Week 10 already! what a busy busy term - at this stage we are finding that children, staff and parents are feeling tired as the end of term is upon us! We had Science Week last week which was so much fun with activities across the school reflecting food technologies curriculum and chemical sciences.
As the children adjust to being onsite after the 2020 months of remote learning, we are spending more and more time learning about resilience and positive interactions. Last week a fellow principal from a neighbouring school suggested that the children are ‘socially rusty’ and the term is taking its toll. There are some things below that may help you chat with your child about positive mindset and managing hiccups in friendships.
Making friends is one thing but maintaining positive relationships takes time, effort and lots of learning. Building a friendship depends on a child's emotional skills, self-regulation skills, and social competence. As parents you can play an important role in the development of these abilities.
This article is an easy to access guide with some interesting advice.
On a different note, we have been working closely with Woolworths Ashburton who are donating bakery goods and fresh fruit to the school three times a week. We are putting together care packages for our families - if you would like to be part of this scheme please do let me know - drop me an email or SMS. There is so much bread and bakery goods it would be wonderful to share what we can with our community.
Across the school the students have been learning about how we manage problems that may occur. As a whole school strategy we are referring to The Catastrophe Scale. This is a visual way for us to scaffold conversation around how ‘big’ the problem is and helps us to have discussion around the strategies we can use to help us.
This resource is one that you can use at home too.