Child Safe Standards
From the 1st July, all schools must comply with the Victorian Government’s new Child Safe Standards. The new Child Safe Standards consist of 11 standards. All school policies relating to the new Child Safe standards have been reviewed, updated and approved by School Council at the School Council meeting held on the 16th June. These policies are available on our school website or by clicking on the name of the policy below.
In the Child Safe section of this newsletter, there is a list of the 11 new standards and a graphic showing the school and Department policies relating to the Child Safe Standards. Through the coming newsletters, we will provide further information about each standard, it’s importance, and actions the school takes to promote the safety of children and ensure effective processes are in place to respond to and report all allegations of child abuse.
Updated school policies approved by School Council:
We are committed to continuous improvement in our approach to child safety and wellbeing and welcome feedback from families and members of our school community on ways we can further strengthen our child safety policies, procedures and practices.
Prep enrolments 2023
A gentle reminder that if you have a child starting Prep next year, please fill out their enrolment forms and send them to the office as soon as you are able. We already have over 54 children enrolled for next year. Your assistance with this would be greatly appreciated.
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD)
Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).
Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:
This information assists schools to:
The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability.
If you have any questions about the NCCD, please contact the school.
Term 3 Covid Safe Measures
Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) will continue to be available in our school in Terms 3 and 4.
RATs continue to be required by students who are household contacts to attend school (5 negative tests over a 7 day period) or who have symptoms.
The ongoing supply of RATs to families in our school will ensure that parents and carers will have them should they need them if their child is a household contact or has symptoms.
Families must continue to notify the Department of Health and the school if their child returns a positive RAT result. Additionally, you should inform us if any of your children are household contacts.
The Victorian Government have provided updated advice about wearing face masks in indoor settings, including school. The advice recommends people over 8 years of age wear a face mask in indoor settings, except for close contacts, who must wear a mask indoors unless an exception applies. If you wish your child to wear a mask at school, and/or they themselves wish to wear a mask, we will ensure they are supported to do that.
As part of the changes announced by the Victorian Government towards the end of Term 2, parents and carers who have COVID-19 can transport their non-COVID-19 children via private vehicle to their primary or secondary school when an alternative person is not available to assist.
This means that parents and carers are able to leave COVID self-isolation to take their non-COVID-19 child to school via a private vehicle.
The parent or carer must travel directly to and from the school only. They must remain in the vehicle at all times, and must wear a face mask at all times. If the child is unable to walk themselves into school, please contact the office and a staff member will meet them at your vehicle to walk them in.
As part of the changes announced by the Victorian Government at the end of Term 2, there is no longer a mandated vaccination requirement for staff working in mainstream schools.
Thank you also to all families who have got their child vaccinated.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has updated its recommendations around fourth doses of COVID-19 vaccination. From Monday 11 July 2022, people over 30 years will be eligible for a fourth dose. ATAGI recommends that people aged 50 to 64 years should have their fourth dose, while those aged 30 to 49 years may choose to have a fourth dose. For further information see the ATAGI website.
Getting vaccinated is easy and bookings can be done via the coronavirus website. If you have any questions about the vaccines, I encourage you to speak to your GP or a health practitioner.
It was a foggy morning on Sunday, but that didn’t stop many people coming out to the Farmers’ Market. We had 1098 adults through the gates and a number of new stalls.
Thank you to all of our volunteers on the day:
Parents: Fiona E (double shift), Bryan M, Glen J, Sam G, Monique G, Shane C, Esther V, Kate A, Sara J, Alison H, Kelly E, Jo F, Bridget W, Amanda C, Jody SC, Julien W, Luke C, Lauren VC, Jon C, Anita P, Amy D
Students: Charlotte S, Ted C, Alana K (past student)
As a thank you, the names of all volunteers will go into a hat and at this weeks assembly, we will draw three names out to receive a $5 Farmers Market voucher which can be spent at any stall.
Our August market will be held on the 14th August. Our Year 1/2 team will be coordinating volunteers for set up, pack up and gate collection, with $500 from the funds raised on the day going towards the 1/2 area. All funds raised from the egg and bacon BBQ in August will go towards purchasing items for our STEM rooms. If you are available to help out with any of these shifts at the August market, please complete the Google form https://forms.gle/kn6wzWp6DyWdpJFH7
A reminder when ordering Friday lunch orders from the Bonbeach Tuck Shop, to please complete a separate order for each student and to order under your child’s name, not the parent name. This helps to ensure that all orders get to the right child at the right time.
Staff Leave Term 3
There are a few staff that are on leave or going on leave this term for various reasons.
You have probably already heard that Mr Mac has not been at school this term. Unfortunately, he was injured playing football during the holidays and won’t return until the middle of the term.
Wendy in the office (who is replaced by Wendy Andrews) and Ange Lang are currently on leave and will return week 4. Bu King will be on leave for 2 weeks starting next week and Ben Jasiewicz will be commencing family leave in week 4.
We have organised replacement teachers for all teachers on leave to ensure the consistency and quality of programs continue.
5 ways to increase good feelings (and reduce a toxic atmosphere) in your family
by Michael Grose
That doesn’t mean that such families are devoid of conflict or criticism, but that they are generally pleasant environments to be part of.
One way to increase good feelings in your family is to increase the number of compliments kids hear at home.
As a general rule, the ratio of compliments to criticism should be around five to one. That is, there should be five times more positive, affirming comments than negative comments.
In unhealthy families this ratio is often reversed. Five negative comments for every one positive comment makes for a pretty toxic environment.
How does your family rate on this scale?
If you think about where your family may be on this scale, be careful about how much weight you put on your children’s comments, especially to each other. Siblings can be unkind to each other, finding it hard to share a pleasant word, which can skew the positive to negative ratio a lot (and sometimes make family life quite awful for everyone).
However, this can change over time.
Here are five ideas to help you improve the compliments to criticism ratio in your family:
These, along with affectionate phrases and kind remarks, will start to skew the ratio a bit. Aim for a five to one ratio. Not only is this good modelling for your kids, but it will make family life more harmonious. Yep, five to one is your aim. If you can’t do that, then you can’t expect it of your kids.
Constant criticism harms self-esteem, not to mention family harmony. Use ‘I’ statements to let kids understand the impact their negative talk has on you and others. “When you talk so aggressively, I feel quite scared about what you are going to do next.” It’s impossible for kids to disagree with ‘I’ statements.
When I was teaching, I always tried to follow discipline of a student with a compliment or some positive feedback so that we could maintain a good relationship. Do the same in your family. Follow discipline, a rebuke or a negative comment with a positive act or comment. Then teach your kids to do the same!
Sometimes there can be such a build-up of ill will between siblings that you need find a way for them to let the bad feelings out. One way to do this is let one child vent to you about their sibling. Be warned that you may not like what you hear but a clearing of the air can work wonders to improve the family atmosphere.
Next Friday, 22nd of July, is National Pyjama Day so come to school dressed in your PJs! All the money that we raise will go to foster kids to help them in their day to day lives so please bring a gold coin donation. We can’t wait to see you in your cosy jammies!
From Asha and Cailee on behalf of the SRC