Today Mr Greg Mitchell spent the day at St Emilie’s in our specialist classrooms and then after school with staff to share some valuable professional development.
One of the many interesting ideas we explored was the importance of supporting children (and ourselves as adults) to develop a GROWTH mindset.
Research shows that a student’s belief about their intelligence plays an important role in their school achievement, and that parents and teachers can positively influence the development of these beliefs.
Students who believe their intelligence is simply a fixed trait fare more poorly, especially as school becomes more challenging, than students who believe their intellectual abilities can grow. When students are taught the growth-oriented view—they show an increase in their enjoyment of learning and in their grades.
What can parents do?
Praise the process – children’s effort or strategies—creates eagerness for challenges, persistence in the face of difficulty, and enhanced performance.
Next time you are tempted to tell your child that he or she is the next Einstein or future Picasso, stop yourself. Instead, take the time to appreciate the effort they put into their work, not what the work means about their innate brains or talent.
Ask them how they went about something and show them how you appreciate their choices, their thinking process, or their persistence.
Ask them about strategies that didn’t work and what they learned from them.
When they make mistakes, use these mistakes as an opportunity for teaching them to come up with new strategies.
When they do something quickly, easily, and perfectly, do not tell them how great they are. Tell them, “I’m sorry I wasted your time on something too easy for you. Let’s do something more challenging that you can learn from.”
Look for ways to convey your valuing of effort, perseverance, and learning—rather than some empty display of ability. Instead of false confidence in fixed ability, these methods will foster a deeper appreciation for the true ingredients of achievement.
It is now abundantly clear that brains and talent alone don’t bring success. The work of Benjamin Bloom and of Anders Ericsson shows clearly that people of outstanding accomplishment—be it in science, the arts, or athletics–are often no more talented than many of their peers. In fact, their peers who seemed most brilliant at the start often turned out to achieve very little. This is most likely because, believing too much in the power of their brains and talent, they did not put in the effort that all great accomplishment requires.
In short, believing in brains or talent as something fixed and all-powerful works against long-term success in school, careers, and life in general.
Let’s all become more mindful about HOW and WHAT we say to our children so that we can develop a GROWTH MINDSET in school and in life!
On Monday the 30th of March, the Year Six students accompanied by Mrs Thuijs, Mrs Aquino, Mr Munro, Mr Davis, Mr Naden, Mrs Harvey, Mrs Tilyard and Jacob Aquino departed for Woodman Point for their Year Six camp. Among the many benefits camp provides is the chance to build leadership skills that can be brought back and displayed at school.
On camp, students learn teamwork and relationship skills, trust, responsibility, and are challenged to show courage and bravery to complete different challenges. Students participated in a search and rescue, rock climbing, ultimate sports, raft building, team building, soccer and an escape from quarantine. Some students quickly found themselves out of their comfort zone however with encouragement and a positive mental attitude often surprised themselves!
Being in a new place with different people and even being away from home for the first time might have been scary at first, however feelings of happiness, joy, excitement and pride quickly replaced any fears. Camp was another great opportunity for our Year Six students to continue to build on their leadership skills while having a great time with their friends.
Welcome back everyone!
A warm welcome back to you all! We are really looking forward to another great term – all eleven weeks of it! We’ve had a terrific couple of days. Children are happy to be back at school and staff are enthusiastic about their ‘switched on’ attitude!
I have really enjoyed hearing all the holiday stories – bravo Mums and Dads – there has been lots of reading, playing imaginary games, playing board games, picnics, sports, camping trips, catching up with friends, bbq’s, watching a movie, cooking fun, walks along the beach, interesting road trips and more!
Staff have also had a really good break and are looking forward to offering many valuable learning opportunities throughout the term. Your ongoing support, encouragement and positive interactions with your teachers – whether face to face, by email or by note, really make a huge difference and help to pave the way for your child to flourish here at school. When they see and hear you relating respectfully and positively with teachers, it sends a very powerful message indeed and helps them to feel safe, secure and more confident in themselves.
Term 2 Planner Information for Families
The ‘Term 2 Planner Information for Families’ document has now been posted on the front page of the website (see the left hand column, half way down). This document essentially lists the main calendar dates with any explanatory notes underneath where applicable. Please check this document regularly to stay up to date with what isn happening / when.
As per the Term Planner we have a day set aside for our Three Way meetings on Wed 27th May. We will be trialling an ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM. More information on how to book an interview time will be sent home shortly.
The school has been a busy place over the holidays with new toilets going in to Kindy and PP and the big Eucalypts having to come down outside the Kindy. This very big School Board decision regarding the removal of the trees was made because:
- 1. The tree roots were lifting all the pavers creating a walking hazard.
- 2. The trees dropped branches indiscriminately and being on a walkway – posed a potential risk.
- 3. The leaves filled the gutters on a daily basis – expensive maintenance.
- 4. The beautiful shade was wonderful in the summer months however created a situation where the grass was permanently in shade during the winter and thus made it almost impossible to grow a strong vigorous lawn.
We look forward to lots of winter sun and we will explore moveable shade options for the summer months.
Kindy Interviews 2016
The next couple of weeks will be a busy time for the Leadership Team as we interview new families and their children, as well as siblings who will be starting Kindy next year.
Naplan testing will be conducted throughout Week 4 of this term in Years 3 and 5. As always our best advice is to not stress children out unnecessarily. Tests are a normal part of the teaching and learning cycle here at school. If we don’t make them bigger than they need to be our children won’t. We want them to do their best for sure, however there is no need to ‘prime them’ for NAPLAN. Our messages are stay calm, read the questions carefully, do your best, check your work and don’t worry!
Parent Session for Families of Kindy, PP, Yr 1, Yr 2 and Yr 3 children
The School Board and Leadership Team request that one parent from each family K-Yr 3 please be present at a Parent Information Session on Wednesday 3rd June – 6.30pm -7.30pm, where we will share information about a possible 1:1 progressive rollout of devices next year, starting with Year 4’s.
Morning Teas this term
- Anzac Day Assembly Morning Tea – come and share a chat, a cuppa and an an Anzac Day Biscuit after the Year 4 Friday 24th April!
- Mother’s Day Morning Tea – following the Year 2 Assembly
- Sisters of the Apparition celebrate 160 years Assembly followed by morning tea – Friday 22 May.
Please make sure you check in with the school website regularly so you can stay up to date with class news, school news and P&F/Board news.
All the best for a wonderful term ahead everyone
(on behalf of the School Leadership team)