Dear St Anne's Community,
I hope that you are all well.
We continue to navigate the many restrictions in place due to COVID. The best news for students and staff this week, was the removal of the need to wear masks outside. It is still a requirement that secondary students and all staff wear masks indoors. We are not in line with the latest freedom of removing masks in an office space. Please continue to monitor your children for any symptoms and keep them home if they are unwell.
Compass Parent Portal
Last week we launched the Compass Parent Portal. If you have not already logged into the portal, I strongly encourage you to look for the email that contains your login details and access this very useful tool. We are very excited about it.
We are in need of many absence notes to explain recent absences. If we do not receive explanation, the absence is recorded as unexplained absence in Compass. The new parent portal is a great way to quickly and conveniently send in an absence note. Your support in this matter is greatly appreciated
To assist with our planning for next year, please notify the school if your child will not be attending St Anne's in 2022. Thank you in advance.
Open Community Council Meeting
Our next community council meeting will be held at the Temora Hotel. Tuesday 9th November at 7pm. This meeting is an open meeting where parents are encouraged to attend so that they can hear from the community council and to ask any questions that they may have. We promise that you will not be given any jobs because you attend the meeting.
We are looking forward to the new line marking that will be installed in the next holidays. I will share the designs in the next newsletter.
School Fee Remissions Term 4
We have been advised that there will be the opportunity to access fee remissions in Term 4 if your family has been financially impacted by COVID 19 closure or loss of income. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need any further information or support.
Our Kindergarten and Year 7 orientation programs will go ahead this term. Information has been emailed out and placed on social media.
A friendly reminder that our school hours are from 8.30am to 3.30pm. Please do not allow your children to be at school outside of these hours as there is no supervision. Also please ensure that your child wears the correct school uniform. Jewellery is not permitted to be worn except for stud or sleeper earrings.
Kinder - Ivy Drenovski for great problem solving in Maths. Filip Balinski for great effort sounding out words during spelling. James Broad for being a kind and patient friend.
Yr 1 - Dusty Karn for correctly using the FLoSS and Zack rule to help her spell ck and her doubles correctly. Ned Hale for wonderful use of adjectives when labelling his rabbit. Ella McCrone for always using her manners without being reminded.
Yr 2 - Noah Swanston for excellence in spelling in his writing. Molly Townsend for excellent reading with expression. Champ Chau for showing resilience when working with others.
Yr 3 - Barney Taylor for showing initiative and willingness to learn. Dallas Gibbs for writing a great letter from Stolen Girl's perspective. Mailee Reid for sharing her knowledge with others.
Yr 4 - Brodie Gray for an amazing start to Term 4. Billy Krause for his great knowledge of number facts. Georgia Gibbs for always being calm and focussed.
Yr 5 - Charlie Cooper for excellent work on Chance Maths. Kimberley Roberts for improved confidence in her timestables. Amber Haigh for identifying blockers to her own success.
Yr 6 - Jasmin Cassidy for amazing strategies used when finding factors of a given number. Bethany Wiencke for using time efficiently when finalising life story. Rahni Coleman for identifying how to overcome emotional blockers to remain emotionally balanced.
Yr 7 - Daniel Balinski for consistently applying himself in all RE tasks. Lizzie Cooper for consistently applying herself in all RE tasks. Jimmie Harper for consistent application in Maths. Mitchell Hartwig for application to fractions challenge. Scarlett Minchin for her excellent work on Moral Dilemmas. Matilda Reardon for application to fractions challenge.
Yr 8 - Kayde Carney for an impressive effort with his Padlet research in Religion. Milly van Egmond for excellent work on her Padlet about Faith.
Yr 9 - Daniel Hirt for outstanding Chemistry results. Jazzabella Nguyen for excellent application to Maths tasks. Naish Oliver for conscientious application in Religion. Bayley Blackwell for conscientious application in Religion.
Yr 10 - Peter Thompson for showing a great understanding of Data.
