Did you know? Every single child is unique, one-of-a-kind. There is never another child the same - even identical twins. This means that parenting decisions have to be flexible and creative to meet the needs of each child, at any given time of their development, and given the environment and circumstances that are happening at that moment. These are words from Maggie Dent from her newly released book “A back-to-basics guide to calm, common sense, connected parenting”.
Maggie presented to 60 parents last Thursday night on the topic of Adolescence Unplugged: The Bumpy ride from Child to Adult. Maggie once again delivered her passionate message with warmth and humour, drawing from current research and her experience as a teacher, counsellor and mother of four boys.
Research shows that adolescence is a time of confusion, massive change and serious risk. It is also a time of enormous potential in the development of new skills, knowledge and abilities.
- Why does Maggie Dent think we should be worried?
- Mental illness increases in Adolescence—26% of people aged 16-24
- 14% of Year 8’s have self harmed in Australia
- Increase in binge drinking/drug taking
- 26000 Australians under 18 years are homeless each night
- Increase in violence among the young, especially girls.
These cold hard statistics can be overwhelming but throughout Maggie’s talk she had many positive parenting tips to help us through the rocky road of raising a child.
The main message is to keep open communication with your child throughout the formative years. Building their resilience will set them up to be able to successfully manage and adapt to change and stressful events in healthy and constructive ways.
The school has purchased a copy of each of Maggie’s books and DVDs for parents to borrow. These are being accessioned this week and will be available to borrow from the front office. If you are interested please have a look at the resources. Take one home and view it. You never know, you may pick up a handy parenting tip. Visit www.maggiedent.com for more free information and free newsletter.
Thanks to our P&F who assisted in the part costs of having Maggie attend last week.
Congratulations to our U/10 Fowlers Cup Netball players who played in Cairns last Friday. The girls came away with a gold each after winning all of their games.
Apologies to Jasper Di Carlo who was omitted from the Newsletter last week. Jasper won gold in Shot Put at the District Carnival earlier this month.
Assumption Mass for the whole school this Friday 9am, all are welcome to attend.
Prep A, PFD, 1G, 1S, 2AL & 2/3WC will be involved in Bike Safety with Constable Karl who is our Adopt-A-Cop. Students are permitted to bring in their bikes, scooters or trikes to participate. Prep bikes to be left at the Prep shed and Year 1 - 2/3 bikes to be left near the cold room on Thursday morning and must be collected by Thursday afternoon.
It is that time of the year when parents are asked via a survey to comment on your satisfaction with our school in different areas. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. The link will be active for the next 4 weeks, closing prior to the holidays. Paper copies of the survey will be available at the school office and sample families from Year 5 - 7 will receive a paper copy next week. Thankyou for your assistance.
CHANGE OF TIMES SCHOOL ZONE
Please be aware that the times for the 40 km zone have changed to
- 7.00am - 9.00am and 2.00pm—4.00pm.
Please be aware of these times and keep our children safe.