We are currently finalising the placement of students into their classes for 2022. As always, staff have worked very hard thoughout this process, to create balanced and supportive classes for the children they have nurtured this year. We understand that anticipating a new teacher and class can be a nervous time for students and parents.
Please find below some wonderful advice by Madhavi Nawani Parker, from Positive Minds Australia, which you may find helpful in supporting your child through the change.
Worried about your child’s class placement in 2022? It’s perfectly normal for you and your family to be thinking a lot about this. After all, children spend all day at school.
It’s only natural to have a preference for a particular teacher and normal to feel worried or disappointed if they don’t get them.
It’s important to know that a child’s emotional adjustment to leaving this year’s teacher and preparing for next year’s teacher is interconnected with your feelings about it.
Make sure if there are any special reasons you feel your child will benefit from a particular teacher or cohort, that you express these to your school early, before they start configuring classes.
Here are some ways you can help make the transition smoother for your child if you or they didn’t get the news you were hoping for.
* Hear out your child’s feelings but try and avoid fixing their feelings by adding your own feelings, judgements and solutions. Feelings need to come out, be present and move through. They don’t have to be excited about the teacher they got, to learn from that teacher in the long run. The feelings you see in that initial moment aren’t necessarily reflective of how they will feel long term - especially if you don’t react with them. Humans need time to process change. When news is fresh, we can go through many feelings of resistance and uncertainty. That doesn’t mean that what’s coming is necessarily bad. You can gently say something like, ‘you really wanted X , so of course you’re disappointed. I understand. We can talk more after a cuddle/ play/ hot chocolate. (Basically, you want to avoid talking while their logical brain is switched off and emotions are high). Listening calmly and quietly is golden.
* Avoid looking upset about the placement in front of your child. If they are upset, they will naturally look to you to help them feel better. This doesn’t mean you have to fake being excited if you’re not (they’ll see through that) but it does mean you do your very best to be calm, confident and if you can’t be hopeful, try and be neutral. Children need us as an emotional compass when they experience uncomfortable feelings.
* Before you go in to pick them up on the day they receive their placement, remind yourself to try and trust the process. There are multiple layers to how class placements are allocated that couldn’t possibly be explained completely. School leaders and staff put in huge amounts of thought into student personalities, learning styles, teaching styles, class size, who asked to have who in their class and much more that is happening behind the scenes we’re not aware of.
* Schools genuinely do their best with this decision. If you’re upset, it’s possible they are too but when weighing everything up, had no other direction to turn. Supporting your child’s teachers and school is a crucial part of your child’s psychological and academic success there.
* Your reaction to next year’s teacher news is hugely important to your child. Your confidence, hopefulness and regulated emotion is crucial. If you’re not happy, try and keep these feelings in the back ground and discuss them privately with another adult. Children are too young to take on their parent’s worries. If there is a genuine problem, take logical action without involving your child in the stress associated with it.
* Your child’s emotional connection to and respect for their teacher and school is deeply connected with your connection to and respect for their teacher and school.
* Children learn, grow and strengthen in resilience by being with a broad range of personalities and communication styles. When things are unrealistically perfect and easy, they can get stuck in their comfort zone. To build confidence for later on in life, you need to experience a broad range of peers and situations and discover that through talking about feelings, asking for help, establishing boundaries and building your social emotional skills, you can handle a lot of what life has in store. Be there to hear their thoughts and feelings out, but above all show you have confidence in your child to get through. If situations are dangerous, toxic or damaging your child’s learning and psychological health, always talk to school staff and if necessary, other experts to ask for and seek help. Seek out the support of a health professional too if necessary. On the surface, do your best as your child’s most important adult and leader to show your confidence that your child will be safe and cared for, always.
* Do something heartwarming and compassionate for yourself. If you’re upset and stressed it’s not because you’re weak or incapable. It’s because our children hold our hearts and when they hurt, we hurt. You need to look after yourself first and foremost.
