Principal’s Update Issue 13

Dear Families,

What a busy past week we have had. Starting with our celebratory Indonesian Day last week, where students tested their Indonesian language knowledge against the clock, cooked and ate Indonesian food, played tug-o-war and made traditional Indonesian crafts. Thank you to Ibu Ridout, our parent volunteers and staff for making the day such a huge success. And thank you parents for encouraging the students to dress in red and white and for our gold coin charity donations, which raised $403.00 for COVID relief efforts, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Open Night was an amazing community success. There was a real carnival feel around the school, with lots of different spaces to visit and experience. Thank you to our staff for preparing classrooms and engaging with the community to showcase public education. Well done also to our Year 6 students who worked at the cake, guess the lollies and hand painting stalls. And thank you to Dr Grey for presenting at the Tiny Forest.

Thank you to the P and C and Padbury volunteers for their incredible efforts providing refreshments, cleaning and tidying up at the end of the night, and for making the Bookfair such an engaging opportunity for the children. Our P and C volunteers and Padbury continue to support the school and give up their own time to be of service to others. We very much appreciate it.

The Book Fair held in our library this week, and our ongoing read-a-thon have been great ways to celebrate reading and remind students of the joy that can be found in books. I cannot emphasise enough the importance of children being read to, or reading for themselves has on their brains and their ability to learn language skills. These events are a timely reminder to continue with daily home reading. A big thank you to Mrs DeLuca, Mel Moffett, Tia Tutti and Yasmin Moore for setting up the Book Fair this year and committing to ensuring our students have access to great stories.

It has very much been a theme of community involvement, service and gratitude lately at South Padbury PS. Research tells us that helping others and being grateful for what we have is good for our wellbeing, as it releases hormones that make us happy and help the brain to grow. While spending time in social situations and making connections with others, positively impacts the way we feel, and reduces depressive feelings. When we consider our students this translates into confidence, resilience and empathy, all of which make our kids better able to bounce back from adversity. More importantly, it gives them skills that support the learning process. I would ask all families to instil in their children the benefits of putting others first, offering help when it’s needed, and doing it with a smile! The easiest way to start with children is by having them help around the house, spend time with grandparents or extended family, or teach simple old fashioned values such as saying hello and looking people in the eye, holding/opening the door for an adult, using manners or waiting their turn. Small gestures can often have the biggest impact.

Happy Parenting!

Cass Disisto Principal