Newsletter #10 - November 16th 2020
From the Principal
I would like to start by congratulating the students in Year 1 & 2 for their fantastic performance at last week’s assembly. The students in Room One performed ‘The Little Red Hen’ and did such a wonderful job – so many words to remember! Well done also to Mrs Gray and Mrs Webster for all the work they put into the assembly and morning tea that followed.
This morning, I had the pleasure of welcoming next year’s Kindy children, along with their parents, during the first of three transition mornings. This was a great opportunity for the children to get a taste of school life, and for parents to get to know the school a little better. With our numbers being so strong into the future, we will be running two Kindy groups next year. It is wonderful to see such a positive change in student enrolments, which allows us to firm up future planning for the school.
As a result of the above change, we will be moving our early close day from Tuesdays to Wednesdays starting next year. This will mean a 3pm finish on each day of the week, except Wednesdays when it will be a 2:30pm finish.
A few weeks ago, we celebrated World Teachers’ Day – an opportunity to thank the teaching and support staff at the school for all the hard work they do for the students at Waddington. We enjoyed a BBQ breakfast (once I put out the fire I started on the BBQ!) and watched a video of the students thanking the staff for all they do. If you didn’t see it on our Facebook page, CLICK HERE to take a look. I would like to reiterate my sincere thanks to the Waddington staff. We have truly dedicated teaching and support staff here, who are all committed to the success of the children at our wonderful school.
A huge thank you to our dedicated P&C who put on the annual Halloween Disco on Friday 30th October. It was wonderful to see many of the children come back to school that evening to enjoy a night of dancing, pizza and lots of other goodies! We are truly grateful for all the work the P&C put into this event for the children at Waddington.
Tomorrow, Tuesday 17th November, is school photo day. We have ‘3P Photography’ coming in the morning, with sibling photos taking place in Waddy Hall at 8:30am. Each class will go to Waddy Hall throughout the morning for their class and individual photos. If you haven’t already returned your photo forms to school, please send your child to school with them tomorrow. Spare forms are available at Reception.
Please put aside Monday 14th December as we will be holding the book awards and graduation from 9am on this day. This is a great opportunity for us to celebrate the many successes we’ve had throughout the year and to farewell our graduating class of 2020.
We’re gearing up for our annual Christmas Carols, which are only a few weeks away. Christmas Carols will be happening on the lawn outside Waddy Hall on Wednesday 9th December – more details to follow. As this is an outdoor event, we will have plenty of space for you to come along and invite your family and friends. We hope to see you there!
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Term 4 2020 Planner
The Term 4 planner was amended and uploaded to the schools website in week 3. 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 THIS TERM*
- 17 November 2020 - School Photos
- 2 December 2020 - "Thank you" morning tea
- 9 December 2020 - Christmas Carols
- 10 December 2020 - Faction Sausage Sizzle (Winning Faction)
- 14 December 2020 - Book Awards and Graduation at 9am
- 15 December 2020 - Year 6 Graduation Dinner
- 17 December 2020 - Last day of Term for Students
- 18 December 2020 - Last day of Term for Staff
Room 5 - Our Leaders
As the weather improves, Room 5 have been getting out, trying to stay active and enjoying the sunshine. Earlier in the term we had the Interschool Carnival and the Room 5 students set an excellent standard, not only in behaviour but in their attitude towards the events. They showed great determination to finish every individual event and fantastic cooperation in the team games. During our Physical Education lessons we have been focusing on Net Sports such as volleyball and badminton. The students have shown a huge interest in these activities, choosing to play them in their reward time and at recess and lunch, and we may have some future Olympians in the making.
In Room 5 we have a continual focus on developing our leadership skills and becoming responsible members of the community. We have a recycling program where students collect a recycling tub from each classroom, process the recycling by sifting through it and emptying all of the recyclables into the bin, before returning the tub to its designated area. The Sports Captains are continuously checking that each class has their sports equipment for lunch and recess, and are ensuring that the equipment is well maintained. The Student Leaders work together before each assembly to choose their award recipients and then create the certificates to be delivered at the next assembly.
In the classroom we have recently focused on a few interesting topics that the students reported as highlights, including learning about Remembrance Day, NAIDOC Week art activities, and a maths lesson where we completed a scavenger hunt; students had to read coordinates on a grid and find all of the clues before deciphering the secret code. You’ll have to ask one of them as to what the code revealed.
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.
This excerpt has been taken from the book ‘Highway Heroes: Smart Life Skills 4 Kids – Module 4 Strategies 4 Managing Me’ written byHelen Davidson and Claire Orange, Best Program 4 Kids.
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