CNPS Bulletin 2020 | issue 12 | 4 September

Principal’s Column

Hello everyone,

I hope that you are all well and are being kind to yourself. As you all know we are leading up to the last few weeks of stage 4 lockdown and are wondering what Dan Andrews will say this coming Sunday. There are quite a few unknowns, some involve the possibility of stage 4 being extending for another 2 weeks. Some are about students coming back to school at the beginning of next term. All of these unknowns can cause stress on not only us as adults but also our children.

A good way to reduce stress during these uncertain times is to think about the things that we can control and change, and having acceptance with the things that we cannot. Knowing this allows us to focus our time and energy on the parts of our lives that we can do something about. When we can master doing this, our lives become less stressful and provides space for some happiness.

So, when you become frustrated about the current situation we are in, remember the things we can control and turn it around.

I have started this approach at home. Thinking about all the things we can control and do to turn things around. We have been turning up the music pretty loud in our house (not too loud for the neighbours of course) with funky music singing out loud and dancing around. My kids are still at a good age where they don’t get embarrassed so I’m letting my hair down. We have been watching funny videos, laughing so hard that we have to bolt to the toilet before an accident happens (I’ve been close). I haven’t quite got there yet with facing my chocolate addiction, but I have started exercising and choosing to walk up hills to get my heart pumping so that's a good step in the right direction. Next week I am starting Sweet Sunday where as a family we have a nice sweet treat and kick out the other sugar treats during the week (wish me luck!).

I know that it might not always be easy to do things that are good for you, but do try and remember to not be hard on yourself. This will end (nope, I haven’t heard anything yet from DET, trust me, you’ll hear it before we do).

Look after yourself and take care,


National eSmart Week

Our school has registered to take part in National eSmart Week. eSmart is an initiative of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation and is all about building supportive and connected social environments both on and offline.

This is our chance to shine and show all the wonderful work we have done as a school community this year. At the start of this year, who would have thought that some school would be in remote learning, and spending more time online than ever before? Our school community has done an amazing job at adapting throughout this year.

This year’s National eSmart Week theme is Connecting Safely. The week from 6-12 September celebrates the work schools have done to connect safely.

Students in Grades 3 to 6 have to opportunity to attend a Virtual Classroom hosted by eSafety Commissioner on either Tuesday or Thursday at 2pm. Students in Foundation to Grade 2 will have the opportunity to participate in activities within their Class Google Classroom.

In the meantime, we would like to thank you for all that you have done to ensure that our school has kept Connecting Safely in 2020!

On Wednesday 9 September, as part of National eSmart Week, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation is presenting a free webinar for parents and carers by renowned child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, on building family resilience during coronavirus (COVID-19).

Dr Carr-Gregg’s webinar is aptly named Managing the Coronacoaster – tips for building resilient families in the coronavirus era.

The first wave of the coronavirus turned our lives upside down and forced us to navigate a new and unwanted reality of remote learning, working from home and financial hardship. The second wave has elicited even more anxiety, disruption and disappointment in both young people and families.

This webinar seeks to give participants the skills, knowledge and strategies to manage family wellbeing and build resilience.

Webinar details:

  • When: Wednesday 9 September
  • Time: 7:00pm
  • Duration: 30-minute presentation
  • Format: online via Zoom
  • Cost: free

How to join this LIVE webinar:

  • Use this link to join this live session from 7.00pm (using passcode 607251)
  • Please note that this event will be delivered live only and won't be recorded.

About Michael Carr-Gregg

Michael Carr-Gregg is one of Australia's highest profile adolescent and child psychologists. He wrote his PhD at the University of NSW on Adolescents with Cancer and named and founded CanTeen more than 30 years ago with a group of young cancer patients. He has worked as an academic, researcher, and political lobbyist. He is also the author of 14 books and sits on the Board of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, and the National Centre Against Bullying. He is the resident parenting expert on Channel 7's Sunrise, as well as a social commentator on the Morning Show with Neil Mitchell on Radio 3AW . He is married with two sons and is a special Patron of the Hawthorn Football Club.

eSaftey Virtual Event Flyer

Parents and Friends

Father’s Day

Don’t let ISO stand in the way of doing something special for Dad on Sunday. Parents & Friends’ Angela Pamic has put together the attached handy guide with plenty of ideas of how to spoil your Dad on Sunday. Happy Father's Day dads!

House Hunt Fun

From today until Sunday, September 6, students are invited to decorate their front windows, gardens, front yards or footpaths with drawings, paper ornaments or chalk games for everyone to enjoy on their walks. Stick to your house colours, post your house logo in a prominent spot (or draw it in chalk) and confirm your entry via the entry form to earn points for your school house. Note, only one entry form per household is required. Attached is a PDF featuring the crests for your (school) house.

School house logos PDF available here

Pots, Icy Pole Sticks and Volunteers

Vanessa Basilone, who has taken up the baton of running this year’s Plants for Panels sale (formerly known as Plants for Playgrounds) is seeking donations of pots (particularly smaller pots) and icy pole sticks to help with this year’s stock of plants. Also, if anyone is interested in helping with propagation and tending of plants in the lead-up to the day, please contact Vanessa on either 0413 595 850 or at vbasilone@gmail.com. Note, that due to the current circumstances, this year’s event will go online and involve a contactless pick-up arrangement. All funds will go to the school’s solar panels programme.

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