Woodend Primary School Newsletter

18 July 2019
Issue 20
2019 Calendar
From the Acting Principal, Victoria Graham
School Council
From the Office
Senior Unit
Carlsruhe Annexe
Middle Unit 
Foundation Unit
Sports Report
Education Support Team
Student Awards & Achievements
Gardening Group
Library News
PFA News
Student Banking
Uniform Shop / Lost Property
Community News
Michael Grose: Parent Insights
School Information
Woodend Primary School
(03) 5427 2455
Owen Street,
Woodend, Victoria, 3442

2019 Calendar



Thurs 18th - Help needed

Fri 19th - Linda

Please email woodendcanteen@gmail.com if you can help .  Remember it's only Wednesday, Thursday or Friday,  9-12.30 pm, you receive a free lunch and your child(ren) receive a free icy pole.

July 2019

Thur 18/07

State Cross Country - selected students

Wed 24/07

Years 4-6 Athletic trials (House Sports)

PFA Meeting 7.30 pm

August 2019

Fri 02/08

Book Club Due

Tue 06/08

School Tours - 9.30am & 2.30pm (book at office)

Fri 09/08

Mary Ann Thomas MP, Official Opening of new buildings

Dental Screening Forms due back (Foundation - Yr 2)

Mon 12/08

School Council 7 pm

Tue 13/08

Cobaw Basketball (selected students)

Mon 19/08

Library - BOOK WEEK

Thurs 22/08

Cobaw Athletics (selected students)

Sat 24/08

PFA Trivia Night

Wed 28/08

Dental Screening Service Visit

Fri 30/08

PFA - Fathers Day Breaky

School Term Dates

Term 2019 2020
1 - 28.01.20 - 27.03.20
2 - 14.04.20 - 26.06.20
3 15.07.19 - 20.09.19 13.07.20 - 18.09.20
4 07.10.19 - 20.12.19 05.10.20 - 18.12.20

2019 Pupil Free Days

  • 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

From the Acting Principal,
Victoria Graham

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to Term 3 and I hope that everyone enjoyed their holiday break. This term we would like to welcome new students and families to Woodend Primary School. All students have quickly settled back into the routine and already made a solid start on their new topics for this term. A Unit Newsletter will be sent home via Compass over the next week, filling you in on what the students will be learning .

Parent Teacher Interviews

Thank you to all parents, students and staff for their involvement with Parent Teacher Interviews. We always encourage strong communication between home and school for the best possible outcomes for the students. It was fantastic to hear about the hard work and personal achievements students have made during Semester 1 and we are looking forward to sharing future achievements during Semester 2 at various Open Sessions planned – more details will come. Please remember though, we encourage parents to make regular contact with their classroom teacher about their child’s progress.


Next Wednesday after school, staff will be participating in a Professional Development session on our Spelling Program, ‘Soundwaves’. Spelling is taught using a combination of strategies and Soundwaves focuses on learning the different letter blends that make various sounds. Explicit sounds are taught and then students practise these daily through their writing, reading and short games and exercises.

Building Works

Over the holidays our netball courts were resurfaced. We are currently obtaining quotes so we can get some line marking done to include netball lines, as well as various games such as Four Square and Down Ball. The maintenance period for the garden has now finished and the new handrail for the steps leading to the Art Room is underway. Some of the synthetic grass areas above the Netball Courts has sunk and work will be done in the near future to rectify that. School Council and I are continuing to communicate with the Department on the best solution for the decking areas to the new portables and will keep you updated.

New Building Opening

At this stage Mary-Ann Thomas will be visiting the school at 9.00am pm Friday 9th August, to officially open our new hall/music room and works completed from our Capital Works project. More information will be provided.

Parent Surveys

As we are always striving to make continual improvements on all aspects of our school, we endeavour to offer various ways the school community can provide us with feedback and have input.

One way is through surveys. In the upcoming weeks we will be sending out 2 different surveys. One is the Parent Opinion Survey which is mandated through the Department. This will go to a random sample of families. You will be sent an email with a link to complete the confidential survey. These results are sent to the department and then anonymous data is provided to the school, so we can celebrate what we are doing well and set new goals on areas we can improve in.


