Newsletter #4 - May 3rd 2021
From the Principal
Welcome to Week 3! What a different start to Term 2 we have had. I would like to thank all of you for keeping up to date with the COVID-19 restrictions and following the guidelines. It is greatly appreciated. While we currently have staff wearing facemasks, the impact to students from the latest restrictions is very minimal.
I would like to sincerely thank Mrs Jemima Tomlinson for taking the reigns in my absence over the past few weeks, while I took some long-service leave. I managed to do a couple of short trips with my family during that time and have returned recharged and ready to go!
At the end of last term, we had our EGGCELLENT P&C organise an egg hunt and raffle. The students had a fantastic time and we would like to express our gratitude for the generous P&C for organising it. The P&C have also organised a Mothers' Day Stall this Friday for all students to purchase from. Gifts range from $2 to $10 so please send children to school with money on Friday if you would like them to purchase any items.
In Week 2 we had our Anzac service, with the knowledgeable Peter Jackson in to talk about his time in the armed forces. We also welcomed Mr Ted Tate, from Nollamara RSL who came and performed the Last Post and Rouse. It was a respectful service and it gave our students time to reflect on the sacrifices made by our armed forces. Thank you to those families who tuned in via Zoom!
We have been fortunate to have two volunteers come in during the week to run some clubs. Laura’s mum, Hayley has been coming in to teach crocheting to students on a Tuesday. On Wednesday Helen has joined us to teach students the guitar. These are wonderful opportunities for our students, and take place during lunch times.
Term 2 2021 Planner
Please make sure you check the schools website regularly for any updates/changes. CLICK HERE to go to the Term Planner page of the website.
*IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER FOR THE NEXT 3 WEEKS*
- 7 May 2021 - Mother's Day Stall (P&C)
- 11 May 2021 - NAPLAN Testing Begins (Yr 3 and 5)
- 20 May 2021 - Student Leader Conference
Highway Heroes – Thinking About Our Thinking
Your child has been learning about the power of their internal dialogue – or self-talk. Thinking can be positive and helpful – your child now calls that ‘Supa Thinkin’ and negative and unhelpful thoughts are called ‘Stinkin Thinkin’.
Thinking is part of a very important process that governs feelings and behaviour. When something happens – an Event, you say something to yourself – Self-talk or Thinking, you develop an Emotion or Feeling which usually leads to a certain way of Behaving.
Here’s an example: You’re on the way to work and you realise that you’ve left the iron on. You were already late when you left the house.
We teach children to think about – and also change – their self-talk, which helps to shift the intensity of the feelings that they might have – and then also their behaviour, as in the example above.
A HIGHWAY HERO is able to change their self-talk from Stinkin Thinkin into Supa Thinkin. The ability for a child to monitor and manage their self-talk grows and develops as they get older – and usually much faster if they are taught about how to change their self-talk from StinkinThinkin into Supa Thinkin.
It is important to talk with your child about ways that they can change their self-talk into accepting and straightforward – rather than exaggerated or dramatic internal dialogue. Your child has learned some tips, tricks and tools this week. Here are a few ways to help your child move from Stinkin Thinkin to Supa Thinkin at home:
- Model it yourself. Say aloud to your child an occasion when you’ve had some Stinkin Thinkin, e.g., ‘I was late this morning because I left the iron on – and I had to come home. I was telling myself how silly and careless I was and it made me pretty frustrated and angry.’ Follow that up with what you said to yourself to change your thinking. ‘So I said to myself, oh well, guess I’m going to be late. Nothing I can do about it; better than having a fire at home. It will be OK.’ The more your child sees and hears you changing your self-talk, your emotional response and your resulting behaviour, the more likely that they will imitate it.
- Make some Supa Thinking posters and put them up at home – in your child’s room, the bathroom, behind the toilet door.
I’ll be ok. It will get better. Calm down. It’s ok.
Everyone feels sad sometimes. Nothing lasts forever, even feelings.
It will pass. This too shall pass. Tomorrow is another day.
Encourage your child to journal – and this needn’t be boringly writing their deep thoughts into a leather bound book. A pile of post-it notes is perfect. On one side your child writes or draws their Stinkin Thinkin, and on the other, they write or draw their Supa Thinkin. Your child might want to put their Stinkin Thinkin post-it note into the bottom drawer in their bedroom, and then move it up to the top drawer when their thinking changes into Supa Thinkin.
Waddington Primary School Playgroup
Waddington PS provides families in the local area with children aged between 0 - 4 years a free playgroup. Please see the flyer below for details of when playgroup is held during the school term.
It's a great way to meet other families in the area and gives your child(ren) the opportunity to socialise with other children.
Triple P - Positive Parenting Program Term 2 2021
Please find below a flyer for upcoming free Triple P programs running in May and June 2021. Bookings are essential.