|From the Principal:|
|10 March 2017|
What a wonderful evening was enjoyed by so many at the P&C’s Family Picnic! My sincere congratulations are extended to the small band of hard working parents who rallied around their President, Jane Hannay, to organise and oversee the evening. Thanks to all of the families who took advantage of the fantastic opportunity to come along, meet up with friends, make new acquaintances and allow their children to play in a safe activity filled environment. With minimal effort from a focused group, so many benefited and had fun.
An interesting term was recently introduced to us – “Bonsai kids” (The Weekend West Feb 18-19). Clinical psychologist, researcher and author, Judith Locke, believes parents risk stunting their children’s emotional growth if they try to solve all of the problems for them. She believes that well-meaning parents who hovered over their children when they were younger, ironing out any difficulties, often expected schools to take over the job of helping the child when they were older. However, children who became too reliant on being coached by over-protective parents or teachers failed to develop resilience or resourcefulness. She advises parents to step back so the kids step up. By pulling obstacles out of the way of kids, parents are actually suggesting their child can’t face the obstacle. If parents do this enough, the children don’t learn the skills to face the challenges. Her clear metaphor to liken over-nurtured children to bonsai trees that thrive when conditions are perfect but struggle to adapt to difficult circumstances, is one for all parents to reflect upon.
Congratulations to the students, staff and our Science coordinator, Mrs Latino, for achieving an accreditation certificate for fulfilling the waste wise schools program accreditation requirements.
The H1 students launched their “5 cents for shades” campaign at Wednesday’s assembly where they were the host class. They beautifully wove into their item the key messages of being sun smart and the importance of shade. The campaign is designed to gather up the annoying shrapnel that lies in many family places (e.g. cars, containers, purses etc.) and contribute it to a great school cause to buy shades. H1 has distributed a money box to every class for the donations to be placed in. Thank you in advance for your support of this creative and worthwhile campaign.
5c for shade
Did you know that Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world?
Every year more than 380 000 people are diagnosed with skin cancers.
Nearly 9 000 people have deadly melanoma skin cancer. Nearly 2 000 people die every year due to skin cancer.
Skin cancer is a disease that develops when the skin has been damaged by UV radiation from the sun.
We can see sunlight and feel the Sun’s heat, but we cannot see or feel the harmful UV radiation that causes sunburn and skin cancer. So it can damage your skin on cool, cloudy days as well as hot, sunny days.
The good news is that most skin cancers can be prevented by protecting yourself from the sun.
Our class (H1) has been asked to organise a fantastic new program at our school. It is called “5c for Shade”.
Each class will be given a money box that will be used to collect as many 5c pieces as possible. These money boxes will be regularly collected and each class’s amounts will be recorded.
There will be special prizes given to the class that raises the most money.
The money raised will be used to provide shade sails for our school so that students will have more lovely cool places to sit during the day. So start collecting and bring them in ASAP!