From The Principal – Fortnightly updates
Welcome back from holidays and into 2019. I hope that your families had a relaxing and enjoyable break. Another year comes around and we are looking forward to providing another year of quality education for our students.
Beazley Medal winners signal bright future for WA school leavers
It was very pleasing to see one of our ex-students winning the Beasley Medal for her excellence at high school.
Pooja Ramesh, who finished her year at Perth Modern with a 99.95 ATAR score, was awarded the Beazley Medal: WA Certificate of Education after recording the highest exam marks across five ATAR courses in Year 12.
Congratulations to Pooja
School Development Days
This year the staff are doing a range of Professional development training based on Assessment for Learning. This rigorous PD will be undertaken after school meetings and the staff will be reflecting on their assessment practices and ways that we can fine tune them to be of more use to students.
National Day of Action against Bullying 15 March
At Leeming PS we aim to create a safe and supportive school community for everyone.
You are an important part of our work to prevent bullying and to respond effectively if it happens. The Friendly Schools’ program defines bullying as:
Bullying can be defined as: repeated incidents involving a more powerful child and/or children on another, child and/or children or by a group of children on a single child.
Stopping bullying involves everyone. This year we are again marking the day with a whole of school event. Last year we had all of the students watch the movie Fernando. This went very well and we are going to repeat the event with an inspirational movie.
If your child talks to you about bullying:
- Listen calmly and get the full story. Your calm response is important to allow your child to tell you all about the situation. After they’ve told you their story, ask questions to get more details if you need: who, what, where, when. Although you may feel some strong emotions about your child’s experience, try to keep calm to avoid more distress to your child.
- Reassure your child they are not to blame. Many children blame themselves and this may make them feel even worse. You could say things like, ‘That sounds really hard to deal with. No one should have to put up with that.’ or ‘I’m so glad you told me. You should be able to feel safe at school; that’s not fair at all’.
- Ask your child what they want to do and what they want you to do. A critical part of your response is to avoid jumping in to solve the problem. While it is natural to want to protect your child, helping them to find their own solution is a better option. It helps them feel they have some power in the situation.
- Visit bullyingnoway.gov.au to find some strategies. The website has tips and ideas for different bullying situations. One idea is to practise strategies at home to help your child feel more confident.
- Contact the school. Your child may be reluctant for you to do this, so discuss the idea and reassure them that the school would want to know and is able to help. Make an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher and, if you need to, ask to talk with the principal. Contact the school immediately if you have a concern about your child’s safety.
- Check in regularly with your child. Keep the conversation going. It can take time to resolve issues, so check in regularly with your child about their experiences and their feelings. Your ongoing support is important.
If you are looking for support for yourself to deal with a bullying situation, you will find ideas on the Bullying. No Way! website for parents. As well, please feel free to contact the school if you would like to discuss any aspect of our approach to preventing bullying.
Thanks for your support to make Leeming PS a great school for everyone.
Over the break Mr D’Mello took up an appointment at another school for Semester 1. For the first few weeks Mrs Thomas will be taking the Year 5/6 Rm 1/2 class full time and then Mr Jermy will be filling in until the end of term. We have a new Physical Education teacher joining us for Term 1, her name is Ms Taylah Holsgrove, we welcome Taylor to our staff. Unfortunately, Mrs Russell is unavailable for the start of the year. Mrs van der Helm will be assisting with the Pre Primary DOTT days.
We have begun mindfulness practice with the students. These 10 minute daily training sessions have been well received and it will be interesting to see how the students go when they have a wider skill base to deal with potential issues.
Visitors’ Break Room
We have made a few changes this year. We are trying to improve some processes and systems and are working to make the staffroom a more professional facility for staff. As a result, we will be providing an alternate ‘break’ room for visitors / contractors /parent helpers to the school. This does risk some people feeling a little unwelcome, but it is not the case and I hope that it isn’t taken personally.
The break room is being set up in Cluster 1 with facilities available.
Natureplay is a school initiative designed to provide opportunities for students to be creative, play cooperatively without structure and be resilient. It is a fantastic opportunity for students, that has gathered positive evidence from around the world. At Leeming PS we try to give the students some opportunities to make play in an unstructured way and give them the opportunity to develop skills. There is a slightly raised chance of getting dirty or having an occasional injury (usually splinters or scratches) but the positive outcomes are worth it. If, however this is something that causes you concern please let the staff know as students can be directed to other play areas.
|Natureplay – Cubbies||Students can access the cubbies area each Tuesday lunch under the supervision of Mr Emby. The two rules in cubbies are: Play safely for yourself, play safely for those around. In practice this allows for: building cubbies, stick play, climbing to a reasonable height.|
|Natureplay -Logs||All students Yrs 3- 6 can access this area|
|Natureplay –Looseparts play||Looseparts play is made available to one class each Thursday. Students can use at recess and leave materials out. Students must pack at end of lunch. Classroom teacher needs to assist in packing process.|
|Natureplay –Dig pit||Dig pit is available for use at any stage|
|Natureplay- ECE||This is opened on days deemed suitable by ECE staff.|