Collingwood Football Club visit
Posted February 12th 2020
As a staff we have discussed how important it is for our students to see adults as readers and role models. Along those lines we asked the Collingwood Football Club to send some players for them to read to our 5/6 students and talk about themselves as readers.
Callum Brown, Will Hoskin-Elliot and Chris Maine came out to the school on Tuesday and did just that. They were really entertaining with each player talking about themselves as lifelong learners. When Callum Brown read to the students he told them that he hadn’t read out aloud to anyone for a long time. The players were very impressed with our school and our wonderful children.
Posted 12 February 2020
Our wonderful German teacher Sandy spent many hours putting together a schultute for each one of our prep students. The most important part of every German child's first day of school is the "Schultüte," or school cone. In Germany they are filled with sweets, our cones were filled with more healthy things of course but the kids loved getting them.
Posted 24 February 2020
During the next week, we are going to promote Woori Kindness Week. What a great way to kick off the start to the year with raising awareness about acts of kindness and catching others doing an act of kindness. A small act of kindness can transform your day and lift your spirits. Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Little did Churchill know that there is actually scientific evidence to prove that by giving we do in fact increase the quality of our life. Giving to others gives the human race back the one commodity that we are in constant pursuit of – HAPPINESS!
Here are a few facts about kindness that you may not be aware of:
People who give contributions of time or money are “42 percent more likely to be happy” than those who don’t give (- Harvard “Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey”).
Studies have shown that spending on others feels better than spending on yourself. At Breakie Club on Tuesday a boy in grade 2 shared how he spent half of his birthday money on his brother because he wanted him to have something as well. How adorable!
Giving has also been linked to the release of oxytocin, a hormone that induces feelings of warmth, euphoria, and connection to others. A dose of oxytocin causes people to give more generously, feel more empathy towards others and the best part is that the so called “symptoms” last up to two hours!
Giving donations to charity has been proven to lead to activation in the ventral striatum, a brain region that’s commonly referred to as the reward centre.
When a person gives, they catch a glimpse of just how amazing they are, the potential they have and they suddenly become filled with a sense of purpose.
Engaging in acts of kindness produces endorphins, the brain’s natural painkiller.
Kindness stimulated the production of serotonin. Serotonin heals your wounds, calms you down and makes you happy.
Compassionate people have 23% less cortisol, the deadly stress hormone. We can all agree that life throw.
Posted July 5th 2017
Many of our younger children are using technology at home and I would like to encourage parents to be aware of using the privacy settings especially when using social networking sites. There was also a note that went home about 'Fortnite' a game that some of our students are playing, we encourage you to look carefully at this game and find out all the facts about this game.
The Internet is a wonderful place for children to learn and have fun, but there are also dangers, and it is important that children are safe while online. Here at Woori Yallock Primary School we are committed to on-going education about safe and responsible online behaviours and this is best imparted in partnership with parents and guardians. It’s vital that children learn to be safe and responsible for the use of digital technologies including computers, net books, IPAD’s, phones, cameras etc. We would like to encourage parents to work with us and reassure this behaviour at home.
When children use the school's internet connection there are several safeguards in place to ensure that inappropriate material is not allowed through, so that the children can enjoy using the internet safely.
If your child has access to the internet at home, we strongly advise you to take a look at the link to the ACMA website, www.cybersmart.gov.au which offers advice, information and resources to help you find out more about how to keep your child safe online. The ACMA has a number of education resources for use in schools and at home.
Parent Education Websites
There are many websites offering tips to help parents manage everyday needs and home concerns. The DET website offers parenting information on children’s development.