This year we had an excellent open night with about 95% of families attending. It was great to see all of the families and the students proudly showing off their work.
The School is pleased to announce that the new Business Plan is completed. This will provide strategic guidance over the next three years. It will be available on the website Click here or a hard copy is available from the front office.
A big thank you to everyone who completed the survey. It provides us with a lot of useful information so thank you for taking the time. The results will be included in the end of year Annual Report and also used as part of the Public School Review that will occur in Term 2 next year.
These holidays we will have contractors on site. They will be continuing the restoration work of the eaves and the staff carpark is being resurfaced.
An interesting article that supports our Natureplay and Looseparts play ethos.
Why raising resilient kids could be as simple as doing nothing
For many parents raising resilient kids is one of the holy grails of child rearing.
But how do parents teach children to bounce back from their failures a bit stronger and a bit wiser?
The answer could be as simple as doing nothing.
Clinical psychologist Lisa Ford said adults should sometimes resist the urge to swoop in to rescue children from their problems.
“It’s a really difficult thing to do sometimes as a parent but just really noticing when we could give our children space to have a go at working through that for themselves,” she said.
“When they overcome problems and face difficult situations, they’re really building those pathways in the brain to negotiate bigger stresses when they come along.”
The ‘crash course’ in resilience
An education facility in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley has developed a series of activities designed to build resilience in school children.
A day at the Molesworth Environment Centre begins by crossing a fast-moving river on a bridge made of old tyres and ropes.
Molesworth Primary School principal Leanne Smith said it was about encouraging students to step out of their comfort zones.
“Safety is always really important, but also allowing children to take a risk and to try out and to fail and to have to rely on one another and learn from those errors,” she said.
The children go on to face a series of outdoor challenges, including crossing swinging tyres and wobbling logs.
Peter Felmingham, who runs the Molesworth Environment Centre, said all the outdoor activities were designed so children experienced both success and disappointment.
“We never really want them to finish anything, we just want them to struggle because we believe they have to struggle — because if anything is too easy then they don’t use the things in their team, the other person’s ideas, the encouragement,” he said.
“We hope by the end of the time that they’re here, those difficulties would have changed a little bit and they’re more willing to accept disappointments and try and try again.”
Grade 3 student Ziva Ferris said no-one on her team gave up.
“I really liked it because my team mates worked so hard, and even though one didn’t manage to get across we all had a great time I think encouraging each other,” she said.
Elsie Chaplain, 10, said not all her team mates were able to complete the task “which was OK because they tried and tried”.
Punishment for parents who help
About 5,000 students a year take part in this crash course in resilience at Molesworth.
Peter Felmingham said any parents who came along or teachers who tried help or interfere in the student’s problem solving process were punished.
“The students actually get them to go under the naughty tree,” he said.
“This gives the parent or teacher an opportunity to stand back.”
Ms Ford said developing resilience in childhood had lifelong benefits.
“People with resilience are actually healthier and they live longer,” she said.
“Also, they have reduced rates of a whole range of mental conditions and they’re happier and they’re more successful in their school and work life.”
Ms Ford said a family culture which embraced failure and mistakes was important.
“We live in a society that’s quite perfectionistic and we’re very focused on success — we really need to be supporting our children to understand is that failure really is a part of that journey and it’s in the failures and the mistakes that we really learn the most,” she said.
Ms Ford said technology was having an impact on children developing resilience, as was less time outside.
“One of the biggest impacts that I see is the disconnect that’s happening — when we’re tuned in to our devices instead of each other,” she said.
(ABC News: Fiona Blackwood online 08/09/20)
Week 9: I am on time, organised and ready to learn.
Week 10: I follow instructions of staff.
Three students have been selected to represent Leeming Primary in this year’s Japanese Language Teachers’ Assocation of WA’s calligraphy competition. Joshua Yap (year 4), Eirena Wager (year 5) and Jay Jones (year 6) all did the best kanji of the word ‘home’ out of all the students in their respective year.
Year 4 student, Sarah Cartwright, has earned her black belt in hiragana reading and writing. Yoko dekimashita!