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12 March, 2021
Athletics Carnivals
Our 2021 athletics carnivals will be held this week. A formal COVID checklist has been completed for each event. Yrs 3-6 Brauerander Park: March 15th COVID checklist Yrs P-2 St Pius X School: March 19th COVID checklist
18 February, 2021
Rethinking Learning and Teaching Environments
On Monday February 22, our school has programmed a pupil free day to enable staff to continue their learning in the ReLATE model. ReLATE is designed to:  Reduce stress, disengagement, disruption and exclusion, increasing hope Build a greater understanding of the impact of stress to guide policies and practice, enhancing safety Equip staff, students and families with better communication, emotional management and self-care skills leading to improved learning  Strengthen relationships between students and their families with other families and school staff The ReLATE Model is founded on education, trauma and systems theory, informed by the work of Dr Sandra Bloom and her colleagues, the organisational change model called Sanctuary. Extensively adapted and further developed for Australian schools by MacKillop Education Services, ReLATE has been implemented successfully in MacKillop schools and education services over the past six years, in response to the impact of childhood trauma and chronic stress on health, wellbeing and learning.  The ReLATE Model combines sensitivity to culture, gender and diversity with understanding of trauma to create safe communities in which all individuals to thrive – whether students, their families, school leaders, teachers, support staff and others in the school community.  ReLATE provides a values-based framework for reducing or preventing the effects of stress, as well as a set of practice tools to achieve and sustain change. These values: Nonviolence, Emotional Intelligence, Open Communication, Democracy, Social Learning, Social Responsibility and Growth and Change are grounded in the Gospels and strengthen the Catholic School identity.
18 February, 2021
DOBCEL Policy Updates
As you might remember from the end of 2020, all Catholic primary schools in the Ballarat Diocese now come under the governance of DOBCEL: Diocese of Ballarat Catholic Education Limited. As such, our school policies will begin to reflect this change. In the coming months our school website will update regularly as different groups of policy are ratified. The first batch relate to child safety and can be viewed at: http://www.spwarrnambool.catholic.edu.au/our-school/policies/ 
05 November, 2020
Leaving a light on…
In our family, we’ve always been strict on Christmas decorations - nothing goes up before the beginning of December. It's become a tradition that the first Sunday evening of December we put up the tree and the lights. There is never a shortage of people prepared to put the decorations up - they’re never there when the decorations come down! My kids reminded me of the rules on the weekend when I spent an hour putting fairy lights up around our back verandah. I was quick to point out that they weren’t Christmas decorations, but decorations for Summer - which they were happy to accept. However, I was thinking of these little lights shining as I read this Sunday’s Gospel, which utilises the symbolism of keeping a light on. The reading of the bridesmaids and their lamps has been specially chosen as we come to the end of the year. In a Church sense this happens at the end of November - before Advent. We leave the front lights of our homes on to welcome visitors, to show we are home and to give a sense of safety and security. Before our Christmas preparations get underway, it is worth considering how our inner lights might shine to give welcome, hospitality, safety and security to others.
12 March, 2021
Athletics Carnivals
Our 2021 athletics carnivals will be held this week. A formal COVID checklist has been completed for each event. Yrs 3-6 Brauerander Park: March 15th COVID checklist Yrs P-2 St Pius X School: March 19th COVID checklist
18 February, 2021
Rethinking Learning and Teaching Environments
On Monday February 22, our school has programmed a pupil free day to enable staff to continue their learning in the ReLATE model. ReLATE is designed to:  Reduce stress, disengagement, disruption and exclusion, increasing hope Build a greater understanding of the impact of stress to guide policies and practice, enhancing safety Equip staff, students and families with better communication, emotional management and self-care skills leading to improved learning  Strengthen relationships between students and their families with other families and school staff The ReLATE Model is founded on education, trauma and systems theory, informed by the work of Dr Sandra Bloom and her colleagues, the organisational change model called Sanctuary. Extensively adapted and further developed for Australian schools by MacKillop Education Services, ReLATE has been implemented successfully in MacKillop schools and education services over the past six years, in response to the impact of childhood trauma and chronic stress on health, wellbeing and learning.  The ReLATE Model combines sensitivity to culture, gender and diversity with understanding of trauma to create safe communities in which all individuals to thrive – whether students, their families, school leaders, teachers, support staff and others in the school community.  ReLATE provides a values-based framework for reducing or preventing the effects of stress, as well as a set of practice tools to achieve and sustain change. These values: Nonviolence, Emotional Intelligence, Open Communication, Democracy, Social Learning, Social Responsibility and Growth and Change are grounded in the Gospels and strengthen the Catholic School identity.
18 February, 2021
DOBCEL Policy Updates
As you might remember from the end of 2020, all Catholic primary schools in the Ballarat Diocese now come under the governance of DOBCEL: Diocese of Ballarat Catholic Education Limited. As such, our school policies will begin to reflect this change. In the coming months our school website will update regularly as different groups of policy are ratified. The first batch relate to child safety and can be viewed at: http://www.spwarrnambool.catholic.edu.au/our-school/policies/ 
05 November, 2020
Leaving a light on…
In our family, we’ve always been strict on Christmas decorations - nothing goes up before the beginning of December. It's become a tradition that the first Sunday evening of December we put up the tree and the lights. There is never a shortage of people prepared to put the decorations up - they’re never there when the decorations come down! My kids reminded me of the rules on the weekend when I spent an hour putting fairy lights up around our back verandah. I was quick to point out that they weren’t Christmas decorations, but decorations for Summer - which they were happy to accept. However, I was thinking of these little lights shining as I read this Sunday’s Gospel, which utilises the symbolism of keeping a light on. The reading of the bridesmaids and their lamps has been specially chosen as we come to the end of the year. In a Church sense this happens at the end of November - before Advent. We leave the front lights of our homes on to welcome visitors, to show we are home and to give a sense of safety and security. Before our Christmas preparations get underway, it is worth considering how our inner lights might shine to give welcome, hospitality, safety and security to others.
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