RESILIENCE

We are very excited to launch our new school value – RESILIENCE

Resilience refers to a child’s ability to overcome or bounce back from anything that they find challenging, including events that seem relatively minor to others. This is a very important Value because Resilience shares a close relationship with mental health. Being able to bounce back from challenges or adversity is a significant factor that supports children’s mental health.

We will launch our new school value next week at the SRC Activity day. The students will be taking part in many activities focussing on Resilience. The Grade 6 students will then organise some ball games which symbolise our theme “bounce back and forward”.

All children are asked to wear sporting clothes for the day.

Please chat to your children about Resilience.

Sustainability Ambassadors

Last week the Sustainability Ambassadors had a guest Journalist visit, Jacinta Allen-Gange from Mallee Catchment Authority. The students were interviewed about their recent Lake Ranfurly visits and the difference they made to the site. Jacinta was amazed by our students’ thoughtful responses and their ability to articulate what they hoped should happen in the future at Lake Ranfurly.  The Ambassadors that had been involved in ‘The Lake Ranfurly Birds and Plant App’ were also given a chance to relate and show their experiences especially their drawings of the birds.  

Netball

Netball

Yesterday the year 6 interschool netball team played down at Mansell Reserve for the Loddon Mallee Title and were successful!

The girls won all their three games. Firstly, against Irymple South 22-6, secondly a very close game against Sacred Heart 10-8 and lastly against The Lake PS 28-2. The girls put their best effort into every game and represented West with great sportsmanship and respect. The team will now represent our region at Swan Hill next term. Congratulations girls and the best of luck for Swan Hill!

It was so much fun but at the same time a bit nerve-racking. We were all pumped and ready to play. In the end it was worth it all! – Aimee

It was fun and challenging at the same time. The girls news! ­– Illy 

Years 5 and 6 Environmental Science Program

This poster featuring birds that can be found at both Lake Ranfurly and Lake Hawthorn was launched at the ' Make the Lake' event last Saturday, June 11th at Lake Hawthorn. The poster features our students' bird drawings and poetry. It will be displayed on the Lake Hawthorn display board near the bird hide. Thank you to Mallee Catchment Authority for sponsoring this program. A special thank you to all students involved for their dedication and initiative.

Freddo Frog Fundraiser

Mildura West Fundraising Team are having a Freddo Frog Fundraiser.

Please indicate on the attached form if you are able to sell a box of Freddo Chocolates over the school holidays.

Tree Planting at Lake Ranfurly

Last Thursday 6OL represented our school in the community by taking action for World Environment Day. Our students planted 75 trees at Lake Ranfurly to enhance the walk way areas and to prevent people going off the tracks. We planted Maireana pyramidata [Black bluebush, Atriplex lindleyi [Flat-top Saltbush or Lindley's Saltbush ] Atriplex nummularia [Old Man Saltbush] Melaleuca halmaturorum [Blistered Paper-bark] and Sarconoza praeox [Pigface] colour from yellow, orange, red to purple – very suitable for our gardens. 6OL were terrific ambassadors for our school and certainly worked effectively as a team to achieve a fantastic result. Thank you to Nardia Baker MRCC Environmental Sustainability Education Officer for all of the organisation and Mallee Catchment Authority for sponsoring the buses for this program. 

Prep School Nurse Program

The Primary School Nurse offers health checks to all Prep students.

A questionaire about your child’s health, development and wellbeing  was sent home recently.

Please return your completed form to your child’s teacher as soon as possible.

If you require a replacement form, please ask at our office.

The School Nurse will undertake a health assessment and provide you with follow-up information. 

Reporting & Interview Timeline

Due to the very short first term we have moved the Reporting time back a couple of weeks.

Written reports will be sent home week 3 of next term and the interviews will be held the same week.

Please remember that you are receiving ongoing reports each term on COMPASS. It is really important that you read these regular assessments too. 

Wellbeing Corner

Helping Children to cope with fears

Children need adult support in order to learn to cope with fears. They need reassurance to reduce their anxious feelings, and skills for coping so that they can gradually learn to manage fears themselves.

 

How parents and carers can help

• Acknowledge how your child is feeling. Naming it, (e.g.‘feeling scared’), helps the child begin to see fear as a normal emotion that can be overcome.

• Stay cool yourself so you can model positive coping.

• Tell them how you learned to get over fears when you were their age.

• Positive self-talk can help children put fears into perspective. For example, “The storms on TV are far away from here. My house will be O.K.”

• Asking what a favourite hero might do in this situation can sometimes be helpful for encouraging children to be brave.

• Learning relaxation skills is often very helpful for dealing with fears.

• Help the child put realistic limits around the scary situation. For example, Jessica’s parents could explain that the TV pictures she saw were about something that happens rarely and only when the weather is extreme.

• Since television is a frequent trigger for children’s fears it is important to monitor television viewing to minimise exposure to things that may be frightening. It can also help to discuss scary things at the time they are seen on TV.

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