Term 3 Value Focus – Growth – we see mistakes as an important part of learning
During the term we have been focussing on the value of growth. Growth, according to our students is:
- Growth is to grow up and cook food. - Jaykohda K/P
- Growth means helping others and respecting the environment. - Jamayah 1/2A
- Growth means to be nice to others and not laugh at people when they trip over or make mistakes. When you make mistakes, it is ok because you can apologise. - Tarlia 1/2B
- Everyday you improve and get better and better. Even though you may not think you are, you are. - Charlie 3/4A
- You can have a goal and try to achieve this. If you make mistakes you can fix them. - Angelica 3/4B
- Growth means to make mistakes and try as hard as you can to not repeat them. - Riley 5/6A
- Growth means to try and get better at something. For example, if you are not good at football, you keep trying and don't give up. - Connor 5/6B
Year 5/6 Sports Day
Last week Y5/6 students participated the North West Primary School Sports Association (NWPSSA) Sports Day. Students opted into Netball, Soccer, Football and Basketball. The day started with learning skills then a round robin. Throughout the day students improved individually and as a team demonstrating our value of Growth. We are very impressed with the way students modelled our school values throughout the day, specifically the way they were respectful to each other, umpires and the opposition.
11 students have been identified and invited to a selection day to represent Devon (Port Sorell – Penguin Schools) against Darwin (Burnie – Circular Head School) later in the term. A big thank you to Nardi in the office and the NWPSSA for organising the event.
Early Intervention Office Leesa Poulton (Tasmanian Police) delivered the THINKUKNOW Program to Y5/6 students last week. Y3/4 students will participate in this session on Monday 23 August. The sessions focus online safety strategies to keep yourself safe. Y5/6 students were shocked to learn that police can access deleted messages and snap chats.
We are currently planning an adult information session stay posted for the date, we would love to see you there. This information session will focus on understating what children and young people SEE, SAY and DO online.
What they SEE:
Young people search for and consume content including videos, images and text.
What they SAY:
Being connected is a huge part of young people’s lives, including interacting with friends and family.
What they DO:
There are many types of activities including apps and games that children and young people use. We’ve categorised apps, games and sites by their primary features to help you learn more about the types of things young people might DO online
Yours in partnership
Auditions for the Truly Talented
The Talent Quest Auditions are being held from the 16th of August to the 20th of August, in the hall during lunch time for the whole week.
The Talent Quest will be held in the hall on Wednesday 1st of September beginning at 1:30pm and ending at 2:50pm.
We are looking forward to seeing our talented musicians, comedians, singers, magicians and all other fantastic talents you may have to entertain us with.
Footy Colours – Week 9
Footy Colours Day is going to be held on Friday the 17th of September. A gold coin donation is required to wear your footy colours.
If you wear a scarf, hat or socks as your only footy colours without other footy gear you will still need to wear school uniform with them.
No casual clothes on this day and school uniform to be worn if you choose not to wear footy colours.
This Term, we are focussing on our value of Growth. During our school meetings held on Mondays and Fridays, a student from each class is recognised for their Growth.
Congratulations to the students pictured for being acknowledged for displaying our shared school value of Growth!
Maths groups in 1-2A
This Term we have been learning about time.
We do this in several ways. Teacher time where students are encouraged to ask questions and solve problems. Playing a ‘making an analogue clock’ game and completing work that shows what we have learnt.
Students have enjoyed the creating an analogue clock game to show hours, o’clock and half past times.
This week we introduced minutes to our clock game and focussed on counting by 5’s.
It has been very exciting to see how much students have enjoyed this activity and the things they can now tell me about time.
In our maths time we work in groups and rotate between activities such as games, iPad lessons that support our focus on time and sums.
While Mrs Gardam has been on our class we have had an Art unit focussing on painting. We are learning about warm and cool primary colours and experimenting with mixing colours.
Rain in a jar.
We are learning about the water cycle. We had a big jar with hot water at the bottom and at the top there was a bag of ice attached to the lid.
We predicted what might happen.
We watched and noticed that the ice melted and turned into liquid and drops of water were dripping of the bag.
“The steam (water vapour) is turning black into to water (drips) when it touches the bag of ice. It gets cooler (condensation)". - Anarchy.
