the day but waiting outside the classroom also distracts children from their learning. We appreciate your understanding and support with this matter. We will regularly monitor the corridors, please don’t be offended if we gently remind you to move outside.

Capital works

Last week we had another site meeting with the builders, architect and Department representative about the progress of our building works. At this stage the predicted completion date (weather permitting) will be March 14. In the last week there has been great interest around the construction of the deck and the amphitheatre.

Welcome barbecue

Thank you to the many families that attended our welcome barbecue and the parents that volunteered their time to cook and serve the food. The feedback has been really positive about the classrooms being open for parents to visit and the games that our play leaders organised.

Meet and greet interviews

Thank you to the many parents that have taken the time to meet with our teachers. There is strong evidence that tells us that a child’s chance of success is greatly improved when parents are engaged in their child’s learning. If you have not yet met with your child’s teacher we encourage you to do so.

From the Office

 ABSENCES and LATE ARRIVALS  

If your child will be LATE FOR SCHOOL, you must come to the office when you arrive, to sign your child in. Students are not permitted to sign themselves in late. Rolls are marked promptly at 9am. If the music has finished and your child is not yet in class, they have probably missed the roll.

If your child is late or absent from school without explanation from parents, an SMS will be sent to Adult A at around 10.15am. Please respond to the SMS promptly.

If you know in advance your child will be absent, please advise the school via Compass or the absence voicemail - 5427 2455.

SCHOOL ACCOUNTS

Officemax, our 2019 book supplier, will soon advise the school payments they have received from Year Prep – 2 families and then school accounts for all families will be issued.

Receipts for all donations to our Building & Library Funds will also be issued at this time. Please retain receipts for tax deductions.

CAMPS SPORTS & EXCURSIONS FUND

The CSEF is an annual payment to the school to be used towards camps, sports and/or excursion expenses for the benefit of the eligible student.

• Primary school student rate: $125 per year.

• Secondary school student rate: $225 per year.

 

Application forms are available from the school office. Parents need only apply once for each child for their time at Woodend PS, not every year.

CONVEYANCE ALLOWANCE

Some students attending this school will be eligible for a Conveyance Allowance in 2019 if you live more than 4.8 km by the shortest practicable route from the NEAREST school attended AND live more than 4.8 km from the nearest DEECD funded bus service stop;

Please direct any enquiries to Sue Turner at the school office.

COMPASS’ SCHOOL MANAGER

IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO ACCESS COMPASS, PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE – we can reset passwords and provide access assistance. It is imperative all parents have Compass access and we suggest you turn on NOTIFICATIONS for this app to alert you to information  & excursion notices sent.

QKR

This is the preferred payment method at WPS for all activities that DO NOT require consent (eg. Uniform & Canteen). This is a free app for your smartphone or the QKR program can be downloaded on your computer.

If you are having any difficulties logging on or with your password, please contact the school office and we can assist.

NEWSLETTER BY EMAIL

The first newsletter for the year was distributed in paper format. From now, the school newsletter is distributed electronically every week on a Thursday, via an email which contains a direct link to the newsletter document. Compass login is not required to read the newsletter from this link.

This is the most important form of communication issued from the school and we ask you to contact the school by phone if you either do not have a valid email address or if you don’t receive the email containing the newsletter link. Email address updates can be made via Compass.

  • The newsletter is also available from the school website.

Payment Methods for School Activities

 

Senior Unit

Visualising

In the Senior Unit, we have been looking at visualising as a reading strategy. This week students were played various pieces of instrumental music and were asked to visualise what would be happening. They used their ideas to publish some very creative pieces of writing. Below are the creative writing and the links to the music that inspired them:

 

Convergence - https://bit.ly/2zl6sKk

Far far away in the jungle of Barakomo. Where if you are lucky and are a great musician you will be able to play your music at a wedding ceremony.

 

Hi, I’m Saliuna and I have been chosen to play at my villages chief’s wedding. Out of all the men the chief chose me. I will probably get laughed at since everybody in our village knows that there has never ever been a girl play at a wedding ceremony. I don’t know why it was me it just was and one day there will be more girls playing at lots of different sorts of ceremonies.

 

The day has arrived and the ceremony is about to start and my band hasn’t arrived. What am I going to do? The chief walking right towards me and I have to stay out of sight. I really need a miracle. All of a sudden I feel a slightly rough but not to hard to injure me tap on my shoulder. I wonder who it is. Please don’t be the chief or her fiance.

