A lot of water has passed under the bridge since our last bulletin - too much water for all of us I would suggest. This week I would like to share some information about wellbeing from a number of well-respected sources, the first is Headspace. Although they might seem obvious -it's probably good to re-iterate some of the key ideas that can apply to people of all ages.
The segments from Headspace talks about the ways that we can take some actions to maintain wellbeing in difficult times. The second segment talks about how the Smiling Minds approach to developing mindfulness can build readiness for learning.
Keep doing the activities you love to do and the things that are important to you. It can help keep the fun in your life, give you a sense of accomplishment and purpose, boost your confidence and help to connect with others.
Here are some options to consider:
- use art, music or journaling to express yourself
- spend time in nature
- set some small goals, and get help seeing them through
- talk kindly to yourself.
Make time to take a break from study or work or hanging out, whether it be going to the gym, kicking a ball around with a mate or just going for a walk. Whatever it is, start small, and make sure it’s something you enjoy.
Fill up on nutritious food (like veggies, fruit and whole grains) and drink plenty of water to give your body and brain all the power it needs to function well.
The Importance of Mindfulness in Building Resilience (from Smiling Minds)
Mindfulness is a building block of resilience because it gives us a greater ability to notice our thoughts more objectively. Through mindfulness we learn to tune into our feelings and notice how our thoughts and emotions might be influencing our behaviour in unhelpful ways. For students, developing resilience means learning to see setbacks as an opportunity to grow and learn from the experience.
Follow up from our last MAV
I would like to share with you all some of the big ideas that we built our maths planning around last Monday. These big ideas permeate how people learn mathematics from early years through to algebra and calculus.
- We count each object once to find out how many. The last number we say tells us how many objects are in the set.
- We can learn efficient ways to count collections when we share our thinking.
- There is often more than one way to make an amount.
- Sometimes we need to add more than two collections.
- We can look for patterns to find all of the possible solutions.
- We can add and subtract numbers to make collections equal (equivalence).
When our presenter mentioned the second dot point it was a bit of a light bulb moment (wait for the segue). Certainly, in the 70's when some of us were at school maths was seen as a solitary learning event. In the real world the story can be somewhat different around all STEM subjects.
Thomas Edison discovered the electric light in collaboration with dozens of researchers and colleagues. His light bulb moment was the light bulb moment of a team who shared their thinking – much like the second dot point.
The Remote Learning Game plan
Our School Leadership team has put a lot of thought into setting up for lockdowns. One thing that last year taught us was that every school and indeed every family is a unique set of circumstances. Variables such as the following are taken into consideration;
-the number of children in family
-the number of devices available in the family
-the number of adults who are working from home
-the IT confidence of the students
-the IT confidence of the parents
-whether the family prefers hard copy or on-line work.
These all contribute to a challenge to do the best we can to cater for the needs of everyone. It is indeed an exercise in inclusion. That is, setting up a system that will allow access for everyone and maintain a capacity to meet individual need.
Characteristics of schools also play a part. IEPS's approach to learning is to focus on collaboration and personal interaction as the idea that underpins learning in every classroom everyday whilst our children are at school. We use IT to support learning, not as our primary vehicle for learning.
Some schools may choose a different approach with individual IT based work being the cornerstone of the learning program. They may also engage in lessons where teachers present information to students in a lecture style scenario. These differences will also translate to how schools deliver remote learning. Our remote learning program seeks to balance the roles of teacher instruction and independent learning, much in the same way as the Victorian Teaching and Learning Model.
Enrolments for Prep in 2022 are now open and we are taking bookings for School Tours for prospective parents on Thursday mornings at 10:00am. You may either collect an enrolment form at the office or download from the link below if you have a child commencing in Prep in 2022. Do not hesitate to book a tour for a Thursday morning, even if you already have a child at IEPS.
When lodging the enrolment form, we are also required to sight the original birth certificate and current immunisation history statement, which we will take a photocopy of for school entry requirements.
WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECKS
- valid for 5 years
- transferable between volunteer organisations
- free of charge for volunteers, but cannot be used for paid employment.
You can apply online using this link:
When you have received your card, please bring it to the office so that we can make a copy and inform the class teacher.
We have had an increase in the number of children who have required a change of clothes.
We have run out of all small undies despite buying many pairs.
To reduce the stress for your child could you please keep some spare clothes (undies, socks and pants) in your child's school bag? Especially prep-2 years
If your child has had new undies and pants given at school, could you please replace the undies and return the pants/leggings washed?
For week ending Friday 16th July and to be presented at Assembly on Monday 26th July;
Lucas and Eamon
|3L||Aren and Sanvi|
Term 3 Roster
Next term’s roster is now available online! We cannot do this without you. Please choose anytime that is free and fill in your name.
Did you know
Our first Sushi Day for the term is Tuesday 27th July.
Please keep an eye out for ordering information coming soon!
Volunteers & Hygiene
Please sign in at the front office upon arrival.
We will be practising social distancing in the canteen. Please wear a mask. No more than 2 volunteers will be in the canteen at any one time. All surfaces will be sanitised regularly and hand sanitiser is available for your use.
Sonia - Canteen Manager
Phone: 03 94992171
Calling all snow families, Ivanhoe East Primary Ski and Board team needs you!
Do you love the snow? Whether it is Apres, Bunny slopes or Carving the first tracks we are looking for like minded families to be part of the 2021 Victorian Snowsports Interschools.
The IEPS team is a non-competitive, friendly team with a focus on supporting the kids to do their best regardless of their race experience or skiing/boarding competence. It's all about giving it a go, having some fun and making new friends.
The interschools are held at Mt Buller from the 23rd to the 29th of August and caters for all age groups and capabilities.
Entries close soon so if you are interested or would like some more information please contact Kristi Lewis on Kristi.firstname.lastname@example.org or 0414 259 346
More information about the interschools - https://www.interschools.com.au/info-hub/about-interschools/
Race time table https://cdn.revolutionise.com.au/site/jeowwseembk9fr2f.pdf