Dear Parents and Carers,
What better day than the last day of term to organise such fun for our Kinder to Year 2 students at their mini athletics carnival. It is wonderful to see much energy and enthusiasm from everyone. Thank you to Mrs Harnett for her organisation and Year 6 students for their support to make the carnival a success.
Term 3 is always known as a busy and tiring term. With our dance concert and the quick change of season to summer, fatigue has set in for many of our students (and the principal too!) and the holiday break will be a welcome time of relaxation and family.
Please remember to have some quiet days amongst the holiday fun days to give your children time to fully wind down and rest.
Amongst all the other activities you offer your child during their break please consider monitoring their screen-diet and balance any time online with lots of time playing other things both indoors and outdoors. I listened to this great podcast recently from Meg Durham and The School of Wellbeing. It is a conversation with Dr Kristy Goodwin titled 'Digital Distractions.'
"So many of us have become swept up in technology that we haven't really paused to examine the role that it plays." - Dr Kristy Goodwin
"This dynamic episode is for educators, parents and people like you who feel there is something just a little off about how much time and attention we devote to our devices throughout the day. Featuring the brilliant Dr Kristy Goodwin, we dive deep into conversation about the digital world's impact on our personal and professional lives."
Take some time to listen.
Enjoy the break!
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Junior Athletics Carnival
Today our K-2 students participated in their Athletics Carnival. A rotation of activities were facilitated by Year 6 students.
Some highlights from students:
Jackson - races were my favourite part
Wyatt - shot put was really fun
Annika - liked playing Duck duck goose
Last Monday it was hot here in Bega, and it was just as hot in Sydney for our St Pat's athletes who were competing for Canberra Goulburn at The MacKillop Trials. The representation area for this competition encompasses all Catholic Schools south of the Harbour Bridge, coastal and inland NSW. Place getters at this level go on to Nationals.
Some of our city cousins have personal coaches and state of the art facilities for training, resources that don't compare in the regions. The carnival was televised and some of the classes got to watch different events during the day. Our St Pat's kids did extremely well, and it's a credit to them to make it to this high level!
Despite the heat, our students all tried their hardest.The two best results on the day were Archie and Arly both in the long jump. Both jumped PB's (personal best) and came 4th, missing out on the bronze medal by 2cm. Thanks to the parents who supported their kids, it's a big commitment.
Four trials happen very early in the new year so the past couple of years trials to select our Canberra Goulburn sides have been conducted the previous year. These sports are Cricket, Touch Football, Tennis and Basket Ball. As this is for 2024 students need to be in Yr4 or 5 this year.
There is a criteria that needs to be met before registration. If your child plays one of these sports at a representative level contact the school for further information.
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Mental health in the holidays
For some the thought of school holidays and a chance to recharge the batteries represents fun, relaxation and time spent with friends and family. For others, the break from routine and not spending time with friends at school is not so welcome.
How can we support our children during the holidays?
- Encourage social connections – keeping in contact with friends, meeting up with friends and connecting with them online
- Encourage them to get involved – join a club, take on some volunteering or helping out at home with shopping or cooking
- Encourage physical activity – this can be taking part in sport, going for a walk, following a workout or dance video on youtube.
- Encourage a regular routine – aim to stick to a sleep routine with a regular bedtime and wake up time
- Encourage healthy eating – the holidays often bring treats, but in also encouraging healthy eating we can support more balanced eating.
- Encourage fun – this can be playing or going to the park for younger children, or going to the skate park, playing board games, spending time doing something they enjoy with friends.
If you, your child or someone you know needs some support in the holidays the following helplines and websites are at hand:
For young people aged 12-25 check out: headspace.org.au - 1800 650 890
For children aged 5 – 25 check out: Kids Helpline, a 24-hour telephone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25 – kidshelpline.com.au 1800 55 1800
Lifeline has a 24-hour telephone counselling service as well as online chat and text services - lifeline.org.au - 13 11 14
Parentline is a free telephone counselling and support service for parents/carers of children aged 0-18 - www.parentline.org.au - 1300 1300 52arent Line is a free telephone c
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy break. See you in Term 4!
Thanks for reading - Sam, school counsellor
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