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Active and Effective Listening
Listening is a crucial component to any relationship, particularly within families. For parents, listening to their children is a way that they can communicate that what their child has to say is important, and by extension, that their child is important to them.
The following are some tips derived from raisingchildren.net.au and www.peacefulparent.com to help with active and effective listening:
1. Give your full attention to your child.
- Remove yourself from any distractions e.g. TV, phones, other family members. What your child has to say may seem trivial, but it is their chosen way of reaching out to you, so pay attention.
2. Don’t interrupt with questions or comments.
- This can be difficult when we disagree strongly with someone’s words or point of view. However, we limit and discourage communication when we interrupt and interject our own opinion.
3. Be an active listener
- Use your body language and words. Face your child, make eye contact while they are speaking and nod along as they talk. Use open body language (avoid crossing your arms and sitting back from them), avoid disbelieving or judgemental facial expressions. Use phrases like ‘I see’ and ‘I can understand why you would feel/act that way’ to encourage them.
4. Remove judgement from your language.
- Judgement is an effective blocker of communication. When a child/adolescent feels judged, they are more likely to shut down communication than they are to open up and be vulnerable with you. This is especially true during the process of discipline.
5. Be slow to give advice
- It can be easy to jump in with what we see as an easy solution to our child’s problem. However, communicating advice too readily or without express invitation can send the message that we believe our child/teenager is incapable of solving their own problems.
- Often, children just want us to listen and empathise.
- If you do have some thoughtful advice to give, ask first before sharing it, waiting until they have given you their whole story.
6. Make listening a habit.
- Change doesn’t happen overnight. It occurs through consistent, habitual behaviour. The small relationship details add up, and picking and choosing when you will listen to your child can cause them to expect that you won’t listen to them, and act accordingly.
Listening may not resolve an argument, and it may not provide a solution to a dilemma. What it does provide is a platform for healthy communication, and a culture of regard and value for others. It also provides a foundation for cooperation and the resolution of disagreements. Active listening models healthy and cooperative relationships to children/teenagers.
For more information, click on the links below:
- Mrs Sarah Kross
Early Holiday Leave
If you are taking early holidays before the end of Term 1, please fill out an absence form for your child/ren prior to their last day. Please click on the link below to access the absence form
ANZAC Day Dawn Service
Our College will be represented at the ANZAC Day Service (Thursday, 25 April) this year. If you would like to attend the details are below:
Commencing at 6:00am
Centenary of ANZAC Reserve, Wrights Road Castle Hill
The service will run until approximately 7:00am.
Next week, Junior School will be holding a Science Week. This week is aimed to encourage students to enter into our Science Fair Competition (more information will be shared about this shortly). Students can have the holidays to begin to work on their projects if they choose or they can wait until school starts back for Term 2.
As a part of our Science Week, Junior School are going to have a mini Science Day, at the Castle Hill campus where there will be science rotations that will go for approximately an hour for all K-4 students from both campuses. This will be held on the last day of Term 1, April 12.
If any parents would be willing to volunteer either a full or half day to help run the stations, please contact either Mrs Williams (gifted and talented coordinator for Junior School) on email@example.com or speak to Leteysha, our Receptionist at the Castle Hill office and provide your Working With Children Check information and your date of birth.
Just a reminder that applications for Band Camp closing this coming Monday, 8 April. For more information and application forms, click on the links below:
Mufti Day - Friday 12 April - Kellyville & Castle Hill
Please note there will be a Mufti Day on the last day of term, next Friday 12 April. Students may come in casual clothes. Our charity this term is ADRA Blacktown. They are in need of long life food items to distribute to the needy. So, instead of the usual gold coin donation, please consult the list below for items to choose from to donate next Friday. Thank you for your co-operation in assisting those in need in our community.
2019 HICES Music Festival
ONLINE Student Applications ** EXTENDED to WEDNESDAY 10 APRIL **
2019 Festival Information
Sunday 18 August – Wednesday 21 August
In 2019, we will bring together like minded musicians for the HICES Music Festival Years 5-8.
Running concurrently will be the HICES Music Festival Jazz Academy, for students in Years 9-12.
There will be seven combine school ensembles at the HICES Music Festival Years 5-8.
This includes Male Vocal Ensemble, which is open to male students Years 7-12, with Changed Voices.
· Concert Band
· Symphonic Winds
· String Ensemble
· String Orchestra
· Vocal Ensemble
· Male Vocal Ensemble
All students will be involved in the Festival Finale (Massed Choir) item.
Allocation to ensembles will be made by the HICES Music Festival Organisers, based on application, audition, and school feedback.
Please email Miss Thomas for application information before Tuesday 9 April: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindy's On the Move!
As part of our unit in Science ‘On the Move’, students from both Kellyville and Castle Hill Kindergarten went to Lollipops Playland on Wednesday 3rd April. They had fun pushing down slides, through tunnels and pulling themselves along obstacle tracks. They also watched air pushing and holding balls in the air and tubes in which air pushed balls up. It was great for Kindy A and Kindy B to play together as well.
- Mrs Weslake & Mrs Rudenko
Year 8 Science Explores the Heart
Recently we dissected a heart in Mr Ku’s Science class and it was a really fun and interesting learning experience. We got the chance to go up close and see for ourselves what goes on inside a heart rather than looking online at some pictures and diagrams. It was interesting to look at the detail inside the heart. We were hoping for blood to squirt everywhere but unfortunately nothing happened. We looked inside the heart and learnt new things like how thin and brittle the valves were. The whole experience was amazing, because we got the chance to learn things that textbooks couldn’t teach us and gave us a whole new perspective on our hearts.
