Welcome to Week 8
It was my pleasure to attend the Leeming SHS Yr 12 graduation last night. It was lovely to see some of our ex students graduating. This was the first group of students who attended high school as year sevens. They were, obviously, the year 12 group who had a very disrupted Covid year. It was great to see that despite having a challenging year, there was much to celebrate. It was also lovely to see some of our ex-students winning awards. When I am undertaking prospective parent tours, I talk about the close relationship we have with the high school and the K-12 community that we see ourselves part of.
On Monday we held our Transition Day. The students spent the morning in their classes for next year meeting their new teachers and students. It takes a little extra planning to be able to undertake this process and I thank the teachers for facilitating this at this tiring point of the year. The morning had a very positive vibe about it and there was much excitement among the students.
Covid restrictions will be in place for this years’ graduation. We will have enough seating space for two family members and this year the year five students will not be present. This will allow us to comply with the 2 square metre ruling. There will be some extra space available around the outside of the veranda. Parents will be asked to socially distance and be aware that if the weather is cold, the roller shutters may be closed. We are investigating our options to ‘live stream’ the event, to assist some families.
Holiday Mindfulness activities
At Leeming we are pleased to see mindfulness become part of our culture. The students and staff are using mindfulness to get the most out of their days. A few ideas to continue with mindfulness over the holidays:
# 1 – Mindful Breathing
What: Mindful breathing is an easy and effective technique to help you focus on what is happening right now.
When: Practise anytime time of day when you feel overwhelmed or stressed. You can do mindful breathing anywhere and at any time – standing, sitting or lying down.
Why: Mindful breathing has the added bonus of getting oxygen to your brain which in turn can provide a calming effect and allow you to concentrate more easily.
How: Focus on deep belly breathing and the rise and fall of your abdomen, OR the cool air entering your nose and warm air exiting your nose, OR you could do movements with your breath like raising your arms above your head and then down.
# 2 – Mindful Listening
What: When you are mindful listening you are applying your sense of hearing and concentrating on the sounds that are around you in that moment.
When: Mindful listening can be done anywhere at any time. Practise this with your family when you need to create a calm environment.
Why: When you are listening mindfully you are in the moment, not thinking about the past or the future.
How: Listen to the sounds in your body, listen to the sounds that are in the room, listen to the sounds that are far away and outside. How many sounds can you identify?
# 3 – Mindful Communication
What: When we communicate mindfully, we are concentrating on what is being said and what we will say in our conversations. We are also paying attention to our emotional reactions during our interactions with others.
When: Mindful communication can be done throughout your entire day, OR whenever you remember.
Why: By practising how to communicate mindfully we in turn are showing our undivided attention, have a better understanding of what is being said and can reply thoughtfully after thinking about the effect our response will have on the other person and ourselves.
How: A good formula to help you with your mindful communication is to:
listen to understand > feel your reaction > think about your response > respond thoughtfully.
# 4 – Heartfulness
What: Heartfulness includes kindness, gratitude, generosity, compassion and other similar qualities of the heart.
When: Heartfulness can be practised at any time of the day. A great time is at the end of the of the day around the dinner table.
Why: When practising heartfulness we feel a sense of empathy to whatever is happening in the moment.
How: Encourage heartfulness amongst your family by planning and being kind and generous. You can also share examples of these acts that occurred throughout your day and they can be of your own experience or those that you have observed.
# 5 – Gratitude Journaling
What: Gratitude journaling involves writing down the things that you are grateful for.
When: Gratitude Journaling can be completed at the beginning or end of the day or any time you need a pick me up.
Why: By focusing on the good in your life regularly, you are training your brain to notice the good and express more gratitude.
How: You could start a family gratitude journal and all write something that you are grateful for each day or you could have a gratitude notice board and display what you are all grateful for.
# 6 – Mindful Eating
What: When we are eating mindfully, we are paying attention to the physical sensations and emotional reactions and thoughts around the food that we are eating.