The School Council would also like to get your opinions on voluntary funds, and will be issuing a survey to every family next week about this very important subject.

  •  The survey only has 10 questions and most questions only require you to tick a box. It will be anonymous and should only take a few minutes to complete.
  •  Your views are important and this is a chance to have your say (we want to hear from you whether you pay the voluntary fees or not).
  •  As a token of our appreciation, all families who complete this survey, will be put into a draw for a Family Movie Pass.

The school depends on the money from voluntary funds to help support your children’s education. If you could spare a few minutes to complete the survey and help us determine the best way forward, it would be greatly appreciated


Somers Camp

Somers Camp this year the camp will be running from November 19th until 27th November. Unfortunately the camp does clash with our Year 5 Urban Camp. This does not prevent our Year 5 students from putting in an Expression of Interest to attend Somers Camp, but they will need to give some consideration, that if accepted to Somers, they will miss out on the school camp. Below is the information put out by Somers Camp.

If you would like to put in an ‘Expression of Interest’ for your Year 5/6 child to attend please hand it to the office by tomorrow, Friday 19th July.

  • DATES: 19/11/2019 to 27/11/2019
  • COST: $260.00  (includes transport, accommodation & pocket money)

Somers Camp is situated on Westernport Bay, 80km from Melbourne (Melway Map Ref 193 H9).

The camp provides an opportunity for social interaction between children drawn from many schools and presents a variety of challenging situations through outdoor education and contact with the local environment. The nine day commitment is essential if the social aims are to be achieved.


We currently have a group of students who are keen to start up a Chess Club. We would love to be able to enter a team in the local school’s Chess Competition in early August. If anyone has any Chess sets they could lend or donate to the school that would be greatly appreciated. We are also keen if there are any parents who would like to help teach students how to play Chess. Please contact me if you are interested.

School Council


The school council are looking at ways of broadening our communications and visibility in the school community. As a part of this plan, there will be a monthly communication post each School Council meeting in the newsletter, with a brief summary of the main points. We are looking at other ways of engaging members of our school community. Keep an eye/ear out for upcoming information. If you would like to contact the school council with any questions, queries or comments, please send an email to woodend.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au


The last school council Meeting was held on Wednesday 26 June. 

It was a dual meeting, combining with an extraordinary meeting. During the extraordinary meeting, the selection panel for the principal appointment, made a recommendation to the school council. The School Council supported the recommendation in order to appoint the successful applicant - Diana Ellis. On behalf of the School Council, I would like to congratulate Diana on her appointment, and look forward to continuing working with her to support Woodend Primary in achieving great learning outcomes for all students.


Jen Henderson - School Council President 

Update on School Crossings Supervision

The school has had confirmation from the Shire Local Laws regarding supervision of our three pedestrian crossings:

  1. The High Street crossing is the only supervised crossing
  2. Both the car park service lane and Owen St crossings are un-supervised crossings
  3. Supervisors will be directed by the Shire to only supervise the High St crossing as covering both this and the service lane places children using the crossings at risk.

For all crossings (supervised and un-supervised) when flags are displayed drivers:

  • Must not overtake a vehicle stopping or stopped at the crossing.
  • Must stop if a child or adult is about to cross or is crossing, even if there is no crossing supervisor.
  • Must stop if a hand held “Stop” sign is displayed.
  • Must proceed only when all children and adults, including the supervisor, are clear of the crossing.
  • Must approach at a speed slow enough to stop safely, if necessary.
  • Should always watch out for children near schools.

Brad Dean – School Council Member

From the Office

Dental Screening – Free Service for Years Foundation, 1 & 2 students

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.

As part of this program, a dental practitioner will be visiting Woodend Primary School to provide a dental screening and application of fluoride, and discuss developing good dental habits with your child. A report will be provided to your child after the check-up, with information on your child’s screening and whether a further appointment is required.


Information packs, including an application form, have been distributed to all Year Foundation – 2 students today as well as a Compass News Feed. Completed forms MUST BE RETURNED TO SCHOOL BY FRIDAY 9TH AUGUST.


