Assistant Principal's Report
Some kids are resilient by nature – their temperament helps them to be mentally and psychologically tough. You know those kids. They get straight back up after a setback or disappointment. Rejection in the playground doesn’t faze them. Unfortunately, not every child has such natural resilience.
The good news is that most of the research shows that resilience can be nurtured and developed, particularly when parents themselves are resilient and they actively foster it in their kids.
Resilient kids share four basic skill sets: independence, problem-solving, optimism and social connection.
Building resilience – tips for parents
From a resilience perspective parents need to coach kids through some of their more challenging moments and reviewing what they may have learned for next time. Avoid solving all their problems for them.
You can promote a lasting sense of resilience in your kids by:
- Having a positive attitude yourself. Your attitude as a parent impacts on their ability to bounce back from some of the difficulties they face. Make sure you model a ‘you can do it’ attitude for your child when he meets some of life’s curve balls.
- Look for teachable moments. Many kids’ learning opportunities are disguised as problems. Make the most of these opportunities so that kids can grow and learn from some of the challenges they face.
- Make kids active participants in the family. Active participation in a family develops the self-help, problem-solving and independence skills of kids that are necessary for resilience.
- Build kids coping skills. There are plenty of strategies you can pass on to kids to help them cope when life doesn’t go their way, including acceptance, getting away for a while, and normalisation.
Promoting resilience in kids is a not a single event, but a continuous process that requires adults to be supportive and empathetic when things don’t go their way. It also requires you as a parent to have an understanding of resilience, so you have faith in yourself, and your child’s ability to cope.
Our three international travellers have arrived safely in China. I will leave Paul to tell us more about the happenings in next week's newsletter.
On Monday evening the Parish Community held their Parish ACM. This evening celebrated all the great works that occur in the parish.
Father Greg delivered his Parish Priest Report and presented a proposed way forward for the next three years, which was very well received by those present.
I have attached a summary of Father Greg's thoughts which will appear in the Parish Bulletin this week.
Volunteers' Mass & Morning Tea
As parents would be aware, Thursday 23 November, there is a Volunteers' Mass at Infant Jesus School followed by a morning tea in the hall to say ‘thank you’ to all the parents who have assisted with school activities throughout the year. We recognise that parents are a very important link between home and school and we greatly value and appreciate the support they have provided the staff and students of Infant Jesus School.
Volunteers at Infant Jesus School have assisted in many ways during 2017, both in classes and in many other areas of the school. We recognise that the involvement of volunteers has many benefits including:
- teachers and parents working together
- better communication between home and school
- greater understanding by parents of their children’s schooling
- greater understanding of the role of teachers and the planning and organization required within a classroom
- more goodwill and mutual respect between parents, teachers and staff
- children seeing their parents and teachers sharing common beliefs, attitudes and goals.
- more opportunity to see adults, both teachers and parents, as role models.
It is tremendous to have this level of interest displayed in the development of both the children and the school as a whole. Many activities could not be planned without their involvement and generous commitment of time and energy generously given by all our volunteers. To all our parent helpers and volunteers - THANK YOU.
Attached is an invitation to everyone who has volunteered at Infant Jesus School during 2017. To assist with catering please RSVP to the school office by 17 November, 2017.
School Start Times 2018
Just to inform parents in the school community that from the start of the 2018 school year the school start times will change.
School will commence at 8:45am with classrooms opening at 8:30am. This is to align more readily with the guidelines set by both the Education Department and Catholic Education Western Australia in relation to the school operational hours mandated.
Morning supervision, for Year 1 to 6 students, will begin from 8.10am and children are not encouraged to arrive at school before this time. Class teachers (except Kindergarten) will have their classes open for the children from 8.30am.
Kindergarten Information Evening 2018
KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION NIGHT
This will be held on Thursday 23 November 2017 in the hall commencing at 6.00pm. This is for all parents of children attending Kindergarten in 2018.
Infant Jesus Family
Our prayers and thoughts are with the Dattilo family (Aaron PPW and Lucas 5B) at this very sad time as they mourn the loss of their much loved grandmother who passed away recently.
We also pray for the La Macchia family (Anthony 5B) whose beloved grandfather passed away last Saturday.
Please keep these families in your prayers.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace. Amen.
Prayer for the Week
God of power and mercy,
protect us from all harm.
Give us freedom of spirit
and health in mind and body
to do your work on earth.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Did You Know?
- Did you know potato, the delicious and favourite vegetable of children, is the staple food in many countries and is the most cultivated vegetable across the globe.
- Did you know that Australia is the only continent in the world that has no volcanoes.
- The goosy security – geese are used as security guards in a prison in Brazil! How cool is that!
- Did you know; Albert Einstein’s eyes are preserved in a safe in New York.
Thought for the Week
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”