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25th March 2020

Keeping you up to date

 
It is clear that these are troubling and challenging times but I am very proud of the way in which our students, teachers and families are working together to support each other.

We will continue to keep you informed as best we can and will use multiple numbers of platforms such as text messages, our Facebook Page, the School’s Web Page, emails and Compass.  Please make sure your contact details are up to date so that we can keep you abreast of the latest information.

In this newsletter, you will have the opportunity to see some of the good work that is being undertaken by our students.  Let us take the opportunity to reflect on something positive.

Parents are asked to make sure that students are able to access Compass from home and contact the school if support is required.  For students who are unable to access the work through compass, we will endeavour to provide hard copies of the material needed.
Please continue to look after yourselves and your families.  Contact the office if we can be of assistance.  We are here to help!
 
Be kind to each other in these testing times.
Ray Squires
Principal
 

Wed 15th April
- First day of term 2

Calendar updates can be found on Compass.


Support Services

If you feel like you could do with the support of a professional, help is always available.
 
  • MyPlace - Cardinia - 1800 496 884
  • Youth Counselling and Support Service - Casey - 9792 7279
  • Coronavirus Health Information Line · 1800 020 080 · Call if you are seeking information on coronavirus (COVID-19). The line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • LifeLine -  13 11 14 - Provides counselling, information and referrals for people experiencing a personal crisis. Click here for the link.
  • Beyond Blue - 1300 224 636 - Provides advice and support for people experiencing depression and anxiety. Click here for the link
  • Suicide Call Back Service - 1300 659 467  - Provides free counselling for anyone (15 years+) who is suicidal or affected by suicide.
  • Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800 - Provides free, private and confidential telephone and online counselling services specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25. Click here for the link.
  • E-HeadSpace - Provides free online or telephone support with a clinician via an online chat. This service is available for 12–25-year-olds, Click here for the link.
  • Reachout - Click here for the link


Talking to children about coronavirus (COVID-19)

Your child is probably seeing and hearing a lot about coronavirus (COVID-19) on TV, radio, and social media, as well as from other people. Talking with your child about coronavirus (COVID-19) can help your child understand and cope with what’s going on.

Here’s how.

Make time to talk
Find the right time to talk with your child. This might be when your child gets home from school, at bedtime or in the car. When your child is ready to talk, give your child your full attention.

Find out what your child knows
It’s a good idea to start by asking your child what she knows about the virus and whether she has any questions. For example, ‘On the news today, they were talking about coronavirus. Were people at school talking about that? What were they saying?’

Explain coronavirus (COVID-19) in a way your child can understand

  • Use a calm, reassuring tone and stick to the facts.
  • For younger children, keep it simple and brief. For example, ‘That’s right, some people are getting sick with a germ. It makes them cough and sneeze. The sick people are being looked after well by doctors and hospitals’.
  • For older children, offer more detail. For example, ‘I heard you talking with your friends about how you catch coronavirus. The virus spreads through things like sneezing, coughing and touching infected things. That’s why good hygiene and hand-washing are really important. They help to protect everyone.’

Tune into your child’s feelings
Some children might not be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19). But some might be frightened, upset or worried. They might be worried about the virus itself or about how it might affect their lives.

Ask your child how he’s feeling and listen to what he says. You can also ask him what he needs to feel better. It might reassure your child if you share your own feelings and let him know what you’re doing to cope with them.

For example:

  • ‘I can see that you’re worried about grandpa getting really sick. I love how caring you are. If anyone we know gets sick, the hospital will take good care of them. Right now, I could really do with a cuddle from you.’
  • ‘It can be scary not knowing what’s going to happen with the virus. Scientists all over the world are working hard to find a vaccine and treatment. In Australia, we have good hospitals, doctors and nurses who can look after us.’
  • ‘It’s OK to be worried about catching coronavirus. I sometimes worry too. Some people are only getting minor symptoms like what you get when you have a cold. If I need some good information, I look at the health department website.’
  • ‘It’s disappointing we can’t go to the footy on the weekend. But the doctors say that this will help stop the spread of coronavirus, so this is how we can help. Let’s watch the footy on TV together.’

It’s important to monitor how much media coverage about coronavirus (COVID-19) you and your child are seeing. It’s not helpful for anyone to hear distressing news over and over again. If you have the facts you need, it’s often best to switch off or switch to something else.

