What a super busy week this has been as we head towards the end of term 1. I am very excited to share some staffing news with you. Although we are saddened to say goodbye to Mark Tunnicliffe in Y6 we are happy to be welcoming back Sasha Guy. Sasha took a period of sick leave this year to complete her cancer treatments and is very thrilled to be coming back to school next term. I am sure you will join with me in wishing Mark all the very best and welcoming Sasha back to the team!
LEARNING CELEBRATION AND PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS
Thank you to all of the families who engaged in our Parent Teacher Interviews this week. Please do email me if you would like to share your thoughts about the interviews – we are always looking for feedback to help us improve our communication.
It is important to remember that you are always welcome to meet with your class teacher and I encourage you to make appointments throughout the year to touch base and talk about your child’s learning progress.
We have been very lucky to be working closely with Woolworths Ashwood this term. Woolworths are donating food packages to school for us to distribute alongside fresh fruit. We now have ample fresh fruit in classrooms for children to access throughout the day! Thank you Woolworths!
SLEEP AND MOOD
As with a healthy diet sleep is a critical part of a child’s health – both physical and emotional. We all know that a sleep-deprived child is a whirlwind of behaviours. Children who come to school tired find it so difficult to concentrate on their learning. Not only is class time more challenging, but so are their social interactions. Taking turns becomes harder, compromise feels impossible and managing conflict is just too hard. Children can become easily frustrated when they are overtired. As adults we are able to identify in ourselves that the reason we feel grumpy is because we are tired – children don’t always have this ability and cannot always connect tiredness to mood. There is a lot of helpful information about the importance of sleep, and managing those bedtime challenges that we all encounter:
‘Just 5 more minutes mum…’
‘One more turn…’
‘I need a drink!’
‘My tummy hurts’
‘I need to tell you something…’
I’m sure you all have the same list!
The sites below offer some helpful advice and tips for those of us who are struggling with bedtime!!
The National Sleep Foundation recommends the following amounts of sleep – I have to say I had a little giggle to myself when I read this!!!
Newborn (0-3 months) — 14-17 hours
Babies (4-11 months) — 12-15 hours
Children (1-2 years) — 11-14 hours
Preschool (3-5 years) — 10-13 hours
School Age (6-13 years) — 9-11 hours
Teens (14-17 years) — 8-10 hours
Youth (18-25 years) — 7-9 hours
Adults (26-64 years) — 7-9 hours
How do you fair?
2021 school fees (Essential Education Items) are overdue – if you have not yet paid this fee please contact the office ASAP. A statement was issued last week if your account was outstanding. It is important to note that the school has to subsidise any fees that are not paid by families. These subsidies are paid out of our curriculum budgets.
Morning drop off: Supervision on the playground is only from 8:45am.
On Tuesday 16th March we look forward to our Twilight Sports event.