Head of Primary Years

Swimming Carnivals

Last Friday, two swimming carnivals were held. Younger students enjoyed competing in a relaxed morning of fun and activity. Later in the day, Years 4 - 6 students took their carnival slightly more seriously, competing in the events on offer.

Thank you to Mr Peter Dawson, Mr Cameron Glass and other staff for their contributions. Thank you also to parents who came along to support the events. 

Jitters to Joy: Helping your Child Transition into a New Year Level

At the beginning of term, we introduced some events and initiatives to start preparing students as they transition into a new year level. Whilst there is often much excitement for children at the thought of moving on to the next phase in their educational journey, it is also common to experience some jitters. Here are a few simple ideas and tips on how you can support your child to develop some of the important skills they will need to manage the changes during a transition.

Self-help skills

Children can gain confidence in being able to do things for themselves with a little help and encouragement from parents. Encouraging your child to develop self-help skills will enable them to manage themselves more easily in school. You can help your child to become more independent, for example, in dressing themselves, asking for help, putting things away, and packing their own bags. There is no better time to start than right now!

Being responsible

As children progress into higher year levels within the school, they need to take responsibility for their actions and strive for increased independence. You can support your child by encouraging them to start or continuing to take responsibility in small ways at home (e.g. tidying up toys, setting the table for dinner, putting their clothes in the washing basket). For older children, this might be completing a list of chores over the holidays, reading with a younger sibling or being in charge of dinner for a night. 

Making Decisions

Involving your child in simple choices will give them practise for all the decisions they will be asked to make at school. This will let your child know that you trust in them to make good decisions, which will help to develop their confidence for the future decision making. One way to assist in decision making would be to ask them to decide from a limited number of options (e.g. what to wear, series of books to read, etc.).

Increased organisation 

It is important that children take some ownership over caring for their belongings and the organisation of these (e.g. packing their school lunch, creating a weekly timetable for after-school commitments, establishing an after-school routine). These are valuable skills that will enable children to care for, respect and maintain their own belongings and increase their desire to be self-sufficient. 

Christmas Gift Ideas

With Christmas holidays just around the corner, it’s time to stock up on some great reading material. Here are some new releases that will make terrific stocking fillers!

Children’s Fiction (Ages 9+)

Nevermore: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is an enchanting new fantasy series by debut Australian author, Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world - but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination. 'Unexpected, exciting and funny. Like Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter and Doctor Who swirled up together.' - Judith Rossell, ABIA Award-winning author of Withering-by-Sea.

Children’s Fiction (Ages 4-8)

The Fairy Dancers by Natalie Jane Prior. Every Saturday, with a hop, a skip, and a magical twirl, Mia, Emma and Grace put on their dancing shoes and turn into Fairy Dancers. Each book contains three stories about the girls’ adventures with their beloved ballet teacher, Miss Ashleigh. Beautifully illustrated, The Fairy Dancers books are ideal for bedtime stories; the three story format is also great for newly independent readers who are moving beyond picture books, and appreciate a slightly longer format that still has the comfort of full colour illustrations throughout.

Picture Book (Ages 4+)

The Amazing Monster DetectoScope by Graeme Base. When our hero uses his Amazing Monster DetectoScope, he finds that the house is infested with monsters! Can he find the courage to face his fears? This whimsical take on facing childhood fears features intricate paper engineering and a whole host of hilariously hideous beasties lying in wait beyond the DetectoScope viewfinder.

Pam Carden, Head of Primary Years