News From Mrs A

Welcome Back to Term 4 (Already?!)
We hope you all had a restful break and are all ready for a busy term ahead. This term we have many things to look forward to like camps, excursions and sporting events. We hope that our students and teachers enjoy their camping experiences and that the weather holds out for them! Gary, Heidi and I love to join our kids on camp and are hoping that at least one of us will be able to drop in for a visit on the upcoming camps.  Keep an eye on the blogs for photos.

Cyber Safety

We have been having a number of conversations with our students about cyber safety.  It seems that some of our students are accessing social media accounts such as Tic Toc, Instagram and Facebook.  Social media accounts usually require users to be at least 13 years of age to sign up. Prior to this age (and sometimes beyond) they are not ready to handle the very complex minefield that can exist in an online environment.  Please ensure that your children know that the internet is a public space — nothing is private, and that they should be vigilant in protecting their private information.  Parents should be monitoring any online activity, to help guide their children and help them to navigate safely.  Below is a link to very useful website to help parents deal with raising children in a digital world.

https://www.esafety.gov.au

Prep Transition

It has been lovely to see our next year’s prep children coming in for their transition sessions and their EYE assessments.  These sessions provide excellent opportunities for us to get to know each other and help to provide a smooth transition into their new environment.

Planning for 2020

We are commencing our planning for 2020. This can only be done when we have accurate enrolment numbers, and therefore we appreciate early notification of people enrolling or exiting for 2020.

Often parents worry about how their children will cope in a new classroom with a new teacher and with new friends. From experience, we have found that our children are far more resilient than you think and actually revel in the opportunity presented in experiencing new things. Our teachers benefit from being moved around the school too! Our current method of mixing up the groupings for various learning experiences, actually provides opportunities for children to work with friends and teachers in other classes. Over the next few weeks our Student Welfare team are working on running activities so that our children meet other children and teachers from different grade levels, hopefully this will help to alleviate anxiety about making new friends.

Should you have requests for 2020 they must be put in writing and submitted to the Office by November 11. Any requests based on sound educational reasons will be considered but this does not necessarily mean that they will, or can be accommodated. Our teaching staff always take into consideration friendship groups, social/emotional implications and educational reasons when placing students in classes. Requests for individual teachers or requests based on gender will not be considered.

In the near future the children will be asked to list a group of approximately five friends. It may prove useful for parents to discuss this with their children.

Only this year’s requests are considered therefore any requests need to be put in writing each year.

News From Mrs A

Wow we are nearly at the end of term already!  I cannot believe how quickly this term has gone!  In one term we have achieved so much, it has been tricky finding time to write to you about it to celebrate.  Hopefully you are keeping track of all of the activities through Flexibuzz and the class blogs.

I have to say that I am so proud of our new student leaders for 2019.  Our School Captains and house leaders have embraced their new roles wholeheartedly and so competently.  Many of these students have had a go at running Assembly and have done this with great skill.  I am so impressed by the students’ confidence and ability to use their initiative when required.  Our leaders have attended development sessions in the city and locally and have reflected on the inspirational speakers they listened to at these events.  Mitchell one of our captains, told me he particularly liked hearing from Liesl Jones a famous olympic swimmer, on one of these leadership experiences.  Well done to all of our leaders.  You have made a terrific start to the year and have been fabulous role models for the other students in the school!

 

Our community culture is important to us at Beacy.  Our buddy program and house meetings are up and running and it is always lovely to see new relationships developing around the school and across the age groups.

Parents and Friends
A big thanks to the parents who have attended our Parents and Friends meetings this term. We now have a new committee with some of our new parents taking up committee member positions.  Don’t worry if you couldn’t make the previous meetings, your contributions are always welcome.
A big thanks goes to:

President – Katrina K.
Vice President – Karlie H.
Secretary – Leah K.

Thanks also to those who agreed to be general committee members, your contribution to the school is greatly appreciated. If you are available to help from time to time, leave your details at the office to be joined up to the “What’s App” group. This way you are connected to the P & F conversations and can see when the committee need some help.  The team have been busy already planning and conducting fundraisers and treats for the children.

Talking to your Children
Ever asked your child what they did at school, and received the reply, “Nothing”? Often our children can be tired, hungry or simply on ‘information overload,’ and don’t know what to share with you. Sometimes they just don’t know where to start.

Why not try a new approach, with the following conversation starters. Try to be more specific with your questions and you may find that you get a different response. Sometimes thinking about a specific moment in the day, triggers a whole lot of memories that will be more easily shared. Good luck!
– What game did you play at recess?
– Who do you remember seeing outside?
– What did you read today?
– What did you do in maths today?
– What did you do well today in PE?
– What does your classroom look like?
– What is your favourite part of the classroom? Why?
– What did you like the best/least about today?

Remember it’s best not to turn it into an inquisition, just start with one or two questions and see what follows.

Have you noticed the “Parenting Ideas” tab on this site?

From time to time we add interesting and topical articles that may be of assistance in the very difficult but rewarding task of raising children.  Scroll back through the articles and you are sure to find some helpful and thought provoking topics in there.

 

Here is a little story I shared with staff on the first day back this year.  I think it is a lovely way to remind ourselves that the little things we do every day can make a big difference to someone or something else in our world.  It is important for our children to know that what they do matters too.  Our SRC team are a shining example of this.

