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CyberSafety Parent Forum

An extremely important and informative meeting for parents will be held at CPPS on Wednesday October 31st at 7 pm. Alan Smith, from the Federal Police, will talk with parents about the dangers and responsibilities associated with cyberspace. This forum will the correct behaviours and legal implications of using cyberspace safely, and what to do in case of cyberbullying. Please put this date in your calendar NOW, so that you can be a well-informed and protective parent.

What Makes a Good Reader?

Good readers are purposeful and understand that reading has many purposes and adapt their style of reading accordingly. They know to read the instructions for their new piece of technology carefully, but can skim over a newspaper article lightly. They can scan a page quickly for a telephone number, take notes as they engage deeply in an article they need to research for an assignment, or curl up and leisurely read a novel for pure enjoyment. Good readers know why they are reading and how they should read to achieve their purpose.

Footy Day

Cairnlea Park’s annual Footy Day was a great success once again. Children wore footy colours to support their favourite team, and cheered as they paraded through the gym with some fantastic banners. They had fun activities during the day that included footy activities and rotated through them by being a part of handball, relay races, accuracy footy kicks, obstacle course and many more. It was a fun filled day with a great cause which you all helped raise a total of $594.00 for the Starlight Foundation. Thank you for your donations and we look forward to next year’s footy season.

Top 5 Ideas for Raising Well Behaved Children

The following ideas may prove to be helpful to parents and caregivers.  It makes for some very interesting reading, too!

Top 5 Ideas for Raising Well Behaved Children  (by Michael Grose)

Children’s behaviour  is  impossible  to  ignore … particularly  if  it’s  poor  behaviour.  Parents generally  feel  badly when  their  children behave  poorly and  family‐life  can  be  hard  to enjoy when children continually act up or act out.

Generally, it’s the job of parents to make children social and safe. That means they need to  teach  children to  behave well  (most  of  the  time) around  others.  Learning  to  behave well takes  time for  some children to learn,  so  you have  to work harder with  some children than others.

Effective parents understand that they need to be the ‘bad guy’ at times, and they have a range of strategies at their disposal to teach children to behave well.

Here are five practical ways to teach your children to behave well:

1. Teach  good  manners:  manners  are respect  in  action.  They  guide  children into appropriate responses in social situations.

2. Catch children doing the right thing: most children want to please their parents, to make sure your face lights up and your voice gets excited when they’ve behaved well. Parental recognition is a high driver for most children!

3. Be a good role model: children learn what they live! Most social learning occurs through modelling, so make sure your children hear you speak and act in appropriate ways when you interact with them and others.

4. Practise social behaviours at home: want children to behave well in a restaurant? Then you  need  to  practise  social eating  habits around  the  kitchen  table. The  same  principle applies  to a  range  of other  social  behaviours.  Behaviour  rehearsal,  play  acting  or  role playing have always been great ways of training children to behave well.

5. Use consequences when children behave poorly: the link between children’s rights and their social responsibilities is reinforced when parents put  (or display a willingness  to put)  a respectful,  reasonable  and  related  consequence  into  action.  Effective  discipline techniques in modern schools revolve around consequential learning!