Any questions regarding this service should be directed to the provider, Sunbury Community Health Dental Clinic on (03) 9744 4455 or email sharonr@sunburychc.org.au


  • We are in urgent need of size 8 generic tracksuit pants as spares for the First Aid Room.

Earn and Learn Vouchers

If you have any Earn and Learn vouchers could you please put them in the allocated box which is in the School office, at your earliest convenience.  We need to ship these off by end of next week.

Compass Parent Contact Details

It is very important that the phone & email contact details listed on Compass for parents is correct. Next time you log into Compass you will be prompted to check these details. Please make any necessary adjustments or phone the school office to advise updated details.


If you are experiencing difficulties with any aspect of Compass, please contact the office staff who will be able to help you to navigate to the required area.

Adding a Note/Approval for a Future Absence

You can enter notification of absences in advance, if you know that your child is going to be absent from school (e.g. scheduled family holiday, medical appointment, etc).

To do this from your homepage, click on the 'Add Attendance Note/Approval' link listed underneath the name of the relevant student. 

This will take you to the Attendance screen, with a pop-up window to enter details of the note or approval. Here you can select the applicable date range - in the future if required. 

Adding an absence note or approval

Recording the late arrival of a student in Compass by parents is not recommended as the notification is not tracking into the Absence portal correctly. Please sign your child in at the office upon arrival.


If your child has any unapproved absences, you will receive an alert on your Compass home page letting you know this, and allowing you to add a Note or Approval. 

Clicking on this notification will take you to the Unexplained tab for that child's attendance, where you can choose to add a Note or Approval for one or more absences. To add a note or approval, select one or more of the absences listed, then select the 'Explain with Note/Approval' button. 

Please note that you cannot edit your notes or approvals after they've been created. If you do need to make any amendments please contact your school, as they can do this for you.

Payment Methods for School Activities


Senior Unit


We recorded our first podcast today. It has been a long journey and while our shows are not ready to be released we are super excited to be sharing these with you in the near future. 




Chess sets


The Senior Unit is putting the call out for any unwanted chess sets that you might be contemplating getting rid of. We are keen to begin a Chess Club and have plenty of students who would benefit from playing organised games at lunch-time. If you do or know of someone else who has a Chess set they could donate, please drop it into the office or the Senior Unit rooms.

Carlsruhe Annexe


Term 3 at Carlsruhe has started with lots of energy. Today we put our River Detectives ‘hats’ on to investigate the water quality and habitat of the Campaspe River. The students worked in groups to test different aspects of the river water.


Here are some photographs of us testing Temperature, Electrical Conductivity (salinity), Turbidity (cloudiness), pH, and Reactive phosphorus.


Thursday Activities.

Thursday activities will start again next week for the last 2 sessions.

If you are able to help, please let your child’s teacher know and make sure the office has a copy of your current Working With Children’s Check.


Gum Boot racks

The building of the new gum boot racks is continuing. Thank you to the families who have donated wood for this project. We still need many more broom or garden tool type wooden handles though to complete these.

Carlsruhe Teachers

Ann Ireland, Nathan Spilsted and Mark Condon

Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2


The Year 1s and 2s have been learning all about NAIDOC week. NAIDOC week was officially from the 7th to the 14th of July. As we were all on holidays during that time, we worked with students to understand the meaning and importance of NAIDOC week before and after the holiday break. The children discussed and analysed the Acknowledgement of Country that gets spoken at Woodend PS assemblies and learnt about ways that respect can be shown to the traditional owners of this land.


Learning about NAIDOC week has been the perfect introduction to our current Integrated Studies unit ‘You and Me: Our Country’ which aims to highlight connections that can be made between Indigenous Australians and everyone living in Australia today. From these lessons, students have already highlighted the following things they would like to further learn about:

  • Some words in an aboriginal language
  • Body paint
  • Dreamtime stories
  • What aboriginals wear
  • How aboriginals get their food
  • Where and how aboriginals build their shelters

Year 3

Welcome back to Term 3! The students have been excited to share their holiday adventures with the class.  


Lots of fun to be had in reading and writing this term. We are investigating fractured fairytales. We have been loving reading different versions of some of our favourite fairytales this week. We are also going to have a go at writing our own version of a fractured fairytale.


