Learning-A Shared Responsibility

We know from decades of international research that what parents do at home with their children has a profound effect on children’s learning outcomes. Children who experience enriched, cognitively stimulating home environments are at an advantage in the learning process because they have had exposure to many more words. In our school community it is […]

Community

 “Community is much more than belonging to something; it’s about doing something together that makes belonging matter” The power of positive role models for both boys and girls cannot be underestimated. Children use many people both famous and those close to them, in schools and in their own homes as references for who they will […]

Mindfulness for young people

“takes advantage of a natural window of opportunity during childhood, when the neural circuitry that allows us to pay attention, calm ourselves and attune to our own and other’s feelings takes shape”. Professor Richard Davidson One of the areas we have been exploring in our focus on social and emotional wellbeing is mindfulness in schools […]

New Student Leaders

Last Thursday the nominees for student leadership roles presented their speeches to the Year 3 – 6 students and staff.  The quality of the speeches was of a very high calibre and students demonstrated the You Can Do It 5 keys to success; Confidence, Getting Along, Resilience, Organisation and Persistence and the school values; Respect, […]

Connections

‘In a world of algorithms, hashtags and followers, know the true importance of human connection.’ ‘Connecting to one another is one of the most important things in the world and you can keep expanding that connection – one person, a family, a school, a community, a country, a society, a culture.’  Eric Fischl Every year […]

‘Lightness of Being A Beginner’

‘The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life. ‘ As the year comes to an end it’s lovely for each of us to celebrate the year’s lessons, achievements and successes. […]

Social and Emotional Learning

‘Social and emotional learning is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible choices.’ Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning Wow! […]

Classroom Creation and Dynamics

 “Our job is to teach the students we have. Not the ones we would like to have. Not the ones we used to have. Those we have right now. All of them.’ Dr Kevin Maxwell Teaching, as many of us experienced in our own primary school years, has changed significantly over the years. Educators work […]

Enthusiaism and Agency

‘I am more interested in arousing enthusiasm in kids than in teaching the facts. The facts may change, but that enthusiasm for exploring the world will remain with them the rest of their lives.’ Seymour Simon It was so lovely to see the genuine enthusiasm and joy on the faces of children and staff as […]

Community

‘Community is much more than belonging to something; it’s about doing something together that makes belonging matter.’ What a busy and joyful term we’ve had celebrating our efforts, learning and achievements over the last nine weeks, together. We have all enjoyed belonging to and being a part of our school community. Parents, staff and student […]