The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, which is being held across Australia tomorrow (March 20), is an initiative of the Safe and Supportive School Communities Working Group made up of all Australian education authorities. It is an opportunity for the broader school community to 'take a stand together' against bullying and violence.Australian research has revealed that bullying behaviour peaks in the middle primary years and the first year of secondary schooling. This appears to be related to changes in the social skills and demands for students at these times. Younger children are more likely to bully others physically or verbally, and then as they get older, social bullying behaviours increase (including exclusion and manipulation). Online bullying (cyberbullying) increases when students begin to have greater access to online communication and mobile phones. Hence, we need to think carefully about how and when we introduce our children to the ‘digital world’.
Research also shows that taking a proactive approach and ‘bullyproofing’ your children (either as a victim or as a bystander) can make a significant difference in the incidence of bullying at and beyond school. Tomorrow, our teachers will be focussing in their classrooms on the importance of taking a stance in the ongoing fight against bullying and violence in our society (and it is not limited to our schools). Parents can also help to support this event by visiting the website below for ideas on how you can support your child in saying ‘No’ to bullying and violence. visit Bullying No Way
Interviews for entry to Prep 2016 are well underway and places have been offered to children whose readiness to begin the exciting journey of formal schooling has been established. On the basis of applications received to date, we are almost at our maximum for available places for next year. Parents with children already at Grace Primary are reminded that they must submit an application form and fee if they wish to retain sibling priority before all of the available places are offered. As I have been during the interviews with new families to our school, I would encourage all current parents whose intention is to send their children to Grace Primary, to submit an application form as soon as possible. We already have applications on file for entry to Prep 2019 !
Helping our neighbours
Grace Primary is hoping to help one of the village communities in Vanuatu following the recent devastation by cyclone Pam. Details are contained in this week’s Ripples, and we are hoping that all of our families can help in some way. Blessings for the week ahead,
Mr Stephen McGrath
“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus” Philippians 2:3-5