National Families Week
15 to 21 May 2021
Family & School - How can you support your child?
Next week is National Families Week, which is an opportunity to celebrate the important role that families play in the Australian community, and take meaningful time to be with your family, make contact with your extended family and friends, and share in the enjoyment of family activities within the wider community. It is a time to focus on the meaning of family and to make the most of family life. Started in 2003, this government initiative was designed to address the needs and interests of all families, and especially those experiencing vulnerability or marginalisation.
A close Family-School relationship is highly valued here at JPC, as we see the benefit of strong family support to a child’s development, their ability to participate in learning and their growth into confident adults who can contribute positively to the world.
We know that families come in all shapes and sizes, and the most important aspect is not what the family looks like, but how the family members interact with each other, and how the family’s values and culture are developed, established and expressed.
What is the ‘tone’ of your family?
Does your child feel they belong to something good?
What influences do you allow on your family’s value system?
Does your child know you prioritise their education and support their school?
National Families Week 2021 highlights the important sense of belonging, love and support that children need from their families. John Marsden’s (principal, teacher, author of books for teenagers) book, The Art of Growing Up, outlines the long-term influence parents have on their children, and examines some of the “truths about families that need to be confronted, explored and understood”.
“The impacts of parents and school (on children) are so vast and far reaching that I cannot think of any person I’ve known in my life who has been able to completely reverse those effects….
A person who grew up in a home established by a parent or parents with good values, emotional intelligence and a healthy liking for children and adolescents, and who went to a school staffed by wise, thoughtful, mature teachers, may replicate these behaviours when they themselves become responsible for children or adolescents…….”
(Marsden, J., 2019, The Art of Growing Up, Macmillan Australia)
What can parents do to nurture a great family culture?
There are many events in which to take part (https://nfw.org.au/get-involved/). You can organise an activity, contact extended family, catch up with other families or just make some time to spend with your own loved ones.
Jesus said “Love one another other as I have loved you” (John, 13:34). The family is a great place to bring this message to life.
READ The Art of Growing Up, John Marsden’s book!
And in the meantime, here are 10 top tips from National Families Week that you can do with your family to build a stronger family unit.
Mrs Jennifer Tually and Mr Julian Drake-Brockman
Leaders of Learning and Wellbeing, Ferré House
Senior Subject Information Sessions
17-20 May 2021
The subject list is on page 14 of the Senior Handbook which was sent home a couple of weeks ago. A copy of the Senior Handbook is also available on our website - https://www.jpc.act.edu.au/enrolments/
Water Polo Championships
Tom Williams (Year 12) and Campbell Ellison (Year 12) won the Men’s 2nd Grade ACT Water Polo Championship for the Gungahlin Dragons Club back in March (average team age 17 against men) and then both boys won the Men’s 2nd Grade NSW Country Clubs Water Polo Championship for the Gungahlin Dragons Club against Central Newcastle in April (average team age 17 against men).
They were excellent ambassadors for JPC – hard but fair without compromise.
Well Done Tom & Campbell!
Congratulations to Bridie Carder (Year 7) who won 1st place at 2021 Goulbourn Show photography competition.
Well Done Bridie, they are beautiful pictures.
If your child needs to leave school early to attend an appointment etc. the process is as follows:
- Parents/carers to send an email to the College Office and copy their child into the email using the student's school email account.
- The student is to show the email to their teacher so they can leave class at the stated time.
- The student is sign out at the college office.
- Parent/Carers to provide a note for their child.
- The student will need to show this note to the classroom teacher to leave class at the stated time.
- The student is to hand the note into the College Office and sign out.
Students can then meet you in the car park and you won’t need to come to the College Office to sign them out.
Many thanks for your assistance.
The College Office
FREE online careers expo
Students can sign up via the link below.
Elevate Education Seminars
Elevate Education is hosting their free parent webinar series again this term to provide parents with strategies to help their children study more effectively and maximise their success.
Work Experience Review
Will Kelly (Y10) completed work experience at The Canberra Theatre.
Why did you want to undertake this work experience? To expand my current knowledge on what happens backstage in a theatre.
- What aspect of work experience did you enjoy the most? The tour we received of all the theatre venues, such as the roof of the Playhouse Theatre.
- What were some of the things you noticed about the work of other people in this organization? They work really hard and long hours.
- Was this work experience valuable to you? I learned some new skills which I plan to bring to the JP’s production Crew
You can read more about this work experience in a news article by Canberra Weekly, featuring Will!
Guest Speaker: Charles Sturt University
Ms Teena Zorzi
Leader of Learning (Careers) and Wellbeing (Drexel House)
Did you know?
DCO will be changing their name to Defence Member and Family Support (DMFS) Branch on 1 July 2021. Find out more about their name change on www.defence.gov.au/dco
DCO is offering 3 events for ADF members and their families. You can choose which event you would like to attend and register for that event! Choices are:
- Event 1:Questacon
- Event 2:Warehouse Circus
- Event 3:The Riddle Room - this will be a child free event
When: Sunday, 20 June 10am – 1pm
Register: Details to come!
Call out for ADF members or partners
who have a hobby or interest and would like to teach others in our Defence community. If you would like to volunteer to share your passion, please get in touch with DCO by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Coffee with a twist: Book Club
Enjoy coffee and morning tea with the author of Married Quarter & Dunarunna, Maria Augustus-Dunn. Maria will share her experiences and funny stories of life as a military spouse and life on the road as a grey nomad. Children are welcome.
When: Wednesday, 26 May from 10.00am
Where: The Farm Shop Café
Register: Details to come!
Duntroon Community Centre (DCC)
Defence School Mentor
Gungahlin Eagles Junior Rugby Club is looking for players in particular for the U14s as they have a team but are short of players.
Come along and give it a try. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Please contact Junior Club President, Leigh Hancock – juniors @gungahlineagles.com.au