Newsletter Special Edition
This week's newsletter is a special edition focusing on student and community wellbeing. This has been a point of considerable focus for the staff so far this year and we are working towards launching this new framework in Term 4 so that it becomes a focus for the whole Corpus Christi Community. Please note; the Important Dates and Notices Update as well as the P & F and Canteen Updates have important messages and celebrations separate to the Wellbeing focus covered in the other updates for this issue.
A New Wellbeing Framework for CCW
Late last term, we presented the graphic below as a way to unite, coordinate and then relaunch a wellbeing framework at Corpus Christi, Waratah. As often happens with such an important issue, we found ourselves with many different initiatives and programs that while valuable, were disconnected from each other. This drove us to consider this integrated framework that promotes consistent language and connections for greater purpose and direction.
Be You, a government initiative for student and community mental health and well-being will provide the information platform for adults to reference as a guide and background information in this important issue.
Make Jesus Real will connect the initiatives, actions and sense of purpose to our unique Catholic Identity driven by the person of Jesus in our lives. The PBL framework supports those same principles via behaviour management and support.
Protective Behaviours, Friendly Families and Schools, Restorative Justice and MJR activities will provide the explicit teaching/instruction and classroom activities.
But how will this look? And how can we share this integrated vision/ approach with the community, most specifically with the students?
Learners, whether they be children or adults, respond better when they can see purposeful links between different endeavours working towards a larger goal. Isolated, one off lessons or rhetoric will not stick. Therefore, our next challenge has been to find a way to “map” this out in a clear and concise way and link it to what we are already doing. We began with what we already had.
Our school is driven by the Dominican motto of Veritas (Truth) and the values of Prayer, Learning, Service and Community. We are a catholic school community driven with Jesus at the heart of all we do. We already have a clear PBL structure in place with Be Safe, Be Honest, Be Respectful and Be a Learner embedded into every classroom. The MJR resource has some wonderful connections with the story and person of Jesus. So how can we overlay all these elements of well-being to one single framework? Below is a graphic that will become the visual for our school’s wellbeing framework and the text below expands on this.
- At the centre of our wellbeing framework is the sense of self, the promotion of Be You, following your truth, raising the bar and believing in yourself.
- Within the Be You circle is the MJR challenge of being the face of Jesus to others as a way of being true to you. Living the great 8 references the gospel values on which we choose to base our lives. (more in this in the RE update of this newsletter)
- This centrepiece to the framework allows us to keep the Be You government imitative at the core of the overall framework (more about this in the Student Welfare Update). Again, the Be You government initiative itself is mostly teacher PD and research based information for parents and staff working with children in the area of wellbeing. However it is important to be at the centre because, just like our wellbeing framework, it is child focused.
The Inner layer – Core Values
- On the inner layer of our framework are the Dominican values and motto that drive our unique charism within the Catholic Community. Just like St Dominic and those that belong to the Dominican order, we keep Jesus at the heart of all we do by living a life of Veritas - To seek truth and defend it fearlessly. In doing so, we are called to a life of prayer, service, community and learning.
- Integrating these core values in amongst the well-being framework connects our charism to our sense of wellbeing, our purpose to our calling. We have aligned them as much as possible with the outer layer.
The Outer Layer – PBL/ MJR
Within our existing PBL Framework, we have the school rules of Be Safe, Be Honest, Be Respectful and Be a Learner. To this, and for purposes that we hope will become clear, we have added Be a Community. Throughout the outer layer PBL, you will find reference to much of the MJR resources (outlined further in the RE update.)
- Be Honest is another direct link to our motto of Veritas and to Jesus as Truth
- Jules Mulhearn
A Few Important Notices for all Parents.
Please take the time to read these important notices.
Our final Pupil Free day is next Friday 23rd August. A reminder that OOSH will open for the full day on the 23rd for those families requiring care for the school day - separate OOSH update lower down in this section.
For those particularly organised parents who recorded another Pupil Free Day on September 20th that I had mentioned in the very first newsletter of the year - this has been cancelled as we had allocated/planned for too many. School will be held as normal on the 20th September.
This year our photo day will take place on Monday 26th August. Children will be
required to be dressed in their full winter uniform.
Individual notes have been sent home for each child on how to order using the Shoot Key. This is important to use when ordering if extended families wish to order double copies (in this case , please identify each order by the parent's name that placed and paid for the order). Please ensure that you have the shoot key specific to each one of your children. i.e. three children enrolled = 3 different shoot keys.
All orders to be brought to school on the day and handed directly to the photo company, money to be envelope but if paid online prior, note this on the envelope and still bring it in on the day. We will continue to clarify this via COMPASS.
Vanessa Bamford has copies of Sibling Order forms in the office. Contact Vanessa to arrange a copy to be sent home/completed.
