6 September 2023
Upcoming Events for Term 3 2023
Please refer to our live calendar link on the Schoolzine App for all upcoming events
Sep 6 & 7 Zone Athletics
Sep 13 to 15 Stage 3 Camp – Canberra
Sep 21 Rewards Day
Spotlight – Brave
Brave has had an amazing term with lots of learning and fun activities. We’ve enjoyed all the extra activities that we have participated in this term. The Athletics carnival was a standout for sure, and we had a wonderful book week.
PBL has had a special focus this term. We took a deep dive into our individual values and discussed how they help us be safe, respectful learners in Brave. We all work hard together to display these values to keep us happy and safe inside and outside of the classroom.
Other things we have each enjoyed learning this term have been:
- Hands-on Mathematics activities
- Reading groups
- Learning new sport games
- We always love borrowing books from our library
- In Geography, we have explored different environments around Australia
- Getting creative with musical instruments
- Publishing our writing in the computer lab
To finish off our week, we have introduced Funny Friday, where we can each share some jokes throughout the day. We always make Miss Nethercote laugh!
We cannot believe Term Three is almost over, we have grown so much this year! Year One has gone by so quickly, and we look forward to what the remainder of the year will bring us.
OUR ANNUAL BOOK FAIR!
Wow, what a week Book Week was! All those outfits looked incredible! Throughout Week 6, we also held our annual Book Fair and I am so pleased with our final intake from it!
We managed to sell over $10,000 worth of books and stationery in 3 days! That is an outstanding result! Great work everyone and thank you!
I would like to pay special thanks to the staff and volunteers who took their time to make our Book Fair the success it was! Your time and devotion to our school is greatly appreciated!
Happy reading and we look forward to next year’s Book Week and Fair!
Mr D. Knight
Stepping Up Celebration Day – Kimberwalli
On Friday 1st September, our First Nations students took part in our Stepping Up Celebration Day at the Kimberwalli Centre in Whalan.
This special event is designed to promote First Nations education, cultural immersion, and inclusivity for students in several schools in the St Clair and Erskine Park area, including Banks PS, Blackwell PS, Clairgate PS, James Erskine PS, and St Clair PS.
Students participated in a range of activities and workshops focused on First Nations education and cultural immersion, including literacy, mathematics, visual arts, music, creative arts, and environmental learning.
Thankfully the weather held out and turned out to be an amazing day to spend outdoors! The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were able to make connections and friendships with other students from our STEPS community. The smile on their faces is truly memorable!
It was a truly rewarding day! I would like to thank Mr Christensen and Mrs Hall for their support and coming along to facilitate activities on the day, it is greatly appreciated!
We look forward to another exciting Celebration Day next year!
Mr D. Knight
First Nations Education Coordinator
Bounce Back! Family information:Humour
Humour will be taught from K-6 in weeks 7-10.
Enjoying a laugh with others is a unique human bond that helps us connect with others. Finding something funny about a difficult situation can also help us to feel more hopeful. Humour helps us gain a sense of perspective on our problems, because it can throw a little light on an otherwise dark situation. It reminds us that life goes on. It allows us to release the tension created by strong and uncomfortable feelings such as sadness, disappointment, anxiety and anger. Having a laugh also helps us to stay healthy because of the positive changes that laughter creates in our bodies. The use of laughter in children’s hospital wards is an example of how humour can help people cope and deal with hard times.
✦ Key messages to communicate to your child about humour
Humour helps us to stay healthy.
Laughter helps our body to fight disease and illness. Humour is like exercise for our mind and our feelings.
Humour can help you to feel better.
Having a laugh and finding the funny side of a situation can help you feel a little bit better when you are feeling unhappy, sad or worried, or when things are difficult.
You can use laughter and humour to help someone else feel a bit better.
You can cheer someone up when they have a problem, or they are feeling sad or worried, by being funny in a kind and gentle way. Stop doing it if they don’t like it.
Humour shouldn’t be used to pretend that you don’t feel sad or worried.
Even though laughter can help you feel better when you have a problem, you still need to try to solve the problem, or deal with the unhappy feeling. Laughter doesn’t make problems go away. It just helps you to cope with them a little better.
Humour shouldn’t be used to hurt someone’s feelings.
It’s unkind to laugh at someone else’s problems or bad luck, or make fun of the way another person looks, thinks, speaks or acts.
✦ What can you do to help your child learn about humour?
- Share funny songs or movies and TV shows with your child. This is a great way to connect and enjoy each other’s company.
- Read funny stories or poems to your child and enjoy the humour together.
- Share riddles and jokes that don’t rely on put-downs or insulting humour.
- Help your child learn how to tell a riddle or joke well.
- Encourage your child to make a funny card, drawing or banner to cheer up a family member or a friend who is sick or having a difficult time.
- Create opportunities for your child to have fun and enjoy some laughs with their friends (e.g. when your child has friends around to play you could show a funny movie, encourage a joke-telling session, play silly or fun games, provide funny dress-ups or encourage them to put on a funny skit).
- Point out to your child when they are using humour in an inappropriate way (e.g. to put down someone such as their younger brother or sister, or to trivialise something important, or to deny a problem or a feeling they are having). Discuss this with them.
From the Bounce Back team