End of Year wrap up

16 November 2016
Mr Joel Weekes - Head of Primary

Mr Joel Weekes – Head of Primary

Primary Orientation Day

Last Thursday our boys in Year 1 – 5 had the opportunity to be a part of our ‘Move Up Day’ where the boys met their class and teacher for 2017. We all had the opportunity to welcome our new boys. The day was a huge success with the boys learning about their new teacher and getting excited for what 2017 will be.
Our Year 6 boys had a wonderful time going to different classes in Secondary School last Thursday run by Mr Day which we called ‘Experience Secondary Day’. The day consisted of 4 subject areas in our goal to make transitioning into Secondary school as smooth as possible. The boys had the opportunity to go to Drama, Science, Design and Tech and Japanese. Thanks to all the Secondary staff that shared this experience with our Year 6 boys.

Mrs Givney  – a dedicated and hard working staff member
Mrs Givney has finished up the year early at Moreton Bay Boys’ College on Friday 11 November (Week 6) due to her doctor’s recommendation. Mrs Givney has the school’s full support and needs to look after herself in the last few weeks of her pregnancy. As a college, I want to thank Mrs Givney for her hard work and dedication with 3A this year and wish her all the best on the next few weeks whilst preparing to be a mother for the second time.

We have employed Miss Natalie Watson as the classroom teacher for 3A from Monday 14 November – Wednesday 30 November. Natalie knows the school and routines extremely well as she was one of our teaching interns not too long ago. We are pleased to welcome Miss Watson as the 3A Classroom Teacher for the remainder of the year and I am sure that she will really enjoy her time teaching your boys.

Emotional and Social Learning
Emotional and Social Learning is such an important part of schooling in Australia. Below is a quote from Candy Lawson which highlights the importance of supporting boys in these areas.
“School is not only a place where children learn reading, writing and math. It is also a place where they learn to get along with other people and learn social skills. Social skills are the skills we need to interact adaptively in our cultural environment. Although students don’t get grades on social tests from their teacher, their peers are constantly giving them ‘grades’ on ‘social tests’ every day.”
When I look at our society as a whole, we have many, many young people struggling with their social and emotional learning. Youth who hold in their feelings, have anxieties and little resilience. This is something that I am extremely passionate about and one area that as a school we are really focused on.

The PYP framework provides a perfect vehicle for assisting students in making connections between the content they are learning, and associated skills and attitudes. These skills include ‘social skills’ which are introduced and taught within the context of the classroom and students are given the opportunity to practice using them within a supportive and positive environment.
We also develop the social skills of our boys through our Team Time program and The MATE Program (Mentoring Another Throughout Education). At the Team Time sessions, all boys are given the opportunity to voice their opinions and feelings in a safe and supportive environment, supervised by the teacher.

Our playground is a key aspect of our approach to developing the social and emotional well-being of our boys. Our playground provides a variety of play spaces and alternatives for the boys. These include the play equipment, the playing fields, handball courts, tennis courts, board games clubs and the library. This variety allows our boys the necessary space and alternatives to ensure they are entertained, safe and happy.

Boys need to know that behaviour incidents are taken seriously and something will be done about this. Whilst there are occasional incidents of poor behavior at school, we treat these very seriously. This type of behaviour should also be treated seriously and consequences should apply. Equally important, we need to continue to encourage our boys to be tough, resilient and focused on social problem solving.

This is an area where we would welcome your support. I encourage you to focus on positives with your son, encourage him to be a problem solver in social situations, to tell a teacher and then tell a parent. Ultimately, most social issues are better dealt with quickly, at school, between the boys. If we can encourage this, we are setting them up for social success, both now and in the future.

Like always, partnership in communication is vital. Thanks for being a connected partner in your son’s education. “Together We Are Stronger”.

Mr Joel Weekes
Head of Primary

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