- FROM THE PRINCIPAL
- THIS WEEK AT McAULEY
- REMOTE LEARNING
- FROM THE REC
- DAILY MASS ONLINE
- A PRAYER BY POPE FRANCIS
- STATIONS OF THE CROSS
- CHILDREN'S STATIONS OF THE CROSS
- PRAYER TO ST JOSEPH
- POEM BY JACOB AMBROSE - YEAR 9
- SCHOOL BUSES
- THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
- MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL BEING
- RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
Dear Parents and Carers
As advised by email yesterday McAuley staff are undertaking professional learning next week as we move to formalize Remote Learning next term. For those families who need care and supervision next week please be sure that you contact me before the end of today so that we can see what can be done next week.
As time moves on I know our staff are missing the students. That is a big reminder of the relational nature of our work. Good teaching just doesn’t seem to happen without the personal and physical connections. Parents too, are learning that motivating and keeping kids engaged in the remote learning environment is tricky! Just have a look at social media to see the hardships many parents are finding having their kids at home whilst trying to get some school activities done.
Please be assured we are in this together. Our staff are working madly to make the work presented interesting, challenging and varied. We have come up with a logo (below) that represents the next term and the fact that McAuley staff and parents are working together as a team. We hope that this visual representation will remind you that we don’t expect you to be the teacher, rather, help where you can and allow our fabulous staff to do their job remotely. RemoTE@Mcauley will become the new norm for at least Term 2 it seems and we look forward to working in the best way possible in this fast changing world of work, school and home.
Remember that we are a Catholic School in the tradition of Catherine McAuley. Our words and actions should model that charism which was dedicated to education, hard work and doing the best that we can each day. A time of prayer together as a family is an important way to keep our traditions and customs alive. Pray for those who need it but don’t forget to pray in thanksgiving for the many blessings we have.
This is already a historical time which will be imprinted on the memories of our children. Let’s work to make those memories good ones. Memories of a time when your family was united like no time before, doing things that made you happy, helped you learn and protected our fellow humankind from harm.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out for support from your child’s classroom or PC teacher or to contact me directly. I am aware there are high levels of anxiety and fear in our families.
We have access to CatholicCare Counselling and online resources to give advice and help.
Mary Our Mother… Look after us.
This Sunday, Palm Sunday, marks the beginning of Holy Week which is a very sacred time of the year. It is during this week that we will commemorate and remember the last week of Jesus' life on this earth. The greatest focus of the week is the suffering and Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the events that led up to it. Due to the restrictions to stop the spread of the Coronavirus there are no church services during this most holy time.
I would invite you to still commemorate these important days with your family with the support of an online resource from the Liturgy Brisbane-Holy Week at Home. These resources have been produced to enable families to celebrate simple liturgies at home during Holy Week.
Being at home with your children during Holy Week allows you an opportunity to reflect on the Stations of the Cross together as a family. There are many excellent resources online with you can use. One that is would recommend is below. On this site you will find some background information on the history and traditions of the Stations of the Cross as well as a prayerful and reflective clip on the Stations of the Cross.
I wake extra early to a chaotic scene,
The stench of smoke fills my nostrils, the thickest it’s been.
The sky is glowing red and the smoke is hanging thick,
This unrelenting monster is getting close and travelling quick.
It’s burnt the local pine plantation and heading for our town,
We must evacuate this morning and head to safer ground.
Our modest country town is deserted and forlorn,
Only the brave remain behind to fight this firestorm.
Fierce, flaming fireballs are fed by the ferocious gusts,
I see fear in my parents faces, how will we adjust?
I pray harder than ever that our town will be spared,
But my faith is being tested, despite being well prepared.
It’s a battle for survival, a fight that’s hard to win,
But we are a strong, united community and unwilling to give in.
In the months to come, we will revive,
All that matters, for now, is that we survive.
The current COVID 19 health crisis has led to anxiety, uncertainty and constant change in our lives. We have collected numerous resources that you may find useful to support your children and yourselves especially in relation to adjusting to the transition to schooling from home.
Resources for parents:
COVID-19: The facts. The Australian Government Department of Health website is the main source of health-related information on what Australia is doing in response to this pandemic.See the coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert page.; A national campaign has launched to inform all Australians about the coronavirus (COVID-19). The campaign aims to reduce the risk to individuals and families by ...
Beyond Blue recognises and understands the feelings of anxiety, distress and concern many people may be experiencing in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and offers the following wellbeing advice.
This tipsheet covers understanding common reactions in yourself and others during the COVID-19 pandemic, what you can do to look after yourself and manage feelings of stress, anxiety, or distress associated with COVID-19, and helpful resources and support.
There are a lot of unknowns in the world right now. But one thing is certain — Headspace is here for you.To help support you through this time of crisis, we’re offering some meditations you can listen to anytime.
To support children:
Eight tips to help comfort and protect children. 2. Be honest: explain the truth in a child-friendly way Children have a right to truthful information about what’s going on in the world, but adults also have a responsibility to keep them safe from distress.
Parents and caregivers: Keep kids learning, entertained, and calm during the COVID-19 pandemic with Common Sense Media. Navigate social distancing, school closures, and more.
GoNoodle® engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are!
Yoga for kids;
MAJOR news! Alo Gives is bringing yoga to 3 MILLION kids this year with our HUGE national rollout of AloGives.com, partnered with Scholastic. Yoga changes the trajectory of kids’ lives and we ...
Home Schooling support:
Welcome! Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video.
Explore parent resources to help you raise kind, curious and resilient children. Find parenting tips, hands-on activities, games, apps and more.
Find amazing facts about animals, science, history and geography, along with fun competitions, games and more. Visit National Geographic Kids today!
Parents who will be homeschooling (temporarily) while schools are closed because of COVID-19 can only do so much to keep kids learning, so do your parents a solid and use this time to find subjects that get you excited! There’s only so much Netflix you can watch before you get a funny taste in the back of your mouth. As Mike Petrilli wrote in a recent blog post, “It’s highly unlikely ...
Supporting your Children's Social, Emotional, and Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic By Guest Author, Pamela McVeagh-Lally As the spread of COVID-19 causes more and more school closures across the United States, we, parents and caregivers, are faced with the daunting reality of needing to stay at home with our children for weeks and possibly…
Here are some things you can do to help your child learn from home. 1. Set up a learning space. Create an area in the house for your child to be able to focus on learning.theconversation.com
Advice from teacher on homeschooling kids, teens during COVID 19 coronavirus crisis. Let kids get bored, how to teach math, teach them home economics."/
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