- From the Head of Campus
- Traffic Control Procedures
- School Photo Day – Tuesday 5 March
- Bead Donations
- Sport Aerobics 2019
- Team Swimming Carnival – Friday 8 March
- Old Uniforms to have a new home!
- Minimbah PFG Fair
- Grandparents’ Day – Thursday 4 April
- Playgroup at Minimbah
- Friendship Through the Stages
- Residential Address Collection 2019
- Harmony Day Picnic – Thursday 21 March
- Upcoming Calendar Dates
From the Head of Campus
Thank you to all those parents who were able to attend our recent Information Evening. It was great to see so many of you here at school to update you on our programs for 2019.
Images from the first buddies swim of the year, 5/6 Sport and the Year 5 Assembly
I would also like to thank you for participating in the recent round of Parent–Teacher Interviews. These early meetings are an ideal opportunity to set goals for the term and the year ahead. Of course, these will be followed up with written reports and another opportunity to meet with staff mid-year. If at any stage you need to meet with a staff member, please don’t hesitate to contact Kerrie to set up a mutually convenient time to meet.
As we settle into the New Year, it is an opportune time to remind you all of our traffic management and parking procedures and the School expectation regarding uniform.
We have a system of traffic control which is designed to ensure the safety of your children and the smooth running of drop-off and pick-up procedures. I would ask you to familiarise yourself with the routines and let any other friends or family members know, who may from time to time drop off or collect children here at Minimbah.
Key points to remember:
- Unless you are dropping students off at the ECC (and older siblings), the main driveway should not be used in the morning.
- Please always reverse into a space on the far side of the basketball if you are accompanying your children to class in the morning. The left-hand side of the basketball court is a turning circle for drop-off only.
- Please do not drop off or park in Piper Crescent or the two rear entrances to the School. Access to this area is for staff and school buses only. Staff do not supervise this area.
- In the afternoon, students in Foundation to Year 3 and their older siblings are collected from the area in front of Reception. Parents should enter the driveway from the Piper Crescent entry.
- In the afternoon, students in Years 4–6 are collected from the basketball court. Parents enter from Minimbah Court. Please reverse into a space on either side of the court.
- In the afternoon, staff are on duty until 3.45pm. Delaying collection until after 3.30pm helps to ease congestion.
As we have entered a transition stage between the new and old Minimbah uniform, it is timely to be reminded of our expectations. We do expect the children to wear clean and well maintained uniform at all times. We now have over 500 students across both Junior Campuses wearing the same uniform, so it is important we ‘get it right’ from the outset.
The following should help clarify some of the current issues:
- A mixture of the old and new uniform should not be worn.
- The new rugby top is the only ‘crossover’ item in the uniform range and may be worn in warmer months as the outer most piece of clothing with both the ‘day’ uniform and the sport uniform.
- The black fleece jacket is part of the sport uniform only.
- Black leather shoes are the only acceptable shoe to be worn. This means all black sports runners and canvas skate shoes are not to be worn.
- The only hat in the Junior Campus uniform is the taupe wide-brimmed hat. The grey baseball cap is not part of the Junior Campus dress code as it is not SunSmart approved.
- The school hat is available to purchase at Reception for $22.95.
- We also have the only approved school socks for sale at Reception (sport socks cost $9.95, and navy ‘day’ socks cost $11.95 for two pairs). The correct school socks should be worn with the new uniform.
We would ask you to support us in ensuring the school uniform is worn correctly and with pride. We will provide communication home to you if the children are wearing incorrect uniform.
You will now be aware that school group and individual photos will be taken next Tuesday 5 March.
All children need to wear their school uniform on this day; no PE gear please. You must register and pay for photos online through our photographer, School Pix. Order forms with the instructions were sent home recently via students. Sibling group photos can also be arranged on this day, with order forms for these available at Reception.
The Minimbah Mother’s Day Stall is all about creating that special handmade gift. This year is no exception!
We are asking for parents to please donate:
that they no longer wear so we can recycle the beads and provide the children with an array of creative choice.
There will be a box at Reception for your donations.
Broken or odd pieces are fine as the beads will be removed and reused.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Interested students who would like to join our Aerobics Squad are invited to train in the gym on Monday afternoons from 3.20–4.20pm. Participation may be for fun or can lead to inclusion in our competition teams later in the year. Please see Kerrie for more information.
