I am not going to write a column today. Instead, I am going to get you to do some professional reading.
The article which was published in the Herald this morning is ‘Stress Issues for Kids’ about how sometimes good parents contribute to their child’s anxiety.
It’s an article by Karen Banes reprinted from the Washington Post. I related to it because it is about good parents wanting the best but perhaps in wanting the best they are inadvertently doing things which are ultimately not helpful for their child. In my role, I often see this happening and it can be quite challenging for me as I want to acknowledge that the parent is a great parent but their actions, whilst well intended, are not necessarily the best for their child in the long run.
The sub headings are:
- Caring too much
- Advocating too hard
- Trying to fix weaknesses
- Overplaying strengths
- Having great values
Have a read. You’re all great parents doing the best you possibly can but perhaps some reflection may make you even greater parents!
Children often come to my office to share their great work with me. I love seeing how hard they have worked to prepare a quality piece of work, or how hard they have worked and have made a breakthrough with their learning. In the last week I have had some wonderful poetry shared with me and I would like to acknowledge these two students through publishing their poems.
Haiku By Jack Madden
A snowy forest
A wolverine stores his food
A new hunt begins
The horrid mud run
Brown sludge devours my legs
It is now over
Personality Layers By Noah Hutchinson
To strangers on the street I am one of them,
just an everyday person
To the other kids at school I’m the guy with the green vest,
a peer mediator is just the best
To my really close friends I am the one who helps them when they are feeling down
To my family I am just another kid in the house that is always reading books
To myself I am a sleepyhead
In my dreams I am in a galaxy far, far away.
1. SCHOOL INTERVIEWS – 14 April
- Rooms 15 and 9 are not having interviews on 14 April and will be staying at school.
- All other students will need to be picked up from school at 2:00pm
Thank you to those who have already booked your interviews. The link to book your interviews will be sent to you via email again today. If you have any issues booking your interviews please email [email protected]
2. Board of Trustee Elections – Electoral Roll
At the front office there is a register of all the eligible voters for the upcoming elections for parent representatives on our school board. Please ensure you check that you are on the roll. If you are not on the list please ensure you let us know as there will be a supplementary roll of any new enrolments and corrections /additions will be forwarded to our returning officer on Wednesday 18 May 2016.
Once the roll has been finalised the following can happen
a. nomination forms will be sent out to all voters
b. once nominations received voting papers will be sent out.
IT IS THE VOTERS’ RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK YOU ARE ON THE ROLL.
3. LUNCH ORDERS – Changes that come into effect on May 2nd 2016.
As from next term there will be two new lunch providers Pita Pit and a new sushi company. Please see the table below to see who provides and what day as from the 2 May 2016. Information regarding menus and ordering will be added to the lunch order page on our website next week.