BHCS Newsletter

26 March 2020
Issue Eight
Love in the midst of a crisis
General Information (1 of 1)
Pulse 
The Fourth Law: Make it Satisfying
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Love in the midst of a crisis


Rowan Jeffrey (Year 10 Team Leader)

What a difficult start to 2020 it has been for our country, with bushfires affecting so many communities, and now with Coronavirus sweeping our world.

Amidst this devastation, I have been encouraged by the messages of love and support I have received in regards to my family that live in Gippsland in the midst of the bushfire season (My Mum and Dad and Sister, husband and her family live just out of Bairnsdale) letting me know people are praying (they were fine). 

Perhaps you began this year with a heavy heart. In the midst of grief, sorrow, tragedy or uncertainty, I know our God is a God of hope and restoration. Even when the world is broken and creation is not what we think it should be, I believe that God is at work. In these hard places, God often calls us to be his hands and feet - as ambassadors of reconciliation, healing and hope to others.

As people at times we feel hopeless however, if we choose we can be wired for action, with our eyes open to injustice and ready to respond, we’re aware of just how much our world is crying out for God’s love to be revealed.

Consider, a few weeks ago, Australians and others from around the world were demonstrating a whole lot of love. We were buying goods to be sent to the areas affected by bushfires, we were donating money and putting others first. So what has happened now. Now we’re emptying supermarket shelves, stockpiling rice and pasta, and fighting over toilet paper.  In a few weeks, we’ve seen the very best and the very worst of humanity. What we need is more Love. In the bible in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 it speaks of this love:

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails

So in the lead up to Easter, I am excited to explore what it means to be a people of hope and love in today's climate. In the knowledge of our Lord and Savior has risen. May you show love and hope in the midst of crises.

 

For an added dose of hope, check out Episode 2 of "BHCS Message of Hope" below:

 

 

General Information (1 of 1)

 BHCS Coronavirus CARE Fund
 

The Leadership Team at BHCS would like to inform our community that the school has put measures in place to assist families who have financially been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Information in relation to the BHCS Coronavirus CARE Fund will be sent home to all families shortly via email and Flexibuzz.

Flexibuzz - More Important than ever 

In this changing climate Flexibuzz will become on of our most important communication tools for all families. There is no restriction on which members of a family have access to this communication app and we strongly encourage both parents to sign up (you can always remove yourself later). You will need a password to gain access, we encourage you to contact office@bhcs.vic.edu.au if you need this password. We will verify you through the email address you are using with the one we have on file and you will need to indicate to us who your children are and which year levels they are in.

 

Financial Assistance for Parents & Students with Health Care Cards.

CSEF (Camp Sports Excursion Funding) will be closing in Term 2, so don’t miss your chance to apply for FREE GOVERNMENT FUNDING, if you haven’t already done so.

 

Those eligible:-

1. Health Care Card, Pension Card or Veteran Affairs Card Holders;

2. Foster Parents;

3. Students over 16 who hold their own Health Care Cards

 

Please see the attached information for more details and complete and return the Application form as soon as possible.

If you received this funding last year, there is no need to reapply as this will occur automatically. If you are unsure, please contact the Finance Office or email lmiko@bhcs.vic.edu.au

 

Uniform Changeover

During Term 2, there will be a uniform changeover period during the first three weeks of the term.  Parents are asked to use their discretion as to which uniform is the most suitable for their child to wear during this time.

With weather getting cooler over the coming months, please ensure that your child has a school jumper and sports rugby jumper.

As of Monday, 4 May all students will be required to wear the full winter uniform.  Details on uniform requirements can be found here, via our Parent Portal on our website: 

https://www.bhcs.vic.edu.au/BHCS/media/docs/BHCS-School-Uniform-Policy-2018.pdf

Uniform shop update-
Message from Alinta

Firstly, we would like to thank you for the ongoing work with the school community.   Like all businesses relying on retail contact and sales, we have considered the current environment very carefully from a health perspective.  The more information that we obtain the more information we get on the spread and health risks for our staff.

 

It is with this information that we have made the decision to transition all School Uniform Shops to Online and Phone Orders during the upcoming break.  Please see attached for all particulars for your families.

 

GOOD NEWS

 The good news is we are fully stocked with everything for Winter and Colder months.  Therefore we are not closing the Online and Call Centre components of the shops to allow families to purchase via phone or online whenever they are ready. 

 

HOW WILL WE SUPPORT YOUR FAMILIES?

We will redirect all shop email addresses to the Area Supervisors

We will redirect all shop phone numbers to the Area Supervisors or Head Office

We will respond to all emails daily

We will reopens to all calls daily

 

VCE Students and Parents

As outlined at the recent information night, if you believe your child may be eligible for special consideration for assessment tasks or examinations please make contact urgently with either Vicky Fraanje vfraanje@bhcs.vic.edu.au or Michelle Visser mvisser@bhcs.vic.edu.au. Applications close on 27 March 2020.  This is predominantly concerned with pre-existing and ongoing learning and health concerns. This does not exclude emergency considerations which may occur later in the year.   

