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Emotional Intelligence News

Thursday, February 13, 2014 1:11 PM

How Parents Can Help Teach Their Child Emotional Intelligence.

Although our school uses emotional intelligence curriculum in the classroom, parents are in the best position to teach and enhance a child's innate emotional intelligence. Here are a few suggestions for what you can do to help.

1. Accurately name your own emotions. Children learn by watching you. If you're sad and crying, or angry, take some time to name those emotions out loud with your child so he or she can learn to identify what you're feeling.

2. Use a rich vocabulary. Emotions aren't just "happy" or "sad." Sometimes, emotions are extremely complex, and a rich vocabulary of feeling words can help unfold the complexity of the emotions. Use many different words to describe feelings in your home, so your child can learn about the complexity of feelings.

3. Validate your child's feelings. If your child is having a complete meltdown, take some time to validate his or her feelings, even if you don't give in to them. Instead of ignoring a tantrum, say, "I know how frustrated you are that we can't go to the park right now, and it's completely reasonable to feel that way."

4. Teach empathy. Talk about compassion and empathy for others' feelings, and model it yourself in your interactions with others.

5. Understand different viewpoints. If your child comes home from school feeling angry with his friend about a disagreement, take the time to talk through the disagreement and help your child understand his friend's different point of view.

6. Model effective communication. As your child gets older, use effective communication as you navigate your own relationships. Blowing up at your husband and leaving the house won't do it. Instead, use feeling phrases like, "I feel angry with you, and scared about the consequences for our family, when you don't follow through with paying the electricity bill like you said you would."

Emotional intelligence is a skill that your child can develop over time as he or she interacts with you and the world. Teach empathy and model your own emotional intelligence to give your child the best start possible.

Expression of Interest - 5/6 Camp

Thursday, February 13, 2014 1:10 PM
Letters have been sent home with grade 5/6 students last week asking for expressions of interest in a grade 5/6 camp this year. Senior students have the opportunity to attend a school camp to Borambola Sport and Recreation Centre, which is located near Wagga Wagga. This will be a three day, two night camp and is booked for Monday 28th April to Wednesday 30th April, 2014. Borambola is an outdoor camp with activities especially designed for primary school aged students. These include rock climbing, abseiling, archery, BMX riding and canoeing. All activities are supervised by trained outdoor education instructors. The accommodation is modern and well appointed. Three meals daily as well as snacks are included in the program. The approximate cost for the 3 day camp is $270.00. This may vary slightly due to the number of students attending. If you are interested in your child attending this camp, please sign the form that was sent home with your child and return it to the school office no later than this Friday 14th February. Spare forms are available from Wendy at the office.

Tour of Wodonga Excursion

Thursday, February 13, 2014 1:09 PM

On Monday 24th February, as part of their Rich Task, students from Areas 4,5,6&8 will travel around Albury /Wodonga to take photos, in order to make a photo presentation about their local community.  Students will visit  the Hume Weir, Army Museum and the Botanical Gardens, leaving Melrose at 10.00am and returning at 3.00pm. Students must be in full school uniform including hat, bring their drink bottle, lunch and snack in a disposable container. Permission notes along with $7.00 will need to be returned to the school no later than Thursday 20th February. 

The $7.00 cost for this excursion is covered if you have paid your child’s cultural costs or signed your EMA cheque over to the school.


Thursday, February 06, 2014 2:26 PM
Before and After School Care have vacancies at the moment. If you are working and need care for your children please see Wendy at the front office for an enrolment form and information about costing for care. Before School Care opens at 7.00am until 9.00am and  After School Care operates from 3.20pm until 6.00pm.

Parent Teacher Meetings

Thursday, February 06, 2014 2:25 PM
Teachers will send home letters to invite you to attend a parent teacher meeting this term. The purpose of these meetings is to share information about your child and provide an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teacher.


Thursday, February 06, 2014 2:24 PM
Students will begin borrowing next week, a reminder that all students from Foundation and Grade 1,2,3,4 must have a library bag to be able to borrow! Letters were given to 30 students yesterday reminding them of overdue books from 2013. These students are unable to borrow until their books have been returned or paid for. If books are lost or cannot be repaired, payment can be made to Wendy at the front office. Please have a good book look at home for these books. A huge thank you to those students who returned their books this morning, well done!


Thursday, January 30, 2014 9:02 PM

Book Pack and Essential costs 2014 letters were sent home with children yesterday. 

School costs have remained the same this year at: 

$220.00 children in Years Foundation - Yr 4
$211.00 children in Years 5 & 6  

Payment is due by Friday 28th February and can be made as follows:
1. A one off payment of the full amount
2. 3 equal payments over Term 1 only
3. Fortnightly payments of say $20

2014 Student Free Days

Thursday, January 30, 2014 8:59 PM

FOUNDATION STUDENTS will have every Wednesday off school (rest day) for the whole month of February. Their first full week of school will begin the week of Monday 3rd March. 

Curriculum Day on the first day of term 2, Tuesday April 22nd and then on the first day of term 3, Monday July 14th, when students will not be required at school. Curriculum Day will be a Reporting Day and is planned for June 20th when students will only be required at school during their interview times. 
Term 1 - 28 Jan - 4 Apr
Term 2 - 22 Apr - 27 Jun
Term 3 - 14 Jul - 19 Sep
Term 4 - 6 Oct - 19 Dec


Thursday, January 30, 2014 8:00 PM
Students in Areas 1,2,3 & 7 for 2014 will participate in 5 swimming lessons with a qualified swimming Instructor in the second week of Term 1, 2014. Students will swim on the following dates:
Thursday 06/02, Friday 07/02, Monday 10/02, Tuesday 11/02, Thursday 13/02 finishing with the Swimming Carnival date being Friday 14/02. Cost of the swimming program will be $60. 
Swimming permission notes with further details were sent home with students yesterday and are due back with payment now later than Wednesday 5th February.


Thursday, December 05, 2013 7:26 PM

The Year 6 Graduation ceremony will be held on Thursday 19th December, 2013 from 1.00pm-2.30pm approximately at the Felltimber Secondary College (Performing Arts Centre), Hedgerow Crt, Wodonga. Parents and friends are encouraged to attend this event. STUDENTS FROM ALL YEAR LEVELS  will be walking over to watch the Graduation ceremony at 12.30pm returning at approximately 2.30pm and must return the permission note to their classroom teacher before Monday 16th December. 

THE GRADUATION DINNER FOR YEAR 6 STUDENTS will take place at Café Grove, from 6.00-7.30pm, on the same night as the Graduation Ceremony. Please return the permission note and $12 to your child’s classroom teacher no later than Friday 13th, to allow for catering.