Tomorrow we celebrate World Teachers Day! This week I am once again reminded of the incredible impact our teachers make to the students in our care each and every day. To see the love and care shown towards our students as they slowly venture back to school has been so admirable. I know teachers at Holy Trinity school and ELC and all our staff have been invigorated again with the presence of students in our classrooms; we look forward again to next week when we can welcome our Year 3, 4 and 5 students back also.
As we move into the middle of Term 4, we begin planning for 2022, with staffing and class structures. When considering class compositions there is many factors to take into account. As a PYP school, collaboration is an essential component of your child's learning, and although students are placed in home rooms with a specific teacher, there are many occasions throughout the day or week, where classes are mixed or opened for differing groupings, based on the learning occurring. If a parent has a particular concern regarding the placement of their child/ren in classes, this should be written in an email to me by Friday Week 5, 5th November, and this concern will be considered seriously. However, there are no definite guarantees regarding parent requests as there is much to consider as stated above. Please note, teacher requests are not to be included in these emails.
As we have done in previous years, I will not be asking teachers to have students complete and send home sociograms to be considered in their class for 2022. It is an unreal expectation that school can accommodate all requests, including friendships, and teachers, as professionals, who spend the majority of the day with children, need to be trusted to make the right decisions around learning. Even with the best designed plans in place, every year there are always students and parents who feel their child's friendships or circumstances have changed between the time of drafting class lists and the start of the school year. Many of these changes are out of control of the family or school. For example, the child wants to be with different students or has a falling out with friends late in the term or over the holidays, a child leaves the school and leaves them without one of the friends on the sociogram and so on.
Be assured your child's teacher and other key staff in the school know our students well and have information and data about them which assists in placing them in the best class for 2022. Children are more resilient than we often give them credit for and they will able to learn and enjoy school in whichever class they are placed. There is also much time given to transition for particular students, depending on their individual needs, including a transition staff meeting, where staff from 2021 will share knowledge about students to their teachers for 2022. On Tuesday 14th December, students (including those Year 1-6 new to the school) will also be placed in their class for 2022, with their new teacher (where possible) to spend some time together in preparation for the new year. Class lists will then be emailed to all families on the last day of the year (Friday December 17th) and no changes will be made to the class lists after this.
With every best wish for a holy and peace-filled week ahead with your beautiful families,
Philippa Brearley - Brearley
First Eucharist Parent Information Night and First Eucharist Celebration Sign-up
Thank you for taking the time to attend our meeting last week.
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Term 4 Celebrations
Due to current restrictions families are currently unable to attend any of our upcoming celebrations. We will keep the community updated with any changes to gathering restrictions.
- Thursday 10:30am - Remembrance Day Prayer Celebration
- Monday 9:15am - Advent Prayer Celebration - Hope 2G
- Monday 9:15am - Advent Prayer Celebration - Love 2W
- Monday 9:15am - Advent Prayer Celebration - Joy 1W
- Monday 2:30pm - Year 6 Assembly
- Monday 9:15am - Advent Prayer Celebration - Peace KR & KW
- Monday 2:30pm - Leadership Ceremony
- Wednesday 12pm - Graduation Mass
Religious Education Coordinator
The ELC children have all enjoyed a wonderful return to school this week. Their rich play and conversations have been wonderful to observe, and demonstrates the importance of relationships in their learning foundations.
Before and After School Care in the ELC 2022
The ELC is now taking bookings for Before School Care (BSC) and After School Care (ASC) programs for 2022. Places are limited and are open to children in Kinder and Year One. The ELC program provides individualised care and a safe environment, promoting agency and is based on the needs and interests of the children. It also offers a variety of learning, relaxing, recreational and sporting activities. The programs iare an excellent way to transition to the Primary School. Children enrolled in the BSC and ASC program are assured of a placed in the onsite ELC school holiday program. Please contact the office for an enrolment form.
The ELC currently has places; casual or permanent, in both the BSC and ASC programs. Please contact the ELC office firstname.lastname@example.org for your booking needs.
How birth order knowledge helps parents
Many parents struggle to make sense of the differences between their children. Same parents, same parenting, same school but completely different interests, strengths and personalities. So what’s the difference? The solution can be found in the birth position of each child and understanding how it impacts on how they are raised and their relationship with other family members.
Defining children by their position
Parents tend to define their children according to their family positions. ‘He’s my eldest’ or ‘She is the baby of the family’ are descriptors that many parents are familiar with. Expectations generally match those defining descriptions.
Just as relevant is how children see themselves in relation to their siblings. Eldest children are only children for a time, which is a treasured position that comes with perks, privileges and parental anxiety. A second child means dethronement, so the child born first will generally spend a great deal of energy keeping their sibling in their place. And so, the sibling dance begins. You now need family leadership skills to compliment the child-rearing skills you’ve developed that previously focused on raising one child.
