Remote learning can be a very stressful time for both adults and children. Here are some helpful hints for parents that you might try at home to help your family get through these trying times. Don’t forget we are here for you and are only a phone call or email away.
Helpful Lockdown Tips for Families Routine is Key
Stick to normal sleep, work and learning routines. Get dressed each day (no pyjamas). Eat well. Ensure a well-balanced diet and follow usual routines for snacks and meals.
Encourage students to work from a desk or table/chair. Avoid working from the floor or in bed.
Practise gratitude and focus on the positives such as more free time to spend with family. Lockdowns keep most people safe. Hospitals have great facilities to manage cases and most people recover. We can use technology to connect with others.
Encourage a focus on what is going well and what each person in the family is grateful for.
Get regular fresh air and encourage at least 30 minutes of exercise daily.
Try relaxation, meditation and mindfulness (lots of apps available eg Smiling Mind).
Play With Your Children
Do things with your children that interest them such as joining in games they like to play (e.g. video games, cards, games, watch a movie/tv show together, read the same book.
Manage the Negatives
Manage your own stress and anxiety and model calm and effective problem solving.
Notice any changes in your child's behaviours and mood. Start a supportive conversation to find out more.
Be gentle and come from a perspective of curiosity rather than coming across as judgmental or displaying worry or anger.
Be aware of the worry you may be projecting in the house (e.g. financial or medical concerns) as children look to their parents to assess how safe a situation is.
A child is likely to feel more stressed if their parents are stressed.
Continue to promote limits to the amount of time you and your children spend on digital devices. Digital detox an hour before bedtime and at other break times.
For some extra tips on coping with home learning click on the following link:https://youtu.be/qKP5-08CnmQ. Sourced from Anoushka Houseman (Santa Sophia Catholic College, Schofields Wellbeing Leader)
Wishing you all a happy and healthy week!
Barbara Young Principal
"Let us pray for the victims of the explosion in Beirut and for their families; and let us pray for Lebanon so that, through the dedication of all its social, political and religious elements, it might face this extremely tragic and painful moment."
There are a couple of factors in helping our kids in the early years at school. One is a warm connected relationship with the teacher or education assistant. The other is having at least one friend they can rely on at school.
Boy friendships are fragile
Since boys often talk later (and less) than girls, little boys can struggle with friendships. I am astounded at the capacity of most little girls to have real conversations that explore things friends have in common, help them play games and negotiate, and experience mutually bonding moments. Girls also tend to have a better grasp on the non-verbal cues of building rapport such as smiling, waving, and hugging. One of the world’s leading boy experts, Dr William Pollack, author of Real Boys, believes that while girls communicate more, boys seek connection more indirectly through activities or play. So, for boys to bond they need significant amounts of time spent playing with other boys.
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop St Mary of the Cross MacKillop played a very important role in supporting the lives and faith development of so many people.
This coming Sunday 8th August will be the solemnity of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. In Matthew’s Gospel reading we are reminded to ‘not to worry,’ but instead to ‘set our hearts on his kingdom first, and on God’s saving justice’ and to place our faith and trust in God as we seek to support the needs of our family and others in these very challenging times.
Mary MacKillop was a trail-blazer who was clearly ahead of her timein her lifetime, leaving a culture of exemplary living for her followers to emulate. Mary paved the way for education of poor children and a variety of ministries that addressed the needs of 19th century Australia.
From quietly and unobtrusively teaching in a stable in 1866, to founding a religious order that spread throughout and beyond a continent, Mary’s spiritual journey was truly focused on “God’s saving justice”. Tending to Australia’s Aboriginal peoples, prisoners facing execution, children requiring education, the homeless, the orphaned, the sick, indeed anybody she saw in need, Mary shows us how God seeks to answer the day’s troubles: through us.
Her legacy continues today in countless ways. Mary MacKillop’s legacy encourages us all to be people of justice and ecumenism. Mary inspires us to be courageous and hopeful and to have a deep faith in our God who provides. St Mary of the Cross MacKillop has shown us how to forgive and how to be compassionate, she is a saint for all of us today. Here at St Madeleine’s, as a community, we continue to build the kingdom of God and to promote God’s saving justice, through our charitable works and community outreach.
Mary MacKillop Prayer.
Ever generous God, You inspired Saint Mary MacKillop to live her life faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and constant in bringing hope and encouragement to those who were disheartened, lonely or needy. With confidence in your generous providence and through the intercession of Saint Mary MacKillop, we ask that you grant our request for support and guidance in these challenging COVID times.
We ask that our faith and hope be fired afresh by the Holy Spirit so that we too, like Mary MacKillop, may live with courage, trust and openness. Ever generous God, hear our prayer.
We ask this through Jesus Christ. Amen. Mary MacKillop Amen.
As a community we continue to ask for your prayers in support of families all over the world who have been impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. We know that there are lots of challenges . We know that through the power of prayer, we are never alone.
