Woodend Primary School Newsletter

30 May 2019
Issue 15
2019 Calendar
From the Acting Principal, Victoria Graham
From the Office
Senior Unit
Carlsruhe Annexe
Middle Unit 
Foundation Unit
Education Support Team
Student Awards & Achievements
Gardening Group
Canteen
Library News
PFA News
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

CANTEEN ROSTER

May

Thurs 30th - No help required

Fri 31st - Linda, Lauren

June

Wed 5th - Nicola

Thurs 6th - Julia

Fri 7th - Elena, Help required

Please contact me on mobile 0411 558 557 if you can help .  Remember it's only Wednesday, Thursday or Friday,  9-12.30pm, you receive a free lunch and your child(ren) receive a free icy pole.

May 2019

Fri 31/05

PIRATE DAY

June 2019

Mon 03/06

Tues 04/06

Regional Cross Country at St. Arnaud (selected students)

Monday 10/06

Public Holiday - No School

Wed 12/06

No keyboard lessons

Fri 14/06

Cobaw Winter Sports

Mon 17/06

School Council 7pm

Wed 19/06

No keyboard lessons

Fri 21/06

Foundation Unit - Museum excursion

Yr 3 excursion to Melbourne Aquarium

Wed 26/06

Sushi Day

PFA meeting at 7.30pm

Thurs 27/06

Curriculum Day - NO SCHOOL

Fri 28/06

Last day of Term 2.   2.30pm finish

2019 School Dates

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

  • 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

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 Acting Principal,
Victoria Graham

Dear Families/Carers

On Monday we wished Mrs Ellis a Happy Birthday and all the very best of luck for her future. I’m sure she is certainly enjoying some more tropical weather conditions at the moment than we are here, while she is in Bali and visiting some of the local schools there.

We would like to acknowledge and thank Mrs Ellis very much for, not only the dedication she has given to Woodend Primary School over the past two years, but to her extensive Professional career in education.

The Principal position has been advertised and hopefully the successful applicant will be commencing day one of Term 3. During the remainder of Term 2, I will be Acting Principal so if you have any suggestions, ideas or concerns, please come and see me. At Woodend Primary School we pride ourselves on our strong sense of community and having high expectations. All of the work we have begun this year as part of our four year Strategic Plan and our 2019 Annual Implementation Plan, will continue (business as usual so to speak).

Pirate Day - tomorrow 31st May

A reminder that tomorrow is Pirate Day, so please get your best Pirate costumes out and bring a gold coin donation for The Kids' Cancer Project. Don’t forget to enter the colouring competition. Instead of a class Assembly item this week, we will be holding a special Pirate item (a surprise).

Working Bee

Last Saturday the weather gods were on our side and we had the perfect weather for our working bee. We had a tremendous turn out of around sixty people and achieved an enormous amount of work around the school to improve safety and aesthetics –thank you to all. It certainly was the case of many hands make light work and we are always appreciative of whatever capacity and time people can donate out of our ever increasing busy lives. It was lovely to hear people make comments on how good our school is looking with our capital works being completed.

There are too many people to list individually, but here are just a few of the workers at work.

 

Jobs completed:

grates cleaned, mulch spread around playgrounds, toilet block area pressure washed, branches trimmed near bottom playground, paths swept and blown, sand raked back into long jump area, bench seat removed from outside library, plants planted, drinking troughs cleaned, burn off piles burnt, bollards set in place and anything else on the ' to do list'.  

  • Plant Label Art Competition - Please see the Garden Group's page for further details.

Learning Walks

This morning Woodend Primary School hosted Macedon, Gisborne, Darraweit and Riddells Creek Primary Schools to participate in Learning Walks. This is part of the 'Principal Community of Practice' of which Mrs Ellis and I are members. Last term, Mrs Ellis and I visited these schools to observe how Maths is being taught. Today, Mr Condon, Ms Meggs and Ms Marsh were included in the process so that we can develop and strengthen our teaching practice by observing and engaging in Professional discussions across our network.

