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!
On Tuesday the 17th March, St Emilie’s competed in our very first cricket carnival at Fletcher Park.
The lead up to the carnival involved a Perth Scorchers Clinic, which explained to the students the different rules and skills of the T20 Blast format.
After the clinic had finished, we had over 30 year Six students sign up to be a part of our cricket carnival.
We had a boys team, a girls team and a mixed team represent our school.
Our girls team performed extremely well, winning all 4 of their games. From what we saw on Tuesday, we certainly have a number of very skilled cricket girls!
Our boys team and mixed team both encountered some very strong opposition, which provided them a great challenge as the day went on. All of our teams should be commended on their sportsmanship throughout the day, as well as the great attitude they all brought to the day!
In between games, our students were also lucky enough to receive a 45 minute skills session from the WACA.
St. Emilie’s had many star performers on the day, however, Chloe Reilly was announced the mixed competition player of the carnival, which is a fantastic achievement. Her reward was a massive tub of Milo from the competition sponsors!
Well done Chloe!
This week we presented our “Super” Assembly to the school community based on leadership lessons from Superheroes. Here are a few of the leadership qualities well known superheroes can teach us:
Lesson 1: Leaders reconcile differences and work as a team
Lesson 2: Good leaders are calm, peaceful and compassionate
Lesson 3: Great leaders don’t let their gifts go to waste and they encourage others
Spider-Man (Spider-Girl and Spider-Boy)
We had to use many skills such as teamwork, accepting differences, using our gifts and talents and encouraging others to help prepare and perform the assembly.
Our obvious talents were on show for all to see, but the most important lesson we learnt is that we all have some leadership qualities within us. Our challenge is to identify them and use them for the greater good!
Receiving our leadership badges was a proud moment for us all and they will be a visual reminder of our roles and responsibilities at St Emilie’s this year.
We are really looking forward to being leaders together at Camp very soon!
We encourage you to watch this great clip about being a ‘Hero’.
Today 6B had a visit from Mr Sayer our mentor from the Scientists in Schools initiative.
Mr Sayer facilitated our lesson on force, mass and measurement. He used a variety of materials to demonstrate the concepts and students then worked in their cooperative teams to investigate water pressure.
Each team had a 2L bottle that had three holes in it. We had to investigate and then provide an explanation as to why the water flowed out at different rates.
Thirty of St Emilie’s Year 6 children will be competing in a regional Interschool Cricket Carnival on Tuesday 17 March 2015 at Fletcher Park in Carlisle. Notes were sent home with the children participating on Wednesday and are due back today.
The MILO T20 Blast School Cup is a fast, fun, safe T20 carnival, which captures all the excitement of the KFC T20 Big Bash League. Teams of primary school students play a minimum of four games over four hours.
The matches take place on grass outfields with smaller boundaries to inspire countless fours and sixes. With music playing and several games taking place on the same oval at the same time, it creates an action packed, fun atmosphere where every kid is involved.
As well as encouraging a healthy, active lifestyle, the kids develop teamwork, leadership and fundamental movement skills. The modified game format encourages equal participation across batting, bowling, fielding and wicket keeping, regardless of ability.