Woodend Primary School Newsletter

31 January 2019
Issue 1
2019 Calendar
From the Principal, Diana Ellis
From the Office
Senior Unit
Carlsruhe Annexe
Middle Unit 
Junior Unit
Student Awards & Achievements
Canteen
PFA News
Gardening Group
Student Banking
Uniform Shop
Community News
Michael Grose: Parent Insights
School Information
Woodend Primary School
(03) 5427 2455
Owen Street,
Woodend, Victoria, 3442
AU

2019 Calendar

January

Thur 31/01

Foundation students start.

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

Tues 05/02

Carlsruhe BBQ - 6 to 8pm

Thurs 07/02

Whole School Family Fun Night

Fri 15/02

District Tennis 13/U

Wed  20/02

District Tennis 13/U

Wed 27/02

District Tennis 13/U

March

Wed 06/03

Cobaw Summer Sports 13/U

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

Thurs 21/03

Regional Swimming, Swan Hill

Mon 25/03

Regional Tennis, Swan Hill

2019 School Dates

Term 1  - 30.01.2019 - 05.04.2019

Term 2  -  23.04.2019 - 28.06.2019

Term 3  -  05.07.2019 - 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 

From the Principal,
Diana Ellis

News

As we begin the 2019 school year I would like to warmly welcome all of our new and returning parents/carers, staff and students. It has been wonderful to see everyone return safely, despite a few people nursing broken bones. We had a particularly smooth start to the year with our Year 1-6 students starting on Wednesday and our Foundation students starting today.

 

This year we welcome a number of new staff to our school:
Year 1-2                               Mrs. Joanna Marsh

Year 1-2                                Miss Lillian Fry McBean

Year 5-6                                Miss Sally Quinn

French                                  Mrs. Meghan Anders

Performing Arts                Mr. Roby Corelli

Newsletter Distribution

Our weekly newsletter is where all important information about what is happening at school, is documented. This week’s newsletter has been distributed in paper format and also via a link in an email. The email is only sent to the parent listed as Adult A, as per your child’s enrolment form. If Adult A didn’t receive this week’s newsletter link, PLEASE send an email to woodendnewsletter@gmail.com stating your name, your child’s name and the correct email address for Adult A. For the remainder of the year from next week, the newsletter will only be distributed via the email link so it is imperative we know who isn’t getting the email or you won’t be advised what is going on at school.

Welcome barbecue

Next Thursday after school we are having our annual barbecue to welcome parents. In the past the barbecue has been to welcome new parents. This year we are inviting all families. Parents can either, bring picnic baskets and have a picnic on the oval or they can have sausages in bread provided by our Parents and Friends.

This year all teachers will be in attendance so that parents can visit classes and ask questions.

Our School Councillors will also be in attendance.

 

The format will be:

5.30 -6.00 Classrooms open

6.00 -7.00 BBQ

7.00 -8.00 Old fashioned games on the oval.

  • A notice will be sent home via Compass and we will need an RSVP via QKR so we can cater.

Carlsruhe

Our Carlsruhe welcome barbecue is on Tuesday from 6.00 -8.00.

A note will be sent out by the Carlsruhe teachers.

School Council elections

In March we have our Annual General Meeting for School Council and we are actively seeking new members. School Council is a great opportunity to be involved in the governance, policy making and decision making of the school. Our School Council is comprised of 15 members – 5 staff, 10 parents.

We generally meet once a month for about an hour and a half.  In the next week, forms will be available at the office for nominations. If you are interested, please feel free to give me a call for more information.

Student safety

Just a gentle reminder about parking and student safety. We remind parents that the bus parking area is a NO parking area. We also expect the crossings to be used as a safe point to cross the roads. Teachers, police and parking officers will regularly patrol the areas to ensure the safety of our students. We are currently working with the Shire to try to find solutions to increase the amount of parking spaces available and the possibility of a kiss and drop zone.

Morning process

For students to learn best they need to be happy, settled and feel connected. Therefore we encourage students to be at school by 8.45. This gives students a chance to see their friends and even have a play before school. This means students will be settled and ready to start learning at 9.00.

