As the cold weather hits, so do the winter bugs. It’s often hard to know whether to send your child to school or let them stay home to recover, especially when that means an adult cancelling work. For safety's sake, if your child seems unwell you should always keep them home from school and seek medical advice.
School A to Z and the NSW Health have created an at-a-glance chart to help answer your questions about common childhood illness and how long sick kids need to miss school. Find it by typing this link into your web browser www.bit.ly/1hytn2E
This term we have been revisiting our Anti Bullying program. It would be appreciated if you could please remind children that bullying is not acceptable, including "bystander" bullying. Our full Welfare, Discipline and Anti Bullying policies are on our website. I have also listed some points from our policy below.
DEFINITION OF BULLYING
Bullying is defined as intentional, repeated behaviour by an individual or group of individuals that causes distress, hurt or undue pressure to someone else. The five main types of bullying are:
Physical - hitting, kicking, theft
Verbal - name calling, racist remarks
Indirect - spreading rumours, excluding someone from social groups
Cyber - using digital technology to negatively target another student
Bystander - passively accepting and taking no action
Mental maths strategies
We teach children a range of different strategies to add and subtract numbers. By showing them several methods for solving maths questions, we’re helping them to look for patterns. All this builds a good sense of “number” which means they understand the relationships between different numbers and why different ways to add and subtract work well. The goal is that your child will understand many ways to approach a maths problem and will be able to choose a way that makes the most sense to them. School A to Z has a lot of resources, including help sheets on mental maths strategies, here : www.bit.ly/JkiUsY