Dear Parents & Carers
WHEN YOUR CHILD IS ACCUSED OF INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR OR BULLYING
In recent years we have tightened up our policy and behaviour management steps to deal with inappropriate behaviour. Fortunately, the occurrences of inappropriate behaviour have dropped but we are not getting complacent. We deal with each case independently and work with families to deal with the issue. Both sides of the issue! I believe it is important to ensure that privacy and respect are maintained, so families involved may not always know the specific outcome or consequence.
Would you like me talking about your child or your specific circumstances to another family?
The answer is probably no, so we respect privacy and work with each family with this in mind. The consequences of inappropriate behaviour are dealt with confidentially between the school, the child and their family. Trust us, inappropriate behaviour is dealt with.
An important element of the process is to support the perpetrator and their family, just as much as the victim. So what should parents do when their child is accused of being a bully or acting inappropriately? The first step is always to work closely with us at school. We are experienced in working with students and helping them manage their behaviour.
What can you do?
- Take a deep breath. It’s normal to experience a mixture of denial, panic and defensiveness. Remember this is a description of behaviour that your child is exhibiting today, it is not who they are in their entirety, nor who they will be forever, if you respond and get help.
- Focus on staying calm and listening to what’s being said. While you may not want to hear it about your own child, it is important to listen.
- Take time to process the information. Once you have the information, take time for yourself to process how it makes you feel, so that when you approach your child, you are calm and in control of your own emotions.
- Talk with your child. The goal is to get the facts – a calm, non-judgmental discovery process. Do you know what they are talking about? What happened? Is any of it true? Stay calm and make it safe for your child to tell the whole story. Explain that whatever happened, you are going to help resolve the situation.
- Be the grown-up. “Can you help me see why the other kid sees it their way?” you might ask. “How would you feel if he did that to you?” Try to understand the antecedents – insecurity, anger, teasing, peer dynamics, or something going on at home.
- Teach your child responsibility. Even if your child swears the other child started it, they are responsible for owning their contribution. Let your child know you are going to make sure it doesn’t continue. Help your child make amends. The school can be of help here as problems rarely happen in isolation and may have already surfaced at school.
- Give your child social-emotional tools. Teach face-saving ways to deal with conflict and how to avoid escalating drama, like walk away, tell a teacher.
- Get help. This should include contacting the school or, in serious cases, getting a professional evaluation of the child to identify possible anxiety, depression or inability to read social cues.
- Support growth and change. The best message is that life is full of opportunities to reinvent ourselves if we are willing to do the hard work of owning our mistakes, understanding the feelings and behaviours involved, and getting new strategies for developing new and better behaviours.
The most important thing is to be honest, responsive, and accountable.
What is the Holy Spirit Learning Framework?
The Holy Spirit Primary School Learning Framework is the policy that teachers take to planning and implementing learning programs across all areas of learning. The Learning Framework is an approach to learning that emphasises the role of both teachers and students in the learning process. Rather than the teacher telling students what they need to know, both students and teachers are encouraged to explore material, ask questions, and share ideas through connecting, investigating and expressing. At each stage of inquiry, teachers and students are encouraged to reflect, question and assess.
During the Connect phase, students will:
Connect to prior knowledge by:
- Completing Assessment for Learning Activities;
- Discussing and linking explicit concepts to known facts and personal experience; and
- Participating in Cooperative learning and Visible Thinking Strategies.
Connect to context and concepts by:
- Reading, listening, viewing, and experiencing provocations (eg: literature, scripture, videos, guest speakers, excursions, incursions, images, experiments);
- Being exposed to the concepts;
- Asking questions;
- Identifying patterns and paths for exploration;
- Sharing ideas, thoughts, examples, and experiences with others;
- Beginning concept mapping - collating information (visual representations, journaling);
- Identifying and learning key vocabulary; and
- Setting learning goals.
This is a reminder to help our children understand the importance of stranger safety and the need to report any unusual incidents or approaches to staff immediately. If you become aware of an incident or notice anyone acting suspiciously around a school or child, contact police immediately on 131 444. In the case of an emergency, call 000. If you witness an incident or if you have any information that could assist police, you can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information can be provided anonymously.
