Head of Junior School – Week 6

Mr Andrew Travers

Mr Andrew Travers

Dear families,

We have been having a very busy time at NEGS Junior School. Firstly, NAPLAN has been completed for years 3 and 5, and additionally, it was lovely to see all the parents and families who attended our very successful Twilight Music Soiree, which showcased the impressive musical talent of our students.

Our Transition students are currently attending the Gymnasium each week for balance and coordination gymnastic experiences. It has been suggested that balance coordination is connected to a child’s learning processes. Also our much anticipated Dance Academy has commenced and after extensive renovation to our dance studio this extra-curricular activity will now be available.

Last weekend I attended the IPSHA Heads Country Weekend Conference in Orange. This was once again a fantastic opportunity for the Heads of IPSHA Junior Schools to come together to share collective knowledge and receive thought provoking professional development. The key-note speaker at the Conference focused on student wellbeing, which as we know as educators and parents, is fundamental to the growth of the individual throughout childhood, adolescence and into adult life.  I would like to reflect on words within an article written by child development guru – Michael Grose which touches upon an element of this theme.

It’s completely normal for us as parents to feel frustrated, even if our children are upset, and wonder when the lessons will be learned, but here are a handful of words that, when shared with sincerity, can have the most powerful  impact on the emotional health and happiness of our children over their lifetime.

The words? “They’re the ones that deliver a message of warmth and empathy. Empathy can change the nature of our family relationships, boost our children’ mental health, develop their emotional intelligence and promote warmer healthier relationships for our children as young adults. Children with more empathetic parents are less aggressive,  experience less depression, develop greater emotional intelligence (a predictor of success) and grow up to be more empathetic themselves.” (Michael Grose)

It’s all about showing our children both as educators and parents that their message has been received. Support is an important step in our response to our children when they are upset, distressed or anxious.

Kind regards, Andrew Travers.