Students can enter classes to place their bags and get their learning tools ready for the first session and then go back outside or engage in learning activities that the teacher might have set up.

We also ask that you respect and support our classroom expectations and that the classrooms and corridors are not used for parents to meet and chat. This is a safety issue and if we were to have an emergency, we need corridors to be clear.

Although we welcome informal opportunities to engage with our staff, for more important issues or lengthier conversations, please make a mutually convenient appointment time with your child’s teacher.

Parent engagement in learning

At all times we welcome our parents into the school and encourage parents to be engaged in our school and their child’s learning. If you have any concerns, please first raise them with your child’s teacher, if the concern is not resolved, then raise it with the unit co-ordinator and the last step for resolution is make an appointment to see the Principal. This is the recommended process because your child’s teacher is with your child the most during school hours.

Only high level matters should come straight to the Principal for resolution.

 

Below I have listed all of our staff and their teams.

 

Junior Unit         Foundation Team

Deb Thompson - Unit Leader

Leesa Mills

 

Middle Unit       Year 1-2

Gayle Sutton - Unit leader

Emma Beaumont

Lillian Fry-McBean

Zoe Sutherland

Sam Spiers

Joanna Marsh

 

Middle Unit       Year 3

Felicity Radziminski - Unit leader

Jad Geer

Kylie Minchew - Wellbeing leader

 

Carlsruhe            Year 4

Anne Ireland - Unit leader

Mark Condon

Nathan Spilsted (Main Campus first 13 weeks)

 

Senior Unit         Year 5-6

Jordan Chamerski - Unit leader

Sally Quinn

Katherine Harrap

 

Specialist Teachers

Physical Education  - Sharon Connell

Performing Arts - Joseph Bromley/Roby Corelli

Visual Arts - Sandra Mann

Library - Susan Machell

French - Meghan Anders

 

Targeted Intervention/Education Support

Louise Safstrom - Reading Recovery           

Catherine Pell

Vanessa Kecskes-Judd

Tamara Oldcastle

Dannielle Saunders

Terri Bosanko

Nicola Stuart

 

Office Staff

Sue Turner - Business Manager

Kerry Crosbie

Bronwyn Rumble

 

Canteen

Jenni Rossi

 

School Improvement/Leadership Team

Diana Ellis                            Principal

Victoria Graham               Assistant Principal

Jordan Chamerski            Data Leader

Mark Condon                    Maths Leader

Deb Thompson                 Literacy Leader

Louise Safstrom                Reading Recovery

Sam Spiers                          Science Leader

From the Office

CAMPS SPORTS & EXCURSIONS FUND

CSEF payment amount

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 form:
- is available from the school office.

NOTE:

  • ALL SECTIONS MUST BE COMPLETED BY PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN
  • AN APPLICATION FORM ONLY NEEDS TO BE COMPLETED ONCE AT EACH SCHOOL ATTENDED FOR EACH CHILD

 CSEF eligibility

Below is the criteria used to determine a student’s eligibility for the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF).

Criteria 1 – Eligibility

To be eligible* for the fund, a parent or legal guardian of a student attending a registered Government or non-government Victorian primary or secondary school must:

  1. Be an eligible beneficiary within the meaning of the State Concessions Act 2004, that is, be a holder of Veterans Affairs Gold Card or be an eligible Centrelink Health Care Card (HCC) or Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) holder. For concession card holders CSEF eligibility will be subject to the parent/legal guardian’s concession card being successfully validated with Centrelink on the first day of either term one or term 2, OR
  2. Be a temporary foster parent, and;
  3. Submit an application to the school by the due date.

* A special consideration eligibility category also exists. For more information, see: www.education.vic.gov.au/csef

Parents who receive a Carer Allowance on behalf of a child, or any other benefit or allowance not income tested by Centrelink, are not eligible for the CSEF unless they also comply with one of (a) or (b) above.

Criteria 2 - Be of school age and attend school in Victoria

School is compulsory for all Victorian children aged between six and 17 years of age inclusive.

For the purposes of CSEF, students may be eligible for assistance if they attend a Victorian registered primary or secondary school. Typically, these students are aged between five and 18 years inclusive.

CSEF is not payable to students attending pre-school, kindergarten, home schooled, or TAFE.

