- PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
- END OF TERM ASSEMBLY/DISMISSAL
- STUDENT PORTFOLIOS, TICK BOXES & INDIVIDUAL LEARNING PLANS (ILPs)
- TIPS FOR CREATING RESILIENT FAMILIES
- JULIE'S COLUMN
- NEWSLETTER INFORMATION
- SRAS WEBSITE
- OUT & ABOUT
- SSSSA ATHLETICS
- COMING EVENTS 2021
- SWAN REACH PLAYGROUP & PARENT-CHILD MOTHER GOOSE
- NET SET GO
- COMMUNITY NOTICES
Hello Swan Reach,
When reflecting back on this term at SRAS, our values have shone through the collaborative actions of our school and community members. We’ve worked hard and have succeeded on many endeavours to make SRAS the best it can be. We will always seek to improve outcomes for our students and families. The vast volume of communication, verbal, written and text messages are testaments to this, along with the success of our sports carnivals, ski for life and 3-Way Conferences - to name but a few. SRAS looks forward to releasing DayMap for families next term and appreciate your patience with the long delay.
It’s highly pleasing to see and hear the excitement being produced by the P&F along with the enthusiasm and energy of the Governing Council and Student Representatives. The staff room and classrooms have certainly been immersed with higher engagement and deeper discussions about teaching and learning.
As we head toward the holiday break, it will serve as an opportunity for staff and students to rest and recharge for term 2. Thanks all for your participation, integrity and care to ensure the best possible outcomes for all learners. Have a wonderful and blessed break.
Mr John Robertson
SRAS would like to wish Amillia all the very best in her future endeavours and hope you remember us fondly.
Primary portfolios, ILPs and tick boxes went home this week. The portfolios provide families with examples of students’ learning across the learning areas – a snapshot of their learning over term 1. Secondary tick boxes are an indicator of your child(ren)’s progression against the Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards and include an assessment of their effort in their different learning areas.
The ILPs that many families assisted in developing at the 3-Way Conferences, provide data and goals for your child(ren). As the year progresses, teachers and students will monitor and track these goals. We’ll celebrate and share with you when students achieve goals and to then re-set new ones.
SRAS encourages families to contact the relevant teachers if you require further information or have concerns, to arrange a suitable time for a meeting or a phone conference.
“When a family promotes behaviours that build resilience, the whole family and each individual member benefits and become more resilient.” Australian Clinical Psychologist and Family Therapist, Andrew Fuller, describes resilience as, “… the knack of being able to bungee jump through life. When the inevitable pitfalls and setbacks of life occur, it’s as you’re connected to an elastic rope that helps you to bounce back from hard times… Developing resilience helps us to manage many situations and can help us create strong protective behaviours against issues such as self-harm, depression and drug issues.”
Top Ten Tips for Creating Resilient Families
- Promote belonging
- Create downtime in our hectic, stimulating world
- Rediscover some family rituals
- Teach the skills of self-esteem
- Love kids for their differences
- Provide consistency
- Be clear on who is in charge
- Embrace spontaneity and curiosity
- Know how to argue
- Be reliably unpredictable
For more information you can order the brochure from LIONS visit their online shop at http//:www.aldaf.org.au/resource-shop
Anxiety is increasing in our society and children. Educationally it can be a major blocker to students’ learning and achievements in school and their wider community. Medical experts acknowledge that it is “treatable, recovery is expected.”
Anxiety is normal. “Young people today are growing up in an unprecedented toxic climate of stress and pressure.” Young Minds (www.youngminds.org.uk) January 2014
The first thing to say is that we expect recovery. The vast majority of adolescents dealing with anxiety will be perfectly fine (with some bumps along the way). The first line of treatment is: Talking - “Addressing lifestyle is also of critical importance.” (Beyond Blue).
10 Simple Strategies for Supporting Anxious Kids.
- Start by slowing down: Take a big deep breath (vagusnerve), try a meditation app.
- Make time to worry: Write it down, have a “worry box,” use post it notes.
- Take baby steps: Start with the small stuff.
- Encourage positive thinking: Remind them of the times they’ve done well.
- Have a go: Particularly if the young person is a perfectionist.
- Model coping skills: Show them how you deal with anxiety.
- Help them take charge: Get them to lock the doors and windows at night if they’re worried about intruders.
- Be up front about scary stuff: War etc.
- Check out Brave: https://brave4you.psy.uq.edu.au/
- Check your own behaviour: Are you a helicopter or lawnmower parent?