We are calling for all helping hands to assist with some rubbish clean up, gardening and grooming of the front of school and the Dominic Courtyard on Saturday 21st September from 8am. All done by 11am. More details to follow
ASPIRE 2020 Auditions
Before School Care - St Nicholas OOSH Waratah have created a survey to note interest in Before School Care. If you interested please fill it in. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LRYL75D
Pupil Free Day Care - As previously mentioned, the school is holding it s third and final pupil free day on Friday 23rd August. OOSH have announced that they will be open for that day to assist parents needing care during and after school hours on that day.
A quick note: While one upfront registration fee applies, this is not an annual fee so it will carry over to our pupil free days in 2020, 21 and so on.
Please see the attached note.
This section of the newsletter will attempt to extract the Make Jesus Real program from the Well-being framework we outlined above. We have spent significant time embedding theMJR program within the framework, but for clarity of the program itself, we want to spend some time on it alone.
What is MJR?
OUR MAKE JESUS REAL (MJR) initiative is centred around the belief that we are the image of Jesus to all people around us. We are His representatives and our actions should reflect His values. In the scriptures, Jesus says that we are part of his family and that the way we treat others should be reflective of the way we would treat Jesus.
“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40)
- a quality, Christ-inspired education for our students so each will gain a strong relationship with God through Christ and his Church.
- a holistic approach so that all who encounter the MJR philosophy will be inspired by the words, actions and teaching of Jesus Christ.
- the opportunities and resources to students so they can discover the values, qualities and attitudes necessary for a faith filled, positive life.
- a positive outlook for the students for their future so that they can take their place in society and demonstrate compassion for the marginalised.
MJR is not seen as an ‘extra thing’ to ‘do’. As it is a values based philosophy, it becomes ‘the way’ we do all things.MJR filters through everything we do, and say during the course of any given day. TheMJR programme aligns with the School’sWellbeing Framework and Positive Behaviour for Learning Framework. It interconnects with our core values of prayer, learning, service and community. These values encourage students to do their best, treat others fairly, serve each other, and follow principles of moral and ethical conduct and stand up for the rights of others. It obviously has some direct links to the RE curriculum but encompasses more than the 30 minute lesson itself. MJR is about finding the Jesus moment in the everyday and to have Jesus at the heart of all that we do.
For a clear outline of the resources, you are invited to watch the following video.
SOME curious MJR terms:
‘God Moment/ Spirit of Jesus’ – community members begin to witness and articulate a God/Jesus moment in the everyday. This is about seeing, sharing and celebrating that Jesus is at the heart of all we do. An MJR focus on God/Jesus moments can lead to Jesus Moment walls, post it notes and gotchas.
‘The Great 8’ – Often the term Gospel Values is referenced in our school but the Great 8 is a deliberate focus on just what these are- Love, Respect, Kindness, Gentleness, Patience, Forgiveness, Being Thankful, Prayer.
‘Raising the Bar’ is a common expression that is applied to MJR. It asks students to examine themselves and reflect on how they can become better people, always continuing to think positively; even during the times of hardship that life can present.
Your Heart Room Your heart room is the place where you and only you can go to meet Jesus, talk to him and be at peace with him. This is done by finding a quiet space and speaking to Jesus in the silence of your heart. Christian Meditation is another way that we can spend quiet time with Jesus
Acronyms used in MJR
G.T.S - provides the importance of three key skills when interacting with anybody. We Greet, we Treat and we Speak in a welcoming, respectful and gentle way.
W.E.S.T.I.E. - provides a meaningful platform for students, teachers and parents to ‘live’ the values of MJR on a daily basis. The acronym stand for:
Welcoming - being friendly and welcoming to others
Encouraging - Saying positive things to self and others
Saying Sorry - admitting personal wrong doing and taking steps to repair relationships.
Thankful - showing appreciation to others.
Inclusive - being inclusive in words and actions to others
Enthusiastic - showing a positive attitude towards school work, peers and teachers.
E.A.S.T - this time of what not to do. We discourage the E.A.S.T. approach to relationships: Excluding, Argumentative, Sulking and Talking back.
T.E.A.M – Together Everyone Achieves More. This is an important focus as it builds on the importance of community and key skills of collaboration and communication.
P.O.V – respecting everyone’s Point Of View as integral to discussion and finding best solutions. This is key to critical thinking and problem solving
T.R.A – Taking Responsibility for our Actions is an important part of learning from our mistakes. The only failure is a failure to learn.
B.I.Y - Believe In Yourself - Builds confidence and faith in our own ability to learn, work tough and achieve. A growth mindset that develops resilience and contributes to well-being.
Central to the school’s Wellbeing Framework is the information and resource platform that is encompassed by the government initiative that is BE YOU. This section of the newsletter will attempt to expand on this. Again while integral to the overall framework, we have isolated it for the purposes of clarity.