 

I slowly turn around and standing right in front of me are a bunch of little girls the first little girl says “We saw you run away behind this bush and you looked really worried, is everything alright?”

 

“Actually my band hasn’t arrived and I have all their instruments”

 

“ We will help you by being your band”, they all suggested.

At the end of the ceremony, it was the best musical performance ever to be at a wedding in our village and it was all performed by girls.  By Lily

 

You know this has to happen, it’s the only way to save the hidden animal kingdom. Taking one more step closer to your destiny, while holding your breath you hear the birds making noises to show their faith in you. These birds are different though. They give you strength, and they make harsher squeals, deeper chirps. As you look around you hear the trees whispering to you, their branches reaching out to you as if they were alive. It’s very dark underneath these trees. The yellow, green and blue eyes stare you straight in the eyes, paralyzing you. Letting go of your fears, you forget all your worries, and let the breeze take your thought away and pull you forwards.

 

You hear more noises, louder booming ones as you get closer to a river that is crossing your path. This was the only way out and the only way to save your mysterious yet wonderful tribe of memories, to extinction. Looking back you see the animals with hope in their eyes, as they circle you, some glaring at the ground in apology, telling you that this was the only way out, and the only way to save them, as well as yourself. The fish swim past, making way for you, this was goodbye already. You have your last glance back at the kingdom, as a tear rolls down your face onto the ground making the soil there moist.

 

Now that it’s silent you can hear your heartbeat rise and fall. What was this feeling? You are their only hope, why cry now? The wind changes direction, or at least that’s what you think, because your thoughts come back now, back into your mind and brain. You stand up straight, pretending to be proud, but it’s hard, to tell the truth when you’ve always lied. Hard to look into the future when you know you’re already there. You tell yourself one last time, This was goodbye. You remember being told, “When your path isn’t turning, and your paths go nowhere, don’t be scared, keep on walking, turn the corner and I’ll be there.” Why was it hard to believe that now? Just go...Now is not the time to stop.  By Stevie

 

Weightless - http://bit.ly/2tkdD1Z

The light rippled through the water as the seaweed swayed. It was a colourful paradise under the turquoise surface. Thousands of clownfish swam through the bright orange anemones. Baby snapper played and chattered in the thick seaweed and giant parrot fish swim slowly through the rainbow coral. This is a tropical world for fish. In the middle of it, all laid an enormous, magical underwater tree, the heart of the reef.   By Amber

 

 

In SU2 this week we listened to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and used this to stimulate our imaginations and to visualise/create pictures in our minds. From this, we created stories.

 

The Queen’s Bird

The baby bird chirped as it’s mum flew to it with some juicy worms. The baby bird hopped around with joy. He looked down out of tree, spread his wings and jumped out. He flapped and flapped and flew! He started to sing. He roamed around the forest chirping away with the sun shining on his feathers. He travelled around forest England until he got to Buckingham Palace. He decided to start a family of his own. He gathered twigs and set them up on the Queens Window sill at Buckingham Palace.

 

He flew to St James Park and saw a female bird and sang to her. They flew together to the nest. When spring came their three little eggs hatched. The male bird flew everywhere and couldn’t find any worms. It spotted some juicy looking apples in a fruit bowl in the Queen’s personal kitchen. He grabbed one in his beak.

 

He took it back to the family and they all ate together. From then on the Queen’s personal chef would wonder where the apples had gone. One day the Queen opened her blinds to her surprise to find a nest of birds. She found out that it was the birds who had stolen the apples but she did not tell. Instead she kept them hidden away and gave them food.

 

But life goes on, and the baby birds grew up and started the life cycle again.

THE END.  By Mariella

Carlsruhe Annexe

News

No news this week.

Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2

Throughout week three the year 1/2 classes continued settling into their routines and programs. The students had opportunities to use technology and explore their surroundings during science lessons on ‘School Yard Safari’. Students took their reader bags home for the first time on Monday which marks the start of the 'at home' reading program. Remember reading every night supports overall learning and encourages a passion for reading. This week teachers and families were able to sit down to have successful meet and greet sessions.   

The students of MU2 are very excited to be at school with their new teacher and this is what they said….

Curtis said “I’m excited to have Miss McBean as my teacher because she plays fun games”.

Jamie said “I am excited to use Ipads”.

James said “I am excited for home time”

Lacey said “I love playing with my friends”.

Calab said “I like lunch”.

Alex said “I am looking forward to using Ipads”.

June said “I am looking forward to seeing my friends and my sister Nina”.

