Father’s Day Stall – TBC
Rescheduled GAT – TBA
29: CANCELLED Working Bee
30: Book Week
1: CANCELLED Father’s Day Breakfast
3: Father’s Day Stall – TBC
8: Year 3 Excursion – TBC
The Value for Week 6 is:
Gentleness is being considerate or kindly in disposition.
“A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.” William Hazlitt
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1
“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” Philippians 4:5
During tough phases in our lives, sometimes the help is obvious and sometimes it happens in the background. For example, as the lockdowns are damaging our economy and many homes and businesses are struggling. Here in Australia, we have a central bank known as the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and some have wondered what have they been doing to help the ordinary everyday Aussies?
Currently they are maintaining interest rates at a record low 0.1%, but is there anything else they can do? Well, they have been buying government bonds which allows the government to have more money at its disposal and provide support to people and it helps to keep the interest rates low. Since November last year they’ve been buying $5 billion a week. Next month that will drop to $4 billion per week. All this helps to maintain low interest rates, allow more flexible financial conditions and provides a supply of money for our government to keep our economy from massive devastation.
But enough about economics – what are you doing in the background to look after your own state of mind and those who are precious to you? I recognise that this may not be an easy thing, however recently one of our staff (thanks Catherine) shared with our team some things that help during tough times.
She reminded us that when things seem out of control, we need to acknowledge that God is in control. As well as talking to God we need to talk to each other – as the old saying goes ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’. Secondly, music can have an inspiring and reviving effect on individuals. Around 1000 years before Christ, Saul the first king of Israel would have a young lad by the name of David play the lyre (a type of harp) because music was known to have a therapeutic effect on the mind.
Some years now, an American Christian band known as ‘Third Day’ released a song entitled ‘Don’t Give Up Hope’ and while the genre may not be to everyone’s taste I believe the lyrics should resonate with most people.
This world just keeps on getting crazier and crazier everyday
You’re so afraid
Sometimes it feels like it’s chasing your sanity away
And you start to break
Let me help you find your way
Don’t give up faith
Don’t give up hope
There’s always something better
Waiting around the corner
Don’t give up now
Please, don’t let go
What can feel like the ending
Could just be the beginning
Don’t give up hope
Finally, there is our sense of humour, and over the years when I have found there are things that are beyond my control – it can be a great way of sustaining oneself in times of challenge.
It’s worth a thought.
Mark B Vodell
Gratitude is about being aware of and thankful for the good things that happen in your life.
It can be a positive emotion you experience in a particular moment, like being thankful when someone holds the door open for you. However, it can also be a way of life, like regularly appreciating the important things and meaningful people in your life.
Although gratitude comes more naturally to some people than others, we can all choose to be grateful.
Research shows that gratitude protects us from stress and helps us focus on what we do have instead of what we don’t have, helping us to enjoy our life experiences to a greater extent. People who regularly experience and express gratitude tend to be more satisfied with their lives, have stronger emotional connections with others, and give back to society more.
Gratitude can be nurtured and developed into a habit. We can model gratitude to our children by spending time with them, by being present and thanking those who are kind. We can teach our students to be grateful by encouraging them to notice the good things, to connect with what matters in their lives and to thank others for the kind things they do.
© Institute of Positive Education.
Licensed for use by “Raelene Delvin”
Attached are 2 Gratitude activities that you may like to use in the week ahead:
* Write a gratitude letter to someone who had made a difference in your life.
* Gratitude starters – journal, write or tell someone about what you are grateful for.
Starting in Term 4 our canteen will be open an additional day to include FRIDAYS. Students will be able to order lunch on a Tuesday, Thursday and also Friday.
Unfortunately due to the extended lockdown which is only due to be lifted on the 2nd September we have to cancel the Father’s Day breakfast which was scheduled for Wednesday 1st September.
We appreciate this will be a great disappointment to many families and we hope to be able to organise an alternative event later in the year for the students to be able to share with their fathers, grandfathers and other special people.
We would ideally like to run the Father’s Day stall on Friday 3rd September if all students are allowed back to school, but this is very much dependent on government guidelines. As such we will only be able to confirm this closer to the time.
We hope that everyone is staying well in these challenging times.
~ The P&F committee
Take a look at some of the things Year 1 students have been doing during lockdown. They have participated in ‘FUN’ science experiments like watching a celery change colour after sitting in food colouring, however the real favourite was the ‘Colour Changing Milk’ experiment!
It’s great to see so much learning going on at home and school. Students in Year 1 are also turning into real little authors as seen by the narratives. What great imaginations they have at such a young age!
Please take the time to read their great work in the gallery below. Their efforts with remote learning is simply outstanding, and every child is to be congratulated for staying so positive!