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Term 4 - Week 7 - 2021

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Principal News

Classroom Student Learning in Full Swing!

With all students now back onsite and teachers able to achieve some extended continuity with their students in classrooms, there is presently a very clear emphasis upon learning and assessment. This is very much the case in Literacy and Numeracy in particular. Teachers will be monitoring what students can do, what learning goals they have achieved, where challenges still lie ahead, and they will be moderating their judgements against the Victorian Curriculum with peers.  Student Reports ‘go live’ on Sentral on 14th December – please let the Office know if you require a hard copy of your child’s end of year Report. 

The last two years have been a challenge for all of us and we now start to see some daylight at the end of the pandemic tunnel. An observation we have made as teachers at school is that when we return from each lock down, we appear to have a honeymoon period of great behaviour for about 7 to 10 days then a few other behaviours can creep in. Friendship groups and social maturity have taken a hit and we are working hard on helping children re-establish and build upon these. Some social dynamics shift and change during this time and as we continue to move forward, it is important we continue to work together to develop social connections in and out of school and have high expectations of behaviours of the children. Sometimes students need a reminder about appropriate behaviours, and we move on. Others may need more work and staff, with families, build on developing their social skills. It is always a partnership between home and school. 

Class Groupings for 2022

The whole school is currently undertaking the complex task of putting together and preparing grade groupings for the new school year. Students have shared confidentially their thoughts around who they believe they work best with and current classroom teachers have carefully considered the issues to be taken on, when groups for 2022 are being constructed. Before the end of the year, we will hold a transition day, allowing students to gain some familiarity with 2022 arrangements. A State-wide Transition Day is scheduled for Tuesday 7th December for Grade 6 students visiting their 2022 secondary schools.

Pupil Free Day: Monday 6th December

Parents COVID Advice

All parent helpers or those attending face to face meetings in Victorian schools need to be fully vaccinated or have a current medical exemption. This does not include a parent/carer dropping a child off or picking up a child.

However, it does apply to the following;

  • Working in the classroom with students in any way.
  • Assisting on an excursion, camp or sports day These regulations apply whether you are being a parent helper onsite, offsite or being involved in an official school activity. These regulations are on top of our existing requirements for parent helpers to hold a current Working with Children check. Whilst we will not commence our classroom parent helper program immediately, we do have sports days coming up that require parent helpers. If you are able to assist, you’ll need to show your current vaccination status.

As a school we are required to collect and record the following information; 

  • Name of the parent helper.
  • Vaccination status (double or medically exempt).
  • The date on which we sighted the information and by whom.
  • The nature of the evidence provided (for example- COVID-19 digital certificate, immunisation history statement or medical exception letter or certificate).

I appreciate that this is another layer of complexity, however, I simply ask you to understand and appreciate that this is a clear and unambiguous directive from the Department.  Thank you for your continued support. 


  

What is self-regulation?

Self-regulation is the ability to understand and manage your behaviour and your reactions to feelings and things happening around you. It includes being able to:

  • regulate reactions to strong emotions like frustration, excitement, anger and embarrassment
  • calm down after something exciting or upsetting
  • focus on a task
  • refocus attention on a new task
  • control impulses
  • behave in ways that help you get along with other people.

Why self-regulation is important

As your child grows, self-regulation helps them:

  • learn at school – because self-regulation gives your child the ability to sit and listen in the classroom
  • behave in socially acceptable ways – because self-regulation gives your child the ability to control impulses
  • make friends – because self-regulation gives your child the ability to take turns in games and conversation, share toys, and express emotions in appropriate ways
  • become more independent – because self-regulation gives your child the ability to make appropriate decisions about behaviour and learn how to behave in new situations with less guidance from you.

How and when self-regulation develops

Children develop self-regulation through warm and responsive relationships. They also develop it by watching the adults around them.

Self-regulation starts when children are babies. It develops most in the toddler and preschool years, but it also keeps developing right into adulthood.
For example, babies might suck their fingers for comfort or look away from their caregivers if they need a break from attention or are getting tired.
Toddlers can wait short times for food and toys. But toddlers might still snatch toys from other children if it’s something they really want. And tantrums happen when toddlers are overwhelmed by strong emotions.
Preschoolers are starting to know how to play with other children and understand what’s expected of them. For example, a preschooler might try to speak in a soft voice if you’re at the movies.
School-age children are getting better at controlling their own wants and needs, imagining other people’s perspectives and seeing both sides of a situation. This means, for example, that they might be able to disagree with other children without having an argument.
Preteens and teenagers are better at planning, sticking with difficult tasks, behaving in socially appropriate ways, and considering how their behaviour affects other people. For example, your teenage child might think about your perspective when they’re negotiating with you about their curfew.
Children who typically feel things strongly and intensely find it harder to self-regulate. It isn’t as hard for children who are more easy going. Even older children and teenagers sometimes struggle with self-regulation.