We are starting to send home spelling words this term. You should see a new little exercise book appear in your child’s bag. We are encouraging students to practise their weekly spelling words at home. Home spelling books need to come to school every Friday for students to complete weekly Spelling Tests.


In Maths we have been working on developing our mental addition and subtraction facts. Students have been learning number games they can teach you at home too! Many only need dice or playing cards.  


Students have been having fun with our new Science unit – Heating Up! This week we looked at the transfer of heat energy from our hands and how we can melt an ice cube!


Here are some photos from our week!

Miss Geer, Mrs Meggs and Miss Radz

Foundation Unit


This term in Foundation in Mathematics, we are exploring addition and subtraction. The students will be practising combining two groups of items and finding the total amount. As the term progresses we will move from language such as 2 and 3 makes 5 to the more formal 2 plus 3 equals 5. Students are not required to use the addition and equal signs until Year 1 but some students will use them if they are comfortable with this. We will use a variety of materials to help us explore addition and subtraction such as die, playing cards, blocks and counters and games. Often children need to explore a concept in a variety of ways, with a variety of materials, over a lot of lessons and experiences for it to be fully grasped. This week the students started exploring using dominoes.


School Nurse visit

Trina Douglas (Ph: 0408 177 814), our Primary School Nurse, will be visiting our school early next term.


Referrals (All Grades): Parents and/or teachers may refer children from any grade for assessments of vision, hearing, basic speech, toileting problems, general health or any parental concerns.  Please sign a referral form at the school office.


  • Children cannot be seen without a signed consent from a parent or guardian.
  • There is no cost for the service. 
  • Trina can be contacted at any time throughout the year.

Sports Report

State Cross Country

Best wishes to Ned, SU3, who is competing in the 3 km Boys 11 Year event at the State Cross Country Championships at Bundoora Park today. Ned has trained hard for this event and his efforts and talent have really paid off! Ned has progressed from School to District to Division, then on to Region and finally State level in this challenging event. His fabulous efforts are to be congratulated! Well done Ned! We wish him every success at this very high level of competition.



Ned came 54th out of a field of 92 in today’s State Champs for cross country (3kms, time of 11:43).


House Sports/Athletics Trials Day – Year 4-6

Next Wednesday is our House Sports/Athletics Trial day for Years 4-6. The purpose of this day is two-fold: for fun, fitness and participation in Athletics events to score points for House Teams, and also, it is the selection trials for our District Inter-school Athletics Championships being held at La Trobe University Athletics Complex in Bendigo on August 22nd.


During the trial day, students will rotate through a range of athletics events in order to gain points for their House Teams. Events will take place at WPS and in the Gilbert Gordon Oval area. The Sports/Trial Day will begin at approximately 9.10 am and finish around 1 pm.


Children participating are encouraged to wear their House Team colours and should dress in appropriate athletics attire. The day is all about having fun, having a go and trying your best. I’m sure our students will display their fabulous sportsmanship at this event!


Parents and friends are welcome to come along and support the children. If any parent can help at any event, this would be fantastic and so much appreciated. Please offer your assistance on or before the day via email connell.sharon.m@edumail.vic.gov.au.


Sharon Connell

P.E. Teacher

Education Support Team

Education Support Room

Our Education Support Room has become a real hub of activity recently with many children enjoying the resources and equipment that have been put together by the Integration staff.

We have created zones that support different types of learning and enrich student education.


The Education Support Team


Student Awards & Achievements

Students of the Week - 28th June assembly

JU1 - Shae

For the lovely presentation of her science investigation. Well done.

JU2 - Lucy

For adding detail to her writing about our Melbourne Museum excursion.

MU1 - Libby

For being the purr-fect Midnight Cat! Well done!

MU2 - Nil

MU3 - Sean

For moving out of his comfort zone to perform in a play. Well done Sean!

MU4 - Rufus

For writing a beautiful shape poem. Wonderful work Rufus!

MU5 - Lacie

For her outstanding efforts in spelling this Semester! Congratulations!