First Aid

This Saturday staff will spend the day at school updating their Level 2 First Aid. We are required to update this every three years along with CPR and Anaphylaxis annually, to comply with OHS standards.

Congratulations

We would like to congratulate Mr Spilsted and his partner Samantha on the safe arrival of their beautiful baby girl Stevie. Mr Spilsted is taking the next two weeks on leave to spend some time with his new family. I hope he gets to do his fair share of nappies! While Mr Spilsted is on leave, his class is in the very capable hands of Mr Hemiak who is extremely familiar with Carlsruhe and Woodend Primary School.

From the Office

Head Lice

It has been brought to our attention that some parents have found it necessary to treat their child for head lice.  Please carry out a thorough check of your children’s hair for any signs of lice or nits and carry out the relevant treatment if necessary, as per the attached document.

 

School Photos have been distributed via students

School photos ordered through Schoolpix recently, have been sent home with your child this week.

 

If you have any queries regarding photo orders, quality or content, please call Schoolpix direct on 1300 766 055.

Ordering 'Whole of Year 4' and 'Whole School' photos

Parents are able to order their own copy of either the 'Whole Year 4 Photo' or the 'Whole School Photo'. Both are on display at the school office window.

  • TO ORDER: go to www.schoolpix.com.au and click ‘Order Online’…login and enter:
  • Order No: M19511
  • Internet ID No: SW72WW8E

First group photo is $26

Additional different group photo is $13

Order before 9th June for FREE delivery back to school. Orders after this date will incur a $7.95 fee for posting to your home.

Payment Methods for School Activities

 

Senior Unit

Year 6 Soccer

Girls: The girls had a great day. The girls played off against 6 teams drawing 3, winning 2 and losing 1. Unfortunately we missed out on the grand final by 1 point. But we went to the boys and started our own Woodend cheer squad.

 

Boys: The boys did really really well. The first game we played was against St Marys. We won all of our games apart from two games which we drew. We made it into the grand final against Candlebark. It was 1 to 1 but then Candlebark scored a goal it was the final countdown and the ball was right next to the goals the goalie.

By Flynn & Katrina (Sports Leaders) SU2

Gisborne SC Experience Day

On Friday the 24 of May, the Year 5 and 6’s who didn’t go to soccer went to Gisborne SC. We were all separated into groups. The Year 6s did science and PE and the Year 5s did art and drama. In art, the Year 5s drew a face with oil pastel with hot and cold colours. They also learnt how to blend colours together. In drama, they got into groups and used their bodies to make musical objects and then they chose a room in a house and acted out the object in the room they chose.

 

In PE, the Year 6’s did a fitness test. There were 7 different test we had to do; there was the 5 minute shuttle, flexibility, agility, 20 metre sprint, stages and the jump test. It was very tiring and we were all very tired at the end. In science  we learned about how fast viruses can spread. The teacher put something in the little glass cups. then we all pored the liquid into someone else's cup and then they poured half back into our cup. The teacher came around and put a chemical in out glass cup to see if we had the flu.   We all had a great day and all really enjoyed it      

By Taiya SU1

Earn & Learn Update

Money - Our notes have finally been chosen. We have a $5 note, $20, $50, $100 and $1000 notes. We also have fines we have to pay as well as tax. You can get bonuses if you do good things in the classroom and outside of the classroom. You have to pay for public transport if you don't have a car. You can buy houses from the real estate and then put it down on a table and whoever lands on that spot each week has to pay you the rent. Our earn and learn semester is basically replicating the real world into our classroom.

 

United States of Chamerski

This week in United States of Chamerski. We started our second town meeting with a huge controversy on ‘Pay Rises’. The opposition leaders were asking for a bit more money along with the historian. The Prime Minister and Deputy came to an agreement “no pay rises until four weeks so we can see how well you work” they exclaimed.  We also got our first pay day, with a few people getting a little bit more for their excellent work on their money and flag designing. Thomas won with his outstanding flag and Tayia with her amazing money.