Where to get reliable information about coronavirus (COVID-19)

It’s best to get your information about coronavirus (COVID-19) from up-to-date, accurate and reliable sources.

The best sources are Healthdirect’s Coronavirus hub and Australian, state and territory health departments:

Source: Raisingchildren.net.au 

 


A Message from Our Chaplain


As most people would be aware, it is during times of crisis that chaplains are on the ground doing their best to support their communities. This may be done through being a listening ear to anxious staff or families, connecting these people to services available to them when anxiety gets in the way of clear thinking and of being able to take in the information available “out there”.

As part of the school's commitment to providing ongoing support to our families, our school chaplain Samantha Bond is available to help our school community as needed and where appropriate over this lockdown period. Samantha can be contacted through email and by leaving your contact details, Samantha will be checking emails from Mondays to Fridays and will contact you as quickly as she can.

Perhaps you need reassurance, information or practical things. Samantha will do her best to connect you and help you as best she can. To contact our chaplain email bond.samantha.j@edumail.vic.gov.au.

As of next week during the school holidays, families needing support can contact our wellbeing team leader, Yvette Sangster, via Compass.

 


Before Social Distancing was a Thing


Things are moving so fast, but about a week ago, our super dedicated Chess team was no match to COVID-19. They kept training and enjoying the sport with some minor adjustments, like elbow high fives.
 


Master Chefs of Our Own


No, it's not Masterchef creations, these are the delicious dishes prepared by the Year 11 VCE Food Studies (for their individual SAC), which required to produce a recipe using ancient grains from early cultures AND the year 10 Food Tech multicultural food design task, which required students to produce a meal from their allocated country. 

As you can see, the results are outstanding. Why not ask them to produce some of these dishes during the holidays.

Click here to view all the master creations


 


Food Tech in Time for Easter


Year 9 Food Technology class learning how to use piping bags. Ms Sloan was very impressed on how the students iced the delicious shortbread biscuits. YUMM 😁


Photography Students' Amazing Work


Despite all the stresses of recent weeks our photography students didn't seem phased and their creativity was at the forefront. Take a look at their work on this link.

Year 9s demonstrate Frozen Motion.
Year 10s  demonstrate 'Cut out photography'. An activity requiring them to find a silhouette of an object online, cut it out and create an interesting effect and 'Optical Illusions'.

Click here to see the amazing student work.


Introducing the State Schools Spectacular team


They've been busy practising their moves 💃🏼😍 . We are not sure about when this will resume, but we can confirm the team had fun.

 

All Division Sport has been Postponed Until Further Notice

  • All communications in relation to Interschool sport will come from the official source School Sports Victoria. You can access the latest here.
  • Updates on sporting events will be provided to you on a weekly basis from the start of Term 2.
  • Many sporting venues have advised of their closure until June due to Government restrictions.


Tips for Working From Home


Millions of workers, including government employees, will experience remote work for the first time. There are strategies you can adopt to stay on task when away from the office and co-workers

Click here to read tips 
 


Staying Connected While Social Distancing


• Book virtual coffee dates - Make a tea or coffee and FaceTime a friend or colleague to check in. Just like a regular coffee date, but you can stay in your pj's.

• Create a shared playlist with family, friends or colleagues

• Smile at people - It is a simple gesture but can mean a lot when we have limited human contact.

• Come up with creative forms of contact - Hugs and handshakes are out. But elbow high-fives and footshakes are in.

• Think about those more vulnerable than you - Offer assistance to an elderly neighbour or friend who may need help collecting groceries or leaving the house.

• Talk about your concerns - If you are feeling alone or worried about your isolation, speak up. Let someone know what you're going through.


Maintaining Your Mental Health During Social Isolation


To help control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) across the country, all Australians have been asked to practise social distancing.

In some cases, people are required to or may choose to, self-isolate. Understandably, the challenges associated with social distancing and isolation, including separation from loved ones, loss of freedom and reduced income, are leading some people to experience feelings of anxiety, boredom, frustration and fear.

This information sheet outlines some useful strategies you can use to maintain good mental health during this unprecedented time of social distancing and isolation.

Click to access the information sheet https://bit.ly/2Uhw7yL
 
Click on the video for useful information on how to stop the spread of Coronavirus
Click on the video for useful information on how to stop the spread of Coronavirus
Click on the video for useful information on how to stop the spread of Coronavirus

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