Head of Primary Years

Upper Primary Disco

Last Friday evening, Years 5 and 6 students were well dressed in their fluoro-themed outfits and ready to dance the evening away at the Upper Primary Disco. A great night was had by all.

Thank you to the The Upper Primary Parents Support Group (UPPSG) who provided  refreshments for  students and to staff who supervised.

Our final Lower Primary Parent Support Group meeting for 2017 will be held next Thursday, 16 November, from 8:30am on the Lower Primary Library deck. Please join us.

Class compilation requests

Thank you to everyone who sent through their correspondence about their child’s needs regarding class compilations for 2018. This process has now closed. We will be busy creating the classes for next year throughout the holidays and will advise you of your child’s class prior to the beginning of the 2018 school year.

End of term activities and early leave

As we approach the end of term, teachers will now begin to complete final reviews of the work that has been completed throughout the year. Observations and assessments will occur prior to the final written report. These are important times academically, but also from a social and emotional perspective, as children journey through to the conclusion of projects and activities.

If you have booked early holidays, it is imperative that the College is aware of this so that teachers can ensure that your child has closure for the year prior to leaving. Please email your request through to Pam Carden and copy the class teacher into the email.

Sleep and School-aged Children (5–12 years)

Below is some information based on an article from the National Sleep Foundation which serves as a reminder to us all about the importance of sleep. This is particularly important, as we move towards the end of the year and many other activities which occupy children’s lives. Please take the time to read it, and reflect, for your child.

‘Children aged five to twelve need around 10 -11 hours of sleep. At the same time, there is an increasing demand on their time from homework, sports and other extracurricular and social activities. In addition, school-aged children become more interested in TV, computers, the media and Internet – all of which can lead to difficulty falling asleep, nightmares and disruptions to their sleep. In particular, watching TV close to bedtime has been associated with bedtime resistance, difficulty falling asleep, anxiety around sleep and sleeping fewer hours.

Sleep problems and disorders are prevalent at this age. Poor or inadequate sleep can lead to mood swings and behavioural problems that impact on their ability to learn in school.

Sleep Tips for School-aged Children

  • Teach school-aged children about healthy sleep habits;
  • Continue to emphasise need for regular and consistent sleep schedule and bedtime routine;
  • Make child’s bedroom conducive to sleep – dark, cool and quiet;
  • Keep TV and computers out of the bedroom;
  • Avoid caffeinated drinks.’

For more information, go to www.sleepfoundation.org.

Pam Carden, Head of Primary Years