Please take a couple of minutes to read this great article by Michael Grose.
With Two-Way Parent Teacher meetings going on over the next fortnight it is a good time to recommit to developing a quality relationship between home and school.
Every child is relying on this relationship being as fruitful as possible.
Click on the link below to find out all about Clean Up Australia Day Schools and the activities and learning experiences offered to the students at St Emilie’s in week 5.
This final week of our KINDNESS FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT focus, looks at EMPATHY.
9 Essential Habits of Empathetic Children
Habit 1: Emotional literacy. Teaching emotion literacy as the gateway to empathy so children can recognise and understand the feelings and needs of others in their body language, voice tone or facial expressions.
Habit 2: Moral Identity. Helping children develop ethical codes and caring mindsets so they are more likely to adopt caring values that guide their integrity and activate their empathy to feel with and help others.
Habit 3. Perspective taking. Stretching perspective so children can step into others’ shoes to understand another person’s feelings, thoughts, and viewpoints.
Habit 4. Moral Imagination. Using elevating, emotionally-charged images in literature, film, news and images as a source of inspiration to help children connect with empathy.
Habit 5. Self-Regulation. Helping children learn ways to manage strong emotions and reduce personal distress to keep their empathy open, avoid the Empathy Gap and be more likely empathise and to help others.
Habit 6. Practicing Kindness.Developing and exercising kindness and pro-social behaviours to increase children’s concern about the welfare and feelings of others and enhance the likelihood that they will step in to help, support or comfort others.
Habit 7. Collaboration. Cultivating teamwork and collaborative abilities to help kids work with others to achieve shared goals for the benefit of all and develop a WE, not ME mindset.
Habit 8. Moral Courage. Promoting moral courage and teaching children ‘Upstander’ as opposed to ‘bystander’ skills and situational awareness to embolden them to speak out, step in, and help others.
Habit 9. Compassionate Leadership Abilities. Cultivating altruistic leadership abilities to motivate children to make a difference for others, no matter how small it may be and boost their chances of becoming Social Change-makers.
What Are You Doing to Cultivate the Nine Habits?
Which empathy habits are you helping your children acquire within your family?
Which empathy habits might you be overlooking?
Many thanks to one of our St Emilie’s parents, Maneesha Free who always offers her time and talent to our school at all community events.
All the money she raised on the Family Fun Night was donated to the P&F. We are so grateful for her incredible generosity and the support she gives to our school and we are of course in awe of her very special talent!
Thank you for helping to make our night a success Maneesha!
Check out her Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/facepaintandballoons/
Fast from ignorance;
Feast on opening the mind to new ways of thinking.
Fast from walking in darkness;
Feast on Christ’s illuminating light!
Fast from thoughts of what divides us
Feast on the healing power of all that unites us!
Fast from words that pull people down;
Feast on words that build people up!
Fast from discontent;
Feast on gratitude!
Fast from anger;
Feast on patience!
Fast from pessimism;
Feast on optimism!
Fast from complaining;
Feast on finding a solution!
Fast from negative conversations, negative people and negative situations;
Feast on dwelling in a positive head space!
Fast from bitterness that erodes;
Feast on forgiveness that frees.
Fast from self-absorption;
Feast on compassion and empathy for others.
Fast from personal anxiety;
Feast on trusting in God’s great love.
Fast from discouragement;
Feast on hope!
Fast from thoughts that depress;
Feast on thoughts that uplift!
Fast from lethargy;
Feast on enthusiasm and passion!
Fast from words and actions that weaken;
Feast on words that strengthen and inspire!
Fast from rushing and racing;
Feast on a slower pace, calm and serenity!
Fast from idle gossip;
Feast on purposeful restraint!
Fast from problems that overwhelm;
Feast on daily reflection and prayer that uplifts and sustains!
We are thinking of all our children and their families who are currently attending one of the Commitment Masses scheduled for the weekend just gone and the coming weekend.
Lexi from Year 6 is just one of our students preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation this year, while other students are committing to preparing for Reconciliation and Eucharist.
It was a very special surprise for families to see Archbishop Costelloe on the weekend!
Learning to ‘make a commitment’ is character building and an important life skill. Character traits like commitment aren’t born in us however, rather they need to be purposely developed.
In this case, we are committing to preparing for a Sacrament – which means that we commit to our classroom lessons, we commit to a parent/child workshop and we commit to a date to make the Sacrament with an open heart, so that we can try to really live out what we say we believe in.
In other areas of a child’s life, commitment is modelled by parents, by showing them what it looks and sounds like in everyday conversations and actions – eg caring for a pet, attending extra curricular lessons on time, following through on what you have said you would do ( even if a better offer comes along), working on goals that have been set rather than giving up; and modelling respectful relationships within the family.
Thank you to our St Emilie’s parents for committing to our Sacramental programs by helping your child to see the relationship between faith and life and by modelling the importance of meeting the commitments you have signed up for as part of these special programs in your child’s faith journey.
The goal of the night was simply to be together as a community, to give our kids a chance to gather in a relaxed social setting and for all of us to get to know and to welcome new families to St Emilie’s.
We are so grateful to every family that made the effort on a Friday night to come along – especially those who reached out in friendship to others. Your presence means a lot to us all and especially to your children.
I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to have a chat with Mum, Dads and children at events like these – thank you to all those who said gidday – it is really appreciated.
Have a great week everyone!