DAY OF ACTION AGAINST BULLYING
March 15 is the National Day of action against Bullying and Violence. Over the coming weeks our teachers will be teaching a range of interesting lessons in relation to bullying and how to deal with this if it occurs within our school. I have included a briefing from the “Bullying No Way” Organisation at the end of this BLOG.
STAGE 2 CLASSES
Stage 2 classes have settled in nicely and are well into their learning for the year. It is wonderful to have Ms Jessica Arnold re-joining us after some time off with her new son Vinnie and Mrs Ashlie Lowe is also working two days per week on this stage.
This Friday 22 February will be our Years 2-6 Swimming Carnival awards assembly. This will be a formal opportunity to recognise our outstanding swimmers and also our participants who just did their best on the day. Parents are more than welcome to attend. The assembly will commence at 2:40pm.
The school has fielded a number of enquiries in relation to the annual Cross Country event. This will be held on Friday 5th April at Alder Park. Students, depending on their age, are required to run between 2 kilometres and 3 kilometres. All parents are invited to attend this event and cheer the competitors on.
This week our canteen was awarded a 5 Star Food and Safety rating by Newcastle Council. In addition to this they have been recognised by the Healthy School Canteens office as 100% compliant as a healthy school canteen.
Well done to Kylie and Jean for all their hard work, we don’t know what we would do without you. If you would like to volunteer in the canteen get in touch with the school!
PARENT TEACHER MEETINGS
This week our parent/teacher meetings have commenced. In 2018 the school developed a strategy to engage more frequently with parents in relation to student learning and achievement of individual goals. We look forward to talking with you about your children and having your input into their progress throughout the year.
ZONE TENNIS TRIALISTS
Congratulations to Aarya and Alessandro as they took on the region’s best young Tennis Players on Friday.
Both boys played exceptionally well on the day and we’re very proud of them. Well done boys!
The school along with members of the Aboriginal Community will be working over the coming weeks and months to develop our yarning bench. Students will have the opportunity to paint this bench seat representative of their unique Aboriginal culture. It will then be set in place for people to sit and have a chat
CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY
Sunday 3rd March is National Clean Up Australia Day. Our students will participate by cleaning up the school grounds and surrounding fence lines.
This year Harmony Day will be celebrated on 22nd March. The ongoing theme for Harmony Day is “Everyone Belongs”. Each year the school holds an assembly and celebrates the diversity of the Australian Community. There will be more details to come in future BLOGS.
MATHEMATICS PART 2
In many classrooms the student who is quick at a standard algorithm or equation is seen as mathematically smart and may dominate the class or the group. However mathematical proficiency is more than just being good at calculations. At NLSPS we design tasks in mathematics which involve multiple strategies for solving complex problems and tasks which mean students have to work together, listen to and justify each other’s thinking and strategizing. By doing this we ensure that all students are seen and believe that they are “good” at maths.
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE MATHEMATICS STUDY
Our school has been selected to undergo a study into the teaching of mathematics. More and more what is valued in maths is the ability for children to “strategise” (have multiple ways to solve a problem) and present a positive disposition (Growth Mindset), that is, the belief that they can work through a difficult problem or task in maths. We are excited to be partnering with the University in this space and will keep the community updated on our results and findings.
SELECTION TO WORK WITH PROFESSOR HELEN TIMPERLEY
Our school, and specifically Mrs Leanne Shephard, has been selected to work with Professor Helen Timperley. Helen Timperley is Professor of Education at The University of Auckland in New Zealand. She has taught in the early childhood, primary and secondary education sectors. She now researches
and teaches in the areas of leadership and organisational and professional learning designed to improve the educational experience of students currently under-achieving in our education systems.
She has recently completed a best evidence synthesis iteration on professional learning and development that has received major international attention. She has published widely in international academic journals and has written and edited seven books focusing on the professional practice implications of her research. Her latest book, “Realising the Power of Professional Learning” is being widely circulated in many countries.
This is an absolutely amazing opportunity for us as Mrs Shephard will be working one on one developing our teacher professional learning which ultimately results in better teaching and learning for your children. The process to get selected was highly competitive and we are very excited for the opportunity.
ELECTRICAL ENGINEER WANTED
The school is looking to install some new air conditioners. However to do this we require an electrical engineer’s report. If you know of someone who would be interested in doing this work, please contact the school.
SAFE PEOPLE SAFE PLACES
From time to time the school becomes aware of incidents where children in the community are approached by strangers. Whilst the school has had no notifications this year it is wise to consistently revise the messages of Safe People, Safe Places with your children. Follow the link to the NSW Police Force Fact sheet
At New Lambton South Public School we aim to create a safe and supportive school community for everyone.
You are an important part of our work to prevent bullying and to respond effectively if it happens. Stopping bullying involves everyone.
Please find some information below on what to do if your child talks to you about bullying. Parents know their children best and know the best way to tailor communication to their needs. Adapt these tips to what works for you and your child.
If your child talks to you about bullying:
- Listen calmly and get the full story. Your calm response is important to allow your child to tell you all about the situation. After they’ve told you their story, ask questions to get more details if you need: who, what, where, when. Although you may feel some strong emotions about your child’s experience, try to keep calm to avoid more distress to your child.
- Reassure your child they are not to blame. Many children blame themselves and this may make them feel even worse. You could say things like, ‘That sounds really hard to deal with. No one should have to put up with that.’ or ‘I’m so glad you told me. You should be able to feel safe at school; that’s not fair at all’.
- Ask your child what they want to do and what they want you to do. A critical part of your response is to avoid jumping in to solve the problem. While it is natural to want to protect your child, helping them to find their own solution is a better option. It helps them feel they have some power in the situation.
- Visit www.bullyingnoway.gov.au to find some strategies. The website has tips and ideas for different bullying situations. One idea is to practise strategies at home to help your child feel more confident.
- Contact the school. Your child may be reluctant for you to do this, so discuss the idea and reassure them that the school would want to know and is able to help. Make an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher and, if you need to, ask to talk with the principal. Contact the school immediately if you have a concern about your child’s safety.
- Check in regularly with your child. Keep the conversation going. It can take time to resolve issues, so check in regularly with your child about their experiences and their feelings. Your ongoing support is important.
- If you are looking for support for yourself to deal with a bullying situation, you will find ideas on the Bullying. No Way! website for parents. As well, please feel free to contact the school if you would like to discuss any aspect of our approach to preventing bullying.
Thanks for your support to make our school a great school for everyone.
Enjoy your week