Below is a larger graphic of the different elements through which the BE YOU initiative supports schools in promoting and maintaining positive student and community wellbeing. https://beyou.edu.au/
Be You is a national initiative for educators, aimed at promoting and protecting positive mental health in children and young people. Our vision is for an education system in which every learning community is positive, inclusive and resilient, and where every child, young person, staff member, and family can achieve their best possible mental health.
As seen by the graphic, there are five domains in the framework, and each domain contains two or three modules. These modules delve deeper into the domain topics, helping educators and whole learning communities to increase their understanding of mental health and wellbeing. The modules meaningful change in the ways they support and nurture children and young people. The Be You framework is non‑linear and allows educators and services to start at the point that suits them best. Usually this depends on the educator’s level of experience and their learning community’s unique circumstances.
As I have mentioned, this is an adult centred platform about supporting the wellbeing of young people as they transition from child to adult. The resources on this site are amazingly valuable but almost too much to explore at once. It is from this site that we will extract snippets of information for parents to access. Although you have reasonable access if you wish to
For example, last week in the newsletter we began by looking at some strategies that contribute to Wellbeing (Mindfulness, Self-Management, and Resilience) and we will continue to build on this in the Week 6 newsletter with a focus on Building children's confidence, Decision making skills and Using technology and again in Week 8 by looking at Nutrition and mental health, Physical activity and Play. Next term we will begin to explore important strategies and supports within the area of Relationships.
There is also ongoing PD available for school staff and we committed to completing up to 3 hours a year to continue the focus in this important area. The idea would be that we would examine the context of our school and patterns of wellbeing and behaviour to drill down to some areas we might be able to support or troubleshoot through some targeted PD from this site.
The PDHPE Syllabus and Wellbeing
Significant elements of our Wellbeing Framework connects with our school charism, catholic identity and core values while having clear links with the RE curriculum. However, more critical links can and should be made with the PDHPE curriculum for the framework to reach its full potential. Student Wellbeing and Mental Health is embedded as both concept and skill based learning throughout the Key Learning Area of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education. (PDHPE).
The graphic and text from the syllabus outlined below shows how student capacity is built to promote, maintain and safeguard for their own and other’s mental health and wellbeing.
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) develops the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes important for students to take positive action to protect and enhance their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing in varied and changing contexts. It provides students with the opportunity to enhance and develop resilience and connectedness and learn to interact respectfully with others.
Students are provided with opportunities to learn to critique and challenge assumptions, attitudes, behaviours and stereotypes and evaluate a range of health-related sources, services and organisations. They develop a commitment to the qualities and characteristics that promote and develop empathy, resilience, respectful relationships, inclusivity and social justice.
Through PDHPE, students develop self-management, interpersonal and movement skills to help them become empowered, self-confident and socially responsible citizens.
The learning experiences in PDHPE provide students with a foundation to actively contribute to, and advocate for, the health, safety and wellbeing of themselves and others in the community and beyond school. (PDHPEK-10 Syllabus 2018, Pg. 10)
UNPACKING AND IMPLEMENTING THE NEW PDHPE SYLLABUS
Given its strength in this area, it is quite timely that this new syllabus has emerged at the same time as we are relaunching a new focus on Student Wellbeing in our school. The staff will complete some Professional Development to unpack the new PDHPE syllabus this term and begin to develop teaching units in preparation for the implementation in 2020. We believe it will be an invaluable resource to the school’s wellbeing Framework.
Speaking of wellbeing, Stage 3 had a wonderful experience last week when they participated in the Beautiful Minds Incursion with two other schools from the Norths Region.
|Topics for Boys||Topics for Girls|
|1 - What is a Real Man?||1 - Body Image and Self Esteem.|
|2 – Men and Relationships||2 – Inner Bully, Inner Bestie|
|3 – Men Do Dumb Things||3 – Selfies, Texts and Sexts|
|4 – Beating Stinking Thinking (Mental Health)||4 – Beating Stinking Thinking (Mental Health)|
Bunnings BBQ Results
THANK YOU to the amazing families and staff who committed at short notice to make this fundraiser a success last Saturday.
Alex and Helen Tucker, Wooldridge/ Lamont, Michelle and David Jenkins, Lisa and Daisy Handsaker, Colombo, Walton, Cook, Mulherin, Nechakoski, Anderson’s, Mrs Pois, Mrs Haardt & Mrs Mulhearn, your time was appreciated.
Thanks also to Bunnings Kotara for inviting us to hold the BBQ to help make a profit of over $1350. That makes a total of almost $2500 raised from the BBQ’s this year without asking for any money from parents. Thank you.
Congratulations to the following students who have been recognised for great learning, awesome achievements, impressive improvements and stand out moments.
All parents are welcome at our Awards Assembly on Friday Mornings from 8.50am but if you are unable to atend, watch this space for when learning that is great.