This week our learning is as important as ever as we take the time to stop and reflect upon the conditions we need to truly engage with all the wonderful opportunities of learning around us. We know we need to be in the right headspace to make the most of our school day. We need plenty of sleep, healthy breakfasts and to get to school on time. This is sometimes challenging especially when life is busier than ever and there are many pressures upon families to keep up with the world that has become so complex.
There are ways to help support families to thrive including becoming a connected member of our school community. Belonging to a community is key to family wellbeing and when your children see you connecting with their school, it reassures them that there are many significant adults who are there to support them. Being a catholic school, Immaculate Heart’s approach to student education is holistic. We plan learning which targets students’ academic, spiritual, emotional, creative and wellbeing needs. Academic support is only taken up when students know their teachers genuinely care about their whole being, health and happiness.
Another form of support are organisations like Kidsmatter which offer information for families such as practical and helpful ideas to deal with matters at the heart of the family. They offer direction to where families can turn to for further support. The following website will take you to the specific page for families: https://healthyfamilies.beyondblue.org.au/healthy-homes . Issues on this page include: building resilience, resilience in families, developing optimism, establishing boundaries, resolving family conflict, family break up, loss and grief, supporting healthy habits, and personal stories.
ICAS is an independent, skills-based assessment program which recognises and rewards student achievement. The assessments comprise Digital Technologies, English, Maths, Science, Spelling and Writing. Over one million student entries are accepted from over 6,300 schools in Australia and New Zealand annually. In addition, students from over 20 countries including Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and the USA participate in ICAS each year. Immaculate Heart Students from Years 2-6 are once again invited to take up the challenge of the ICAS competition. Your student will receive a letter with a permission slip and the cost of each test soon. Students who participate will sit tests in school time. These tests are marked by ICAS and certificates of achievement are presented to the students later in the year. Some of our students received high distinctions in various tests last year, so we are excited to see what great things will be achieved this year. For further information visit: https://www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/