From the Director of the Junior School, Anthony Banboukjian
Welcome back to the second half of the year. I hope everyone had an opportunity to a have a relaxing break and some quality family time together. Term 3 is a busy and exciting time at the Junior School with the Wakakirri team in full rehearsal mode, the completion of our winter sports competitions and the commencement of our athletics season.
I hope the reports you received at the start of the holidays gave you an accurate guide to your son’s performance for the first half of the year. Please remember that this report is a snapshot of five months of work. The challenge is for the boys to make improvements in as many areas as possible by the end of the year. If you have any concerns please contact your son’s class teacher.
Prayer for the Week
During the holidays, NAIDOC Week was celebrated around Australia. NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
An Aboriginal Prayer
Holy Father, God of Love,
You are the Creator of this land and of all good things.
We acknowledge the pain of our history and the sufferings of our people,
And we ask Your forgiveness.
We thank You for the survival of indigenous cultures.
We pray for Your strength and grace to forgive, accept and love one another.
Give us the courage to accept the realities of history
So that we may build a better future for our nation.
Teach us to care for our land and waters.
Help us to share justly the resources of this land.
Help us to bring about spiritual and social change,
To improve the quality of life for all groups in our
Communities, especially the disadvantaged.
Help young people to find true dignity and self-esteem.
May Your power and love be the foundations
On which we build our families and communities
And our nation through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(Source: Wontulp Bi-Buya, Indigenous Theology Working Group, 1997)
This week marks the beginning of Term 3. We thank the Lord for keeping us safe and for giving us the opportunity to rest and spend time with our family and friends.
We ask you to send your Spirit upon us all, so that we can make the right choices this term to be the people you want us to be.
Blessed Edmund Rice: Pray for us.
Mary Mother of God: Pray for us.
Live Jesus in our Hearts: Forever.
The final examples of Michael Grose’s language of resilience, the coping skills each reflects, and the types of situations in which they are applicable.
- “Don’t worry – relax and see what happens!”
Good for: Kids who worry about exams or performing poorly in any endeavour; pessimists.
If you’ve ever been driving to an important event only to be stuck in traffic then you would know that there are some situations you just can’t control. The only way to cope is to accept what’s happening because worrying and fretting won’t get you anywhere. Similarly, parents with a resilience mindset can help kids understand what’s worth worrying about and what’s not, and that some things won’t change no matter how much kids fret or beat themselves up!
- “This isn’t the end of the world”
Strategy: Maintaining perspective
Good for: Kids who catastrophise or blow things out of proportion.
While most of us catastrophise at times, jumping to the worst possible conclusion, it is a habit that only exaggerates anxiety. When kids constantly think the worst case scenario, challenge their views. “Yes, you could end up not knowing anyone at camp but you won’t be the only one. Besides you’ll probably end up making new friends like you generally do.”
- “You could be right. But have you thought about … ”
Strategy: Flexible thinking
Good for: Kids who catastrophise; experience extreme feelings; who exaggerate.
Many children and young people talk in extremes – ‘awesome’, ‘the best’, ‘the worst’ and ‘gross’ roll off their tongues easily these days. Unfortunately, their extreme language leads to extreme emotional responses. Develop the habit of winding back their language by introducing shades of grey, rather than black and white. Replace “I’m furious” with “I’m annoyed”. “It’s an absolute disaster” with “It’s a pain”. “I can’t stand it” with “I don’t like it”. Realistic language leads to realistic thinking, which helps kids handle many ordinary situations that they have blown out of proportion.
- “What can we do about this?”
Strategy: Taking action
Good for: Kids who mope; who experience disappointment; who feel inadequate.
Kids can sometimes feel overwhelmed by events such as constant failure, constant rejection or always narrowly missing being picked for a team. They can be overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy and helplessness. Action is often the best remedy. Help them take the first step forward. Set some goals. Make some plans. Identify the first step and hold their hand while they take it. Taking action is a quality shared by resilient communities, organisations and individuals.
Important Dates for Term 3
Wednesday 19th July – Blitz Day Queens Park
Saturday 22nd July – Rd 8 Winter Sport
Wednesday 26th July – Athletics Carnival ES Marks
Friday 28th July – Quinn House Mass
Saturday 29th July – Rd 9 Winter Sport
Tuesday 1st August – ICAS English Competition – 8.00am start
Saturday 5th August – Rd 10 Winter Sport (last round).
Monday 7th August – Wakakirri Heat – NIDA
Wednesday 9th August – Class and Individual & Winter Sport Photos (all parents are asked to ensure your son is at school on this day as photos cannot be retaken).
Friday 11th July – Musica Viva Incursion – Year 5 and 6 (9.15am Recess)
Saturday 12th August – Athletics (selected squad)
Week 5 – Book Week
Monday 14th August – Illustrator Visit
Tuesday 15th August – Assumption Mass
Tuesday 15th August – ICAS Mathematics Competition – 8.00am start
Tuesday 15th August – Author Visit (Morris Gleitzman)
Thursday 17th August – Book Week Character Parade (Parents are welcome to attend)
Friday 18th August – Brothers Athletics Carnival (selected squad)
Saturday 19th August – Athletics (selected squad)
Friday 25th August – Tevlin House Mass
Saturday 26th August – Athletics (selected squad)
Tuesday 29th August– IPSHA Athletics Carnival @ Homebush
Friday 1st September– Father’s Day Mass and Lunch starting at 12.00pm
Wednesday 13th September – Wakakirri Final (TBC)
Friday 16th September – Walkathon
Monday 18th September – Year 6 Allwell Testing
Friday 22nd September – Year 12 Graduation Ceremony.
Friday 22nd September (Day F) – Classes Conclude Term 3
Congratulations – ICAS Digital Technologies competition
Well done to the following boys for their performances in the 2017 International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) – Digital Technologies competition
Distinction Awards – Year 6
Xavier Schofield (top 3% of the state)
Samuel Fingleton (top 6% of the state)
Conor Black (top 9% of the state)
Jake Perks (top 9% of the state)
Credit Awards – Year 6
Merit Awards – Year 6
Congratulations – ICAS Science competition
Well done to the following boys for their performances in the 2017 International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) – Science competition
Distinction Awards – Year 6
Conor Black (top 7% of the state)
Jack Crotty (top 7% of the state)
Credit Awards – Year 6
Credit Awards – Year 5
Merit Awards – Year 6
Merit Awards – Year 5
Class, Individual & Winter Sport Photos
Please note the date for the Individual and Class photos is Wednesday 9th August. Can I ask you ensure your son is at school on this date as the photos cannot be rescheduled. Boys will to arrive at school in their full winter uniform AND will need to bring in their Saturday winter gear on the day.
The Junior School will be holding their annual athletics carnival at E.S. Marks Field on Wednesday 26th July. All parents are welcome to join us for the day.
If anyone has photos from Saturday sport or any other Waverley College event that they would like to share with the rest of the College community could I ask you to send them in on a disk or memory stick to the Junior School office.