With Autumn arriving we know that the school year is well underway. Term One at Brookside College is always an exciting time as we roll out new initiatives and revisit our tried and tested practices.
This Term we are launching our new College Values; Rights, Respect, Resilience and Relationships. The Values were developed last year with input from staff, students and parents. Our Prep to 2, 3 to 6 and 7 to 9 Sector Assemblies showcased our new values with student leaders sharing their understanding of what the values mean to them. Our student leaders have created Values Awards to recognise the values driven contribution individual students make to the College. As principal it was one of my joys to be able to make the first Values Awards to students at the assemblies.
Also new this year are our Parent Information Sessions. Last week members of the College Wellbeing Team presented sessions on how parents can support and improve their child's wellbeing. The sessions were also used to gather information about what topics parents would like to learn more about so that they can foster positive behaviours in their children that support learning and engagement at school. Our next Parent Information Session takes place on Wednesday 20th March 6.00 – 7.00pm and looks at the very relevant topic of Cyber-Safety – all families are welcome to attend.
Finally, last Friday our Curriculum Day was dedicated to our work with the Berry Street Education Model (BSEM). Over the last year we have worked with the Berry Street Childhood Institute to develop our understanding of positive education to empower our students to fulfil their potential and positively shape the future. On Friday we explored character strengths and how we can use them to tap into student potential.