Bingara Central School Newsletter WEEK 6: FRIDAY 12 NOVEMBER
Today was our first half day of transition and we had so much fun together. We started our morning off with a fruit break and watching a story on the SmartBoard about how to be a bucket filler and then talked about all the different ways we can fill our own buckets at school.
Miss Schmidt then handed out some blank buckets for us to decorate which we worked hard to fill with 5 stickers by the end of our day with her to get a special sticker.
We also learned all about how to recognise and manage our big feelings when we are at big school and tested out the ‘calm down’ corner. We all loved seeing our friends from the years before and we cannot wait for our next half-day next week!
MISS SCHMIDT Kindergarten Teacher
Tips For Transition
Most of our students at Bingara Central School have recently transitioned into their new class for the upcoming school year. This change can bring about a range of responses amongst our children, such as excitement, uncertainty or fear. They may have different teachers and classmates or need to adapt to new expectations and daily school routines (break times etc). It often takes time for students to adjust and settle into the ‘new normal’ after a big transition. So, at the moment our students may be experiencing an in-between period – things are now different from how they were before, but we’re not yet familiar and comfortable with our ‘new normal’.
Some students may be finding the changes difficult or unsettling, and others may have seemingly transitioned with ease.
Both of these responses are normal and natural, and any transition-related uncertainty typically resolves itself within the first few weeks. However, it’s still extremely important to support our students during this period of change.
So let’s talk about some tips for a smooth transition
• Open up the conversation – Ask your child how they’re feeling about the change that’s
happened. Often it’s not until young people are specifically asked, that they express if
they’re feeling worried or unsure. Keeping the lines of communication open will help
your child feel it’s okay to speak about any concerns they may have.
• Acknowledge their feelings – It is important for your child to know that you recognise
and accept how they are currently feeling. For example, ‘I can understand that you
feel worried about moving from Stage 3 to Stage 4, going from primary to secondary
is a big change.’
• Reassure them that change is normal and they will soon adjust – Bring your child’s
attention to previous times they have managed transitions positively, and remind
them that they can do it again! Past examples of success can act as confidence builders
and therefore deescalate levels of uncertainty. For example, ‘Do you remember last
year when you were really worried about starting in your new class? You did a fantastic
job adjusting to that change, and I know you’ll be able to do it again. I’m always here
if you would like to talk about things that are on your mind.’
• Keep other routines consistent – Aim to keep other daily and family routines the same
- for example, meal times and waking up/bedtime. This will ensure your child feels a
sense of stability and comfort at home, while they adjust to the changes at school.
2. Encourage help-seeking behaviour – Encourage your child to speak to a teacher or
wellbeing staff member if they are struggling with the change. Remind them that
it’s okay to be honest about how they’re feeling and ask for support. Sometimes it
can make the world of difference to a student if they simply know that a trusted staff
member is aware of how they’re feeling and will check in with them each day.
If you are worried about how your child is coping with the current transition, you are
welcome to email: email@example.com Bingara Central School’s Social Worker
Country Education Foundation
Applications are now open to eligible students for possible financial assistance from The Country Education Foundation of Gwydir.
• Are you between the age of 16 and 25yrs?
• Have you lived or been schooled in the Gwydir local government area?
• Can you demonstrate financial need?
This funding may assist eligible students with relocating, purchase of textbooks, tools, work equipment, fuel, transport, laptops, internet access, accommodation. Eligible students may be studying through TAFE, University or any tertiary institution.
CEF Gwydir is a community-based not-for-profit organisation with a passion for seeing rural and regional youth succeed. We are committed to assisting school-leavers to access the services and resources they need to fulfill their personal potential and contribute fully to the communities in which they live and the broader Australian society.
Applications for 2022 opened on 1 October and will close on 31 December 2021.
Late applications can not be considered.
Applications must be made through CEF Australia
website https://cef.org.au/. For further information contact Robyn on 0409 770 994.
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