Zoey said “I am excited about writing and I love school and everything at school”.

Giselle said “I like playing with my friends Alita, Lacey and Ava”.

Will said “My favourite thing about school is playing tiggy”.

Owen said “I’m excited about using Ipads and playing at Lunch”.

Catalina said “I am excited about being in the newsletter”.

Alita said “I love playing my friends at the back of the oval. We play tag and have fun together”.

Archie said “I am excited about lunch and snacks at school. I am also excited for home time”.

Rhys said “I am excited using Ipads”.

Flynn said “I am happy about school and seeing the people in my class”.

Zahra said “What I am excited about is ART and painting!!”

Zack said “I am excited because I see my friends at school”.

Lachie said “I am excited to go back on the Ipads with my friends”.

Zoe said “I’m excited when it is my birthday at school because I want to bring a treat and a balloon”.

Aloysius said “I am excited to use Ipads”.

Moser said “What I like about school so far is that I play tiggy with Will”.

Lulu said “I am excited about grade 2 camp”.

Clancy said “My favourite thing about school is that I have a very nice teacher”.

Ava said “I am excited about is making my new friends Alita and Lacey”.

Year 3

Thank you to all the parents and families who came to the Welcome BBQ on Thursday. The students enjoyed showing their families their new rooms and all the wonderful work they have been completing this term. This week’s ‘Meet and Greets’ have been a great opportunity for the Year 3 teachers to meet parents and say hello. The Year 3 students have been working hard this week, preparing for their Show and Tell presentations, where they will present a PowerPoint Presentation or poster to the grade. We have been learning how to use PowerPoint on the netbooks and how to make a great poster that grabs our audience’s attention! We can’t wait to learn more about our classmates and celebrate their strengths and interests with them.

Foundation Unit

News

In the Foundation classes this week we have been focusing a lot on Woodend Primary School’s value of ‘Respect’. The students have been looking at ways we show respect at school through the use of manners. We have heard lots of ‘please and thank you’ and ‘excuse me’ from the students which has been lovely. The students have also been practising raising their hands to answer a question or add to a class conversation. Both Foundation classes have been for walks around the school and have demonstrated how to move quietly from one area of the school to another in order to show respect for other classes who are working. It has been great to see how quickly the Foundation students have grasped these concepts.

 

Most students are now remembering to drop off their lunch boxes, water bottles and reader bags before school so that they are sitting on the mat by 9am ready to start the day. Please remember that Monday is library day so library bags will need to be placed in each grade’s library tub before school on this day.

 

Readers are coming home daily and we are currently working on using the pictures to make sense of our reading and to read new words. We are also trying to point to each word as we read. Please listen to your child read each night, sign the Reader Diary and return your child’s reader bag to school each day. Most children will take some time to read independently but it is still important to sit and share the reader each day. This gives students time practise strategies we are using at school.

 

In Maths we are still counting to 10, and learning to write numbers correctly. You can help at home by encouraging your child to touch each item as they count. They can also practise counting forwards and backwards to and from 10.

Sports Report

Tennis

Well done to our group of enthusiastic tennis players who tried out for our school tennis team last Thursday. Congratulations to Poppy Lenaine Smith, Jonty Green, Rose Dawson and Ned O’Connor who were selected for the team. We wish them all the best at the Cobaw District Schools Tennis Competition at the Woodend Courts tomorrow.

Summer Sports 

In the Senior Unit, training has commenced for our Summer Sports of Volleyball, Cricket and Softball. We will finalise teams shortly. Over half of our Senior Unit students will compete in these sports, with the remaining children taking part in our inter school Winter Sports next term.

We are seeking parents who can assist with teams on the day (scoring, umpiring etc.). The more help we get, the more we can share the load! If anyone in the school community can assist, please contact me or a Senior Unit teacher. Any help would be much appreciated!  The Summer Sports are scheduled for Wednesday March 6.

Cross Country

The District (Inter school) Cross Country will take place at Hanging Rock on Tuesday April 2 (the last week of Term 1). A couple of weeks before this, we will hold a cross country trial in the Gilbert Gordon Oval area to select our team for the District Competition. This trial will take place on a Wednesday (Date to be finalised).

To be eligible for the School Cross Country Team you must be in Grade 3-6 and be turning 9 years old or older this year. Children who turn 9 or 10 years old in 2019 will run a 2km course and children who turn 11, 12 and 13 years old in 2019 will run a 3km course.