 

Queries relating to CSEF eligibility and payments should be directed to the school.

CONVEYANCE ALLOWANCE

Some students attending this school will be eligible for a Conveyance Allowance in 2019.

Eligibility Criteria:
The allowance will be paid in two instalments and to be eligible a student must:

  1. Be aged between 5 yrs and 18 yrs;
  2. 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;
  3. Be enrolled at the nearest or next nearest government school.

NB - The distances from home to school are automatically calculated as part of the application process and the DEECD Student Conveyance Allowance System distances will override parent advised figures.

 

Amount and Payment Method:
The annual amount payable is determined by the mode of transport, the distance travelled from home to school and the number of other students travelling in the same car.

 Application Forms:
 A separate form is to be completed for each student and these are available as an attachment to this newsletter email or from the school office.

 

Please direct any enquiries re either of these allowances to Sue Turner at the school office.

SCHOOL ACCOUNTS

Many families have already paid for their child’s books and/or levies via QKR. Receipts will be issued via one of your children if donations have been made to one of the tax deductible funds. This receipt is sufficient to claim a tax refund.

Once all these payments have been processed, accounts will be issued to families, probably in the next few weeks. Please note the following:

  • If you would like to make payment on your account prior to the issue of all accounts, please download or use the QKR app (see below for further information) or come to the school office. Payment or part-payment in advance for future expenses (eg. camps & excursions) is welcome;
  • Accounts with a NIL balance will not be issued;
  • If you are experiencing financial difficulties, we encourage you to speak with Diana Ellis or Sue Turner to discuss alternative arrangements;
  • Accounts with outstanding compulsory payments are usually issued once per term.

STUDENT PERSONAL DETAILS

Next Monday, 4th February, all students will receive an orange coloured document which lists the current personal details held by the school for that child. Please ask your child for this form or look in their bag. PLEASE take the time to check the details listed to ensure they are correct and then either:

  1. Sign the form and return the sheet as it is if all details listed are correct.
  2. Make alterations as necessary and then sign.

PLEASE RETURN COMPLETED FORMS TO YOUR CHILD’S CLASS TEACHER OR BY POST.

 

** Please DISREGARD the information listed for the distance you live from school. This information is system generated and in some cases is not correct.

 

NB: In times of emergency or illness, much time is saved if we have correct and current contact details for you and the emergency contacts you have nominated.

STUDENT accident insurance/ambulance cover

As per DET guidelines, it is important that we remind parents that we do not provide personal accident insurance cover for students. Parents and guardians of students who do not have  student accident insurance/ambulance cover, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students including the cost of ambulance attendance or transport.

Medical or other expenses will only be covered by the department where it is assessed that the Department was liable for negligent acts or omission of supervision.

Parents are able to take out private Student Cover accident insurance. EBM (Elkington Bishop Molineaux Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd) have a StudentCover policy. Parents can apply online at www.studentcover.com.au .

This company is not specifically endorsed by DET however is offering cover to school families if they so choose.

GENERAL INFORMATION FROM THE OFFICE

‘COMPASS’ SCHOOL MANAGER - Compass is the communication system used between the school and home. It allows us to extend our capabilities to communicate and simplify some administration tasks. This product is widely used by schools in the Macedon Ranges area and across Victoria. Compass also allows the school community to communicate and share information in a much more efficient manner than is currently available.

 

What will Compass do for me?

Some of the features accessible through Compass include the ability to:

  • Provide access to newsletters, school documentation and latest news.
  • Receive excursion and sports activity information & payment options.
  • Download and view your child's progress and semester reports.
  • Synchronise school events to calendars and receive updates and changes to school events.
  • Book Parent-Teacher Conferences.
  • Update family contact details.
  • Monitor your child's attendance and enter approvals for absence or lateness.
  • Be notified of any visits to the school sick bay.

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 sent.

 

QKR – this is the preferred payment method at WPS and is a free app for your smartphone or the QKR program can be downloaded on your computer. Basically it allows you to pay for all non-camp/excursion payments for school including Canteen, Uniform, Parents and Friends activities & more. No more coin searches!

