- Dismissal at 2.30pm this Friday
- No Lunch orders
- No Chess after school this Friday
The current Pokemon card craze has been creating challenges at school and while we have tried a variety of strategies to manage arguments and conflict about them, as well as keeping them safe and not used during class time, we are now enforcing an outright ban.
Please remind your children that Pokemon cards are not to be brought to school.
KIDS AND SCREENS
Matt Davis had some great tips at our parent seminar last week and I would like to thank our School Council President Katie Wilson for organising the event and liaising with Matt.
As our reliance on devises in our daily lives has increased it’s impossible to ignore the impact of screens and technology use on our children. Among other things, Matt talked about how online games and app creators are using neuroscience and other techniques deliberately designed to get us hooked. Children and young people are particularly susceptible.
The impact of technology use is also becoming more evident in many conversations and interactions our students are having in the classroom and playground. As a school community we feel that it is important to be informed about the ways children are using and interacting with technology as well as current research.
As an aside, most Social Media (facebook, snapchat, twitter, Instagram) is only legally available to those over 13 but easily accessed by children nonetheless.
The following articles provide some useful information and recommendations
- Common Sense Media: ‘Parents’ ultimate guide to Fortnite’
- Common Sense Media: ‘Technology addiction – concern, controversy and finding balance’
- Psychology Today: ‘How Technology is Changing the Way Children Think and Focus’
- Psychology Today: Fortnite, Boys and Self-Control
In the article “Fortnite, Boys and Self-Control”, the author outlines some (evidence based) recommendations which we encourage you to consider.
It is also worth noting that the type of light produced by screens is detrimental to sleep and should be avoided for at least an hour before bedtime.
We encourage all parents and carers to consider what your family agreement is when it comes to technology use at home.
DEMOLITION WORKS NEXT WEEK
The old toilet block and library will be demolished over the April school holidays. Removal of asbestos will be part of that process, commencing next week. For everyone’s safety we recommend that at the times that the builders are on site during the day, families and children avoid the area.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday and a Happy Easter.
We are having an increasing amount of students coming to the office asking for extra food at lunchtime. Students are eating their lunches at recess and then do not have anything left to eat for lunch. Can parents/carers please make sure that they have included enough food to last their children through the day. This would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
SIGN UP TO THE APP/NEWSLETTER
To keep up to date with the happenings at school could all parents please sign up to the App/Newsletter to receive Monday updates and fortnightly newsletters. We also have a Facebook page that publishes 'What's on this Week' every Monday morning.
Due to Friday being the last day of Term 1, there will be no lunch orders available, no chess aftre school, and we have an early dismissal time of 2:30pm..
Karen Mahoney & Jacinta Deane
I love Autumn, with the leaves changing colour and time slowing down a little I think of pumpkin soup and colourful woollen socks and taking the time for long, slow conversations.
The state of the world has felt pretty precarious lately, and I think somehow it affects us all. That’s why I think it’s important to balance it up with big dollops of inspiration and hope. For me, the book Lykke has been that – shining a little light on ordinary people doing ordinary things that make the world a little bit of a better place. My favourite example was a family in Fremantle who created a community in their street.
Painting by Mark Dober.
May your school holidays be filled with lots of Lykke!
Prepare to love lykke, the Danish word for happiness and fortune, with The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking, whose Little Book of Hygge sold half a million copies.
Wiking goes in search of the real meaning of happiness, and finds it has little to do with wealth.
THIS WEEK IN THE KITCHEN & GARDEN...
It's the last week of school so we're mixing it up a little!
What we're cooking in the kitchen this week...
Basic pizza dough
Salad of the imagination
And what we're harvesting from the garden...
Jane & Terry
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden
STUDENTS OF THE WEEK
P/1 A | Kai C
For being a great student at Winters Flat Primary School, good luck at your new school.
P/1 A | Lola G
For always being ready to learn and sitting beautifully on the floor ready to listen.
P/1 J | Otto
For taking great care to create detailed illustrations for his writing. Top effort!
P/1 J | Frankie
For being a cooperative player in maths games and putting in a super effort to complete addition facts. Top effort!
