Principal's Report

Friday 17th March, 2017.
Principal.

Wellbeing Leader

We’re pleased to introduce Tanya Hempshall in her role as Wellbeing Leader. Tanya has extensive experience working with adolescents and we are excited to have her “on board” and look forward to her working with us and our students.

Athletics Carnival

Our annual Athletics Carnival was held last Tuesday at Casey Fields. The day was quite hot and all students were spoken to before they boarded the buses in regards to being sun conscious. Students were reminded there is absolutely no excuse for anyone being sun burnt on the day. Everyone had access to a hat, shade and there was plenty of sunscreen being accessible on the day.

Thank you to Mr Harris who assumed responsibility on the day for all the organisation which was a huge success.

The Problem Solving Team held a BBQ selling food and drinks and made over $1,100 on the day to go towards their overseas trip to America later on this year.

There were a number of novelty events held during the day involving many students and staff.

The overall House winner for the day was Kulin.

A number of students will now progress and compete in the Division Athletics competition in September.

Athletics Carnival Gallery

IT IS NOT OK TO BE AWAY… NOR TO BE LATE TO SCHOOL

When kids miss school, not only is their academic progress impeded, forcing them to catch up on missed work (which sometimes doesn’t happen) they often miss important interactions with their peers which can compound issues of social isolation and low self-esteem.

One of the most important things you can do to ensure your child has a bright future is to make sure he or she goes to school every day – and gets there on time.

It sounds simple, but it’s true.

The correlation between school attendance and children’s achievement levels is well established. The more time kids spend at school, the more likely they are to experience school success.

Conversely, according to a report from the Victorian Auditor General, students who are regularly absent from school are at the greatest risk of dropping out of school early and of experiencing long term unemployment.

Many teachers have noted that it’s often the kids who can least afford to take the time off school who are most likely to be serial absentees.

Of course, most people know this intuitively, yet school absenteeism is a huge problem in Australian schools – and much of it is parent condoned!

It’s hard to get an accurate picture across the country but it would appear that Australian students miss an average of between 12 and 15 days per school year, with parent condoned absenteeism highest among junior Secondary College aged children.

This adds up to a year’s lost schooling over the school life of a child!

That’s not a reason to be away

It is now commonplace for children to stay away from school for reasons that would have been unheard of just twenty years ago. These include staying away to celebrate their own or a siblings birthday; being absent because they stayed up too late watching television; going shopping for clothes; an extended long weekend; and kids not wanting to take part in a sports day or special school event.

This type of absenteeism sends a strong message to kids that parents don’t really value learning or their children’s school experiences.

Being late is not okay either

Missing a few minutes each day may not seem like a big deal but your child may be missing more than you realise if he or she is continually late.

Current research shows that mornings for most children are the most productive time of the day, with 10.00am the peak period for productivity. When children arrive late and take time to settle as they inevitably do, valuable learning time is lost.

It takes strong parenting

As a parent myself I know how persuasive children of all ages can be when it comes to taking a day off school. It takes a strong will to resist the persistent pressure that kids can bring to bear, particularly if they play the guilt card with comments such as “It’s not fair that I have to go to school today because Aunty is coming to visit!”

Nice try. But the answer should be “No!”

As parents we need to make a commitment that our kids make the most of their precious time at school. That means we send them to school every day, on time and ready to make the most of the school day.

Of course, there will be times, such as illness or genuinely extenuating family circumstances when kids should be away. But these need to be a rarity rather than the norm.

It is reassuring to know that you increase their chances of future success just by making sure they turn up to school every day. And of course regular school attendance also helps kids prepare for the workforce, where it will be expected that they turn up each day work-ready.

The real world is unforgiving of those who stay away with NO EXCUSE.

Cultural Diversity Week

Cultural Diversity Week is Victoria’s largest multicultural celebration, featuring a week-long program of festivals and events in metropolitan and regional areas.

Proudly presented by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, with support from the Victorian Government, the week invites all Victorians to embrace each other’s cultural heritage and join in the celebrations.

Now in its 15th year, Cultural Diversity Week is held annually in March to coincide with the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Harmony on March 21.

Why do we celebrate cultural diversity?

Victoria is home to people of many different cultures and faiths. Multiculturalism is a part of our identity… it’s part of our character and our daily life.

Since the traditional owners first inhabited the land, Victoria has been built on waves of migration.

Today, almost half of Victorians were either born overseas or have at least one parent who was born overseas.

Our diverse communities have made us prosperous and strong. And our differences don’t divide us, they unite us.

Our journey, Our stories

Celebrating what multiculturalism has brought to Victoria means reflecting on the journey so far and showcasing the collective stories that have helped shape and enrich our ever-diversifying community.

Whether through the vibrancy of Indian Diwali celebrations in Ballarat or the delicious Polish dumplings at South Melbourne market… through the care programs of Islamic mosques in Melbourne’s inner north or the dedicated Irish development of farmland in the state’s South-West… we’ve all made a contribution, and we’ve all enjoyed the many benefits of our diversity.

Next week at FGSC we will be offering lunchtime activities to celebrate Cultural Diversity Week.