 

New Happap City

In the awesome town of New Harrap City we have been getting up to a lot. So far we have voted for our PM and Deputy as well as our Opposition representatives. We have also created our own flags and then voted for which one we wanted to represent our country. We applied for a job in our city and Miss Harrap chose who was put into each job.

 

As a class, we decided the fines and bonuses. An example of a fine is not charging netbooks. An example of a bonus is having a tidy desk. We also looked at our payslips.

 

At the moment we are coming up with a National Anthem.

It’s really great we are doing this as its teaching us how to manage money.

Written by Sophie from SU3

New Harrap City National Flag - designed by Isabelle. The arrows symbolise teamwork and the leaves symbolise the environment.

Angles

This week in su1 we have been learning a lot about angles one of our activities was working with our table partner to complete a sheet of angles and we had to get every single angle from acute to revolution. Below is an example of the sheets we had to complete. We have also learnt about the degrees in angles and how to create an online video using a website called Line Rider which challenged a lot of students to their ability of angles.

 

Parent Career Talks

Yesterday on the 29th of May SU2 and SU3 had some parents come and visit them to talk about their jobs as part of Earn and Learn.

 

We had Mat come and talk to SU3 about his job with computers, how he uses coding and works with robots. He told us he works in three companies and loves his job.

 

SU2 and SU3 then had Emma and Robyn talk about their jobs.

Robyn is a nurse in the emergency department. She first worked in the Royal Melbourne Hospital, then she worked in a private hospital and works one day a week now. She also works as a driving instructor.

Emma is a screenwriter which means she writes scripts for TV shows and movies. She wrote the script for Neighbours and many more. She has been on set for Wentworth and met many actors.

 

We had lots of fun learning about different jobs and were very grateful for them coming!!

By Isabelle and Amelia SU3

Maths Challenge - Week 5

I have $4.70 to spend at the shops. What can I buy?

Collect a catalogue from your local shop (or newspaper) and make a collage of the different items I could afford. Remember to keep the price tag attached to the picture!

Add your items up and calculate the change from $200

 

Most outstanding collage will receive an award at assembly!

 

Extra challenge

Threatened Species Children's Art Competition

It has been opened up to Victoria for the first time this year and looks like a fabulous opportunity for the kids to integrate art with literacy and science. Entries open next week and close 3 Aug. 

http://www.threatenedspeciesartcomp.net.au

Carlsruhe Annexe

Thursday Activities

We had our first Thursday Activities program this week, which was a great success! The activities for this rotation are; Cooking – (this week we made pumpkin soup), Woodwork, Gardening, Sketching with pastels, Craft – (God’s Eyes and Quilling).

  • The first 4 weeks of activities will run until Thursday 20th June, with the last 2 sessions on weeks 1 & 2 of Term 3.
  • We need at least 3 extra adults to help us run these activities effectively.

Please let your child’s teacher know if you are available to help with these activities and make sure the office has a copy of your current Working With Children Check.

Creative Cubbies

The construction of many amazing cubby designs are well under way on the oval, with students working creatively and cooperatively in groups to share ideas.

Here are some of the cubbies under construction at the moment.

 

Guinea Pigs

Thank you to all of the families who offered to take Nibbles and Custard for the holidays - we now have places for them.

Gumboot racks

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

Maths Challenge - Week 5

Money!!!

I have $4.70 to spend at the shops. What can I buy?

Collect a catalogue from your local shop (or newspaper) and make a collage of the different items I could afford. Remember to keep the price tag attached to the picture!

Add your items up and calculate the change from $200

 

Most outstanding collage will receive an award at assembly!

 

Extra Challenge

Threatened Species Children's Art Competition

It has been opened up to Victoria for the first time this year and looks like a fabulous opportunity for the kids to integrate art with literacy and science. Entries open next week and close 3 Aug. 

http://www.threatenedspeciesartcomp.net.au

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Ann Ireland, Nathan Spilsted and Mark Condon

Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2

No news....

