A person who is happy is not because everything is right in his life, He is happy because his attitude towards everything in his life is right.
The above quote is so needed right now. Why is it that people in extreme poverty can still be happy? Why is it that some people who seem to be going through something really tough, keep on smiling? The answer lies in how one perceives the world, through their own lens.
There is a wonderful TED talk from a psychologist by the name of Kelly McGonigal. She speaks specifically about stress in this video, but really, you can just translate this to how I perceive the world. I highly recommend watching this clip to gain some perspective and remind ourselves that happiness is our own responsibility. We can create a happier environment for ourselves simply by the way we think. We can take charge and importantly, show our kids how to take charge of our happiness.
God gave us free will. We can decide to be beaten and allow ourselves to be swamped or we can take the reins and decide there is plenty to be thankful for and look forward to. Not only is it good for us, it happens to be infectious.
Click here for How to Make Stress Your Friend
Spread the good word!
Religious Education Leader
It was Bethlehem Community’s turn to celebrate Mass with Father Denis this week. Father Denis continues to spread the Good News that Jesus loves you, no matter what. Families were able to celebrate Mass at home and in the classroom, so everyone was able to join in. The Mass was live streamed for the Bethlehem community via Google Meet.
Thank you to all the families who were able to assist their children with the technology, it was also lovely to see the children respond so beautifully during the Mass. Prayers were offered for the tragic situation in Afghanistan at this time.
Religious Education Leader
Who doesn’t love wearing their pjs all day?!!!
What a fun celebration, seeing all your foundation buddies, learning a new hymn, singing with Mrs P and her guitar and listening to a story! Thanks for coming kids!
2022 Intentions form
As advised recently in the Spear, we are already preparing for 2022!
To help us prepare for class structures next year we are asking families to advise their intentions if your child/ren are moving schools next year.
If you know already that your child/ren are going to be attending Year 1 to Grade 6 at a different school for 2022, could you please click on the link below and complete the information.
Please DO NOT complete the form if your child is currently in Year 6 now and going to Secondary college next year.
School Fee Concession
Many in our school community continue to face financial impacts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to supporting families experiencing financial challenges through our School Fee Concession programs, and encourage any parent/carer/guardian experiencing difficulties to contact us regarding fee assistance.
Please contact Nicola Saunders on firstname.lastname@example.org to explore confidential financial support arrangements or to obtain further information.
Afternoon School Pick Up
We have been looking at how we can improve the pick up situation in the afternoons. We are going to allow parents to park in the first row of bays closest to Fiorelli Drive.
Please see the attached car park diagram.
All cars will enter via Gate 1 (closest to Ferrari drive) and either turn right to park or continue with the car pick up loop.
Parents parking will use the pedestrian crossing to collect children from the basketball court.
Parked cars will exit out Gate 2 (closest to Berwick Cranbourne Rd). There will be staff members to assist but I know that our lovely parents will work to take turns and let everyone through.
For those with children onsite for remote learning you can use this parking from today.
Everyone else, we'll look forward to seeing you all when lockdown lifts.
NO HAT, NO PLAY
As we head into spring, and as per our Sun Protection Policy the No Hat, No Play rule will begin from 2nd September 2021.
Students will be required to wear hats when outside (e.g recess, play breaks, lunch, sport and excursions). If a child is not wearing a hat they will be required to stay in an undercover area during these times.
Hats can be purchased from PSW located in Hampton Park
NB: We have a number of unnamed items in lost property. Please clearly label your child's items of clothing so they can be returned to your child if handed to lost property.
Parent Notified Absences (PAM)/ Attendance (Remote Learning)
Parents are required to log their child’s absence/ attendance (remote learning) by 9:30 am. This can be done via PAM or alternatively by contacting the school on 5998 9293.
Please note any unexplained absences will be recorded as an absence against your child’s attendance record.
If you are experiencing any problems logging into PAM, please contact the school for assistance.
If your child is unwell, has a fever or has been vomiting or have had gastroenteritis, they must stay at home until they are symptom free for 24 hours. If they are not completely symptom free eg: runny nose, cough they will need a medical certificate to confirm they have recovered and are not contagious in order to attend school.
Change of Clothing (Foundation – Junior students)
Accidents happen, from muddy puddles to tummy troubles; there may come a time when your child needs a change of clothes. Please ensure your child has a spare set of clothing in their bags at all times in the event they are needed.