From the Principal
As the students return to school, the next few weeks could present some challenges for families. Our school counsellor, Melanie Dawson, and our pastoral care worker, Lisa Ridgewell, have supplied some excellent resources that parents and carers may use with their children as they prepare for the return to school. Those resources have been sent to you with this newsletter.
Some of the best advice in these resources includes the following:
- Reassure your child that it is safe to go to school.
- Re-establish normal routines in the lead-up to school. These routines will include wake-up and bedtime routines, meal routines, packing school bags and preparing school uniforms. If these routines are discussed and practised in the days leading up to the return to school, there will be less likelihood of stress on the first morning of school. If the children are calm and prepared on the first morning of school, they will be more likely to come to school in a positive mood and ready to engage with their learning.
- If your child is feeling anxious about returning to school, remind them of their resilience. Remind them of when they showed resilience when they started school, or when they practised a new skill (e.g. swimming) until they had mastered it.
Please take the time to read Melanie’s resources. It is vital that we give the children as much support as possible in facilitating their smooth transition back to school. Do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you need support in managing the transition.
We are looking forward to welcoming the children back to school. It has been a lonely place for the last few months.
Have a good week.
MANAGING OUR CHILDREN’S WORRIES ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS
At tomorrow night’s PEG meeting, the principal’s report will include some input on managing children’s anxiety about the Coronavirus. I will address such issues as accepting what our children are feeling, staying connected with friends and family, and maintaining routines. I am hoping that the report will become a forum in which some of those present might also share their own strategies for managing their children’s anxiety. I hope that this will be a wonderful opportunity for us to feel supported, knowing that families are possibly sharing common experiences. Elsewhere in this newsletter are details about the link to the meeting.
OUR RETURN-TO-SCHOOL FOCUS
The new NSW Premier has revised the staggered return-to-school dates, as follows:
- Next Monday 18th October: Kindergarten and Year 1.
- The following Monday 25th October: Years 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Last week, the staff discussed how best to use the time between the return to school and the end of the year. In the best interests of the students, our teaching focus will be on:
- The wellbeing of the students
It is important that we not only consolidate what has been covered during the period of home-based learning, but that we also ensure that there is a smooth transition from home-based learning to face-to-face learning.
With a focus on academic rigour, it is likely that the end-of-year period of winding down will be shorter than usual. It is more important than ever that students have a valid reason for being absent from school. Time will be very precious.
Thank you in anticipation of your understanding.