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21 February, 2019
A Peacemaker
The Melbourne Museum is currently hosting an exhibition focussed on the life of Nelson Mandela. I am sure that most of us are familiar with his story. Jailed for his stand against Apartheid in South Africa, he was kept imprisoned for almost 30 years. I made two discoveries when I attended a few weeks ago. Firstly, I was shocked at the treatment of the inmates by guards. The punishments were both physically and psychologically damaging. I was equally surprised by the first thing that Mandela did upon his release - he forgave his captors. Mandela knew that using the opportunity to hurt those who had hurt him, would simply lead to a cycle of further violence that would inevitably harm innocent people. South Africa had to come to terms with its past and victims were invited to tell their stories, and perpetrators were asked to face up to what they had done - but this was not part of a continuing cycle of hate and hurt. Sunday’s Gospel touches on this theme, when Jesus tells the disciples they must ‘love’ their enemies. This instruction is was truly lived by Nelson Mandela, a model for our world.
21 February, 2019
Open Night – Meet the Teachers
We’re hoping to see as many families as possible for our open night next Wednesday evening (February 27th). A Zones of Regulation presentation will be given at 6.30pm for interested families, while teachers will be in classrooms between 7.00 and 8.00pm to meet parents and allow students to give tours of classrooms. Please take advantage of this opportunity, particularly if you have not yet met your child’s teacher yet.
19 October, 2018
Say NO to Violence
Friday October  19 all the students in our school paricipated in a Say NO to Violence Day. This day is a direct product of our participation with Respectful Relationships and the requirement of all schools to skill students in protective behaviours. In the morning students were encouraged to walk to school from their nearest walking school bus stop . The first learning session was around identifying violent behaviour and keeping safe. The mantra we ask all students to remember is ‘No-Go-Tell’, ensuring they understand that they need to reject the behaviour, get themselves to a safe place and tell a responsible adult. The second learning session was multi-age and focussed on the ‘Zones of Regulation’. This model assists student in identifying zones of emotion that they will inevitably find themselves in during the course of the day:   Green Zone:   Happy Calm   Blue Zone:   Sad Tired Bored Sick   Yellow Zone:   Silly Worried Anxious   Red Zone:   Angry Excited Frightened The idea is that students develop a ‘tool-box’ of personalised strategies that bring them back to the green zone.  
10 August, 2018
Quiz Night August 10th
Get along to the P&F quiz night on Friday August 10th!
21 February, 2019
A Peacemaker
The Melbourne Museum is currently hosting an exhibition focussed on the life of Nelson Mandela. I am sure that most of us are familiar with his story. Jailed for his stand against Apartheid in South Africa, he was kept imprisoned for almost 30 years. I made two discoveries when I attended a few weeks ago. Firstly, I was shocked at the treatment of the inmates by guards. The punishments were both physically and psychologically damaging. I was equally surprised by the first thing that Mandela did upon his release - he forgave his captors. Mandela knew that using the opportunity to hurt those who had hurt him, would simply lead to a cycle of further violence that would inevitably harm innocent people. South Africa had to come to terms with its past and victims were invited to tell their stories, and perpetrators were asked to face up to what they had done - but this was not part of a continuing cycle of hate and hurt. Sunday’s Gospel touches on this theme, when Jesus tells the disciples they must ‘love’ their enemies. This instruction is was truly lived by Nelson Mandela, a model for our world.
21 February, 2019
Open Night – Meet the Teachers
We’re hoping to see as many families as possible for our open night next Wednesday evening (February 27th). A Zones of Regulation presentation will be given at 6.30pm for interested families, while teachers will be in classrooms between 7.00 and 8.00pm to meet parents and allow students to give tours of classrooms. Please take advantage of this opportunity, particularly if you have not yet met your child’s teacher yet.
19 October, 2018
Say NO to Violence
Friday October  19 all the students in our school paricipated in a Say NO to Violence Day. This day is a direct product of our participation with Respectful Relationships and the requirement of all schools to skill students in protective behaviours. In the morning students were encouraged to walk to school from their nearest walking school bus stop . The first learning session was around identifying violent behaviour and keeping safe. The mantra we ask all students to remember is ‘No-Go-Tell’, ensuring they understand that they need to reject the behaviour, get themselves to a safe place and tell a responsible adult. The second learning session was multi-age and focussed on the ‘Zones of Regulation’. This model assists student in identifying zones of emotion that they will inevitably find themselves in during the course of the day:   Green Zone:   Happy Calm   Blue Zone:   Sad Tired Bored Sick   Yellow Zone:   Silly Worried Anxious   Red Zone:   Angry Excited Frightened The idea is that students develop a ‘tool-box’ of personalised strategies that bring them back to the green zone.  
10 August, 2018
Quiz Night August 10th
Get along to the P&F quiz night on Friday August 10th!
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