Children, if you are interested in cross country running start your training now, you’ll only get better! Plus, your improved fitness will benefit you in other sports you play as well as in your everyday life. Come and see me if you’d like some tips or advice on cross country training.

 

Sharon Connell

P.E. Teacher

Cross Country

The District (Inter school) Cross Country will take place at Hanging Rock on Tuesday April 2 (the last week of Term 1). A couple of weeks before this, we will hold a cross country trial in the Gilbert Gordon Oval area to select our team for the District Competition. This trial will take place on a Wednesday (Date to be finalised).

To be eligible for the School Cross Country Team you must be in Grade 3-6 and be turning 9 years old or older this year. Children who turn 9 or 10 years old in 2019 will run a 2km course and children who turn 11, 12 and 13 years old in 2019 will run a 3km course.

Children, if you are interested in cross country running start your training now, you’ll only get better! Plus, your improved fitness will benefit you in other sports you play as well as in your everyday life. Come and see me if you’d like some tips or advice on cross country training.

 

Sharon Connell

P.E. Teacher

Student Awards
& Achievements

Students of the Week

JU1 - n/a

JU2 - n/a

MU1 - Luke

For being a superstar and giving all his work his very best.

MU2 - Aloysius

Supporting a new student and becoming a kind friend.

MU3 - Hannah

For being a great support for the students in MU3, particularly our new students.

MU4 - Rachel

Writing wonderful sentences about a storm related to our book study, "Mrs White and the Red Desert".

MU5 - Martha

Always demonstrating Whole Body Listening.

MU6 - Ella

Sharing her computer skills as a class expert and the excellent quality of her work this week.  Well done Ella.

MU7 - Lincoln

For his enthusiastic start, helpfulness and positive attitude towards set learning tasks.

MU8 - Neve

For being super organised in class and taking pride in her work.

CU1 - Sophie

Being such an enthusiastic student

CU2 - Nina

For her outstanding effort in class and being a wonderful help feeding our sheep.

CU3 - Teagan

For consistently setting a great example for her peers.  Keep it up.

SU1 - Harley

Being super responsible all week.  You rock.

SU2 - Flynn

Always trying his best in class and for always being willing to help others.

SU3 - Alicia

For showing what it means to 'be a leaner' by always listening, contributing and trying her hardest.

Class of the Week

French - MU6

For outstanding effort in French.

Gardening Group

Woodend Community Children's Garden

With literally a truck load soil arriving this week for our new raised vegie gardens, I’m hoping to restart lunchtime Kid’s Gardening Club to get the students involved. Last year 40 kids signed up for Garden Club, forcing us to buy more equipment! The benefits to everyone involved are numerous – fresh air, physical activity, team work, meeting new kids of all ages, sense of pride and accomplishment. However, I wont be able to run Kid’s Garden Club without more parent helpers. No gardening experience is needed as you’ll more or less just be helping me supervise the children.

Gardening Group Sessions:

  • Where:   Woodend Community Children’s Garden
  • When:   12.45-2.00pm Mondays - parent help required to run lunchtime Kid’s Garden Club
  •                 2.00-3.30pm Mondays - parent’s gardening session
  • BYO:   Bring your enthusiasm and desire to join in (No gardening know-how required).  Please wear sturdy shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Pre-school age children are welcome too
  • Sign in:   Please sign in at the Office before gardening
  • Contact:  Nicole Middleton 0418 233 366

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Nicole Middleton

Gardening Group Facilitator - 0418 233 366

 

Canteen

News

  • Thanks to Emma for the new lunch tub labels.
  • Urgent help needed for next Friday 22nd
  • Please contact me if you can help on mobile 0411 558 557.  Remember its only Wednesday to Friday,  9-12.30pm and your child(ren) receives a free icy pole and the chance to see their carer behind the counter.

Qkr

  • Please ensure your child(ren) have the correct details on Qkr. 
  • When ordering from Qkr, please purchase a lunch bag first, if you're not supplying your own. 
  • NO CASH ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  Please see the office staff for help loading Qkr.

PFA News

News

Parents And Friends - Fundraising Activities for 2019

 

Term 1

Welcome BBQ - Thurs 7th Feb

Easter Raffle

Bunnings BBQ

Term 2

Mothers Day - Ladies Night Out Dinner - Fri 10th May

Term 3

Trivia Night - 27th July

Father's Day Breakfast - Fri 6th September

Term 4

Carlsruhe Country Fair - Sun 24th November

Christmas Raffle


Danni Findlay

 wpspfa@gmail.com

Student Banking

8 Deposits - Choose your reward

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Remy, Catherine, Atticus, Kurtis

10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home

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School Banking

  • Wednesday: Hand in books via classroom
  • Thursday: Books processed and returned to the classroom

Getting involved in School Banking is easy!

