LAST DAYS OF 2018
It is amazing to believe that we now have only six school days left until the end of this school year. We have been very busy managing the last days of this term but also preparing for the 2019 school year.
2019 CLASS TRANSITION
This year we have decided to give our children an opportunity to spend some time with their 2019 class teachers. Next Wednesday our children will be moving to the class of their new teacher to have a meet and greet session. We trust that this will enable all of our children to transition smoothly to 2019.
2019 CLASS LISTS
Our 2019 class lists with student allocations will be displayed on boards at the back of the administration building on Thursday 13 December. Parents are asked to note that:
- This class structure and these lists are subject to change due to any major enrolment changes.
- There will be no discussion regarding student allocations this year.
- We ask you to not take photos of class lists displayed.
LAST WEEK’S ASSEMBLY
Last week we were entertained and informed by the great work of LA 33 & LA 36. Our thanks go to Mrs Storer and Mrs Gray for their work in organising the assembly.
GENIUS BAR EXCURSION
Our Genius Bar students are having a great opportunity to visit the Apple store in Booragoon tomorrow. We wish them the best and know that they will make the most of this unique opportunity.
GRADUATION & PRESENTATION ASSEMBLIES
A reminder to all families that this Friday is our Year 6 graduation assembly. This will be held in our undercover area commencing at 8.45am.
Our presentation assemblies will be held on Monday with our junior event commencing at noon and our senior assembly scheduled for 1.35pm. We invite all parents and carers to attend these end of year events.
HOLIDAY PARENTING TIPS
- Set Boundaries
The best way to avoid arguments is to set boundaries right from the start. Whether it is holiday spending money, screen time or social activities, ensure your kids understand what the rules and limits will be right from the start of the holidays. If you have a laminator at home (the best thing I ever bought!) why not event print it and display in the home?
- Don’t Demonise Technology
The biggest concern of many parents is managing screen time during school holidays. Technology is very alluring and engaging – particularly games. Kids quickly become extraordinarily engaged and lose all concept of time. So, setting limits is important but also trying very hard not to demonise technology is essential – any negative connotation given to technology may prevent your children from sharing any online issues such as cyberbullying or approaches from strangers with you in the future.
- Make a Plan
Make yourself a nice cup of tea and spend an hour pulling together a loose program of activities. Make sure you weave in a good dose of free ones (beach, walks, play dates – at home!) Most local councils offer several weeks’ worth of well-priced holiday entertainment. For local activities, check out whatson.kwinana.wa.gov.au or www.kwinanakids.com.au
- Embrace the Festive Season
Regardless of your religious beliefs, the holiday period is a great time to gather together with family and friends. If you haven’t already developed family rituals, why not start this year? Perhaps a neighbourhood Christmas gathering, a bush walk in your nearest national park or a Boxing Day swim, a New Year’s Eve trip to see the fireworks, a beach picnic for New Year’s Day and of course an Australia Day BBQ. Creating rituals around key calendar events is a wonderful way to bring family and friends together and create a true sense of belonging – an essential ingredient when raising children.
BEST WISHES & THANK YOU
On behalf of our school staff, I would like to genuinely thank all parents and carers who have contributed to making this year so successful. Schools depend upon the support of the school community and as such we are very fortunate to have a very engaged parent and carer group to assist us across the school year. Whether it is at School Board, P&C, the kitchen or in the classroom we thank you for your continued support.
May I take this opportunity to wish all of our families the very best for the coming festive season. Have a wonderful and safe holiday with your loved ones and a very happy new year.
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