This week we have had Ian Luscombe from BehaveAbility at St Patrick’s for 3 days. Ian has worked in other schools in our Archdiocese and was invited to work in our school to support whole school positive behaviour at St Patrick’s. We asked Ian to look at what current school processes were successful and where fine tuning would support student wellbeing, engagement and learning for all.
Ian was a visible presence in every classroom and around the school and a participant in several interviews with students and families. Your children may make mention of Mr L or Mr Luscombe, or ‘that man who was in our school.’ In a short time Ian developed rapport with our staff and many of our students.
As a recommendation from Ian and based on effectiveness of intervention and consequences we will be minimising the in-school suspension option as a consequence for student negative behaviour choices. We will be maximising the at-home suspension option as the consequence.
We have implemented lanyards in every classroom. Any child leaving the room will need permission and will wear the ‘I am allowed out of class’ lanyard.’
We are trialling 5 min morning assemblies with affirmations and recognition of being St Pat’s Kids.
We are using a particular language when directing and instructing students to what is expected.
We are working to raise and sustain the value of being at school and in class to its highest point for ALL children, not just those who like and value school and learning.
We are looking forward to the success of these strategies in the present and future. Thank you for your support as we continue to strive for full participation, engagement and learning for all children.
Ian has been booked again to come to St Patrick’s for 4 days in March 2021. We will host a parent session (hopefully on site) at that time.
Miss Spicer from her Student Welfare Worker Role is trialling the Peer Mediation program on the junior student’s playground. Interested and willing Year 5 students have had an initial training and are already in action around the playground. The Year 5 students support the younger students in resolving small things during playtime by coaching them to come up with their own solutions.
Year 5 Leadership Day
Our Year 5 students had a wonderful day of learning and leadership on Tuesday in the hall. Mr Tony Nassar, who runs our Boys program, helped the teachers to facilitate the day. We are proud of the way in which our 2021 school leaders approached the day and participated in all the activities. Students who are applying for school and vice captain roles are now busy preparing their speeches, and their supportive statements for their interview.
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This week our Year 5 students participated in a Christian Leadership day. Fr Luke facilitated prayer, Tony Nassar engaged students in thought provoking leadership tasks and the 2020 captains gave advice as Year 5 prepared their speeches for 2021 leadership positions.
Healing takes time. Our bodies are in a constant state of regeneration after wear and tear. Muscles take 2-4 weeks, tendons 4-6 weeks, cartilage 12 weeks and nerves 3-4 mm per day. This is on a physical level and as long as we have rest and nourish ourselves with healthy food the body heals itself. How then, on an emotional level, does the heart heal?
This week during Empowered the students were introduced to the healing power of LOVE energy through intention whether it be through prayer, thoughts or words. Sharing with their buddy they described how they heal themselves emotionally. Music was then played for 20 minutes while the students coloured a piece of a mural, did their own yoga and wrote a “sorry letter”. Healing is in our every thought, word and action. We can choose to build or destroy it is up to us.
Recess Clubs continued with the usual enthusiastic vibe. The craft club led by Alice, Maya, Nate and Sophie are creatively making paper snowflakes. The BayBlade club led by Aiden Green and Archie is going strong. The Disney Club led by Abbie is entertaining students by them watching the concert and dancing along. The Basketball game in the hall at lunchtime is open to all upper primary students and is humming along.
Additional Uniform Shop Opening Hours for End of Term 4
As we fast approach the end of the school year, we will be opening the uniform shop on the following additional days:
- Wednesday, 9th December 2020 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm
- Friday 11th December 2020 from 8.30am – 10am
- Wednesday, 16th December 2020 from 12.30pm – 1.30pm.
We are open every Tuesday during school term, as per normal, from 9am – 10am.
Due to COVID requirements you will need to make an appointment to come into the Uniform Shop. Please email email@example.com to arrange an appointment.