Getting started is easy……. Go to your app store on your phone and look for the following icon. If you are still having trouble, call the school office for assistance.

 

QKR can be used for the following:

  • Uniform orders
  • Canteen Lunches (no cash orders accepted)
  • School Fees including netbook, bus, voluntary contributions and funds.
  • PFA activities & fundraisers

NB: QKR is not used for excursions and camps where consent AND payment is required.

Newsletters by EMAIL

The first newsletter for the year is distributed in paper format. Thereafter 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.

MESSAGES FOR STUDENTS RE AFTER SCHOOL ARRANGEMENTS

 Students needing to be informed of changes to their after school arrangements will be called to the office via the Public Address System at approx 3.25pm. Teachers have been asked to listen to the names called and ensure students required are made aware, especially the younger children. For messages received from parents/guardians after 3.25pm, every effort will be made to locate students and advise them, however this is not always possible. For Prep students for Term 1 only, messages will be phoned through to the class at the next available break or before the home bell.

CONTACT WITH TEACHERS

During class time (bell times listed below) teachers are busy teaching. If you need to make contact with a teacher by phone, please do so during other than class time. eg. - before and after school or recess or lunch breaks. Alternatively, your call can be put through to the teacher’s voicemail where you can leave a message.

START OF SCHOOL       9.00 am

RECESS                             10.40 am – 11.10 am

LUNCH EATEN IN CLASSROOM        12.50 pm – 1.00 pm

LUNCH – PLAY                1.00 pm – 1.50 pm

DISMISSAL                       3.30 pm

LOST PROPERTY

Lost property is sorted weekly and named items returned to their owner via the class teacher, therefore the best way to get back lost property is to NAME IT before you wear it! (Name label order forms are available from the uniform shop) As the volume and diversity of lost property at this school is huge, we are unable to retain unnamed items for any length of time. As a result, any unnamed items including school uniform, will be removed from lost property each term and donated appropriately. Lost property is stored in front of the uniform shop. We encourage you to firstly name your property and if it is lost, check the lost property area promptly.

UNIFORM SHOP

the Uniform Shop is open every Tuesday morning from 8.45am to approx 9.15am and Thursday 3 – 4pm, sometimes later if it is busy. Use the QKR app to order and pay for uniforms if opening hours don’t suit you. Orders will be filled at the next uniform opening day and goods will be sent home with your child.

SCHOOL BANKING

Please see information about school banking advised separately in this newsletter.

MOBILE PHONES

Students are discouraged from bringing mobile phones to school. If you would like your child to have a mobile phone with them for use before and after school, then the following procedure is to apply:

  1. The named phone is to be given to the Class Teacher who will store it during the day. PLEASE TURN IT OFF FIRST!!
  2. Students may collect their phone from the teacher at home time.

IPODS –are NOT permitted to be brought to school except for specific classroom activities and should be left with the class teacher when not required.

SEPARATED PARENTS’ CONTACT DETAILS

A form titled “ALTERNATIVE FAMILY DETAILS” is available which is specifically for parents of students who do not reside together. By completing this form, address and phone details for both parents are able to be listed on our database.

 

If you would like a copy of this form to complete or to make further, strictly confidential enquiries, please contact the school office.

ABSENCES, LATE ARRIVALS AND EARLY DEPARTURES FROM SCHOOL

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. Please note the following:

 

If your child will be LATE FOR SCHOOL, you must come to the office when you arrive, to sign your child in. 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 will be ABSENT FROM SCHOOL, we ask that you either:

  • (preferred method) Log onto Compass and record the absence
  • phone the school on 5427 2455 and leave a message on the absence voicemail; or
  • send a note to your child’s teacher stating full name, absence dates and reason for absence.

If you need to take your child EARLY FROM SCHOOL we ask that you:

  • send a note to the class teacher on the day of the early withdrawal; then,
  • come to the office to sign your child out and they will be called from class for you.

MEDICINES AT SCHOOL

There may be times when your child is well enough to come to school but may still need to take prescribed medicine (eg. Antibiotics)

 

In this situation we ask that any medicine be sent to school in a named container including instructions which outline dosage rates and times to be administered. The container is to be handed to the classroom teacher at the beginning of the day and taken home each night.

WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECK (WWCC)

As the parent of a student at Woodend Primary School, you may be considering volunteering at the school in various ways. The school aims to encourage and maximise participation by members of the school community without compromising the safety and well-being of students. To this end, our school has a policy titled “Criminal Records Check & Working With Children Check” which states, in part, that, “Woodend Primary School requires all volunteers to have a WWC Check”. You will still need to apply for a WWC Check even if you have already had a Police Records Check.

 

Applications for a WWCC can be made online via https://online.justice.vic.gov.au/wwccu/onlineapplication.doj

 

If you have other members of your family who wish to volunteer at school, they will also be required to apply for a check.

 

If you have already received your WWCC card and/or assessment notice AND DID NOT LIST WOODEND PS AS A PLACE YOU VOLUNTEER, PLEASE PROVIDE A COPY OF EITHER DOCUMENT TO THE SCHOOL ASAP.

Payment Methods for School Activities

 

Senior Unit

News

No news this week.

Carlsruhe Annexe

News

No news this week.

 

Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2

No news this week.

Year 3

No news this week.

Junior Unit

News

No news this week.

Student Awards
& Achievements

Students of the Week

No news this week.

Artists of the Week

No news this week.

Canteen

CANTEEN ROSTER

February

Fri 1   Robyn

Wed 6  Suzy

Thurs 7  Help needed

Fri 8  Help needed (URGENT)

 

Please contact me if you can help at woodendcanteen@gmail.com or 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.

News

  • Welcome back to all Woodend Primary School families.
  • Please note some minor changes to the menu.
  • Roster is VERY empty and in need of names.  

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

A big welcome to new and returning families for the 2019 school year! The PFA are looking forward to an exciting year of events and get-togethers to further contribute to our school community - culminating in the bi-annual Carlsruhe Community Fair toward the end of the year.

At this point I’d like to acknowledge the efforts of three departing PFA members - Georgie Cheetham, Nicole Jager-Smith and Marga Nijland - your time and input has been invaluable and very much appreciated.

The PFA is a group of volunteers that seeks to contribute to the community at Woodend Primary School. For anyone who may be interested in assisting the PFA, be it attending our monthly meetings where we discuss ideas for contributing to improvements to our school, taking on a role on our committee, volunteering at our events or just staying in the loop via email/social media, we would like to welcome you to our next meeting (which will also include our Annual General Meeting) to be held on Wednesday 27 February 2019 from 7.30pm in the school staff room. Any and all help is appreciated. Whether you’re a mum or a dad, a grandparent or carer - it’s incredibly rewarding seeing your efforts improve the school.

If you’d like to chat prior to this meeting, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the front office or email wpspfa@gmail.com.

Danni Findlay

Gardening Group

Woodend Community Children's Garden

Days and times for Gardening groups will be updated soon.....

 

Student Banking

8 Deposits - Choose your reward

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9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered

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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

School Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way for young Australians to learn about money and develop good savings habits. Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, which they can save up and redeem for exciting rewards.

School Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way for young Australians to learn about money and develop good savings habits. Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, which they can save up and redeem for exciting rewards.

 

The rewards available during 2019 are:

  • Scented Stackable Highlighters
  • Snowy Origami Set                
  • Icicle Slapband Ruler
  • Yeti Fluffly Notepad
  • Arctic Owl Fluffy Keyring
  • Scratch Art Cards
  • Water Skimming Bounce Ball
  • Polar Pencils & Pencil Toppers

School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school. Our school receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year.

 

Getting involved in School Banking is easy!

All you need to get involved in the School Banking program is a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account. You can open an account for your child in one of two ways: 

 

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.

Enhance the School Banking experience with the CommBank Youth app

The CommBank Youth app provides a hands-on experience, teaching your child to earn, save and spend their money responsibly. With the CommBank Youth app, your child can:

  • Check the balance of their Youthsaver account
  • View School Banking deposits in their transaction history 
  • Track the number of Dollarmites tokens they collect
  • Set up savings goals and track progress
  • Create a list of chores/jobs they can do to earn pocket money.

