From the Deputy Head of Primary, Meadow Springs – Newsletter Edition 09, 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
A big welcome back to all families and students for the commencement of Term 3. We hope you have managed some rest over the holidays and have come back refreshed, ready for the challenges of a new term. We have been discussing with the students over the course of the week the importance of maintaining a high standard of presentation in regards to uniform and personal grooming. This is important both inside and outside of school hours as the children represent Frederick Irwin. I will be conducting Uniform Inspections across the school next week and will be paying particular attention to the following, which you may recall I flagged in last term’s newsletter. Thank you for your ongoing support in regards to uniform matters.
*Personal grooming: Please ensure your child brushes their hair, has their shirt tucked in and shoes polished prior to arriving at school each morning.
*Socks: Boys in Year 3-6, if choosing to wear the winter shorts, need to wear their long grey school socks and not the short grey striped ankle socks from the summer uniform.
*Hair: Please ensure that all girls hair is tied up if longer than the top of the shirt collar; girls with short hair are reminded that their fringe needs to be clipped back if falling forward. Boys are also reminded to keep their hairstyles neat and conservative, with fringes sitting at the centre of the forehead.
*Shoes: Please ensure that your children (K-4) are in sports shoes that are predominantly white. A reminder that these shoes do need to be sports joggers, not a converse style shoe.
Resilience and Be You
Over the course of Semester 2, the Primary School will continue to focus on resilience. You may have heard some of your children reflecting during Term 2 about how they have been talking about resilience in class and, in the Year 6 cohort, perhaps reflecting on a presentation on resilience they heard from our school psychologist, Miss Amy O’Brien.
At a recent Professional Learning opportunity that Sue Skehan and I had the privilege of attending, there were some great strategies given by Michael Hawton, a psychologist based out of Byron Bay. We are hoping to engage the services of Mr Hawton going into 2021 to speak to the parent body on resilience, but in the meantime here’s a taster of a couple of little things you could do with your Primary-aged child around the home to help develop their resilience.
- Breathing: practice, practice, practice breathing techniques with your child; not in moments of heightened emotion but daily. This will ensure this becomes a regular part of a child’s routine and will hopefully assist them when emotions are becoming heightened.
This technique is really useful: Breathe in through the nose for 3 seconds (‘Smell the flowers’) and Breathe out through the mouth for 3 seconds (‘Blow the Candle’). Repeat this 3 times.
- ‘Non-emotional’ problem solving: A really interesting one! In order for a child to be able to solve social problems with friends (when emotions are running high through the body) it is very important that children get a chance to practice, practice, practice independently with ‘non-emotional’ problem solving. In the classroom this is easy with Maths or Science problems.
Around the home? This can be as easy as creating some context of a problem for children: “I’m going shopping today. I need to make some cupcakes. Here’s the recipe. Have a look at what ingredients we need and have a look in the pantry. Do we need to buy any flour, sugar etc …? If so, how much? (Depending on their age, you may need to ‘step in’ and offer some scaffolding and guidance).
Happy non–emotional problem solving!
Deputy Head Primary – Meadow Springs