Dear Parents & Carers
On the weekend we celebrated and gave thanks for all grandparents on the Feast of Sts Anne and Joachim who were Jesus’ grandparents. Grandparents are very special people. They can bring much joy into the lives their families and especially the lives of their grandchildren. Their life experiences have taught grandparents many valuable lessons that they can share with the young. Grandparents can bring a real sense of history to a family as they share many family stories. They can give the rest of the family a sense of belonging. Our grandparents have a special place in our families, our society and our world.
HELPING YOUR CHILD RISE ABOVE DISAPPOINTMENT
Whether it's missing out on a prize or treat, life is full of big and little disappointments. And as much as we'd like to spare our child from let-downs, we can't - and that's a good thing.
"When children learn at an early age that they have the tools to get over a disappointing situation, they'll be able to rely on that throughout childhood and even as adults," says Robert Brooks, PhD, co-author of Raising Resilient Children. "If you bend over backward to shield them from disappointment, you're keeping them from developing some important skills. If you help a child learn to ask for realistic support, lean on others, communicate well, and stay optimistic, you're assisting them to handle what life throws at them."
Learning how to cope with disappointment is a part of growing into a responsible young adult. Failure can also motivate children to practise harder, study longer or attempt a different approach. Children can learn more about problem-solving through failure. Through trying and failing, then trying again and succeeding, our children learn about patience, perseverance, and justified pride in their accomplishments.
Your child may feel like it's the end of the world. Help them see the light at the end of the tunnel. Some children will say that this one experience has ruined their life and they will often look to you, their parents, to contradict that belief. Remind your children that while this disappointment hurts, there will be many other successes in their lives.
As a society, we are very focused on success. We can become so focused on the final outcome that we miss the important role our effort plays. Research has suggested that children who are praised for their effort and hard work are more likely to try harder to solve difficult problems than those who are praised simply for getting the answers correct.
So, praise how hard your children work, how much they studied, or how frequently they practised. Help your child see what they have learned from that hard work even if the outcome wasn’t exactly what they wanted.
Though it’s still cold, the UV is on the increase so we remind you that from August until May, there is a ‘No Hat – Play in the Shade’ policy. Therefore, from next Monday (3rd August) all children must wear their school uniform hats while outside during recess and lunch.
Have a great week
Your child would have brought home the next issue of Scholastic Book Club this week. You can also view this latest issue at https://www.scholastic.com.au/book-club/book-club-parents/.The points we receive from your orders are used to purchase books and resources for our Library collection.
Please remember that no orders are to be sent to school, all orders are done through ‘Loop’ by following the instructions below.
Orders will close on Friday the 7th of August (Week 3)
If you are making an order which is to be a gift, please contact Library staff and your child’s teacher to inform us about pick up arrangements.
In 2019, Catholic Education Canberra Goulburn (CECG) engaged Integroe Partners to conduct an independent review into student counselling and wellbeing services in CECG schools. As part of this review, Integroe Partners conducted online surveys of parents, Principals, students and school staff. They also conducted individual interviews and face to face consultation forums with parents, Principals, teachers and CECG staff. Integroe Partners also conducted face to face and online consultations with CECG’s primary provider of student counselling services, CatholicCare.
CECG would like to thank all those who participated in the review, especially those who travelled to Canberra for the face to face meetings as well as those who participated in the online surveys and forums. The information gained from the review enabled Integroe Partners to deliver an evaluation of existing programs, structures, systems and processes. Integroe Partners identified a diversity of challenges across the schools in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, requiring a model of counselling and wellbeing service delivery that is flexible and responsive to the student wellbeing priorities of individual schools and their communities. Integroe Partners were also able to propose structures and systems aimed at delivering services to schools that reflect best contemporary practice, optimising resource efficiency into the future.
As part of its initial response to the findings and recommendations of the review, CECG have increased the school counsellor allocation for each of its schools for 2020 and have appointed a full time Student Counselling and Welfare Manager. The Student Counselling and Welfare Manager will now look to work closely with schools, Principals and CECG staff to respond more fully to the review and to develop appropriate policies, procedures, frameworks and best practice to support high quality school counselling practice and service delivery in our schools now and in to the future.
Dear Parents and Carers,
This is a reminder that Holy Spirit Primary School will be participating in ICAS Assessments in Term 3, 2020. Online Parent Payment has been extended and will close on Sunday, 2 August, 2020. Please read the information below.
ICAS is designed to target students’ higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills in English, Mathematics, Science, Writing*, Spelling and Digital Technologies. Each assessment celebrates students’ accomplishments by providing opportunities for recognition. Every student will receive a printed certificate and an online result report. Top performers will be eligible for medals and are invited to attend special award ceremonies to have their academic excellence publicly recognised.
We encourage you to consider entering your child into ICAS this year. The assessments are suitable for students wishing to extend themselves academically and take up the personal challenge of competing in an international assessment. Your child will be presented with high-quality, expert-developed questions, allowing them to apply their learning without the need for prior study or revision.
ICAS Assessments are now online, a move that reflects a sector-wide transition to online assessments. This allows greater accessibility for students and faster delivery of results. Learn more about ICAS here: unsw.global/ICAS.
In 2020 students have the opportunity to participate in the following subjects:
(*Writing not available in 2020.)
** Please note: These are the dates Holy Spirit Primary school are sitting the ICAS tests. If something happens that prevents students being at school, we will negotiate with ICAS and move the test sitting dates.
Monday 17th August, 2020
ICAS Digital Technologies
Monday 24th August, 2020
Wednesday 26th August, 2020
Monday 31st August, 2020
ICAS Spelling Bee
Wednesday 2nd September, 2020
Cost per test: $15.95 including GST.
If you would like your child to participate in any of the subjects listed above, please visit the new online Parent Payment System to make a direct payment to UNSW Global. The Parent Payment System is a simple and secure online payment service specifically for parents to purchase ICAS Assessments.
The web link is: https://shop.unswglobal.com.au/pages/pps
Our school’s unique access code is: YJB044
Online Parent Payment closes Sunday, 2 August 2020.
IMPORTANT: Please enter your child’s name accurately into the System as it will appear on their ICAS certificate.
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We are proud to partner with UNSW Global in offering the ICAS Assessments, and look forward to some fantastic results later in the year.
Please do not hesitate to contact me via email if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learning Support Teacher