I highly recommend that you take a listen to this TedTalk if you get a chance amidst your busy lives – it is 17 mins long so perhaps wait until you have dropped the children off – or at some time when the house is quiet and you have a bit of time to listen.
Bottom line : Happiness and resilience = a more positive life!
- Active Thinking
- Building on positive emotions
- Imagining a little parrot on our shoulder telling us what to think … Is the parrot right or wrong?
- Look for evidence! Think about balancing evidence and alternatives!
- Learning to develop resilience muscles!
- Teaching kids resilience skills really helps!
Developing a sense of well-being is so important – and it means taking charge of our own emotions and thought processes…
Certainly a daily effort! 🙂
ACARA recognition for Catholic schools
Message from the WA Catholic Education Office:
“We have previously communicated that the Catholic Education system achieved the best WACE results in five years in 2014. Following on from that success, we have also been advised that 25 of our schools achieved an above average NAPLAN gain, compared to other similar schools.
The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) looked at the comparative gain of each school to the previous reporting period, the relative starting point of students at a similar level, as well as the school’s ICSEA rating.
I would like to congratulate all of the CEWA schools that have been acknowledged by ACARA. This is a significant achievement which is the result of many hours of hard work by school leadership teams and classroom practitioners. “
St Emilie’s was one of only 25 Catholic schools from across WA recognised by ACARA in this way!
Teachers are the decisive difference in the classroom and everything that we individually and collectvely can do to support and encourage our teachers in their work, the better the outcomes for each and every child.
When families support teachers, when families build a safe, happy, stable, loving family life, this too helps children to learn – so go for gold families!
We know that NAPLAN results are only one part of a much bigger learning picture where each child is supported to ‘do’ and ‘be’ their best self…
But for this week let us all celebrate our good news!
Clap and scream for the Gannon team!!
Yes it was Gannon day last week and a wonderful day of celebration for team members to identify with their house group. We commenced the morning with a liturgy to share how Gannon House came to be formed. We celebrate Gannon Day on the Feast of Saint Joseph as St Joseph is Sister Margaret Mary’s favourite saint.
The Gannon house motto is ‘Serving with humility’. In our prayers we asked God to help us show true humility towards others here at school, at home and in our everyday lives.
Gannon students spent their lunchtime playing a variety of team games like tug o war, quoits and totem tennis. We finished off our lunchtime with a cool ‘orange’ Calypso icy pole. Yum!!
WEDNESDAY 25th MARCH
4.00pm – 6.00pm
Families are invited to come and view your child’s classrooms,
and to take a look at some of the learning experiences children have been engaging with
over the last 7 weeks of term.
You can pop in anytime between 4-6pm.
Please remember to thank your teachers once again for their generosity
in making this opportunity available for you.
PS Don’t forget to pop into the library and MPR to check out Cultural Studies and Science learning also!
On Saturday the 28th March from 8.00-12.00pm we will be holding our annual school BUSY BEE.
Last year we got a lot done around our school by harnessing some ‘FREE’ and very much appreciated staff, parent (and children) power!
Likewise this year we hope to knock a number of jobs off our ‘to do’ list with a little help from our friends.
If you are able to make some or all of the morning, please phone or email the Office to leave your name and availability and also if you would like to stay for a drink and a sausage sizzle:
If you can’t make it but would like to help out in another way you might consider:
- dropping in a small plate of morning tea for the workers ( either on Friday or Saturday
Please bring gloves, rakes, trimmers, wheelbarrows, a hat, a drink bottle and any other tools that might be helpful!
It will be great to see you!
Thanks again everyone!
Just a note to ask that you please keep a family who is going through a particularly tough time in regard to their health in your daily prayers.
Some wonderful families who are close to this family and the situation have quietly rallied together and are providing meals and practical support.
Father Chien is also unwell at this time and our thoughts are also very much with him as he rests and recuperates.
We will let you know if there is anything you can do to help out, however in the meantime one thing we can all do right now is tap into the power of prayer.
Quietly including this beautiful family, Fr Chien and all families in our community who may be suffering at this time in our everyday prayers, is special and very much appreciated.
Our prayers don’t need to be fancy.. just simple and heartfelt …
All staff have been so positive about your Two-Way Parent Meetings this week – thank you most sincerely for arriving on time and for the wonderful way you have each engaged with your teachers – a terrific community effort!
Parent representation at these interviews has been very high indeed – which means you have had the wonderful opportunity to ask questions and to clarify and listen to how your child is interacting socially and emotionally with others, as well as how they are progressing academically.
While it is easy to hear all the positives about our children, it is understandably not so easy to listen when an area of challenge or an aspect of their behaviour may be of some concern at this point in time.
The important thing to remember is that all staff have your child’s very best interests at heart. Just because the teacher might point out that they have observed, for example, your child experiencing considerable difficulty managing their emotions when playing sport; or that they have presented themselves as inappropriately defending exclusive friendships; or that they are in the habit of consistently talking and distracting others more than engaging in their learning, and so on – it isn’t something to panic about or become defensive over.
Teacher feedback is very valuable to wise and discerning parents. When you demonstrate to your child that you really value, respect and support their teacher, it immediately makes them sit up, think and take notice!
Calmly discuss the area of concern with your child, listen to their challenges and offer some good advice, as well as support them to set positive goals for the future. Just remember that when your child is relaying their story they are quite often (not always) leaving out a number of other important details… and this is part of growing up and learning!
The worst thing a parent can do however, is think there is – ‘a teacher conspiracy’!
While it is far easier for a teacher to ignore and not bring things to parent attention, a good school genuinely helps children to learn from mistakes, to grow as people, to see themselves as part of something bigger than themselves and to understand that values such as honesty, co-operation, kindness, respect, compassion, forgiveness, integrity, flexibility, generosity, a sense of humour, self-control, and more … are what will ultimately help them and others to thrive in school, and to thrive in life!
Our children are relying on us as significant adults in their lives to be good role models and people who champion the often difficult and challenging path of what is good, right and just.
Being a good parent requires that we too continue to grow as people each and every day… and this requires an ongoing and sustained effort…
Lent is a good time to reflect upon any obstacles to our own growth as Christ followers and to make a plan for perhaps tweaking our own parenting choices so they better align with what Jesus would say and do!
Take care everyone, we are indeed blessed to be in a community where we can support one another in our parenting and in creating young people who go into the world knowing they can make a positive difference!
We have been busy in Year One Blue learning so many new things!
We have revisited numbers to 20 and are diving into the next challenge….
all the numbers that come after 20!!
We love working cooperatively with each other and find that working in small groups is a great way to help each other to learn!
We have been learning about the language to describe numbers – biggest, smallest, what comes before, what comes after and are now getting a little bit tricky with our number thinking by using ‘tens’ and ‘ones’ to represent the value of numbers.
We have even started counting by 10’s!
We read the story Tip Tap went the Crab and noticed that crabs have 10 legs!
We soon discovered that counting to 100 by 10’s is a lot quicker than counting each number! We made our own crab using our handprints and have been using our crabs to help us count in 10’s!
We are on our way to becoming number experts!