Get Started:

  1. Download the CommBank Youth app on any iOS 9+ device.
  2. Your child can securely log on to the CommBank Youth app using their NetBank client number. If your child hasn’t got a NetBank client number, you can set this up by visiting your nearest CommBank branch with your driver licence and child's birth certificate.

 

Term 1 Rewards - NEW

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

     

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

How to get kids off to school on time without yelling, whining or constantly reminding!​

Getting kids to school on time can be infuriating and anxiety-inducing for parents, especially if you work! The clock just keeps ticking and doesn’t make allowances for morning meanderers. It’s easy if your child is the bright-eyed, bushy-tailed type who wakes up ready and focused for school. But what if you have a child who needs time to wake up, and is easily distracted by the television, a pesky sibling or even the family pooch that wants to be patted? What if you have a child who drags the chain and wouldn’t get to school without at least five parental reminders to hurry up? In these cases mornings can be chaotic and very stressful.


If you struggle with peace, harmony and getting kids focused on school these suggestions will help you make mornings run a littler smoother.

1. Prepare as much as you can the night before
It may be stating the obvious but the less that children have to do in the morning the better. So putting clothes out, preparing lunches and snacks and having school bags packed and ready the night before will mean there is less decision-making and less for everyone to worry about in the morning.

2. Identify and overcome distractions
As mentioned above, children can easily be distracted before school. If possible remove distractors such as televisions and digital devices. Allow them when everyone is ready for school. Minimise the impact of other distractions such as managing argumentative siblings. Stay out of these arguments as your attention usually just inflames sibling disputes. Be liberal with encouragement, affection and once-only reminders in the morning and minimise conflict resolution, arguments and angry words.

3. Make your morning routine visual
If, for whatever reason, your child randomly and dreamily wanders from one activity to another then consider placing a sequenced photo chart of 4 or 5 main activities (e.g. wake up, breakfast, get dressed, chores, pack bags) in a prominent place that he or she can refer to each morning. This visual prompt will help put some routine into your child’s morning, as well as reduce their dependence on you.

4. Delegate some responsibility
Consider delegating the job of keeping a wayward child on track to a capable, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed sibling. Let me explain. If you come from a family of four or more children then there is a reasonable chance that either you or a sibling took charge of many aspects of the family routine, including getting kids up each morning and off to school. This is not so much a case of parents neglecting their responsibilities but rather letting go of the minutiae of management. When this happens a capable and caring child will generally fill the parental void. Alternatively, a parent may purposefully give that job to a child. Either way, delegation is a great way of instilling parenting skills into the next generation as well as keeping children from being dependent on their parents.

5. Make yourself scarce
If you find it impossible to ignore your child’s morning meanderings or misbehaviours, or if you think that there is no way your child would get to school without your timely reminders then try keeping yourself busy. Get yourself ready for the day and give your children the space to work things out themselves. You may be surprised how capable your child is, when no one reminds him or her of their responsibilities. A word of warning: Your child may test out your resolve by doing very little to get him or herself ready. If so, be prepared to give the next idea a go.

6. Be willing to take your child to school even if they aren’t fully ready
If keeping up appearances is important then you will struggle with this idea, but bear with me. Your job as a parent is to shift the responsibility of getting to school to the person who should bear it – that is, your child. When you worry more about something than a child then that task becomes your responsibility. Mornings will always be stressful if you take responsibility for kids being at school on time. One way around this is to be willing to take your child to school even if they are not fully ready. It may mean your child has to hurriedly put his or her shoes and socks on in the car, or perhaps finish that piece of toast on the way to school. Doing this may make you feel like a mean parent but if you do it in a reasonable, matter-of-fact way then you are guilty of nothing more than putting a little responsibility the way of your child. Children will usually learn more from your actions than your words.

It’s times such as bedtime, mealtime and mornings when children transition from one activity to another that brings so much stress for parents. Often children just want to keep doing an activity they enjoy rather than go to bed, join you at the meal table or go to school as required. It’s easy to be drawn into arguments and disputes with children who don’t want to play the cooperation game. It helps at these times to stick to a known routine (that may be individual for each child); to talk a little less (cue them once but no more); and be willing to put a reasonable action or consequence in place so that children take some responsibility themselves.

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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