Bullying No Way
I’m not sure if any of you watched the second part of the TV show “Bullied” on the ABC on Tuesday night. In this episode it was challenging to see a student being targeted based on their disability. A crucial element in resolving the matter was the children learning more about the person who was being targeted. It is not easy for Middle School aged children to empathise or to understand an alternative perspective.

Children in the middle years are transitioning in their thinking. Typically they are ego-centric (which is a technical term for mostly focused on self). From Year 5 to Year 8 they begin to become less “self-centred” and more aware of others. This is why we teach about respect.
Teaching about respect will shape thinking about the value of others at a time when they are constructing new attitudes. It will also assist in avoiding and stopping bullying. Parents can play a significant role in this development by talking about and modelling perspectives that will lead to greater respect of others.

Again, I encourage families to look at the resources available at abc.net.au

Fun Run
The Fun Run is held in the final week of the term. Students received sponsorship cards to raise money for two projects: Bible League International for Bible resources in public schools in South Africa and Kenya Ambulance Project with African Enterprise. It would be great to have strong support for this event. Parents are welcome to attend to see the children run in this event which also acts as the Cross Country.

Student Leader Assembly
It was good to have many parents present for the Student Leader Induction Assembly on Tuesday. It was interesting to note that seven of the Student Leaders are new to the School this year. We look forward to the students serving their peers this year.

School Fair, Saturday 25 March
See you at the Fair tomorrow from 10am. Thank you for all of your support so far in providing goods to be sold and thank you also to the families who will assist tomorrow.

Parent/Teacher Interviews, Wednesday 29 March
An email has been sent to all parents/carers regarding the online booking system for Parent/Teacher Interviews (PTO). We look forward to meeting with parents to discuss the progress of each child for each subject. It will be most useful if parents have read the portfolio of work that each child will bring home next Monday prior to the meetings.

Mr Colin Wood
Head of Middle School

Dates for your Diary

25 March

School Fair

29 March

Parent/Teacher Interviews

4 April

Fun Run