Helping children and teenagers learn and practise self-regulation

Here are some practical ways you can help your child learn and practise self-regulation:

It’s important to match your expectations of behaviour to your child’s age and stage of development. This can help your child avoid the frustration that comes with not having the skills or understanding to do what they’re asked.

Problems with self-regulation

From time to time, different things can affect your child’s ability to self-regulate.

For example, tiredness, illness and changes to your child’s routine can all affect your child’s ability to regulate their reactions and behaviour. Also, some children have great self-regulation at child care, school or sport, but find it hard at home. Other children struggle in busy, noisy places like shopping centres. And as children get older, self-regulation might be challenging if they have a lot of assessment tasks or relationship difficulties.

Although these problems with self-regulation are fairly typical, it’s a good idea to speak with a professional if you’re worried about your child’s behaviour or you’re having trouble with your child’s behaviour as they get older. For example, you could talk to your GP, your child and family health nurse, or your child’s child care educator or teacher.

Consider seeking professional help if your child:

  • seems to have more tantrums or difficult behaviour than other children of the same age
  • is behaving in difficult or out-of-control ways more often as they get older
  • is behaving in ways that are dangerous for themselves or others
  • is difficult to discipline and your strategies for encouraging positive behaviour don’t seem to be working
  • is very withdrawn and has a lot of trouble interacting with others
  • doesn’t seem to have as many communication and social skills as other children of the same age.

Parents and Friends

P&F CHRISTMAS CHARITY APPEAL

For this year P&F will be supporting the Bellarine Peninsula Salvation Army.
We will be collecting items which will be made into hampers to support local families this Christmas.  Items we will be collecting are:
  • Christmas puddings/shortbread
  • Boxes of chocolates
  • Soaps and hand creams
  • Arts & craft
  • Jams & chutneys
  • Books, colouring books, pencils
  • Toys: balls, beach toys
  • Pyjamas
  • Socks
A collection box will be at the office until Thursday 9th December.
Thank you for your support.
 

FINAL MEETING 2021 AND CHRISTMAS BRUNCH

This will be held on Friday 3rd December 9.15am at the Paddock Café Wallington.  All are welcome to our final P&F Meeting for 2021.
Bring along a $5 wrapped item for a Christmas lucky dip between attendees.
All welcome but please RSVP by Thursday 25th November for booking.
 

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Positive Behaviour Awards




Prep K

King

EMILY D

For Great listening during swimming lessons this week. You are learning and improving everyday. Well done Emily.


Prep M

Moore

BASE F

For listening carefully and following instructions at swimming. You have improved everyday! Great effort Base.


1/2 F

Firns

ELSIE G

For always treating your peers with respect and kindness. You have made some strong friendships this year and always play fairly. Keep it up Elsie!


1/2 O

O'Brien

KAILEY P

For listening and valuing others’ ideas during class discussions. You are always respectful towards others.  Well done Kailey and keep up the great work.


1/2 B

Belsar

GEORGE L

For always attentively listening to what your classmates are sharing. You epitomise our school values on a daily basis George - well done on a fantastic term!


3/4 D

Duckett

JAZ G

For listening and valuing others’ ideas during discussions. You are respectful towards others.  Well done and keep up the great work.


3/4 V

Vaught

TAYDEM N

For showing Respect toward others and the learning environment. Taydem you have put in a wonderful independent effort this week.


5/6 B

Bennett

JACK R

For consistently showing respect to peers and staff members across all areas. In particular, respecting and listening when others have a different opinion or idea. Well done Jack, you are a great role model.


5/6 S

Stevens

LAHNI M

For always listening and valuing others’ ideas in the classroom. You are an exemplary model for other students in your class. Well done Lahni and keep up all of your great work.

Back to School (BTS) Student Packs 2022

Going home tomorrow with all students are the letters from COS regarding Back to School (BTS) ordering for student packs 2022 for all year levels Prep-5. Information will also be available tomorrow on our website by selecting 'Notices' located under the 'News' tab. Please read the information and follow the instructions regarding sign in access and placing orders.  Orders over $55 placed before 12th December 2021 will be delivered to homes postage free.  Instalment payment options are available.  If you need assistance with the ordering process please contact COS at 1300 614 133.

The Great Wallington Debate!

On the 27th of November 2021, the year 6 debating team (Ruby G Briella C, Jasmine H and Cooper M) competed against Ceres Primary School in an extraordinary debate.  The topic of the debate was, “Australia should become a republic”.  Wallington’s debating team was debating for the negative. This debate was held via video and we had a few technical difficulties, but the Wallington team tried their hardest and won!  A special congratulations to Cooper, who was awarded ‘Best Speaker’, and a special thank you to Stacey Considine for being a great coach!

Well done Cooper, Ruby, Briella and Jasmine!