When: Practise mindful eating at every meal.
Why: Many people notice their judgements towards themselves and food whilst they are practising mindful eating. The feeling of fullness is greater when you are eating mindfully. Plus it helps you really enjoy your food more!
How: When eating notice the taste, texture and physical reactions such as chewing.
# 7 – Mindfulness Walks
What: Mindfulness walks allow you to use a lot your senses to help you stay in the moment.
When: Mindfulness walks are a great afternoon or weekend activity for the family.
Why: Mindfulness walks in the outdoors are one of the most exciting ways to practise mindfulness with children and to uplift the spirits of adults.
How: When you are walking, notice what you can see, what you can smell, what you can feel and what you can hear.
# 8 – Mindfulness Art and Craft
What: Mindful colouring has become a popular pastime as people enjoy expressing their creativity whilst practising the principles of mindfulness. Choose any creative past-time or new activity and get lost in your creativity.
When: Practise mindfulness art and craft when you are feel disconnected and overwhelmed. This is another great way of getting the whole family involved in mindfulness, no matter what your age, and nurturing your inner child.
Why: Mindful art and craft is another way of expressing our creativity whilst being mindful.
How: Consider your painting set or your craft box and how you could practise mindfulness with the items in it e.g. paint brushes, feathers, pipe cleaners, glitter, felt shapes, glue etc.
# 9 – Guided Visualisation
What: Guided visualisation is a fantastic meditation tool to focus and direct your imagination in positive ways.
When: Guided Visualisation is a brilliant daily activity for the whole family to settle before bedtime.
Why: During guided meditation you are often asked to imagine that you are going on a journey in which you will release your negative feelings and celebrate and nurture the positives.
How: Doing a minute of mindful listening and mindful breathing is a great way to get your body and mind ready for your guided visualisation. There are many apps, CDs, audio files and books that are aimed at children and therefore appropriate for the whole family – adults can benefit from the children’s guided visualisations too.
# 10 – Positive Affirmations
What: Affirmations are fantastic for children as they are learning their place in the world and it gives them a tool to control their thoughts. Affirmations are a great way of changing negative thinking around to positive thinking.
When: Be sure to say your affirmations regularly throughout the day.
Why: When you are concentrating on your affirmations you are being mindful and present. You are not thinking of the past, the future or any anxieties and worries. Instead you are in the present moment.
How: Focussing on the positives, affirmations can help to enhance your social-emotional skills, in particular your confidence. Even if you don’t believe what you are saying to start with, your brain starts to actually believe it and you are training your brain to be positive so that it becomes a habit.
Week 9: I am on time, organised and ready to learn.
Week 10: I follow the instructions of staff.
Futsal Champions Cup 2020
This year the respective year 5/6 girls and boys Futsal teams competed in the annual Futsal Champions Cup at the Pro Futsal Centre in Bibra Lake. Both teams played a total of 4 games each over the course of the day. The girls team unfortunately did not record any wins on the board, but these girls are a testament to the Leeming spirit after showing immense sportsmanship and resilience throughout the day. The boys team was able to record a whopping 10 nil win against Coolbellup in their first game. However, the other results did not reflect their efforts on the court, with an 8 nil loss to South Coast, a very close 3-3 draw with Parkwood B and a 10-1 loss to Parkwood A. Regardless of the score lines the students had a great day, learning Futsal in more detail with professional referees doing each game.
Leeming E.S.C Pop-up Shops
On the 29th of October Rooms 1, 8, 10 and 11 went to Leeming Senior High School to support the students in the Education Support Centre. They’ve had a busy year making slime, Christmas ornaments, calendars, muffins and keyrings. We had the opportunity to purchase items from their Pop-up Shops in appreciation of their hard work. All of us thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We thought it was fun and we all had a good time looking and buying the creations they had made. We think it was very thoughtful of them to invite us to this special occasion.
Jos & Kobi (Year 6 Room 1)