Maths Challenge - Week 5

Money!!!

I have $4.70 to spend at the shops. What can I buy?

Collect a catalogue from your local shop (or newspaper) and make a collage of the different items I could afford. Remember to keep the price tag attached to the picture!

Most outstanding collage will receive an award at assembly!

 

Extra Challenge

Threatened Species Children's Art Competition

It has been opened up to Victoria for the first time this year and looks like a fabulous opportunity for the kids to integrate art with literacy and science. Entries open next week and close 3 Aug. 

http://www.threatenedspeciesartcomp.net.au

Year 3

This week in Year 3 we have been continuing the investigation into animal classifications and groups of animals. We are learning so many great animal facts.

 

From our learners…

  • A group of lions is called a pride. By Sara MU7
  • Sloths climb out of the trees once a week to do a poo. By Hugh MU7
  • Penguins have adapted wings for swimming in water. By Annika MU6
  • Cheetahs can reach up to a top speed of 113 km per hour in 3 seconds. By Charlotte MU6
  • There are more than 17 different kinds of penguins in the world. By Annie MU7
  • The biggest penguin is about the size of a 7 year old and the smallest penguin is about a knee high. By Lucca MU8
  • Jaguar are one of the only cats that will swim in water. By Ben MU7
  • Cheetahs have a very flexible spine. By Jono MU6
  • Polar Bears can reach up to 680kg. By Gabby MU8
  • Koalas live in gum trees. There are about 800 different types of gum trees. By Saffron MU7
  • Sloths can continue hanging on trees even after they are dead. By Ben MU7
  • Polar Bears are 3.4 metres tall. By Neve MU8
  • The Chinese Alligator looks nearly exactly like a tree log. By James MU7

It has been so pleasing to see so many Year 3 students completing the newsletter challenges every week. Keep it up!

 

In Art, the Year 3’s have been making these amazing castles. Here are some photos of MU8’s creations.

 

Maths Challenge - Week 5

Money!!!

I have $4.70 to spend at the shops. What can I buy?

Collect a catalogue from your local shop (or newspaper) and make a collage of the different items I could afford. Remember to keep the price tag attached to the picture!

Most outstanding collage will receive an award at assembly!

 

Extra Challenge

Threatened Species Children's Art Competition

It has been opened up to Victoria for the first time this year and looks like a fabulous opportunity for the kids to integrate art with literacy and science. Entries open next week and close 3 Aug. 

http://www.threatenedspeciesartcomp.net.au

Foundation Unit

News

Over the last few weeks, students in Foundation have been investigating 2D shapes. Last week we identified and described features of triangles. We looked at how triangles are used in man- made constructions liked bridges due to their strength. Students in JU2 made triangles and rectangles to compare their strength while JU1 designed a bridge on paper that they wanted to make using icy pole sticks and playdoh. The designs indicated a good understanding of what triangles look like and how they are used in the ‘real world’.

 

Maths Challenge - Week 5

Money!!!

I have $4.70 to spend at the shops. What can I buy?

Collect a catalogue from your local shop (or newspaper) and make a collage of the different items I could afford. Remember to keep the price tag attached to the picture!

Most outstanding collage will receive an award at assembly!

 

Extra Challenge

Threatened Species Children's Art Competition

It has been opened up to Victoria for the first time this year and looks like a fabulous opportunity for the kids to integrate art with literacy and science. Entries open next week and close 3 Aug. 

http://www.threatenedspeciesartcomp.net.au

Education Support Team

The PNG Project

The Education Support team is currently running Enrichment programs across the school focusing on a range of areas. These group sessions give students the opportunity to develop and enhance skills in a small group environment.

Two of our groups, consisting of students from Senior and Middle Units, are developing leadership skills and identifying roles of responsibility while working cooperatively in a group. As part of this, the students are working collectively on a project. The students in these groups have chosen to support a less fortunate school in Papua New Guinea, by making pencil bags and collecting stationery items to send to them later in the year.

