Primary News 9 March 2018

Induction of Primary leaders:  The Induction of Primary leaders each year is a significant event in the Primary College calendar.

On Friday 23 February, 41 primary leaders proudly received their badges for the positions they have been given and the highlight for everyone was when parents, grandparents or another significant adult pinned the badge on them.

Once again this year we are very encouraged by the calibre of students who have been recognised for their leadership potential by staff and students.

I have every confidence that our primary leaders will enjoy their responsibilities throughout 2018 and will grow personally as a result of their service to the College.

Parent Pipelines – information sessions

As a College, we make every effort to keep parents and caregivers informed about various educational or school initiatives. We believe that it is important that you are given every opportunity to be involved in your children’s education.

We call these information sessions Parent Pipelines as they act as a conduit between school and home.

This week we presented three Parent Pipelines and next week will be the fourth.

  1. Cyber Safety
  2. RTC Responsible Thinking Process
  3. Volunteers Induction
  4. Literacy Pro (Years 3 – 6)

I am confident that those of you who were able to attend would agree that they were very helpful and of great benefit to you and your family.

Parent Pipelines will be held each term so please watch out for the next series.

National Day Against Violence and Bullying – Friday 16 March

The theme for this day for 2018 is “Imagine a World Free from Bullying”.

Primary students will be engaged that week in a number of sessions culminating in class activities on Friday 16 March where they will discuss ways to create a world and school environment where we stand together, support each other and totally oppose bullying.

Students are asked to wear ORANGE on 16 March or wear an orange accessory to represent our stand against bullying.

The school uniform must be worn if students are not wearing orange and hair dye is not permitted. This is NOT a free dress day so no donations are required.

Tadiwa and Lawrence updates

Thank you so much for your generous support of Tadiwa and Lawrence who are from Zimbabwe.

Tadiwa receiving gifts from GCC last year

These boys are receiving food and education from an organization called VANA as a result of the 10c, 20c and 50c donations being brought in each week by our P-2 and Year 3-6 students in assemblies and chapels.

We encourage our students to do little acts of service or jobs for Mum, Dad and family members to earn 10c, 20c or 50c so that they are actually earning the money they are donating. This gives the students a greater sense of contributing to the sponsorship rather than simply asking parents for a donation. Research shows that “connectedness” to school and school initiatives like this actually benefits the student themselves in terms of their own sense of well being.

You can see more photos of Tadiwa and Lawrence and learn more about them here.

What should I do if I have a concern about my child? 

From time to time parents may have a concern about their child regarding something which is school based.

At Glasshouse Christian College we are committed to working with you to resolve these concerns but it is very important that the correct protocols are observed.

The first thing to do when you have a concern is to speak to the class teacher. In 99% of cases this will resolve any worries you may have had and the teacher can work with you and with your child.

If however, there is little change and you continue to have concerns you may contact Mrs Mitchell (for behaviour, friendship or learning issues) or Mrs Bryers for other concerns.

In nearly every case we are able to address and solve the problem and help the situation which will then strengthen the home / school partnership.

If though, things are still not resolved you may then contact Mr Curtis for further assistance. It is important that these protocols are observed.

Cheryl Bryers, Head of Primary

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