- From Daniel Keylock and Matt Bell
- New Gymnasium Update
- National Science Week in the ELC
- Having fun in the Past!
Schools are complex places with many people interacting regularly and sharing limited resources. Whilst the large majority of interactions are positive, things sometimes go wrong, people disagree or people are not as caring as they could be toward each other. When these sorts of things happen, understanding others’ perspectives and mending bridges are important so that young people can learn from these moments. We also have to remember that young people are not little adults. It is at these times that it is important to have a framework that supports students to navigate difficult situations.
We would all love for our children to have positive experiences at school all the time, but experience tells us that this isn’t realistic. Childhood is tough at times. It’s not magical and wondrous all of the time, nor should it be. Without some challenges, students are unable to develop resilience.
Students at times will experience moments of unfairness, anger, frustration, jealousy and tension. Sometimes they will act unkindly toward others, be involved in a disagreement, experience unkindness or witness it. At Concordia College, we have chosen to use Restorative Practices as our preferred framework for supporting students when difficult situations occur.
Whilst there is no foolproof way to resolve all matters successfully, research shows that Restorative Practices allows for students to:
- learn how to better self-regulate
- learn to better understand others’ perspectives and experiences
- learn to take ownership of harm they may have caused to others
- show a willingness and have the tools to repair harm that has occurred
- learn strategies for having difficult conversations.
At the heart of Restorative Practices is empathy and forgiveness. Concordia College’s aim through the restorative process, is to teach students how to navigate conflict and learn to understand each other better. In doing so, we are hopeful that students will be able to show each other empathy and forgiveness and transfer these critical life skills into everyday life.
Whilst we may not experience a perfect outcome in every situation, we endeavour to make sure that students feel listened to, respected and supported both during and after the process to ensure the best possible outcome for all involved. The partnership between students, staff and parents is critical in the success of these conversations, and as such we would encourage you to speak to staff when conflict occurs to discuss how you can be a part of this process.
Daniel Keylock and Matt Bell
Year 3 Teacher and Year 6 Teacher
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The children in the ELC were full of big questions and wonderings as they participated in National Science Week last week.
The children experienced tasting food indigenous to Australia with students from the Senior School. Many were risk-takers in trying green-ant jam! We joined a virtual simultaneous morning tea with ‘Little Scientists Australia’ who showed us different ways to explore food with our senses and Mrs Wells explored colour mixing with us.
The children were enthusiastic to extend their inquiries through their own interests and instigated several of their own investigations. These included investigating magnets, an experiment growing vegetables and exploring the physics behind bridge building. Budding scientists!
The ELC Team
The Year 1 students are continuing to learn about the past and have engaged in a number of exciting, stimulating and engaging learning opportunities.
They have particularly enjoyed a recent excursion to Ayers House and the Migration Museum. At Ayers House, the children had an opportunity to pretend they were applying to the Head Housekeeper to become servants in the grand old home. They needed to show an ability to problem solve, collaborate and demonstrate confidence as they participated in a variety of household activities. They polished the beautiful staircase, carried trays with fine china, wore aprons, and worked hard in the kitchen with all the old utensils. Suffice to say, the children passed with flying colours and all were awarded a position in the house.
In the Migration Museum, the children learned more about the First Australians and the many languages they spoke. They learnt about different colonies arriving in Australia and gained a better understanding of what migration meant. The children learnt about what school was like in the past and all agreed that school today is a lot more fun than in the 1800s.
A wonderful day was had by all.
The Year 1 Team