Free Audible Stories 

Our Discovery Centre staff are excited that Audible has announced free audiobooks for all children everywhere, as of today.

Here is the link for our families https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

 

Pulse 

PULSE of the PFA

Formerly referred to as the PFA, Pulse is where parents gather to share ideas, serve the parent community, and simply get to know one another. 

What's Happening in YOUR home?

Welcome to the holidays! 

 

We're excited to keep our joyful BHCS community spirit alive and enjoy creative ways to engage with one another without gathering over these next couple of weeks.

 

A great new initiative will appear on the BHCS Pulse Facebook group, called: "What's Happening in YOUR home?".  There will be activity ideas, challenges, helpful hints, Teacher tips and opportunities to share. 

 

Get onto Facebook and LIKE the BHCS Pulse group, and stay tuned to see what is happening in other BHCS Family homes!

 

Can't wait to see what's happening in your home 

 - Amanda Wight (BHCS Pulse)

Second Hand Uniform- Buy/Swap/Sell

As the planned Pulse second hand uniform sale unfortunately was cancelled, we are pleased to introduce you to a Facebook group, dedicated to the sales and swaps of second hand BHCS uniform items: BHCS Uniform Buy Sell Swap

URL: https://www.facebook.com/groups/290797464698449/

This platform enables you to post for sale uniform items from your family or source any second hand items that you may need.

The Facebook group will be managed by our Pulse team, on behalf of BHCS. Please take note of the Group Rules as listed on this page, in particular regarding making private arrangements for the delivery of any items (not via Reception).

The Fourth Law: Make it Satisfying

By Dave Hughes (Head of Learning & Innovation)

Welcome back to our series on habits based on James Clear’s bestselling book ‘Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones’. Habits are the building blocks of our lives and have the power to determine whether we struggle or succeed. 

 

What is it that makes us continue doing something? And why are bad habits so much easier to return to? We *know* that watching just one more show won’t help us get up in the morning, but that voice of reason starts to grow dim when we compare it to the spike of pleasure we will feel when doing it. 

 

This is because we are wired to continue to perform behaviours that provide immediate satisfaction. ‘Feelings of pleasure—even minor ones like washing your hands with soap that smells nice and lathers well—are signals that tell the brain: “This feels good. Do this again, next time.” Pleasure teaches your brain that a behavior is worth remembering and repeating.’

 

The problem is that the reward for a bad habit can be found in the present, while a good habit takes longer to pay off. 

 

Anyone familiar with the ‘marshmallow test’ will know how important it is to wire our brains to delay gratification. ‘People who are better at delaying gratification have higher SAT scores, lower levels of substance abuse, lower likelihood of obesity, better responses to stress, and superior social skills.’ 

 

So how can we hack this knowledge to help us?

 

The Leather Jacket Fund

 

‘The best way to do this is to add a little bit of immediate pleasure to the habits that pay off in the long-run and a little bit of immediate pain to ones that don’t.’ 

 

Now, you may not want a leather jacket, but what if you set up a savings account dedicated to something you really do want? Then, every time you say no to buying something associated with your bad habit, you immediately transfer that exact amount into this special account.

 

As we start to reveal to ourselves the true cost and reward of our behaviours, we will rewire our brains to appreciate the lasting pleasure that good habits can bring.  

 

Make it Visible

 

Whether you attack a sizeable and monotonous task by transferring over paperclips from one jar (to do) to another (done), or use a habit tracker (like big red ‘x’s’ on each date that you succeed), making it easy to see what you are achieving is a great motivational booster. 

 

My wife has a DuoLingo account that she uses to learn French every night and she refuses to miss a night because it will ‘break the chain’ of 800 or so days that she has been going for. If you can set up a similar system for your habits, the psychological power that this presents can be very motivating. 

 

‘Habit tracking (1) creates a visual cue that can remind you to act, (2) is inherently motivating because you see the progress you are making and don’t want to lose it, and (3) feels satisfying whenever you record another successful instance of your habit.’

 

Now, if you happen to miss a day, don’t stress. But don’t miss two. One you can recover from, two starts to add up and make it that much harder to kickstart the process again. ‘Missing once is an accident. Missing twice is the start of a new habit.’

 

 

Habits hold great power. Good ones transform us into people we want to be, while bad ones hurt and cripple us over time. We want our students to understand the science behind creating habits so that they are placed in the best possible environment to succeed - with their academic studies, of course, but more importantly - with their character. 

 

This year we hope that by focusing on the courage to grow, our students will push themselves to places they never even dreamed possible. That they will become people who work hard, people who show up and people who never give up, because they are absolutely capable of incredible things. 

 

But it is up to us - as teachers and parents - to model this to them. For our actions resound through generations to come, and we hold the power to make a positive change at any time. What tiny step will you commit to doing today?


You can find this series and others like it on The Parent Sphere - our dedicated learning and wellbeing space designed for you.

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