How will you make a difference today?

I hope you have a lovely Easter and enjoy some relaxing family time together over the school holidays!

Linda

Safety Message

Please ensure that when dropping off and picking up students before and after school that you are mindful of the following:

  • Use the crossing – even if you need to walk a little further, it sets the right example for our children
  • ‘Kiss and Go’ means exactly that, do not leave your vehicle and only stay in that zone on Lyle Ave for two minutes
  • Boom gates restrict entry to the school grounds between 8:00am and 5:00pm
  • Please do not park on nature strips, our students are put at risk when cars are driving and reversing in and out
  • Encourage and model healthy lifestyle habits by parking further away and walking together to schoolPlease note that student safety is of utmost importance to us here at Beacy. Parking concerns and driver behaviour is a matter for Cardinia Council and the Victoria Police and should be reported to the appropriate authority. Council officers frequent the area, photograph vehicles and issue infringement notices.

 

Mrs Amos

Enviro Girls

Recently I had the opportunity to accompany our “Enviro Girls” to the Beaconsfield Kindergarten to run a couple of activities with the children about waste and recycling.  The girls did a wonderful job presenting to the children as well as organising a fun game. The children then worked together to make puppets out of recycled materials.  It is great to see the girls so passionate about their cause, and watch them sharing their knowledge with other children in the community.  Not only a great way to spread the word about caring for our precious environment, but also a great way to strengthen our links in the community and in particular with our local kindergarten.  Along with our transition program, this is another way for our future students to become more familiar with some faces here at Beaconsfield Primary School.  Well done girls!

 


 

 

From Mrs Amos

Grade Requests for 2019

We are commencing our planning for 2019.  This can only be done when we have accurate enrolment numbers, and therefore we appreciate early notification of people enrolling or exiting for 2019.

 Often parents worry about how their children will cope in a new classroom with a new teacher and with new friends.  From experience, we have found that our children are far more resilient than we think and actually revel in the opportunity presented in experiencing new things.  Our teachers benefit from being moved around the school too! Our current method of mixing up the groupings for maths and investigations, actually provides opportunities for children to work with friends and teachers in other classes.  Over the next few weeks our Student Welfare team are working on running activities so that our children meet other children and teachers from different grade levels, hopefully this will help to alleviate anxiety about making new friends.

 Should you have requests for 2019 they must be put in writing and submitted to the Office by November 9.  Any requests based on sound educational reasons will be considered but this does not necessarily mean that they will, or can be accommodated. Our teaching staff always take into consideration friendship groups, social/emotional implications and educational reasons when placing students in classes.  Requests for individual teachers or requests based on gender will not be considered.

 In the near future the children will be asked to list a group of approximately five friends.  It may prove useful for parents to discuss this with their children.

 Only this year’s requests are considered therefore any requests need to be put in writing each year.

Mrs Amos 23/8/18

Parenting Ideas – Is this the secret to happiness? by Dr Jodi Richardson

In this blog post Dr Richardson writes about the importance of friendships and meaningful relationships.  She writes,

“The strongest finding in positive psychology is that our relationships with other people have the greatest impact on our happiness and mental health. This principle is true for children and teenagers as well as adults.”

Dr Richardson writes about the importance of social connectedness and that for some children these things don’t come easily.  The good news is that friendship skills can be learned and parents can play a big part in helping their children to make meaningful connections throughout the many stages of their growth and development.  Click the link in the title to read the article in full.

 

Book Week Fun

What an exciting day we had on Monday morning.  It turns out Harry had lost his bucketful of dinosaurs and they were running loose around the playground in the morning before school.  The dinosaurs were not the only ones lost, apparently Little Bo Peep had also lost her sheep but I’m pretty sure I saw them hanging around in the Grade 2 area of the school.  What a wonderful way to celebrate literature and the positive impact that stories can have on our lives.  It was terrific to see so many smiling faces on Monday and to celebrate with a very colourful assembly at the end of the day!

Fathers’ Day Raffle and Stall

Our wonderful Parents and Friends committee members organised a Fathers’ Day raffle on Monday with 14 prizes to be handed out at our assembly on Monday.  They have the Fathers’ Day stall planned for Thursday 30th August.  Thanks to our very small team who work tirelessly in support of our students at Beacy!

Student Led Interviews

The online booking system should now be open for you to book a suitable time.  These interviews provide a great opportunity for you to hear from your child about their learning and goals.

Principal Report 26.07.18

Jim Asimakopoulos Visit

Jim Asimakopoulos celebrated his 7000th presentation with an audience of Beaconsfield Primary School Year 5 students on Tuesday 24th of July, just three months short of his 30th anniversary with the Education Department.

In delivering 7,000 workshops and presentation on ability awareness, it is estimated that Jim has spoken to over 175,000 children in hundreds of schools across the state.  Whilst he has been a powerful role model and advocate for children with disabilities, his message appeals to all students and teachers :

  • believe in yourself, respect yourself and appreciate your talents and abilities, even if others doubt you or make fun of you, never give up on your dreams and beliefs.
  • respect and appreciate the talents and abilities of others; everyone deserves compassion and understanding.

 

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