2/3F | Amelia B
For Caring for the Environment by picking up rubbish whenever she sees it and disposing of it properly. Great initiative Amelia.
2/3F | Makinti K
For Caring for Others by using her initiative and doing a very helpful job, tidying and organising classroom equipment. Thank you Makinti.
2/3F | Jazmine W
For Caring for Self by being consistently well organised with her home reading and diary keeping. Great work Jazmine.
2/3F | Bo A
For Caring for Self by stepping in, getting involved and enjoying class games. Well done Bo. That’s a growth mindset.
2/3W | Joe B-Z
For caring for others by being kind and generous with your time and effort.
2/3W | Saskia C
For caring for the environment by working hard to maintain a clean and tidy workspace and classroom. Thank you Saskia.
Senior Leadership Community
4/5/6B | Lila D
For caring for self by Presenting herself to school EVERY day with an infectious enthusiasm and self- motivation, ready to give 100% at ALL times and to meet any challenge head on! Congratulations Lila.
4/5/6B | Leonard P
For caring for self by listening quietly and attentively at ALL times and giving of his best. Congratulations Leonard on your willingness to put up your hand and be ready for new learning opportunities; you are a great asset to the Mini Media team. Fantastic attitude Leonard.
4/5/6B | Jasper C
For caring for self by Focusing and working with diligence and motivation on writing tasks. It is so great to see the joy you are finding in creative writing and to read about ALL of your ideas that are flooding in. I am SURE that in the future you really will meet your goal that you have set. Well done Jasper.
4/5/6B | Monty A
For caring for self by making excellent progress moving between work tasks, giving everything a ‘red hot’ go and as a result achieving some good work outcomes. Well done Monty, keep the focus going.
4/5/6B | BeBe C
For caring for self by always being to share original thoughts and ideas, showing great empathy, understanding and acceptance towards the individuality of others. Thank you BeBe for your presence and contribution to our class. Wishing you all the best on your new adventure. We will miss you.
4/5/6M | Arki S
For caring for self and others by helping his peers during cross country making sure they were ok. Thanks Arki.
4/5/6M | Hannah O
For caring for self by staying focused during learning, working really hard and always trying her best.
4/5/6M | Kaire K
For caring for others by always looking out for everyone and by bringing her beautiful smile everyday.
4/5/6M | Huckle S
For caring for self by always listening carefully and respectfully and completing his work so beautifully!!!
POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR FOCUS:
This week's positive behaviour focus is showing care for self and others by cooperating and taking turns fairly. The following student is recognised for her great ability to do so:
Term 2 commences Tuesday April 23rd.
Please ensure that students are at school on time, ready to commence classes at 9:55am.
Winters Flat students will be participating in the Castlemaine District Cross Country. Further details available closer to the event.
As part of the Winters Flat Primary School Leadership Team your child is being offered a position / opportunity to attend the Primary School GRIP Leadership conference. Winters Flat PS has attended the conference previous years and the students/ teachers have really enjoyed it. It will be a different program to last year. Students from grades 4 – 6 who are on the Student Leadership program are invited to attend.
- Friday 3rd May, 2018 at the Bendigo Stadium – 134 Marong Rd, West Bendigo
- $37 per student – for conference
- $11 per student – for bus travel – Castlemaine Bus Lines
- TOTAL COST PER STUDENT IS $48.00 – School uniform to be worn.
- It would be a whole day event. Students are required to bring their own snacks/lunch.
- The conference starts at 8.45am and concludes at 2.30pm.
- We would leave school 8am and return 3.05pm. Drop off and pick up will be from Winters Flat Primary School
Students will have the opportunity to view the Book Fair and make a wish list. The book Fair will be open during some recess and lunch times but these times are to be advised closer to the date of the Book Fair.
What's happening in our community...
Get crafty these school holidays, take a walk in the bush, build a robot, or maybe earn a little cash!...
Join the Junior Rangers for some great outdoor activities...
Get your robot mojo on...
Want to earn some pocket money?
The Midland Express has paper rounds available – one day per week.
Call Julie 54 72 1788 or drop into the Castlemaine office – 29 Templeton Street Castlemaine.