Senior Unit girls have discussed and planned what needs to happen to make and collect the required items, including producing an information poster, newsletter article and writing scripts for their presentations to classes across the school.

The Middle Unit group have been involved with the making of the pencil bags and creating individual labels by students that will go on each bag. They are also tracking the progress of The PNG Project.
 

Details of how to support The PNG Project will be available in a coming newsletter.

 

 

The Education Support Team

 

Student Awards & Achievements

Students of the Week

JU1 - Eddie

For always completing tasks to the best of her abilities. A very hard worker.

JU2 - Jessica

Recognising lots of sight words in reading. Well done!

MU1 - Alexis

For confidently using number lines to solve addition sums. Well done!

MU2 - Caleb

For being a supportive and caring friend when working with Catherine, well done for looking after others!

MU2 - Ava

For putting amazing effort into her story writing and making her story fun and interesting to read. Well done!

MU3 - Andy

For greater involvement in whole class activities.  

MU4 - Louis

For living our school values and being an inspirational role model for all of MU4.

MU5 - Max

For being a learner. You listen well and are positive about new learning.

MU6 - James

For his outstanding reading this week!

MU7 - Leah

For her excellent progress with her reading and writing. Leah is always putting 100% into everything she does!  Amazing effort Leah!

MU8 - Nil.

CU1 - Inga

Using adventurous verbs, adverbs, adjectives and phrases telling ‘where’ and ‘when’ things happened in her 'Dressing Up a Sentence' challenge.

CU2 - Gemma

For displaying brilliant work habits and always giving 100% to every task she is given.

CU3 - Josh

For settling seamlessly into his Carlsruhe experience by taking part in all the activities on offer.

SU1 - Cooper

For ‘Out of the box’ thinking with our maths warm-up challenge!! You rock!!

SU2 - Nil.

SU3 - Annie

For being a kind, caring and helpful member of the senior unit. You rock!

Classes of the Week

FRENCH - CU3

For being attentive, enthusiastic and engaged in french.

ART - SU2

For working extremely well in art. Great work.

Artists of the Week

Year 1 & 2 students made pictures of Autumn leaves using drawn and paper leaves. Great work Year 1-2, our special artist are- 

 

Our Star Artists are:

Lacie, Leo, Hannah, Louis, Izzy, Kento, Catalina, Milla, Curtis, Elizabeth, Masie, Ben, Phillipa, Blake and Caitlyn.

Gardening Group

Plant Label Art Competition

Restoration of the Woodend Community Children’s Garden is well underway. In Spring we will be putting in an indigenous plant garden. This garden will form habitat for animals, birds, insects and reptiles, while showcasing native plants that grow in Woodend. Each plant species will have an informative label next to it, which together will form an educational, self-guided tour of Woodend indigenous vegetation.

 

Text for the labels will be provided by botanist, Nicole Middleton, but we would like a student's artwork to be used as the label background. The labels will be professionally printed by Macedon Ranges Signs, so the winning artwork will be on display permanently.

 

Competition brief:

  • Create an artwork that can be used as the background for plant labels in the Woodend Community Children’s Garden
  • Use A4 size paper or card, landscape orientation (ie. on it’s side)
  • Use any media you wish (paint, collage, pencil, text, crayon, etc)
  • One entry per student
  • Place in the box at the school office by 3.30pm Wed 26 June.

Native species in the garden will include wattles, black gum, banksia, river bottle brush, peas, tea trees, mother shield fern, tussock and kangaroo grass, wandering postman, cut-leaf daisies and lots more (see Woodend Landcare Plant List). You might like to research these online or borrow some books from the library to see what they look like and include them in your art work.

 

The winner will be announced at School assemble and in the newsletter.

Some plant label background ideas…

 …now design and make your own.