‘It was fascinating to see inside the heart.’ ~ Julia
‘Seeing the different textures of the heart was interesting.’ ~ Sarah
‘I never realised that the heart was so small and complicated.’ ~ Shannon
- Shannon B, Sarah C and Julia S from 8C.
Fire Brigade Visit
Students in Kindergarten and Year 1 (across both campuses) were visited by our local NSW Fire Service last Friday. We learned about fire safety, what to do if there is a fire and what number to call. Students were shown the fire truck and were able to sit inside and use the fire hose. It was a fantastic and interactive visit and we greatly appreciated the time given by the firemen and women.
ELC - Year 2 Cross Country
On Tuesday, children from Early Learning Center and Kindy to Year 2 students competed in the Cross Country. The rain held off for another year and we were able to have all students run in dry conditions. The ELC students ran one modified lap of the course, 6 and under ran one full lap and 7 and 8 year olds ran 2 full laps. After the race the students were able to celebrate their achievement by enjoying some sliced oranges.
Thank you to everyone who came to support the event and make it a great success. A special thank you to Mr & Mrs Wegener for setting up and assisting on the day.
- Mr Marsden
Road Safety Excursion - Year 4
Ms Stanculescu's Year 4 class recently went to a Community and Roads Education Program where they learned important skills related to riding a bike near traffic and on the road. The program is run by Police Educators and even with a small amount of rain the day was nothing short of terrific.
Students were excited to receive their 'licence' at the end of the day after experiencing a real life miniature road where many skills were practiced. One such skill was riding their bike around the roundabout. Each error lost students a demerit point. At the end of the day most students still had their license, although some had lost more points then others. I am confident in saying that this experience will be a highlight of Year 4.
- Mrs Stanculescu
Congratulations to Pranit, from Year 7 who has qualified to compete at the International Cricket Under 13's in India. Pranit is leaving today to fly to India, and we wish him all the best in his travels and the competition. Great job, Pranit!
CIS Primary Swimming Carnival
On Wed 20th March, four girls represented our College at the CIS Swimming Carnival at Homebush.
Roxanne A, Amelia R, Indianna W and Natasha J, swam in the 4x50m Freestyle relay. Natasha represented our college in the 50m Freestyle. Indianna swam in the 50m Breaststroke and Butterfly. She broke her own personal record in the Breaststroke race and was faster than her ASISSA time a week earlier where she broke the meet record. Roxanne swam in the 8 year old Freestyle 50m race and came 3rd overall which means she will now represent CIS at state level in the next few weeks.
Congratulations to the girls who swam very well on the day.
- Mrs Fraser
ASISSA Soccer Representation
Five boys from Year 6 were selected to attend the ASISSA Soccer trials at Maroubra on Tuesday 19th March. Tarun P, Rishon P, Ronan S, Hamza B and Isaac B all played well and participated in 3 games of soccer on the day. There were 60 boys trialling to get into CIS and the competition was great but we congratulate our boys on their effort and teamwork in trying out for this.
Touch Football Gala Day
The Adventist Schools in Sydney held a Touch Football Gala Day on Thursday 28th March. It was a great competition with our boys and girls teams scoring tries and showing sportsmanship towards the other students. Congrats to Mountain View Adventist College, who won on the day.
AICES Swimming Carnival
On Tuesday the 26th of March, seven Hills Adventist College swimmers competed at the AICES Swimming Carnival. We had a great day in the pool. Over all we came 19th out of 54 schools in total – not bad for 7 swimmers.
Two outstanding individual performance by Preston A who achieved 14B Age Champion and Zeke N who was Multi-class swimmer of the meet. Preston won 4 races and came 2nd in another, Zeke won one race, came 2nd in two races and 3rd in two. Both boys will compete at the CIS Carnival in May.
Our senior boys relay: Darcy, Ben, Maxim and Lance also qualified for CIS by coming 3rd in the Medley Relay – our first CIS Relay team ever! They came 6th in the Freestyle relay which was also a great race. Sapphrine, Darcy, Ben and Max all contributed to our overall point score by swimming some great races – well done!
The Studio Entertainment Academy 2019 - Kellyville Location
The Studio Entertainment Academy was established in 2017 from the growth of The Studio Kenthurst and has proudly flourished into a well-known and respected Performing Arts Academy. TSEA offers classes in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Acrobatics, Singing & Musical Theatre available for boys and girls, children are welcome to join dance classes from as soon as they can walk! All performing arts classes are carefully designed to specific age appropriate teaching, including skills and techniques for the performer’s physical, emotional and social skills. Classes develop the elements of creative movement, drama, self-expression and music. Not only do we teach our students the art of performance but also we focus on developing active and attentive learners.
2-4 Gum Nut Close, Kellyville
If you are interested in trialing/joining in Term 2 2019, Please contact TSEA and provide them with the following information…
2. Mobile & email
3. Dancers age
4. Classes interested in
Owner/Principal: Danielle Noll
Facebook: search ‘The Studio Entertainment Academy’
Instagram: search ‘The Studio Entertainment Academy’
Please note: The Kellyville Studio is open to everyone, feel free to invite friends who are interested.
TSEA April Holiday Dance Workshops
Our workshops are designed to provide performers with the opportunity to dig a little deeper and explore the world of dance further through different styled and skill-based workshops. The informative teaching enables students to step into an environment that will nourish their creativity, develop their confidence and teach them safe dance practice. Dancers will learn from industry professionals and work with the wider dance community. Like our classes, they contribute to progressing performers as active learners where they will learn about the related how and why of dance and its effect on the overall outcome of their performance. Within our workshops, we focus on breaking down advance technical skills into smaller stepping-stones to work towards their individual goals.
Workshops in April Acrobatics, Commercial Hip Hop & Jazz
For more information please contact us on the details above, to receive the information package/registration forms.