Local Support Group - NEW!

A new support group has formed for local parents of children with disabilities, development delays or complex medical conditions. The group currently meets fortnightly, on Friday mornings, at Ellenbrook Library.



Coding Camp - School Holiday Fun

Children aged 4 - 12 years who are really interested in Coding, may also be interested in a Coding Camp coming up in the July school holidays.

The following website is where you'll find all the necessary information:

http://codecamp.com.au/



Coffee & Conversation - this Friday


This Friday 12th May please join us in the College Café from 9:15am (after gospel) for Coffee & Conversation.

Our new School Nurse, Grace Bradshaw, will be joining us to share some information about her role at the school and to answer any general medical questions you may have regarding your children.  

Coffee & Conversation is an opportunity to meet new parents of our growing Junior School and share your parenting stories.

Hope to see you there!

From Jo Betti, College Social Worker

Lion Heart Camp - July 2017

LION HEART CAMP
A children’s bereavement program supporting grieving children following the death of a parent,
primary caregiver or sibling.

11th and12th July 2017
8.30am - 3.30pm at the Tuart Hill Community Centre.
Cost - Free!
Age Group - 5-12 years

To enquire please contact:
Program Director Shelly Skinner on 0416 344 024

• Helping children and parents understand the process of grief.
• Providing the opportunity to connect with other children experiencing the death of a family member.
• Strengthening parents knowledge and skills in supporting their grieving children.

Children’s program and parent’s program to run simultaneously

"13 Reasons Why" - a warning for parents

If you’ve got access to Netflix at home, or you or your children are streaming Netflix on a device, you will likely be aware of the popular American TV series “13 Reasons Why”.  Your teenager may be watching the show and/or talking about it with one of her friends.  “13 Reasons Why” is certainly generating mixed reviews online – it's about a 17-year-old girl who dies by suicide and leaves a series of audio tapes behind discussing her reasons why.    

I just wanted to advise parents of the potential risks associated with the series.  Headspace (Australia’s Youth Mental Health Foundation) have actually issued a warning about the show which is available to read at the following link:


The article refers to the “confronting and graphic messaging and imagery” used in the program, and the dangers associated with “glamorising” suicide.  The series has raised serious concerns from many suicide prevention experts about the potential risks posed by the sensationalised treatment of youth suicide, particularly to vulnerable teens or those struggling with mental health conditions.

I encourage you to be mindful of these risks when deciding whether to allow your children to watch “13 Reasons Why”.   Consider watching it with them to generate conversations about the issues raised and to help them process the material with your guidance.  If they have already watched the series, talk openly and supportively with them about their thoughts and feelings about the show and if you are concerned for your child’s safety or the safety of one of their friends, seek help.

Lifeline 131 114
beyondblue 1300 224 636

Jo Betti
College Social Worker

Coffee & Conversation

This Friday 31st March we will hold Coffee & Conversation again in the College Cafe from 9am.

I hope you will join us - it's a great opportunity to extend your networks at Holy Cross College and share your parenting stories with other parents from our Junior School.

There'll be free tea and coffee and some snacks available (or you can buy a expresso-machine coffee for $3!)

Hope to see you there!

From Jo Betti, College Social Worker


Coffee & Conversation returns this Friday!

This Friday 3rd March we will re-commence Coffee & Conversation at Holy Cross College for 2017.

Coffee & Conversation generally takes place twice a term, and is an informal gathering for parents and carers of students in our growing Junior School.  It's an opportunity to come together to build your networks and share some of your parenting stories.   Information about local services and parenting resources are also available.

Tea and coffee will be available as well as a piece of cake/slice - hope you can make it!

Time:  9am
Venue:  College Cafe 
* Friendly * Informal *Informative 

A new school year begins!

Welcome to 2017!

We are a couple of weeks into the Summer Term now and I trust your children are feeling settled and are finding their feet, particularly those who are starting school for the first time, transitioning to high school or new to Holy Cross this year.

Your children may be feeling excited and enthusiastic about learning new subjects, meeting new teachers, making new friendships and joining our wonderful school community.  Or they may be feeling just a little bit nervous about how they'll cope.  Don't hesitate to speak with your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns about how your child is settling in to school - they will be able to provide you with feedback and suggestions.

