Dear Parents/Carers and Students,
As Term 3 comes to an end, in Stage 4 Lockdown, as a staff, we just wanted to say how proud we are of our community.
You are an absolutely amazing community who have demonstrated that you live our school values each and every day.
Resilience is defined as:
- learning from our challenges and maintaining a positive attitude
- the ability to cope when things go wrong
- bouncing back after difficult times
- dealing with challenges and still holding your head up
- giving things a go or trying your best
- being strong on the inside
Wow, we are sure we have all had to dig deep on some days. We know that our community has worked hard to stay resilient during these very challenging times. As a staff we have seen this first hand with the huge changes that have occurred for students and their families. We have been learning together with everyone challenging themselves to do things that they would never have thought were possible. Well done everyone.
The Department of Education lists suggested responsibilities for students during remote learning:
- regularly checking digital platforms for announcements and feedback from their teachers (Using our digital platforms - XUNO, Webex, Google Classroom, Class Dojo)
- doing their best work by completing tasks with honesty
- (putting effort into their tasks and responding to feedback)
- doing their best to meet timelines and due dates
- (uploading work highlighted in their Learning Grids)
- communicating with their teachers and telling them if they have any concerns or issues
- (and also with parents and Education Support Staff)
- working with and supporting their classmates
- (participating in small group sessions, class check ins, master classes, attending Help Desk or Open Door sessions)
- following their school's behaviour guidelines
- (being safe and respectful online and following the school’s agreed protocols)
Reading through the list, we know our students (and parents) would be able to check these off as well as so much more. Our students and community demonstrated a high level of responsibility and commitment to their learning by being present for class meetings, Specialists meetings, focus groups and putting ‘star power’ effort into the tasks they submitted.
Our school value, Respect, is defined as caring for ourselves, others and the environment. What has been very evident in this remote learning period is the respect our students have for themselves as learners. They have persevered through the many challenges in learning and worked hard at maintaining a positive attitude. All this would not have been possible if it were not for you, their families.
Well done everyone for working so hard this term and for your fantastic support of the school and staff. We can’t wait until we are all back together at school, but until that happens hang in there, stay safe and healthy and know that you are appreciated.
We will see you all remotely online from October 5th for the first week of Term 4.
Huge thanks from all of the Staff at Werribee Primary School. Enjoy your break.
Below are some tips which may support families during the holidays.
Tips for using praise, encouragement and rewards
Help your child recognise when they’ve done well and encourage good behaviour with these tips from the Raising Children Australian Parenting Website:
- When you feel good about your child, say so. See whether you can give your child some words of encouragement every day. The small things you say can build up over time to have a big effect on your child.
- Look for nonverbal ways to praise or encourage your child. A thumbs up, smile or high five can be powerful ways to show your child you’re impressed by their behaviour or efforts.
- Surprise your child with a reward for good behaviour. For example, ‘Thanks for picking up the toys – let’s go to the park to celebrate’.
- Look for little changes and successes. Rather than waiting until your child has done something perfectly to give a compliment, try to praise any effort or improvement.
- Try to praise more than you criticise. As a guide, try to praise your child five times for every one time you say something negative.
- Praise your child for their strengths and encourage your child to feel excited about their own interests. This will help your child develop a sense of pride and self-confidence.
- Try to make your praise appropriate to the behaviour. If your praise is exaggerated, your child might not believe it.
- Use praise and rewards in age-appropriate ways. For example, teenagers might not want to be praised publicly for their efforts, whereas toddlers might love being singled out for praise.