‘Do not worry about anything, but fully trust and rely on God, who will always be with you in your times of need.’
PJ Day Friday 6 August, 2021- Supporting St Vincent De Paul Winter Appeal Donation
The Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely.
How can my child participate?
Kindergarten-Year 2 Challenge
Students in K-2 will complete the challenge at school. Students will have at least 30 PRC books read to them by their classroom teacher. This will be logged for students by the teacher.
Years 3-6 Challenge
Students are required to read 20 books. This includes at least 15 books from the PRC Booklist. Students can read up to 5 ‘choice books’ (books of their own choosing). Students will need to log their books on the PRC Student Site by September 3, 2021. For further information on how to log books, please view the attached video. Students have received their usernames and passwords from their classroom teacher. Please contact your child’s teacher if you require these details again.
Key Dates to Remember:
Students can record books read from March 1- September 3, 2021.
Entries close Friday September 3, 2021
Mrs Natalie Gray
Premier’s Reading Challenge Coordinator
Due to the current COVID restrictions, the following procedures are now in place:
There isno access to bubblers.Any students attending school needs to bring their own water bottle.
At this time,only students and staff are permitted on school grounds.Please remain in your car when dropping off and picking up your child/children.
No parent access to school buildings, including the office. Staff will come out to you to assist with any enquiries you may have.
To ensure our community is safe and secure, school gates will be closed andlocked from 8:55am - 2:50pm.
If your child/children are late for school,please drop them off at the administration buildingand watch them enter the building. If you are late and picking your child/children up after 3:30pm, please drive to the administration building and wait for your child/children to exit the building.
Compass is our primary communication tool that will facilitate effective communication between home and school. An email will be sent out soon to all enrolled families with your login details for Compass. It is most important to keep your Username and Password secure.
Using the Compass Parent Portal you will be able to:
Be informed of important updates, events and reminders
View your child’s timetable
Review your child’s attendance
Provide explanations for periods of absence
Update your contact details
Book Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences
Download and view your child’s semester reports
Compass is a web-based application that is accessible on any modern web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) or by downloading the App called Compass School Manager available through Apple Store or Google Play store for Android
Please find attached some updated information regarding parking legally around schools.
The current fines and demerit points for parking offences are outlined in the flyer. Council’s Compliance Officers will be enforcing parking restrictions at schools during the year.
Many thanks for your assistance in helping to make the streets around our schools safer.
All parent volunteers (e.g. Kiss & Drop, excursions, carnivals) need to complete the Child Protection Modules for volunteers as set out by CEDP prior to volunteering for any activities or events. CEDP send notifications to our school office regarding the completion of the modules. You can send an email to notify us as well. The modules are valid for 2 years.
These modules can be found on the CEDP website titled
Lessons commence each morning at 8.50am and conclude at 3.00pm on Mondays to Fridays. The school grounds are open to pupils from 8.20am each morning and remain open to pupils until the last bus leaves each afternoon. At all times outside the period from 8.20am to approximately 4.00pm, the school grounds are out of bounds to all pupils.
Normal supervision of pupils by the school will be undertaken between the hours 8.20am - 3.30pm Mondays to Fridays, however, we are aware that some students arrive earlier than this because of bus timetables. Therefore, an executive member of staff is on the playground from 8am to supervise these early arrivals. Would you please assist the school in the interest of the pupils’ safety by endeavouring to ensure that your child does not attend or remain in the precincts of the school outside the hours of 8.20am to 3.30pm on Mondays to Fridays, unless and only if they are arriving by bus or waiting for buses in the supervised bus lines. If any parent or guardian has difficulty in ensuring that their child does not attend school until 8.20am and / or ensuring that their child leaves school by 3.30pm (bus passengers only excepted), kindly contact the school in order to discuss what special arrangements might be made for their child.
The school will not be responsible for supervising or caring for students outside the school premises unless the students are engaged in a school sponsored activity e.g. an excursion or a sporting event. The school will not be responsible for supervising or caring for students on their journey to and from school. In particular, the school will not be responsible for supervising students at bus stops either on their way to school or on their way home from school. Each student’s journey to and from school shall be the responsibility of each student’s parent or guardian.
Special arrangements will be made in relation to authorised school activities, which require the attendance of students at the school outside of these hours.It is important that children arrive at school on time for the assembly bell at 8.50am.
Playground Safety Before/After School
Please ensure you are supervising your children carefully if they are playing on the play equipment before and after school.Teachers supervise this area at recess and at lunch times but there is no teacher on duty outside these times.
Child Protection - Volunteer Helpers
It is a Diocesan requirement that parents who volunteer at the school e.g.
Reading Groups, Kiss & Drop, Canteen, Uniform Shop or Excursions -
Must complete the CEO online Child Protection Module Building Child Safe Communitieshttp://childprotection.parra.catholic.edu.au/training which needs to be completed every two years and is emailed to the school after completion. We suggest that this is done each even year.
You do not need to do the Working with Children Check at Service NSW.