A Positive Start to the School Year

I would like to thank all parents who attended one or both of this week’s Parent Information Evenings. You play a vital role in your child’s education and these opportunities for you to meet with teachers to find out about the Year Level curriculum and to develop an understanding of school routines and expectations are very important. We hope this information-sharing has given you an insight of the year to come. If you were unable to attend and you would like to find out more about these nights, please contact your classroom teacher. Further information will also be circulated via classroom newsletters.

There will also be more formal opportunities for you to meet with your classroom teacher in Week 6 and Week 7 of this term. These early year interviews help to develop positive working relationships between classroom teachers and parents. In meetings with teachers, parents should feel free to ask questions, seek support, celebrate their children’s work and share their child’s unique strengths, interests and concerns — both academic and social. Although parents obviously know their children best, a wise teacher can often add perspective. Teachers are familiar with a spectrum of student needs and can offer suggestions based on professional knowledge. The key for parents is to work with their child’s teacher to build a plan that addresses the child’s unique needs. In coming weeks, more details will be shared about this process and how to book your Teacher/Parent interview.

Now that we have all settled into Term 1, it is vital that students develop a sound school routine as soon as possible. If you have extended “bedtimes” over the holiday period it is now time to get back on track. In the first weeks back at school make sure your child gets plenty of sleep. You don’t want them to be tired and grumpy in the classroom and more rest will allow them to focus and make a great start to the year. I also recommend that you give yourself a few early nights, tensions sometimes run high in the morning when you are trying to bundle everyone out of the door to get them to school on time.

Stay Organised
The first few weeks back at school are hectic enough, so it is important to get into the habit of preparing lunches, uniforms, bags (everything you need) the night before. Younger children sometimes don’t have a great sense of urgency, so getting them up in time to get them ready without having to panic will also help things to run smoothly.

Communication
Set some time each day to ask your children how school has started. The key is to be genuine and enthusiastic in your approach. Talk to them about their friends; ask what they have been doing in class. Follow up on discussions and show your child that their school life is important to you. This truly has a huge impact on your child’s outlook on school.

A Healthy Lunchbox
A school day is very busy and our children need to be fueled up and ready to learn. Please make sure that you provide your child with a lunchbox which is well balanced. It is also important to ask your child about their lunches. Find out what is working.

Uniforms
If a child is looking good; chances are that they are feeling good! Wearing the school uniform correctly reinforces in students a pride in their own appearance, instils recognition of themselves as an integral part of the school community and it assists in developing pride in representing our school. Please check your uniforms and purchase any required items to help your child look and feel great!

Finally, I would like to congratulate the Primary students on their appearance and attitude when entering our school each morning. I have been delighted to see the uniform being worn with such pride. I have also been encouraged each morning as students have greeted me with such a happy and warm “good morning”. These simple actions help set the tone for the rest of the day. Congratulations to all.

Shirley, David

David Shirley | Head of Primary