Over the past few weeks I have had many students comment to me that they had ‘got out’ in their game, not been able to go to sport or hit by accident with a ball in the playground but had moved on and dealt with it.
This is resilience! It is the ability to successfully manage the little things in life and adapt to change and stressful events in healthy and constructive ways. In simple terms, it is our survivability and ability to ‘bounce back’ from life experiences.
Young people today need effective coping skills as they will be faced with challenging situations daily.
Thirty years of research tells us that resilient people are happier, live longer and are more successful in school and jobs, are happier in relationships and are less likely to suffer depression.
We need to continue to build resilience as it is a vital part of schooling and parenting. Maggie Dent - quietly improving lives (www.maggiedent.com)
National Assessment Program
The National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual national assessment for all students in Years 3,5,7 and 9. Students in these year levels participated in the tests during the second term. These tests cover essential skills such as reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation, writing and numeracy. It is important to remember that the results from these tests, at classroom and school reporting level, is one of a number of assessments used by teachers to measure student progress.
Our student results over the years, do vary slightly from test to test and from year cohort to cohort, but on-a-whole, students at Good Counsel Primary demonstrate at or above average results.
Further information for parents about the NAPLAN tests can be viewed on http://www.nap.edu.au/. Students who sat the NAPLAN tests in May this year will receive their results this week. Staff will be analysing student results and looking at supporting those who need extra assistance.
This Thursday we have Under 8’s Day. Our Prep to Year 3 teachers have once again planned a fantastic morning of exciting activities for our younger classes. This year we have individually invited all parents and Pre-Preps who have applied to come to Prep next year. This will be for some, their first introduction to Good Counsel Primary School. Please make them feel welcome.
For the past two days (Sunday and Monday) I have been with our District Athletes at Barlow Park Cairns. Once again, our athletes competed very well against tough competition. Congratulations to Rochelle Hudson who received a 1st in Discus and Shot Put; Trae Masina with a 6th in the 200m heat and 5th in the 100m heat and Sam Tschui who placed 5th in the 800m heat.
Welcome to Amara Ambrum who joined us last Wednesday in Year 3Y. Amara is the cousin to Latoya and Callista in Prep. We welcome her and her mum Talia.
Once again a reminder regarding school satisfaction surveys. Please take 10 minutes to complete the survey on line https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GCPrimaryParent14. If it is easier to complete a pencil and paper survey and return it to the box in the Office, (these are available at the Office). These surveys collect data to assist in providing feedback to the school.
Special congratulations and good luck to Shekinah Giffen who this week travels to Colombo Sri Lanka to represent Australian Youth at the World Youth Scrabble Tournament. We wish her luck and hope she gets many triple word scores.
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.