MU6 - James

For being respectful during project presentations by listening carefully and giving positive feedback.

MU7 - Tiana

For her amazing dedication towards school. Tiana is a responsible and respectful class member at all times. Amazing work.

MU8 - Cooper

For listening to feedback from his teacher and peers to help improve the quality of his work.

CU1 - Rachel

For super ideas in her Sustainable House designs and persuasive advertising poster.

CU2 - Ty

For his outstanding work with short and long division equations. You’re a legend!

CU3 - Oscar

For his outstanding efforts as part of CU3. Good luck at your new school superstar.

SU1 - Daisy

For being SUPER prepared for her student-led conference. You rock!!

SU2 - Katrina

For her amazing effort when presenting her student-led conference. You go girl!

SU3 - Amelia

The incredible effort she put into her student-led conference. You rock!!

Artists of the Week



Gardening Group

Parent helper needed to run lunchtime Kid’s Garden Club

With my trusty parent helper, Mel on a well deserved winter escape, I’m in need of at least one more parent helper to run the garden activities. The benefits to everyone involved are numerous – fresh air, physical activity, team work, meeting new kids of all ages, sense of pride and accomplishment. Gardening Club doesn’t run if it’s raining. No gardening experience necessary as you’ll 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/Environment Leader senior students
BYO: Bring your enthusiasm and desire to join in (No gardening know-how or equipment required).  Please wear gumboots and weather appropriate clothing. Pre-school age children are welcome too
Sign In: Please sign in at the Office before gardening

Gardening Group Facilitator

Nicole Middleton - 0418 233 366



No news this week.


Please update details on Qkr and lunch bags.

  • Please ensure your child(ren) have the correct details on Qkr. 
  • Make sure you've chosen the correct day for the lunch order.
  • 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.

Library News


Thank you to everyone who found overdue Library books during the holidays and returned them this week.  It was great to get them back. 

We are still after any donations of skirt hangers for the Big Books, if you have any lying around, and a thank you to those who have popped some into the tub already!!


Some Exciting News…

Due to be released next Tuesday 23rd July is the latest instalment of the Treehouse Story Books.  Andy and Terry are now up to 117 storeys…that poor tree!!


“Andy and Terry's amazing treehouse now has 13 new storeys, including a tiny-horse level, a pyjama-party room, an Underpants Museum, a photo-bombing booth, a waiting room, a Door of Doom, a circus, a giant-fighting-robot arena, a traffic school, a water-ski park filled with flesh-eating piranhas and a treehouse visitor centre with a 24-hour information desk, a penguin-powered flying treehouse tour bus and a gift shop.

Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!”


Latest Book Club due date: Friday 2nd August.

Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge

  • The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 6 September 2019.
  • Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.
  • All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and former Premiers.
  • To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/prc

Library Session Times

  • Option A: check your classroom day/time for returning books.
  • Option B: tub outside the library door so books can be returned at any time.  
Library Sessions Mon Tues Wed
9.50 am - 10.15 am SU1 CU2 MU2
10.15 am – 10.40 am SU2 MU5 MU1
11.10 am – 11.35 am SU3 MU7 MU4
11.35 am – 12.00 pm   MU8 MU3
12.00 pm – 12.35 pm   MU6  
1.50 pm – 2.15 pm JU2    
2.40 pm – 3.05 pm JU1    
3.05 pm – 3.30 pm CU1 CU3  


Susan Machell

PFA News


Welcome back to Term 3! Hoping the term break was relaxing.


As we head into the second half of the school year, we have a couple of exciting events planned for this term.  Of note, the Trivia Night has had a date change and will now be held on Saturday 24 August 2019 from 7pm in the School Hall.  Apologies to those who had already purchased tickets for the July date (those who had purchased tickets should have been contacted to arrange a swap to the new date or a refund if the new date is not suitable, if you have not heard from the PFA, please email wpspfa@gmail.com) - we are very much looking forward to seeing everyone on the night in August.


Dad's - don't forget the breakfast we have planned in honour of Father's Day on Friday 30 August.  Further details will be circulated closer to the time.


Organisation for the Carlsruhe Country Fair is well and truly underway.  Stay tuned for more exciting developments in the coming weeks.