Your role as parent or caregiver is vital to help maximise your child's success and enhance their well being, so here are a few general considerations:
  • Remember that the first few weeks of school will be very tiring for children, so getting back into a healthy sleep routine will be important.  Ensure your children are getting adequate sleep each night to help keep them focused, learning and functioning well at school during the day.
  • Minimise screen time - excessive amounts of time in front of the TV or on the internet can limit your child's opportunities for social interaction and their interest in experiential discovery and play.  It's not that difficult to find extra-curricular activities that are significantly more enriching than screen time if you look around your home - is there a board game they can re-discover, a book they could start reading, a puzzle they haven't tackled for a while, a tree they can climb, a bike they can ride, a local friend they can play with ...  
  • Pack healthy lunch box options, try to limit sugary after-school snacks, and remember to provide your child with a nutritious breakfast to help them kick start the day in a positive way.
  • Help to encourage and build on their organisational skills - pop the school timetable up on your fridge so they know what's coming up each day and can pack all their necessary belongings, lay out uniforms the night before, talk about what's happening after school so they can anticipate what they need or who's picking them up, show interest in their school work and homework and talk together about a study timetable, have conversations about what important things are happening within your family over the week.  Utilise notes, charts, timetables, etc - all great visuals to help children cope with the usual 'busyness' of daily life.
  • Talk with your children about their friendships.  These are the people they'll be playing with, talking to, sharing things with, confiding in and sometimes arguing with - so it's important for you to get to know these kids (and their families) too!  Help your children develop appropriate social skills such as sharing, being kind, making friends, managing conflicts, etc.  You can do this by simple and fun role-playing games.  
  • Physical activity is critical for healthy growth and development as well as helping your children stay mentally well and happy.  Try to encourage your kids to be active throughout their day by doing some moderate-vigourous activities such as riding their bike, dancing, walking, walking the dog, playing in the playground, swimming, sports, etc.  Make it a fun thing to do together, and it will quickly become a routine that will have wonderful benefits for everyone in the family. 
  • Teach your children some skills in managing stress to help them cope with the ups and downs of life and to manage particularly challenging situations.  Relaxation techniques including deep breathing, muscle relaxation, meditation and yoga are all terrific examples.
  • Talk to your children about their worries and concerns, and always be available and good listeners. Sometimes children won't be looking for solutions as such to their problems, they simply need someone who will listen to them.  Be available to your children - they might want to share immediately, or it might be best to enquire about their day a bit later when they're ready and open to having a conversation.        
Here's to an amazing 2017!  Don't forget, in addition to the wonderful teachers here at Holy Cross,  I'm also available to talk to students directly and to families/parents wishing to discuss learning or pastoral issues which are impacting on school life.

Kind regards,

Jo Betti
College Social Worker





Upcoming Event - Q&A with Maggie Dent

Would you like to register for a special "Q & A" session with Maggie Dent, renowned author, educator and parenting and resilience specialist with a particular interest in the early years and adolescence, as part of the Telethon Speech & Hearing Public Seminar Series?

Date: 30/3/17
Bendat Parent & Community Centre, 36 Dodd Street in Wembley. 
Cost:  $45pp


For more information regarding this event, to register and buy tickets, visit:  https://tsh-ps-17-1_mdent.eventbrite.com

For all other Maggie Dent events and news, visit:  https://www.maggiedent.com/events/

Ellenbrook Children & Families Connect

Ellenbrook Children & Families Connect is a network of local parents, community members, schools, playgroups and service providers focused on SUPPORTING children’s development and wellbeing, CONNECTING families to programs and services, and BUILDING a stronger community in the Ellenbrook Place area. The group works together on local initiatives such as:
  • Paint the Swan Read early literacy campaign
  • Community events and engagement
  • Parenting workshops
  • Promotion of local programs and services
“Like” the facebook page- www.facebook.com/EllenbrookCFC to keep up to date on all the great stuff happening in the area. Parents and community members are invited to get involved in the group, so if you are able to attend monthly meetings and/ or help out with our projects, please contact EllenbrookCFC@gmail.com
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