The advice above is general and based on general child development, resilience and confidence research. It is written with the very best intention to help you. Without knowing your individual circumstances it’s not intended to replace your expertise as a parent or the expertise of educators and health professionals. Always seek tailored expert advice if you feel your child’s physical or psychological health is at risk in any way.
Wishing you all the very best with class placement news if you live in the Southern Hemisphere.
Hang in there beautiful parents
xx Madhavi Nawana Parker
The predicted weather for Tuesday 23rd is expected showers and 22 degrees. We are in the process of contingency plans for our Mitcham Celebrates concert.
We will continue to monitor the weather forecast and hopefully we won’t have to change our plans. If changes are necessary, we will let our community know as soon as possible.
Please find below updates to important dates and school events for Term 4 2021.
|Tuesday 23rd November||Mitcham Celebrates concerts|
|Wednesday 1st December||Second Receptions 2022 Transition visit|
|Thursday 2nd December||Senior Social|
|Wednesday 8th December||Whole School Transition|
|Thursday 9th December||Year 6/7 Graduation|
|Friday 10th December||Last Day Term 4 - Early Dismissal 2.15pm|
|Monday 31st January||First day Term 1 2022|
On the 11th of November, Remembrance Day, we once again gathered to remember past students who gave their lives in battle. Our senior students lead an assembly which embodied the spirit of Mitcham Remembers. We welcomed Dr Peter Brune, a former Mitcham Primary teacher and war historian, to help lay wreaths. Dr. Brune initiated the Mitcham remembers program for our year 6 and 7 students. (Excerpts by our Senior school students).
This year our Years 6 and 7 have studied World War II, in which Mitcham Students served in all areas of war – from battling on the front line, to being a driver and delivering supplies. As you walk down Memorial Walk you will notice stone heads each side. Each one represents one of the brave men who went to battle from our school. Women also served in War and had equally important roles.
We came together to commemorate Armistice Day which has become known as Remembrance Day. We honoured all of those Australians who have given their lives for our freedom during two World Wars, Korea, Vietnam and recent Peacekeeping conflicts. Among them, 62 Mitcham students
Although an awful world event, we felt a sense of pride studying World War II, and more specifically, the Mitcham students who were involved. We feel connected to them as we found out what Mitcham School was like back in the day, where they lived around this area, who was in their family and what little old Mitcham Village was like.
The Last Post is a famous musical piece associated with War times. It is played for two reasons. It is played to signify the end of the day’s activities in the Armed Forces, and it is also played at military funerals to signify the sacrifice of a soldier, sailor or airforce person’s passing.
We welcomed Henry, one of our Year 7 students, to sound the Last Post.
Thank you also to Freya & Niona who began the service with a drum and bagpipe tune
The ODE is a poem which written in 1914 during WWI by an English author. It has become tradition to read this at any Remembrance or Commemoration service.
The sun sets and rises each day, and as we awake, we are free Australians. The future is ours, thanks to the sacrifices of those before us – including our old Mitcham students. Go into the day, remembering those who gave everything for us to have the freedoms we have today. Be thankful, grateful and optimistic for the present and the future. Be kind to one another, and the world, so that the atrocities of war and conflict can be kept as history.
A big thank you to Richard Mocke and his children Bailey and Ross who planted the white crosses on behalf of the Mitcham School Community, near the National War Memorial on North Terrace in the lead-up to Remembrance Day.
I would like to extend my thanks to this year’s Citizenship Committee for their help in the library this year. Committee members, Lilly, Avani, Mary, Isobel and Michaela, helped run the school book club, selected many new books for the library and hosted a successful Book Week Parade.
Mitcham students have enjoyed seeing the new books chosen by the Committee. Congratulations!
You may have received an email advising that your child has an overdue library book or they may have received an overdue slip at school. If your child has an overdue book please help them have a look at home. If you still can’t find it, you can phone the library, pass a note through your child’s diary or class teacher or email email@example.com.
Borrowing in term 4
Friday 26 November (week 7) will be the last day for student borrowing. All books must be returned by Wednesday 1 December (week 8).
