Tuesday, May 5, 2015

ShelterBox
This morning the class counsellors met with Sally Fletcher who works for 'ShelterBox'  We listened to Sally who shared what a ShelterBox is and how it positively impacts on peoples lives.
ShelterBox is an organisation who offers emergency aid to families who are displaced by disasters. 
It was decided from this meeting that Cockle Bay School would like to help those families in Nepal who have been effected by the devastating earthquakes .  By purchasing a ShelterBox we can directly provide shelter and life saving supplies to a family in need.  The contents of a ShelterBox was on display for the counsellors to see. The students also watched a brief video (see below) so they had a deeper understanding of what it might be like to be effected by disaster and how beneficial ShelterBox can be.
We will be holding a mufti day on Wednesday 27 of May to raise money towards this worthy cause. 
A donation of $2 or more from each child will help us to raise the $1500 needed to purchase a ShelterBox. To find out more click on the link below.

Anxiety in Children
On Thursday 7 of May Cockle Bay School held a Parent Information Evening to discuss anxiety in children.  Fi Jamieson-Folland shared with us 5 key secrets to helping our children deal with situations that may cause them to feel anxious.  As a parent I found this very helpful.  The 5 key secrets were areas that most parents would be familiar with, however it was great to revisit these so they are at the forefront of our minds.  

Attendance by parents was fantastic and there was well over 60 parents who took part.  Fi also highlighted that if parents had particular concerns in any of the 5 areas that they may like to seek more help in supporting their children.  See below for the presentation 

Kakapo Google Open Morning
On Friday 1 May, the Kakapo team held an open morning for parents and grandparents to visit their child's classroom to see how they use their Chrome Books and Google Apps for Education (GAFE). Everyone had a great time learning and sharing.  The turn our from parents was fantastic.  The children and parents were engaged as the students shared with their parents the ins and outs of using the Chrome Books and the different ways they can now access and convey their learning.
I am interested to learn the impact of these devices in engaging and motivating the children's learning.

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