NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee and It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.
This year the theme – We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate – highlights Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ strong spiritual and cultural connection to land and sea.
NAIDOC Week is normally held in the first full week of July but because we will be on holidays during this time our school celebrates NAIDOC week during this week. Our focus has been on developing a range of ebooks based local Indigenous stories. The books will include illustrations and will be made available as a literacy resource to our all of our students and the broader school community.
Please join us on Friday at 2:40 for our special NAIDOC assembly.
Thanks for Your Help
Many thanks to the volunteers who gave up their Saturday morning last week to come and help at our Working Bee. it was greatly appreciated!
It was especially lovely to see the students who so willingly helped - great work especially to Lachlan Davenport.
This week you will receive your child's class report. You should not find any surprises in these reports, they should be consolidating the information that you received during the three-way interviews held at the end of term one.
For all Kindergarten and Year 1 students there should be both a school report and a PLAN report. The PLAN report has been individualised for each student and as well as showing you the level your child is achieving, it also gives you additional ideas that you might like to follow up on at home.
We strongly believe in transparency and working together so that together we can achieve the best learning outcomes for your child. If you have any questions please talk to us, we welcome the communication and exchange of information.
Our school was recently recognised for its innovative approach to Staff and Student Welfare. The school was granted $1,500 from Teachers Mutual Bank to build on our "Mindfulness Program". The school introduced the program as part of a focus on staff health and wellbeing. During the school's initial research into Mindfulness, we were very careful to select a researched based program - Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University that was specifically directed at schools.
The initial training was delivered by Jean Watson who is an internationally accredited Mindfulness consultant and trainer. Ms Watson delivers Mindfulness courses and workshops to teachers and lecturers at schools and universities in England and Australia.
Jean is also implementing and developing programmes for the Mindfulness in Schools Project in Australia and is delighted to be working with our school. Jean has worked with a number of private schools across Australia, but Broulee is one of the first public schools that she will be working with.
There is extensive evidence and research to support the Mindfulness program and that it can have a positive long term impact on stress reduction, mental health, anger management, academic focus, communication and overall wellbeing.
Have Fun - Keep Warm
This will be the last Scoop for this term. Have a wonderful holiday, stay warm and have heaps of fun and we will see you back again happy and healthy next term.