From the Assistant Principal
Last week provided a host of opportunities for us to see our girls shine through their many contributions to our school life, showcased at Open Day and celebrated on Bethany day. As we begin the season of Lent we are reminded of the importance of prayer and freedom in our lives, challenging us to be people that reach out to others in a spirit of generosity of heart, forgiveness and love.
The season of Lent provides a perfect opportunity for us to consider our relationships, firstly, with God but also with one another. From time to time, young people, like all of us will find relationships challenging and from time to time will miss the mark in terms of how to relate to one another and how to forgive when they have been hurt by the actions of another. Today is the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, our united stand against bullying was highlighted at our last College Assembly and was affirmed today through Pastoral Care lessons. Please find below advice for parents from the Bullying No way website (see attachment). We encourage parents to talk their daughter about how to build and support positive relationships within our school community and discuss the steps to take should they witness or experience anything that is contrary to the values of our school. We are a registered member of the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence and encourage parents and their daughters to visit the website found here for some valuable insights into what bullying actually is and ways to respond to and prevent bullying taking place.
As we know bullying can take place anywhere and anytime including in the cyberworld. Martine Oglethorpe, an accredited speaker of the Office of the eSafety commissioner provides some valuable advice about a number of strategies to support young people who find themselves in this space. Parents are encouraged to read her article attached….
Safety Around our Schools
Finally a note about safety during school pick up and drop off times. We have had a number of concerns raised in relation to the traffic matters at these times. Drivers, both experienced and beginning are asked to be patient and courteous when using Waratah st which is extremely busy with both drivers and pedestrians, keeping in mind that safety is always our first priority..