27th March 2020
Dear Cairnlea Park families,
As we all know these are uncertain times and with uncertainty a lot of apprehension, tension and anxiety can develop in us. With this, spare a thought for our children. Like us they are living this as well, they hear us talking about the coronavirus, they see it in the media and social media, and they too are experiencing the empty shelves in supermarkets.
So to put it plainly if we are struggling our kids are too. They are just as scared and powerless as we are right now. We have never experienced anything like this before and hopefully we never will again.
The idea of being off school for a number of weeks may sound great, but the reality is, this is not your normal school holidays. You cannot go overseas or interstate, you can’t go to the pictures, you can’t go to the zoo, and you can’t even go around to your friend’s house. Basically we have to stay home until we are given the all clear to return to normal.
As a result in coming weeks you may see a change in the behaviour of your kids. Whether its boredom, anxiety, anger, or frustration that they can't do things normally. You may even see meltdowns, tantrums, and oppositional behaviour in the coming weeks. This can be expected under these difficult circumstances.
Your kids will be looking for reassurance that they will be okay, they will want to feel comforted and loved. Don't pick fights with your kids because they don't want to do the maths we have set them. Don't scream at your kids for not following the schedule. Don't mandate 2 hours of continuous learning time every day if they are resisting. You will find that their learning spread out into small 20 minute sessions more productive. This may mean that you take a break from the school work and spend some genuine time doing activities together. Play outside and go for walks, bake a cake, draw and paint pictures. Play board games and watch movies together. Start a book and read together as a family. Just do nice things together.
Don't worry about them missing out on school. Every student is in the same boat and they will be okay. When they return to the classroom, the teachers will address what has been missed. We will teach to their individual point of need, as we always do. Teachers are trained to do this.
Please remember your child’s mental health will be as important as their academic skills for the next number of weeks. How they feel during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during those weeks is long gone.
Enjoy the holiday break and look after each other. Stay linked to COMPASS for any information we send out.
If everyone in our State does the right thing, and all going well, we will hopefully see everyone back at school on Wednesday 15th April.
Please stay linked to COMPASS as this will be a major platform to contact all families.
Stay safe and healthy,
Principal Cairnlea Park Primary
Welcome to Cairnlea Park Primary School
Established in 1874, the school has served the local community for many generations, firstly as Deer Park Primary School, and since 2009 as Cairnlea Park.
Our school places great importance on the development of every child’s skills and abilities whilst fostering a feeling of community across the school.
We invite you to come and inspect our facilities and talk to our staff about our school when you are considering which school to send your children to.