The annual Team Swimming Carnival will be held on Friday 8 March at Mornington Secondary College Pool from 9.45am–12.45pm.
All children in Years 3–6 participate in the morning which includes both competitive and fun races. Year 2 students will also participate, helping Mr Roden with equipment.
Parents and friends are welcome to come along to watch the swimming sports and cheer on the teams.
We have found the perfect home for our old uniforms. ‘Donations in Kind’ are an organisation run by Rotary International who package and deliver second-hand uniforms to communities in need abroad.
If you have old uniform items that are in good condition there will be a collection box in the office. Any ironing and folding of the clothes you could do, to help with them being proudly received by their new owner, would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance for helping our old uniforms find a treasured new home.
The Minimbah PFG Fair will be held on Friday 22 March from 3.20–8.30pm. The PFG are hard at work in the background pulling everything together to ensure the success of this eagerly awaited family event. Please look out for correspondence from the school and your PFG Class Representatives for further information about how you can help before or on the day and all other Fair related news. Please click on the button below to purchase ride tickets (wristband).
Each ride ticket (wristband) entitles the holder to entry to all rides and comes with ONE FREE ADULT RIDE TOKEN TOO! Buy yours today!
PLEASE NOTE: Entry to the Fair is free! It is only the rides which require an entry wristband.
See you all on Friday 22 March at the Minimbah Fair!BUY RIDE TICKETS HERE!
On Thursday 4 April we will be holding our annual Grandparents' and VIPs' Day. On this day we welcome to school Grandparents or someone very important in your child’s world for a morning of activity in classrooms, a special concert and a sumptuous high tea. The morning will commence at 9.30am and end at midday. Event registrations are now open!
Video: Grandparents' Day 2018
Minimbah is pleased to introduce Playgroup to our Campus.
Through a rich and diverse play-based program, children have the opportunity to explore all areas of the Early Childhood curriculum, whilst building friendships and bonds with other children.
Playgroup is designed for children who are 2 years old and will run each Friday from 9.30am - 11.30am.
Term 1: 1 March – 5 April
Term 2: 3 May – 21 June
Term 3: 26 July – 13 September
Term 4: 11 October – 29 November
Families will be required to register with Playgroup Victoria and our sessions will cost $10 per week, payable before the start of term.
To register please click here.
We all know that friendships form an important part of our lives and add to our sense of wellbeing. As adults our friends provide support, encouragement, counsel, and sometimes simply a listening board. For the young people in our lives friendships can build self-esteem and a sense of belonging which help them feel good about themselves. Having and making friends not only enhances mental health, it teaches our young people important life skills like problem solving, negotiation, and conflict resolution.
Unlike the start of a new school year (a clear point of transition as indicated by a new classroom, a new teacher, new faces and new material to cover), development in our young people occurs without regard for the calendar. When it comes to friendship, Robert Selman and his five-stage theory has frequently been cited as a way of viewing the progression of these skills. The overarching concept of Selman’s theory is that individuals move through a series of stages, each of which involve qualitatively different social and emotional skills and challenges, as they work out how to get along with the people around them. The stages described by Selman differ in terms of the thoughts, ideas, and understanding of friendship, which become increasingly complex throughout the primary school years. When thinking about these stages, it is best to hold the associated age ranges lightly and not to view them as concrete signposts because, as we know, each young person’s trajectory differs. We also know that the development of these skills is not necessarily linear and that despite showing a particular level of skill, a young person may inconsistently employ them in their interactions with others.
Stages of Development
‘Momentary Playmates’ (3–6 years)
Friendship is largely based on proximity and shared activities of interest. A child at this stage clearly distinguishes friends from others but they have a hard time seeing things from other people’s perspectives. This can result in phrases like, “She’s not my friend anymore” when another child has expressed a different opinion or simply wants to do a different activity.
‘One-Way Assistance’ (5-9 years)
There is a greater emphasis on the importance of friendship at this stage. This can mean that friendship is used as a bargaining chip and can also mean hanging onto a friendship even if that person does unkind things. Whilst friendship extends at this point beyond the moment-to-moment play of the previous stage, young people remain very concrete in the way they conceptualise friendship. More often than not a friend is someone of a similar age who does something nice for us.