Children who develop healthy friendships generally have a definite set of social skills that help make them easy to like, easy to relate to and easy to play with. One such skill is the ability to adjust their behaviours to suit the social requirements of a particular situation. Many boys struggle in this area and can be loud, overbearing and bossy when their peers want them to be quiet, cooperative and to follow others.
You can coach your child to fit in with the requirements of many of their social groups using this three-pronged approach:
The primary school age is an ideal time for children to form friendships with both girls and boys. This is particularly valid if your child has siblings of their own gender, or don’t have siblings.
- Remind: Be pre-emptive with your teaching. Before your child visits their friends provide some relevant pointers about their behaviour. “Remember to say hello quietly and ask them if they’d like to play with you.”
- Rehearse: It’s useful to practise with children how they should act in social situations. “Okay, Jeremy tell me what you will say when you want to enter a game. Let’s practice waiting for a break in the game, approaching someone you know and saying, “Excuse me. Can I play with you guys?”
- Revisit: Give your child feedback after the event but keep it positive and upbeat. “That was great the way you let the other kids lead the way. Your friends love it when you let them be boss.” Boys, in particular, benefit from being told what works well in terms of their friendships behaviours.
Encourage healthy friendships
The wellbeing of many primary school girls is heavily impacted by her relationships with her peers. When relationships are going well she’ll tend to be happy, however when friendships become tricky then she can feel unhappy, even distraught. Help your daughter identify what a healthy friendship looks and feels like – she should feel safe, valued and able to speak up. Unhealthy relationships, such as cliques, are restrictive, one-sided, full of gossip and criticism. To assist them to reflect on the nature of healthy relationships help your child to formulate responses to these questions: “What does a good friend look like? How does a good friend behave? What do good friends do?”
Encourage friendships with both genders
The primary school age is an ideal time for children to form friendships with both girls and boys. This is particularly valid if your child has siblings of their own gender, or don’t have siblings. It’s through these early relationships that we gain the confidence to mix with different genders in the later years. Forming friends across genders helps to break down the mystique that sometimes forms, when a child has little contact with the ‘other’ gender.
Understand the impact of gender on friendships
Research shows that boys’ friendships groups are more inclusive and less changeable than friendships enjoyed by girls, particularly those in the eight to twelve age group. If you have a girl, be ready to support your daughter through the hurt of friendship breakdowns and remind them that new friendships are just around the corner. Many girls take a disagreement with a friend personally as they don’t have the emotional development to deal with conflict constructively. Help her reflect on her own place in a friendship breakdown, and encourage her to be open to restoring a relationship once emotions are in check.
Remember, friends a feather flock together
If you think that your child doesn’t have as many friends as a sibling or other children their own age, don’t be too alarmed. On average, children usually have only two or three significant friendships at any one time. It’s the quality rather than the quantity of friendships that counts. If you are concerned that your child lacks friends at school encourage them to take up a variety of extra-curricular activities. It’s easier to strike up a friendship with someone when you have something in common.
Above all else, encourage your child to be friendly by talking to others, showing an interest in what other children do, offering help when needed, and being willing to enter a game or social situation. Consider teaching your child, if necessary, alternatives to fighting and arguing when there is disagreement and conflict within groups.
Michael Grose, founder of Parenting Ideas, is one of Australia’s leading parenting educators. He’s the author of 12 books for parents including Spoonfed Generation and the best-selling Why First Borns Rule the World and Last Borns Want to Change It. His latest release Anxious Kids, was co-authored with Dr Jodi Richardson.
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|Thursday 19 August||Year 6 Ulverstone Secondary College Information Night|
|Friday 27 August||Book Week Parade 9:15am in the hall|
|Monday 23 August||Student Wellbeing Survey Begin|
|Tuesday 24 August||School Assembly 2pm|
|Tuesday 31 August||Year 5/6 Excursion - Brickendon|
|Wednesday 1 September||Talent Quest|
|Thursday 1 September - Friday 2 September||Fathers Day Stall|
|Friday 17 September||Footy Colours Day|
|Friday 17 September||School Wellbeing Survery Ends|
|Monday 11 October||Term 4 Commences|