Please support us to keep our children safe by having conversations with your child about moving safely around the community and what to do if they ever feel unsafe. You may wish to visit the Australian Federal Police website that contains child safety information. In addition, Safety4Kids is a non-government website that has useful information and links. The Constable Kenny website also has a number of child safety tips for parents.
Catholic Education will continue to work with ACT Policing on issues of child safety
Have a great week.
As the latest Book Club issue was a particularly large order, it will be arriving to the Library in a few instalments over the coming days. As soon as the boxes arrive, the Library staff will begin bundling the orders for each child and delivering them to the classrooms. Usually we would keep all the bundles in the Library and deliver them to the classrooms at the same time. However, with limited space to store an order so big in the Library, this time we will send them down to classrooms as soon as they are bundled. They should all have been bundled and delivered to classrooms by the end of next week (Week 7).
Teachers may choose to send home the orders as soon as they arrive to the classroom or they may keep them until all orders have arrived and send them home at the end of Week 7. The students have been informed of this staggered distribution and so please don't be alarmed if one sibling brings their order home before other siblings.
In addition, sometimes a book may be on 'backorder'. If this is the case, the student has been allocated a set of stickers as compensation and the order will arrive in the coming weeks. If an item was 'unavailable' at the warehouse, a substitute book has been given instead. Apologies for any inconvenience or disappointment.
We appreciate your patience and flexibility with this.
The Library Team - Steph Meagher, Amy Eveston (or David Camp) and Mary-Ellen Bakker
For any Library questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Holy Spirit Families, Students, Teachers, and Staff
We would like to advise you that the Canteen Menu will have restrictions on all AMBER items that are available online.
The restrictions on AMBER items are in accordance with the Nutrition Australia School Canteen Menu Guidelines, as well as having to manage the current COVID-19 supply and transportation issues.
Some items are temporarily unavailable due to the shutdown and lockdown of processing plants and warehouses in various states in Australia.
Please make sure that you order well in advance if you require specific AMBER items for your child/children’s lunch orders or if you have fussy eaters.
If you wait till 8:15am on the morning that you would like a lunch order, you might not find any AMBER items available but there will be plenty of GREEN items available for you to choose from.
All lunch orders are to be placed online via Flexischools.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. We are trying to, and will eventually be, removing most of the AMBER items from the menu. This has already begun to take effect, thus the quantity restrictions on all AMBER items.
Please feel free if you have any queries to contact us via email, phone, or message. These details are found on the attached menu.
We have just sorted our way through two big tubs of lost property. Could parents please ensure that all items are marked clearly so they can be return when lost.
Are your details up to date?
As we head towards a paperless society, more and more correspondence is being sent electronically. It is therefore important that your email details are kept up to date.
If you have recently changed your email details, phone numbers or address please advise the front office at: email@example.com
Spring is in the air
With Spring just around the corner, dust and pollen are beginning to play havoc with allergy sufferers. If your child suffers with itchy eyes at this time of the year please supply some drops that we can administer when required. You will need to sign the permission form and all medication held at school needs to be in the original packaging.
A reminder to all parents that the shared carpark boom gates close between 8.15am and 9.15am during this time access is granted to staff, delivery trucks and disabled permit holders who have provided a copy of their permit to the front office. If you have not yet advised us or given us a copy of your permit, please do so, as we will be asking you to identify yourself before access is given.
Between 9.15am and 2pm the gates are open allowing access on school business. Please be respectful of the reserved parking spaces if you are visiting at this time.
The gates close again at 2pm until 3.30pm when the above access is again in place. Should you need to collect your child during this time you are requested to park in the bottom carpark.
Thank you to the families who have informed us that they are leaving our community at the end of the year.
It is important for our planning of classes for 2021 that we have this information and we also have a waiting list for most year levels.
If you are leaving at the end of the year and have not let us know officially, would you please inform the Front Office ASAP.
You can complete the online form by following the link below.
A reminder to the parents of Kindergarten students that Canberra Health Services is offering a targeted kindergarten health check concentrating on vision and hearing.
These health checks are performed in clinics at the City Health Centre Mondays and Fridays and there will be appointments most days in the school holidays.
An appointment can be made by phoning the Central Intake Line on 51249977.