1. Online

Visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account.

2. In branch

Visit a Commonwealth Bank branch with identification for yourself and your child, like a driver’s licence and birth certificate.

 

If your child has an existing Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account they can start banking straight away. They just need to bring their deposit in every week on School Banking day using their Dollarmites deposit wallet.

Term 1 Rewards - NEW

  • New for Term 1 - Snowy Origami set and Scented Stackable Highlighter

     

Library

News

  • BOOK CLUB DUE:  Friday 15th February 2019

Susan Machell

Library

Uniform Shop

Lost Property

Lost property is located outside the uniform shop door.  Named items will be returned to the classroom.  Unnamed items will be placed here until end of term, then they are donated to charity.  Please stop by from time to check and see whether any items belong to you.

Name Stamp for clothing

I have a Name Stamp that can be used on uniforms that does not wash off.

This is the website on where to find it.        

https://stamptastic.co.uk/

Uniform Shop Hours

Normal Uniform Shop opening times are:

Tuesday: 8.45am - 9.15am

Thursday: 3pm - 4pm

Michelle Wearne

Uniform Shop

Community
News

Local Community

 

Michael Grose: Parent Insights

Unearthing kid's strengths

Personality strengths – our character – play a big role in helping us build our our talents. Think about anyone who has built a talent and imagine if it could have been done without character. Imagine Einstein without curiosity, The Beatles without creativity, Mother Teresa without compassion or Neil Armstrong without bravery.

 

Yet for decades, scientists were blind to character strength. We focused on talent, often on physical strength and skills. In fact, when I first ask young children what they think a strength is, they almost always point to their biceps or talk about being able to lift something heavy.

 

Once you get familiar with the language of strengths and a framework for seeing them, you’ll see character strengths easily in your child. In fact, you may find your child calls on their character strengths more often than on talent to meet life’s challenges.

 

Three key elements of a strength

You’ve probably seen a child joylessly perform at a piano recital. They may hit all the right keys, but there’s no energy or enthusiasm. It’s as if they don't want to be there. On the flip side, we’ve seen the child onstage who’s clearly motivated and energised and who fearlessly flails through every mistake – of which there are many.

 

It turns out that three elements come together to form a strength. For purposes of strength-based parenting, we need to keep our eye on all three:

 

1. Performance (being good at something).

Watch for when your child shows above-age levels of achievement, rapid learning, and a repeated pattern of success.

 

2. Energy (feeling good doing it)

Strengths are self-reinforcing. The more we use them, the more we get from them. They fill us with vigour. You’ll notice your child has abundant energy when using a strength.

 

3. High use (choosing to do it)

Finally, look for what your child chooses to do in their spare time, how often they engage in a particular activity, and how they speak about that activity.

 

For true strengths, these three elements form a beautiful feedback loop: great performance provides the child with a shot of high energy, so the child naturally chooses to do more. In turn, high use – also known as effort or practice – improves performance levels. So, for example, if you notice that your child is energised when they play the piano, and you provide enjoyable opportunities for them to play, if they're mining a true strength they will likely practise more, which improves their performance, which then energises them … and so the loop continues.

 

Keeping this triad in mind will help you avoid pushing your child into an area that seems like a strength just because your child is good at it. It will also help you differentiate between whether your child is bingeing on an activity in an escapist way or expressing a true strength.

 

For example, when a parent asks me, 'My son is great at computer games and wants to play all the time. Is that a sign of a strength?' I reply, 'Observe his energy levels at the end. Is he drained and cranky? Or energised and full of life? Are you seeing the full triad?' Computer games can tap into a child’s strategic and problem-solving skills or stimulate creativity (in some games, you invent whole new worlds). Or they might just be about filling time.

 

So look for all three signs. When you see your child do something well, with energy, and repeatedly, you’ll know you’ve unearthed a strength.

School Information

Whole School Assembly

Every Friday at 3pm in the school hall

Student Banking

Wednesday: Hand in books via classroom

Thursday: Books processed and returned to the classroom

Uniform Shop

Tuesdays       8.45 am - 9.15 am

Thursdays     3.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Woodend Primary School Newsletter
2019 Canteen Menu as at 30.1.19.pdf
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