Thank you to all our Kinder, Year 1 and Year 2 students who dressed up during Book Week in Term 3 and participated in the Virtual Parade during Remote Learning. Congratulations to the winners who were announced at the assembly last week.
Winfred Puertos as The Lorax by Dr Seuss
Evelyn Tait as Moana from the Disney Series
Alice Reid from Queen Alice’s Palaces by Juliet Maclver
Ron Arun as Ninja Kid by Ahn Do
Evie Cooper as Matilda by Roald Dahl
Abby Watts as Gumnut baby by May Gibbs
We all can develop resilience, and we can help our children develop it as well. It involves behaviours,
thoughts and actions that can be learned over time. Following are tips to building resilience.
1. Make connections
Teach your child how to make friends, including the skill of empathy, or feeling another's pain. Encourage
your child to be a friend in order to get friends. Build a strong family network to support your child through
his or her inevitable disappointments and hurts. At school, watch to make sure that one child is not being
isolated. Connecting with people provides social support and strengthens resilience. Some find comfort in
connecting with a higher power, whether through organized religion or privately and you may wish to
introduce your child to your own traditions of worship.
2. Help your child by having him or her help others
Children who may feel helpless can be empowered by helping others. Engage your child in age-appropriate
volunteer work, or ask for assistance yourself with some task that he or she can master. At school,
brainstorm with children about ways they can help others.
3. Maintain a daily routine
Sticking to a routine can be comforting to children, especially younger children who crave structure in their
lives. Encourage your child to develop his or her own routines.
4. Take a break
While it is important to stick to routines, endlessly worrying can be counter-productive. Teach your child
how to focus on something besides what's worrying him. Be aware of what your child is exposed to that can
be troubling, whether it be news, the Internet or overheard conversations, and make sure your child takes a
break from those things if they trouble her. Although schools are being held accountable for performance
on standardized tests, build in unstructured time during the school day to allow children to be creative.
5. Teach your child self-care
Make yourself a good example, and teach your child the importance of making time to eat properly,
exercise and rest. Make sure your child has time to have fun, and make sure that your child hasn't
scheduled every moment of his or her life with no "down time" to relax. Caring for oneself and even having
fun will help your child stay balanced and better deal with stressful times.
6. Move toward your goals Teach your child to set reasonable goals and then to move toward them one step at a time. Moving toward
that goal — even if it's a tiny step — and receiving praise for doing so will focus your child on what he or
she has accomplished rather than on what hasn't been accomplished, and can help build the resilience to
move forward in the face of challenges. At school, break down large assignments into small, achievable
goals for younger children, and for older children, acknowledge accomplishments on the way to larger
7. Nurture a positive self-view
Help your child remember ways that he or she has successfully handled hardships in the past and then
help him understand that these past challenges help him build the strength to handle future challenges.
Help your child learn to trust himself to solve problems and make appropriate decisions. Teach your child to
see the humour in life, and the ability to laugh at one's self. At school, help children see how their individual
accomplishments contribute to the wellbeing of the class as a whole.
8. Keep things in perspective and maintain a hopeful outlook
Even when your child is facing very painful events, help him look at the situation in a broader context and
keep a long-term perspective. Although your child may be too young to consider a long-term look on his
own, help him or her see that there is a future beyond the current situation and that the future can be good.
An optimistic and positive outlook enables your child to see the good things in life and keep going even in
the hardest times. In school, use history to show that life moves on after bad events.
9. Look for opportunities for self-discovery
Tough times are often the times when children learn the most about themselves. Help your child take a look
at how whatever he is facing can teach him "what he is made of." At school, consider leading discussions of
what each student has learned after facing down a tough situation.
10. Accept that change is part of living
Change often can be scary for children and teens. Help your child see that change is part of life and new
goals can replace goals that have become unattainable. In school, point out how students have changed as
they moved up in grade levels and discuss how that change has had an impact on the students.
Taken directly from: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/resilience.aspx