Yours in Reading
Sophie and Vasi
Thank you for all your support throughout the year whether it be volunteering or ordering for your children. We really appreciate it!
We wish to advise that as we are coming to the end of the school year, we will be running down our stock, so if you order something for your children and it's unavailable, we will contact them, and they will be able to choose something else. This might not happen, but could you please let your child know so they are aware of the situation.
Anita, Ann and Kerry
We planted green bean and sunflower seeds, and hopefully many of them have successfully grown into seedlings by now. We've also had an array of living visitors including a Huntsman Spider, a pair of Zebra Finches, two Green Tree Frogs, three Spinifex Hopping Mice, a Scorpion and a Bearded Dragon (Scooby). We all enjoyed getting to pat Scooby, and notice the adaptations and growth in our living things.
A group of Year 7 students who were involved in the application process last year have been involved in planting and monitoring the "space seeds" - as part of the "What'll happen to the wattle" project. We received 6 Golden Wattle seeds that had spent 6 months on the International Space Station, and 6 control seeds that remained on Earth. We planted them in week 3 and have been watching for any differences in their germination since. We hypothesised that there wouldn't be a difference in their growth, or maybe that the roots and shoots would not respond to gravity in the same way. We are monitoring their growth and will see what happens over the remainder of the term.
Miriam Doull - 4-7 Science
This term in Biological Science students have been exploring the needs of living things and how they grow and change. Students have loved caring for and learning about 'Baxter' the Bearded Dragon Lizard borrowed from Urrbrae Education Centre. Our silkworms have all spun cocoons, and our tadpoles all have legs and shorter tails. The spiny leaf insects are sitting on children's shoulders as they complete their writing tasks. There are plenty of ladybugs and larvae to be found in nature play on sunny days. Students are working on clipboards as the tables are covered with fascinating specimens including nests, eggs, bones, fossils, insects, x-rays, microscopes and taxidermy animals. We look forward to watching our seeds grow and flourish over the next few weeks.
Laura Brace R-3 Science
Rooms 1A, 4, 5 and 6 ventured to the Urrbrae Wetlands Learning Centre last week. Students saw first-hand how the wetlands are maintained and their purpose. Students got to have fun swooping, jiggling and sweeping to collect aquatic macroinvertebrates and looking at them under microscopes.
“I learnt about the trash racks, they collect rubbish so the water can be nice and clean. Someone comes with a digger to empty the trash racks and take it to the dump.” Remy S Room 5
“My favourite part of the excursion was collecting the bugs and looking at them under the microscope. I saw lots of details up close.” Lily K Room 6
“I learnt how clean the water is, we tested it by looking down through a tube with a black and white bottom. If you could see the bottom it was clean, if you couldn’t see the bottom it was not clean. I learnt the leaf litter absorbs oxygen from the water, so we don’t want leaf litter in our wetland.” Rafan N Room 4
“My favourite part was catching the creatures because we got to put them on a plate and look at them close up under a microscope. There were so many different ones including a baby yabbie.” Baani M Room 1A
There’s still time to purchase an item from our Room 17 and 18 ‘Kidpreneurs’!
Over the last term, students from Rooms 17 and 18 have been working on creating and managing their own entrepreneurial pursuits through the Economics and Business curriculum. Students were required to investigate the needs and wants of their target markets, consider costs and potential revenue to determine profitability, market their businesses and products with carefully designed logos and advertisements, and even design 3D ‘virtual shopfronts’ (which can be viewed by scanning the QR codes on posters found around the school!).
Students have been extremely engaged in the learning and creating process with many business lessons learnt along the way.
So far, over 200 sales have been made with a goal to raising $1,000 for the RSPCA. Pictured are just some of the products available, including scented candles, kokedamas, slime, and motivational fridge magnets! Check out the full range of businesses and products under Room 17 and 18 Businesses on the QKR app.
Congratulations to Tyler, Jonah, Max, Edward, Lucas, Caprice, Zak and Liam for winning the SANFL schools YEAR 3 / 4 Fair Play Award 2021. On behalf of Mitcham Primary School we are very proud of you.