What a crazy world we live in! I’m hoping our newsletter finds you healthy and happy. Thank you for your ongoing resilience, flexibility and support. We appreciated your feedback relating to all things COVID. Keep the feedback coming, it enables us to better meet the needs of our students as we continue with remote learning.
I am completely blown away by how staff have responded this week. The time, care and consideration that has gone into preparing the learning packs – to meet the varying needs of students and the demands on families blows me away. I am honoured to be part of the team.
We are crossing everything that we get back to Face2Face teaching as soon possible. Teachers struggle without students! Please stay safe and well, happy and connect.
Miss Cocoran’s Creativity Challenge:
This week’s challenge is to make a sculpture out of ‘found objects’. See what different materials you can use and make something interesting, different and creative! Send in some photos, we can’t wait to see what you build!
1/3 cup sunflower or olive oil
½ cup brown sugar
4 to 5 mashed ripe bananas
Few drops vanilla essence
1 cup plain wholemeal flour
1 cup self raising flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 cup chia seeds, or seeds* or
chopped nuts of your choice, extra
½ cup milk
Juice of half a lemon
Preheat oven to 180C and grease and line a loaf tin.
Mix sugar, oil, bananas, eggs and vanilla together.
Add in dry ingredients (flours, spices and seeds).
Mix in milk and lemon juice.
Stir until combined (but not over mixed).
Spoon into tin.
Sprinkle with extra nuts or seeds.
Bake in oven for about 45 minutes. Test with a skewer
or butter knife (inserted into centre of bread).
From the School Counsellor
How are you doing?
Have you stopped to check in with yourself today?
As if parenting wasn’t challenging enough- the universe has thrown in a pandemic and Covid-19 lock downs! At times like these it’s easy to get stressed and anxious. As parents, it's so important that we manage our own wellbeing so we can avoid parenting from overwhelming fear or stress.
What do Counsellors recommend when it looks like things are going to hell in a handbasket?
We recommend checking in with yourself every morning (and in the evening too).
Acknowledge this is really tough (it is)! We are all feeling a bit wobbly and some will be feeling really wobbly. Just know that this is ok.
And if you are feeling a bit too stressed….
What have you done in the past that helps when you feel overwhelmed?
Do those things. Schedule in some extra fun, exercise, connection or other healthy stress busters as you need.
Below is a summary of some simple tips for coping with the current Covid situation….
- Ditch unrealistic expectations.
- Allow yourself to grieve the old normal.
- Focus on what you can do (rather than what you can’t).
- Keep a structure/routine in your day as best you can.
- Set a few simple daily goals for yourself and tick them off as you do them. For example- it might be knocking off a few chores or work tasks, going for a walk, cooking a nice meal, calling a friend -just getting a few things done and acknowledging it gives our brain a boost of dopamine- raising our spirits!
- Get good sleep.
- Eat healthily so your immune system is in good shape.
- Stay connected.
- Limit the amount of news you are exposed to (but do keep up to date with reputable Health updates from government health websites).
- Try mindfulness (get present)- this calms the brain and helps you come back to the here and now- rather than worrying about ‘what ifs’.
For more information see... https://www.smilingmind.com.au/;
- Look at this as an opportunity to strengthen and sweeten your family relationships.