‘Two-Way, Fair Weather Cooperation’ (7-12 years)
Fairness and reciprocity dominate this stage of friendship. Young people in this stage are able to view situations from another person’s perspective but there is a certain expectation that if they do something for their friend, then their friend will do something for them. At this stage there is more judgement (of self and others) and fitting in becomes a focus. Secret clubs often arise during this stage and can lead to plenty of energy and time being spent on working out who is and who is not part of the group. This coincides with an increased ability to express feelings verbally. Despite this, anger may still be the default when they’re upset. This is likely to be a peak period of complaining about friends and the reactions of others.
‘Mutually Shared Relationships’ (8-15 years)
Compromise and helping friends without the expectation of the favour being returned is an indication that the young person has moved to this stage. Young people in this stage show genuine care for their friend. There is often a desire for the friend to be a constant companion, which can lead to hurt feelings when they choose to spend time with someone else. At this time young people tend to start narrowing their peer group to close friends with whom they share secrets and jokes.
‘Mature Friendship’ (12 years and up)
Feelings of trust and support, whilst knowing that their friend will have other relationships and will want to spend time with those people, are indicators of a young person moving into the fifth and final stage of friendship skills. When this stage is reached, young people are able to endure time away from their friend and be relatively confident that the connection will last. There is greater and greater value placed on the opinions of their friends.
So, how do you support the development of your child’s friendship skills?
For those with children who find it easy to make friends it may simply be arranging playdates or sleepovers. Be available during these times but give sufficient space and time so that they have the opportunity to practise the skills needed to get along. As no friendship is perfect, be prepared to help them work through any small bumps along the way.
For those with children who find it harder to make friends, these skills can be strengthened through extracurricular activities at school and outside the school gates. You may find that role playing how to introduce themselves to others or how to invite someone over for a playdate to also be helpful.
Along the journey to mature friendships we expect there to be mistakes and conflicts. If trouble arises talk to your child and try to problem solve together. It may be that they could identify a particular game that they’re interested in which they could start at school or that they’re uncertain about the rules of a game that they’re keen to play. Additionally, teaching them how to consider situations from other perspectives, in teachable moments, through conversation, role-play, stories and debriefing is often helpful. It may then be helpful to talk to their teacher. When such moments are viewed in the context of other areas of development (e.g. language, motor and self-care), it is clear that each child will move through the stages at their own pace. As parents and teachers, we can help them practise these skills. By understanding the different stages of development, those who care for and work with our young people can provide the understanding, empathy and assistance to nurture these life-long skills.
- raisingchildren.net.au: Friends and friendships – 10 frequently asked questions
- KidsMatter: Learning positive friendship skills
- Understood: Social Problems at School – How and When to Jump In
Educational and Developmental Psychologist (Minimbah and Senior Campus)
Educational and Developmental Psychologist (Penbank and Senior Campus)
Get a group of friends together and join us at our Harmony Day Picnic at Penbank Campus.
Grab your picnic rug and basket, and celebrate Reconciliation whilst supporting Woodleigh School's efforts to close the gap.
Online ticket sales are now closed. Tickets can be purchased upon entry.
Please take note of the following forthcoming activities. Individual CareMonkey or general invitations will be forwarded to you as required.
- Friday 1 March – District Swimming (selected students)
- Tuesday 5 March – School Photo Day
- Thursday 7 March – Year 5 Excursion to the Immigration Museum
- Friday 8 March – Team Swimming Carnival (Mornington Secondary College)
- Monday 11 March – Labour Day Holiday
- Tue 12 – Wed 13 March – Year 3 and 4 Camp – Iluka Lodge, Shoreham
- Wednesday 20 March – Interschool Chess Competition, Karingal PS
- Thursday 21 March – Harmony Day Twilight Picnic (Penbank Campus)
- Friday 22 March – Minimbah Fair 3.20–8.30pm
- Tuesday 26 March – 4yo ECC Parent Transition Morning Tea
- Friday 29 March – NAPLAN Coordinated Practice Test (Years 3 and 5)
- Thursday 4 April – Grandparents' and VIPs' Day, 9.30am – 12 noon
- Friday 5 April – Junior Campus Sports Day (Minimbah, Penbank and Senior Campus)
- Friday 5 April – Term 1 ends