The next PFA meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 24 July from 7pm.  If you would like to attend (and we would love to see you there!), please email wpspfa@gmail.com or call 0490 686 743 for further details.

Woodend Primary School Trivia Night!​​​​​​ - 24.08.19

  • Get a group together (maximum of 10 per table) and don your thinking caps from 7pm on Saturday 24 August.
  • BYO Food and Drinks on the night.
  • Book your tickets on Qkr.  $15.00 p/p

Parents And Friends - Fundraising Activities for 2019

Term 3

Trivia Night - Saturday 24th August

Father's Day Breakfast - Friday 30 August

Term 4

Carlsruhe Country Fair - Saturday 30th November

Christmas Raffle

Danni Findlay


Student Banking

8 Deposits - Choose your reward

Kurtis, Remy, Caitlyn, Alexis

9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered

Caleb, Catherine

10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home

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Term 3 Rewards - NEW

  • New for Term 3 - Arctic Fluffy Owl Keyring & Arctic Scratch Art Cards


School Banking

TOKENS - WPS  utilises the Commonwealth Bank School Banking Portal to track tokens, so no longer issue physical tokens. I will notify students when they are eligible to redeem a reward. 


  • 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.

Uniform Shop / Lost Property


  • We are in urgent need of size 8 generic tracksuit pants as spares for the First Aid Room.

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/

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.

Uniform Shop Hours

Normal Uniform Shop opening times are:

  • Tuesday: 8.45am - 9.15am
  • Thursday: 3pm - 4pm

Michelle Wearne

Uniform Shop

Community News



Woodend Primary School


Macedon Ranges Shire Council

Michael Grose: Parent Insights

Why developing empathy in your child matters

Parenting is a socialisation process during which parents develop in their children and teenagers the skills and attitudes that will enable them to fit into the different groups they encounter. These groups will exist inside the classroom, in friendship groups, during sports and leisure activities and elsewhere.

This socialisation process needs to begin from a young age.

Initially, most kids believe that their world and everyone in it revolves around them. "I want" is their mantra. Patient, firm parents will continually remind children that they need to think of others. "It’s your brother’s turn.""Nana doesn’t feel comfortable listening to that language." "Think about how your behaviour affects others." These are the types of appeal to a less self-centred approach that many parents make.

The socialisation process operates on two levels. On one level its focus is on teaching and helping kids to follow social rules or conventions that exist to help them get along with each other. At a deeper level successful socialisation develops empathy in a child or young person.

Empathy – the ability to understand how another person is feeling or how they respond to a behaviour or an event – is the basis of all respectful relationships. Without empathy it’s impossible for someone to enjoy a relationship based on respect and equality. It’s easy for a person who doesn’t practise empathy to reject, bully, intimidate or hurt someone else.

Empathy learned in childhood carries on to adult life
Empathetic adults enjoy better personal relationships and experience less stress. They also make better leaders who are more likely to get the best out of people than self-centred, result-focused leaders.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that empathy, if neglected in childhood, can be difficult to develop in adulthood. In some adults it takes a traumatic event or a 'road-to-Damascus' moment for them to adopt an empathetic perspective.

So, rather than wait until adulthood, let’s focus on developing empathy in your children and adolescents. There is a good chance they will benefit very soon in terms of enjoying better friendships, improved wellbeing and more success at school. Here are five ideas to get you started:

  •  Model empathetic behaviour. Be kind even though the person in front of you in that queue is slow.
  •  Read fiction stories to kids or encourage them to read fiction. People who read fiction score highest on tests that ask them to infer other people’s thoughts and emotions.
  •  Praise kind and compassionate behaviours. The behaviours that parents focus on, even with teenagers, are those that tend to expand, so bring their empathetic behaviours to the fore.
  •  Validate your child’s feelings. When a child shares difficult stories or emotions let them know you understand, without offering solutions or advice.
  •  Invite your child to walk in someone else’s shoes. Occasionally ask your child a question like, "What would it be like to be feel tall like Tanya?"

Empathy is too important to wait until adulthood so make it a priority to develop a sense of 'other' in your child from an early age.

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

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