Learning that one approach doesn’t suit every child
Many parents discover that the techniques that were so successful with the first child can have the opposite effect another child. Parents who successfully develop independence and self-sufficiency in their eldest child scratch their heads as their youngest child turns dependency into an artform. Children often use their position to get their needs met. Many youngest children become expert at using charm and childishness to manipulate their siblings, while older children may push themselves to get approval from their parents.
Seconds and middle children often experience less time alone with their parents, which may be why this group are more likely to look outside their family for a sense of belonging. They generally have wider friendship circles than first borns and are usually the first child to leave the family nest. And first borns, just love to have their parents to themselves as that was how it used to be. Understanding these birth order differences helps parents to better manage, motivate and communicate with each child.
Want to motivate a child to do their best at school, tidy their bedroom or get behind a good cause? Birth order knowledge provides vital clues to help hit the best motivational button for each child. For instance, it may come as no surprise that youngest children are less concerned with gaining parental approval than their siblings. They just want to be noticed. Making a fuss over their accomplishments can do wonders for the achievement and contribution levels of this group. First borns on the other hand, usually yearn for parental approval, which if not carefully managed can cause them to take fewer learning risks.
Managing children’s behaviour
First borns generally don’t need a lot of discipline or behaviour management from parents. Limits, boundaries, reasoning and consequences usually do the trick for these rule followers and conformers. But these methods probably won’t work with children in other birth order positions. They’ve had the advantage of having an eldest sibling break their parents in and they’ve seen most of your management playbook already, so you need to come up with something new.
Doing the sibling shuffle
Sibling rivalry comes with the family territory. It’s most intense when there are only two children in a family as it’s hard to escape a single sibling. Knowing how to reduce sibling rivalry so it’s healthy rather than toxic requires an understanding of birth order personalities, acceptance of individual differences and the ability to build closeness through common purpose, fun and rituals.
Birth order knowledge is fascinating, providing a rich vein of information to help you raise children to be successful, happy and most importantly, content in their own skins. It’s too important to be ignored.
Michael Grose presents: Using birth order knowledge for a parenting edge
Our school has a membership with Parenting Ideas. As part of this membership, you can attend the upcoming webinar ‘Using birth order knowledge for a parenting edge’ at no cost.
In this webinar, Michael Grose explains how birth order position impacts on a child’s personality, attitudes and behaviour. He provides insights to help bring out the best in every child, reduce destructive sibling rivalry and increase family harmony.
Wednesday 10 November 2021 8:00pm AEDT
1. Click this link: https://www.parentingideas.com.au/parent-resources/parent-webinars/webinar-using-birth-order-knowledge-for-a-parenting-edge
2. Click ‘Add to cart’
3. Click ‘View cart’
4. Enter the coupon code ORDER and click ‘Apply Coupon’ Your discount of $39 will be applied.
5. Click ‘Proceed to checkout’
6. Fill in your account details including our school’s name to verify your eligibility. These are the details you will use to login to your account and access your webinar and resources
7. Click ‘Place Order’
This offer is valid until 31 December 2021. If you’re unable to make the broadcast time, just register anyway and you will get access to the recording.
Term 4 Family Fee Statements were sent home yesterday to all families and are due to be paid by 24 November if your family chooses to pay each Term as a lump sum. If you are making periodical payments, 2021 Family Fee Accounts are due to be paid in full no later than 2 December as per the Fee Schedule sent to all families at the begining of School Year.
For families departing Holy Trinity at the end of the School Year, we ask that you ensure your School Fee Account does not go into credit. The Front Office does not have the capacity to watch over all individual family accounts and therefore it is each families responsibility to know where they are up to.
Our tuckshop suppliers, The Merchant's Feast, are back providing delicious school tuckshop food and family meals as of Wednesday 3 November.
All Students who had placed orders with Merchants Feast for delivery on future dates, prior to lockdown, will receive their order on Wednesday 3rd November. If they ordered for more than one day, they will then receive those meals on the subsequent Tuckshop days.
A reminder to our lovely volunteers who are on roster next week:
Wednesday - Cathernie everett
Thursday - Lucy Vincent
Friday - Rhiana Webb & Rachel Bullock
The Mercant Feast also offer freshly cut deli meats to order, cheeses and pantry staples such as pastas and sauces. They also offer home made fresh meals such as lasagna and cannelloni with freshly baked Italian bread as well as grazing platters. Head to their website www.themerchantsfeast.com.au to place an order or contact them via email with any queries email@example.com
Students celebrating their birthdays this week:
Week 4: Rigsel D, Sara P, Neha J, Aksel B, Liesl H, Grace M & Ariane N
School Vacuuming is back.
The school vacuum roster will resume weekly from Wednesday 3rd November after school hours.
The first team will be as follows:
If team leaders are short of numbers for whatever reason, please call Paul Osborne on 0407 519 473 to organise extra helpers. And if anyone is happy to go on standby for a Wednesday vacuum shift before the school year ends, please contact Paul.
Paul Osborne (Vacuum Coordinator and Year 5 Dad)
Paul Osborne - Holy Trinity P and F