Primary School News

We have a precious wealth from our ancient times.

                                                                                                                                                                Tu Youyou

This Friday marked the end of a term-long history project for Year 5 students.  In Term 1 the students in Year 5 were asked to think critically about their own identities and reflect on how their environment has shaped them. Students had the opportunity to ask friends and family members about their local community and culture and how it has shaped them into the person they are today. 

This morning the Learning Common was buzzing with energy and the smells of delicious foods as Year 5 students showcased their Identity Projects to parents, Year 6 students and special guests.  Thank you to Ms Best and Mrs Anderson for providing such an engaging study of personal history.

 

NAPLAN

Next Tuesday the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) begins. Below are some handy hints to help your daughter prepare for the week.

  1. Focus your daughter on doing her best and trying hard. As with all her learning activities, place your focus squarely on effort rather than results.
  2. Listen to any concerns she has. If your daughter confesses to some nerves then validate her feelings.
  3. Give her some relaxation ideas. Anxious or nervous children will benefit from some simple relaxation strategies. Taking some deep breaths, changing her thinking and exercising the morning of the test are some simple ways to help get some feeling of control.
  4. Prepare your daughter with a good night’s sleep, an adequate breakfast, a prompt arrival at school and a fully charged device.

 

This morning in the glorious, but chilly, sunshine we celebrated Mother’s Day in the Primary School. The girls dutifully served their mums some delicious treats and also shared a letter they had written to their mums about how special they are.

We wish all of our beautiful mums a very Happy Mother’s Day this Sunday. I hope you have a wonderful time with your families and have the opportunity for a bit of rest and relaxation.

 

Loving God,
as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children,
so you watch over your Church.
Bless these women,
that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers.
Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, their sons and daughters,
may honour them always
with a spirit of profound respect.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Amen

 

Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary

 

Parenting Styles – What type of parent are you?  

SchoolTV Special Report

Parents are the most important influence on their children’s lives. The relationships shared, the values taught and the examples provided have a significant role in enriching the experiences of our children. It is also well known that children benefit immensely from a loving and supportive parenting style, where clear expectations are maintained.

 There are so many different opinions offered on how best to parent. New parents will often have firm beliefs about how they wish to balance love and discipline, but this ideal often goes out the window when a toddler throws their first tantrum in the supermarket!

Raising children can bring parents and caregivers great joy despite many learning ‘on the job’ and growing into the role through experience and understanding. Children will always flourish in a warm and loving environment, supported by clear guidance.

In this SchoolTV Special Report, parents and caregivers can gain a greater understanding of the four defined parenting styles by taking part in a quiz. It can guide parents towards deciding which style they wish to adopt and the effects it may have on their children. 

We hope you take time to peruse and reflect on the information offered in this Special Report. Click here for the Parenting Styles report.

We certainly value the privilege of working in strong partnership with parents, working together to support your daughters. If you have any concerns about your daughter’s wellbeing or her learning, please do not hesitate to be in contact.

 

Mrs Lynn Long

Director of Pastoral Care