Standing in solidarity
On Wednesday afternoon I took my young family to the peaceful gathering in the Sale mall to show support for the Muslim community and the people of Christchurch after the terror attack in New Zealand. We had students from ELC right up to Year 12 amongst the crowd. Dean Susanna Pain, Gippsland Australian Muslim Community Association president Dr Yousef Ahmad and Wellington Shire mayor Mr Alan Hall, amongst others, spoke to the gathering about standing in solidarity with our New Zealand neighbours. The event finished with a rendition of ‘I am Australian’ which was heartfelt. On behalf of the St Anne’s community, I would like to offer our thoughts and prayers to those who have been impacted by this terror attack.
Year 6 Melbourne Camp
I have spent the last two days with our Year 6 students on their Melbourne camp. We challenged our scientific thinking at Science Works. Students took part in experiments with liquid nitrogen, built roller coasters and explored the range of hands-on learning experiences. We then moved to Parliament House, where we found out about making laws, the legislative assembly and council. Students were somewhat surprised that the speaker has to remind the politicians to not yell at each other, and at times, the speaker removed politicians from the chamber. Students also had the opportunity to explore the Queen Victoria Market, purchase their lunch and view ‘Forces of Nature’ at Imax. Our trip was completed with a memorable trip to the Immigration Museum. Accessing the great resources Melbourne has to offer is sometimes challenging; however, our Year 6 Melbourne camp allows our students to experience some amazing learning opportunities.
Positive Behaviour Management
On Tuesday afternoon, our teachers, learning assistants and ELC educators engaged with a professional learning session focusing on positive behaviour management. With a career of over 30 years as an educator, teachers and consultant, Jo Lange challenged us to reflect on our current behaviour management strategies. Jo spoke about some of the key reasons behind negative behaviour. We also discussed the importance of increasing initiative, enhancing self-esteem, emphasising independence and setting up peer support for our students. It is important both teachers and parents work together to promote positive student behaviour to enhance learning.
Fellowship – Tasman
This morning’s Fellowship, held by Tasman, focused on co-operation and working together. Although I was absent due to the Year 6 camp, from all reports, it was an engaging Fellowship. Mr David Baker spoke to our school community about leadership and collaboration. Thank you to our Tasman students and to Mrs Linda Vale for organising our Fellowship this morning.
Jie Van Berkel