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Nicole Middleton

Gardening Group Facilitator - 0418 233 366

Canteen

News

  • Welcome to the canteen, Julia.
  • A huge thank you to all of you who helped fill the roster and experienced the fun had by all.
  • Sushi Day will be Wednesday June 26th.   Qkr orders only.  No other lunch orders will be available on this day.
  • New products from Allied Chefs:  Macaroni Cheese 200g $4.50 / Beef Lasagna 220g $4.50

Please contact me if you can help out in June. Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays.  Only 9-12.30pm with a free lunch for you and a free icy pole for your child(ren). No money to count, just orders to fill. Call me on 0411 558 557.   

Qkr

Please update details on Qkr and lunch bags.

  • 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.

Library News

BOOK CLUB

  • Book Club orders due in Wednesday 12th June.

Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Woodend Primary School is excited to be participating.

 

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  

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Susan Machell

Librarian

PFA News

Carlsruhe Country Fair - Saturday 30th November

Thank you to those who have volunteered to assist with the committee for the Fair.

Please email wpspfa@gmail.com to register your interest to help.

Parents And Friends - Fundraising Activities for 2019

Term 3

Trivia Night - 27th July

Father's Day Breakfast - Fri 6th September

Term 4

Carlsruhe Country Fair - Saturday 30th November

Christmas Raffle


Danni Findlay

 wpspfa@gmail.com

Student Banking

8 Deposits - Choose your reward

Flynn, Polly

9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered

Zoey, Isabelle, Catherine

10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home

Term 2 Rewards - NEW

  • New for Term 2 - Icicle Slapband Ruler and Yeti Fluffy Notepad

     

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

  • 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

 

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Michael Grose: Parent Insights

Encouraging healthy attitudes towards women

Recent events and current statistics highlight that as a nation we have a serious problem when it comes to domestic violence. While there’s no easy solution, together, we can do our part to stop violence against women. If you’re a parent or guardian, you can play an important role. Disrespect towards girls can begin in childhood, and we can break the cycle when we teach our children to be respectful and caring right from the start.

As parents, we have three main jobs:

  • First, to love our children and build a strong lifetime bond
  • Second, to keep them safe from harm until they can do that for themselves
  • Third, to teach them all the skills they need to thrive in life and to make a positive difference in the world

Life skills approach to raising children
So what life skills do children need to learn when it comes to the issue of preventing violence against girls and women? As parents, we can talk with our kids about:

  •  Behaving respectfully towards others
  •  Communicating their needs using words and without the need to hit, snatch or shout
  •  Managing their emotions and their behaviours so as not to ‘fly off the handle’

Start the conversation about respect early
Start by responding to your child calmly when they are disrespectful to others. The following three-step communication approach can be used from early childhood through to teen years. Let's put it into practice.

If a boy is making fun of his sister or a female friend:

  1. STOP: Respond calmly rather than react asking him to stop the teasing.
  2. EMPATHISE: Invite your son to see the behaviour through the eyes of his sister. 'How do you think your sister/friend feels right now?'
  3. EDUCATE: Provide options such as ignoring his sister or friend if she's annoying him or providing an appropriate social script he can use to communicate his thoughts such as, "I find it annoying when you don't share the computer"


It's a marathon, not a sprint
When it comes to gaining academic knowledge and learning skills, parents know it takes years of consistent effort from childhood through to adolescence. In the same way, parents can take a long-term approach to teaching life skills beginning right from toddler to teen.


Parents lead the way
Parents are powerful teachers and role models for the next generation. We can teach our children how to be respectful and kind to each other. By stopping disrespect and violence at the start we can play a crucial role in putting an end to violence against girls and women.


Resources you can use
The Stop it at the Start campaign provides parents, family members and others with information and practical resources to self-reflect, and talk to boys and girls aged 10-17 about being respectful and caring. You can find videos, guides and other resources to help you have conversations with your children at www.respect.gov.au/resources/talking-about-respect

There is so much we can do in families to develop healthy attitudes toward women. Through modelling and teaching we can change entrenched attitudes and behaviours that will put an end to the cycle of violence against women.

 

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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