Social and Emotional Learning - Kimochis
Last Friday the staff engaged in some professional learning focused on supporting students to improve their social and emotional learning. From the start of term three we are implementing a new social-emotional learning (SEL) program that teaches children positive habits to lead happy and successful lives. This new program uses Kimochis… Toys with Feelings Inside®.
Kimochi means “feelings” in Japanese, and the curriculum is based on research that tells us that a strong social-emotional learning foundation is essential to academic and life success. Research also indicates that teaching social-emotional skills in school increases employability, improves mental wellbeing, improves emotional regulation, improves connectedness to school, teachers and learning, reduces bullying and gender based harassment and improves academic achievement by up to 11%.
You will receive regular updates from the school about the program and what your children are learning. We encourage you to have conversations with your children about these concepts and support your child’s emotional development. Please keep an eye out for the Kimochis handouts from your child’s teacher next term and supporting information in the newsletter.
Mental Health First Aid
This Friday, on the pupil free day, our staff will be completing a combination of traditional first aid and mental health first aid. The mental health first aid will support us to identify and support our students who are experiencing mental health challenges. We aim to provide our staff with the skills to balance the academic and wellbeing needs of all students.
Winter Solstice – June 17 - 5:00pm – 7:30pm
We are excited to have the winter solstice event up and running again for 2022. Plans are being made for an Arts presentation to occur in the JCB from 5pm followed by a lantern parade in Middle Gully Reserve culminating in a catch up around the bon fire and food in the Eco Shed. We’re excited to see you all there.
Conversations around Child Mental Health Round Two - Dr William Garvey and Jennifer Dix- Wednesday , 22nd June at 7.30- live Webex events.
Earlier this term we held an online event for parents and carers “Conversations around Child Mental Health”. The session was well attended, and we received a lot of feedback that you valued this session. Olivia Desormeaux, our Disability Inclusion Leader, has reconnected with Dr Billy Garvey and Jennifer Dix and have arranged to the second instalment of this conversation. The session will be held on Wednesday, 22nd June at 7.30- live Webex events. More details to follow, including a pre-event survey to find out what you want to hear about. We are looking forward to continuing this conversation with you.
School Opening Hours – Arriving on time
Each morning the classroom open at 8:50am to allow children to enter the classrooms and get them themselves set up and ready for the day. It is an important part of the day to help set up positive routines, interact with their peers and greet the teacher. Arriving on time and before the 9am rush can be a simple and effective way to support children to transition smoothly each morning and avoid some of the separation issues that some children face each day.
While I am encouraging students to arrive on time, please ensure you are not dropping you child off at school before the supervision in the yard begins. The yard is supervised from 8:45am in the morning, if you need to drop your children before his time, please contact the before school program email@example.com and book them a spot, bookings are essential. Please support us to keep you children safe in the mornings and adhering to our opening times.
Student Free Days –Friday 10 June & 13 June
This is reminder that we have a student free day on Friday this week, Friday 10th of June and Monday the 13th is the Queens Birthday public holiday.
Kind regards and Sampai jumpa (until next time),