Last year I shared articles written by Psychologists Bill Hallam and Dr Craig Olsson about feelings and helping children to understand theirs. I have a series of books by Trace Moroney which are aimed at children and the back page has some great thoughts for parents (written by the above Psychologists).
These are the notes in the book “When I’m Feeling JEALOUS”
A healthy self-esteem will help your child deal with painful feelings of jealousy when they arise. It’s natural for a child to feel jealous sometimes. Jealousy expresses a deep fear of unimportance compared with others. Children can become jealous of another child’s toys, abilities or even friendships. You can help your child cope with jealous feelings by teaching them how to love and value who they are, regardless of what toys, abilities or friendships they have. When your child values themselves from the inside, it matters less how they compare with others. Playing with your child, talking together and doing things together will help your child feel valued, trusted and important with little reason to feel jealous.
“Each of these FEELINGS books has been carefully designed to help children better understand their feelings, and in doing so, gain greater autonomy (freedom) over their lives. Talking about feelings teaches children that it is normal to feel sad, or angry, or scared at times. With greater tolerance of painful feelings, children become free to enjoy their world, to feel secure in their abilities and to be happy.”
I will share more notes for each of the books in future newsletters.
E Safety Commissioner
In my last article, I mentioned online technology and tips from the E Safety Commissioner for the start of a new school year. I want to draw your attention to their website as it has some excellent resources for parents, whether your child is starting primary or high school or anything in between. Take a look at www.esafety.gov.au .
Enjoy the school holidays. See you in term 2.
Mrs Julie Maxwell,
Pastoral Care Worker
Due date for the next Newsletter is 10:00am, Wednesday 28th April. The newsletter is distributed via the SZApp and school website. Printed copies are still available upon request.
Articles can be emailed to email@example.com clearly marked in the subject box as Newsletter, faxed to 8570 2325 or delivered to the library/front office. Due to the way the Newsletter is now being set up, not all photos are included in the print copy, however there are several photo galleries included online and via the SZApp.
Yesterday, 7th April, both Ella Johnson and Jasmine Challenor represented the Upper South East (USE) zone at the Secondary School Sport South Australia (SSSSA) athletics carnival. Both Ella and Jazzy were selected to compete at this event for the 4 x 100m relay for the U/14 and U/15 girls’ team respectively. We are extremely proud to have students from SRAS represent our school in this prestigious athletic event - well done girls! More to come on their results in our next newsletter.
Mr Jayden Coleman
|7 April||SSSSA Athletics|
|9 April||End of Term 1, Assembly 1:30, outdoor learning area, QR code sign in, early dismissal 2:10pm|
|16 April||Nildottie Tennis Club Dinner @ Nildottie Hall.|
|18 April||2021 Swan Reach Classic Car and Motorbike Run|
|23 May||8-hour Pedal Prix - The Bend, Tailem Bend|
|July 31||12-hour Pedal Prix - The Bend, Tailem Bend|
|11-12 September||2x6-hour Pedal Prix - Murray Bridge|
NetSetGo registrations are now open!! For girls and boys aged 5-8 years!!
NetSetGo is Australia’s official starter program for girls and boys. It’s a chance to learn the netball basics, get outside and make some friends.
Commencing Thursday, 29th April, 2021 until 1st July, 2021 at 4.15pm at Mannum Netball Club
To register, download the MyNetball App, search Mannum and select the NetSetGo registration form. You will have to select the Net (5-6 year old) or Set (7-8 year old) program. You can also go through Netball SA website to register.
Cost is $100 and includes program delivery, a participant pack which includes a netball and a NetSetGo official t-shirt and insurance. SA Government Sports Vouchers (valued at $100) can be uased, so unless you’ve already redeemed one this year-it won’t cost you anything!
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Trish Horstmann at school, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SACWA NILDOTTIE and DISTRICTS BRANCH - 2021 CALENDAR DATES
An exhibition of paintings by Tanunda artist: Marco Angelo is now on display in the Gallery at the Swan Reach Women's Rest Rooms (Victoria St). There is also pottery by various artists until the end of April. Opening times 10am-1pm; Monday, Wednesday & Saturday, and when a volunteer is available.
Swan Reach Christian Women's Group invite you to join them for Bible study and fellowship each month. 11am, second Tuesday of the Month at the Swan Reach Lutheran Church Hall. BYO lunch. For more information please phone Taryn 0427 702 377 or Josie 0419 708 224. All welcome.