Congratulations to all students who participated in our annual cross country last week. The weather was once again perfect for the afternoon competition and, with some students dressed in their favourite footy team colours, many students did their best to beat previous records.
Work is currently being undertaken at school to remove the old air-conditioning units, particularly those on the roof which have been causing water damage over many years. Unfortunately the improved units will result in an increased presence of metal construction on the front of the buildings but with some creative thinking we will endeavour to minimise its impact and create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance of our school.
With the change in season we often see an increase in illness and it is timely to remind parents that students who are unwell should not attend school but remain home until better. Being mindful of those around them, especially during flu season, helps prevent the spread of further illness within the school. Additionally, to assist your children to remain healthy, please ensure they attend school appropriately dressed for the conditions with jumpers and jackets. If your child cannot wear apparel in accordance with our schools uniform policy please supply a note or contact the school to discuss possible assistance.
Knowing how much freedom and responsibility to give your teenager is difficult, especially if they’re your eldest or only child. To become capable adults, teenagers need to learn to make good decisions on their own and have opportunities to show you they can. The Raising Children Network website has a wealth of expert information and guidance for parents of teens and younger children. If your child is testing the boundaries and pushing for more independence, you may find the article ‘Shifting responsibility to your child’ worth reading. Go to www.bit.ly/1jCxKhe
It’s often quite difficult for parents to assist their children with their high school homework and study. Even if we have professional experience in the subject area, children tend to find it difficult to take parental advice when it comes to school. (Don’t feel bad, teachers’ own children do exactly the same thing.) www.khanacademy.org is an excellent, not-for-profit website which may help your child study and revise tricky concepts in science, maths and the humanities.
Congratulations to Caleb Etty for being last week’s winner of the merit draw.