Parent Chatter

September 2012

Welcome to the Federation of Parents & Friends in Catholic Schools Queensland new e-newsletter.

The Parents and Friends Federation is the statewide parent organisation officially recognised by the Church and the Catholic Education authorities for the 291 Catholic schools in Queensland. It represents the parents and carers of over 129,000 children in parish, diocesan and religious institute schools in the state.

This newsletter will replace our previous newsletter ‘News In Brief’ which we suspended while we developed this more efficient and up-to-date method of delivery. We are providing this electronic newsletter so that we can get information to parents on the latest issues straight into your inbox rather than wait for a printed version to arrive and be presented at a P & F meeting.

We are excited to be able to include the latest issues that face us in education and activities the Federation is undertaking, but also some parenting information and tips, grants that are available, fundraising tips, ways to engage more parents in your school, the latest research information on parent engagement and other news that arises. The newsletter will also include at various times surveys and or polls on particular topics.

The newsletter will be monthly but if important issues that affect Catholic schools arise we will be able to provide a special newsletter for that topic.

The newsletter will be sent to any contact addresses we have for members of the P & F Executive. We will also send the newsletter to all Principals asking them to send out to families in their schools.

Parents can then subscribe to the newsletter by going to the link below.

http://www.pandf.org.au/newsletter-sign-up

We have been very busy – we have also developed a new website.

This website www.pandf.org.au will provide information

  • about the Federation,
  • relevant to your local school,
  • pertinent to your Arch/diocesan P & F Council.

It will also include resources, news, hot topics and links to important websites. One of the new features will provide an opportunity for schools, local P & F’s and Diocesan councils to place information about an event they are holding on our website to encourage attendance by the wider community.

Visitors to the website will also be able to ask us a question or make an enquiry and we will respond to all of these in a timely manner. We also encourage you to provide feedback on the newsletter and tell us of anything you would like to see included.

We hope you enjoy the news.

Carmel Nash
Executive Director

UPDATE ON HOT ISSUES

GONSKI REVIEW OF FEDERAL FUNDING FOR SCHOOLING

The Gonski Review is a review of all funding (recurrent, equity programs, capital) for all schools (Catholic, government and Independent) set up by the Australian Government.

This review of funding is the most significant review of Federal funding for many years. The report, delivered to the government late in 2011 has implications for Catholic Schools. The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) is providing input to the review through the Chair, Ms Therese Temby who sits on the main Working Party. The Federation is having input through the Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) and through the NCEC Parent Committee as well as responding to various consultations.

As yet Catholic Schools are very unsure of the outcomes for our funding and so parents need to be alert to any announcements that the government might make in relation to this.

NCEC have developed a website dedicated to the school funding issue. It explains current funding for Catholic Schools - http://www.fundinginfo.catholic.edu.au/

Please familiarize yourselves with this information as there are some inaccuracies in the press about how much funding we do receive.

WE DO NOT RECEIVE MORE GOVERNMENT FUNDING THAT STATE SCHOOLS.

Further information for parents will be sent shortly to schools. This will include a short video to assist parents to understand the funding issues. as there are some inaccuracies in the press about how much funding we do receive. WE DO NOT RECEIVE MORE GOVERNMENT FUNDING THAT STATE SCHOOLS.

What Does the PM's Announcement
on School Funding & School Improvement Mean for Catholic Schools?

BETTER SCHOOLS: A NATIONAL PLAN FOR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT

A new national school funding model and increased funding will be tied to concrete improvements in all schools under the Gillard Government’s National Plan for School Improvement, announced in response to the Gonski Review.

The aim of these improvements is to ensure that by 2025 Australia is ranked as a top 5 country in the world for the performance of our students in Reading, Science, Mathematics, and for providing our children with a high-quality and high-equity education system.

The aim of reaching this goal by 2025 will be legislated to galvanise our nation's focus on improving schools. Australia's future prosperity depends on embracing a high-skill future and therefore depends on lifting the performance of our schools.

As part of its discussions with the states and territories and non-government school sectors, the Gillard Government will insist on improving schools by:

  • Lifting teacher quality, including requiring more classroom experience before graduation and higher entry requirements for the teaching profession.
  • More power for principals, including over budgets and staff selection.
  • More information for parents through My School.

Our National Plan for School Improvement will deliver change as well as more resources to every school in the country, and will be phased in over several years, as recommended by the Gonski review.

Change of this scale takes time. The six-year transition gives schools time to adjust, and ensures the increased funding can be used to deliver the concrete improvements, which we know will take time.

Over the past decade Australian students have fallen from 2nd to 7th in reading, and 5th to 13th in maths compared to students in other countries. To keep winning the economic race, we have to win the education race. Better schools will give our children the best start so that they can get highly skilled, highly paid jobs in the future.

We already have great schools and teachers in Australia, but we need to do better.

Labor wants to make sure we have a school system that ensures all Australian children reach their full potential.

We will now start discussions with state and territory governments, and Catholic and independent schools, over the details of our plan. The Gillard Government is prepared to make a substantial investment over time to deliver this plan for better schools provided states and territories contribute their fair share and agree to the national plan for school improvement. There will be no blank cheques.

National Plan for School Improvement

Any extra funding will be tied to introducing changes that evidence shows deliver better results.

Labor’s changes will deliver:

  • A new way to fund schools that would ensure all our schools are getting the money they need to do their job.
  • Higher standards for teachers, with at least a term's classroom experience for student teachers before graduation from university, an annual performance review for every teacher, and higher entry standards - entrants to the teaching profession will be in the top 30 per cent of literacy and numeracy results.
  • Extra training for teachers in managing disruptive behaviour and dealing with bullying, so every child in the classroom gets a chance to learn in a safe environment, and a Safe School Plan for every school to prevent bullying.
  • More power for principals – like hiring staff and controlling the budget.
  • Better My School information to make sure no school falls behind, with more information for parents so they can see how their kids are doing, including on: teacher qualifications, specialist teachers, Year 12 attainment, the results of parent, teacher and student surveys, and how many students go on to further education or get a job when they leave school.
  • A School Improvement Plan for every school which will outline the steps that each school will take to improve student results.
  • Identification of struggling schools and extra help to lift their results.

A better way of funding our schools

Many schools around Australia deliver great outcomes for their students. But too many students are not achieving what they are capable of, and Australia is slipping behind its international competitors.

Schools with similar needs are getting different levels of funding and that means too many schools and students are at risk of being left behind.

Under the new plan announced we want to see all schools getting the funding they need to give students the education they deserve.

We want funding for each school to be based on the needs of every individual student they enroll. This would be through a new benchmark amount for every student — a new Schooling Resource Standard — based on the costs of schools that are already getting great results.

Schools with students who face additional challenges would be entitled to extra funding based on six categories: kids from low income families, Indigenous students, students with disability, kids with limited English skills, the size of the school, and those who attend rural and remote schools.

This additional money would be a permanent feature of the new funding system. It would help pay for things like teachers’ aides, specialist literacy and numeracy coaches, and special equipment. Schools would no longer need to rely on grants or short-term programs.

This extra money, called ‘loadings’, would be fully publicly funded so every student who needs more support will get it, no matter what type of school they attend.

Other features of the new school funding model include:

  • All government schools would continue to be fully publicly funded.
  • Special schools (like schools for students with disability) would also receive full public funding.
  • Like the current system, the government funding provided to non-government schools would be adjusted based on parents’ capacity to contribute.
  • Current annual indexation would be replaced by a new measure that reflects the real cost increases across all schools.
  • Every school would see its funding rise every year.

Funding would not be determined by whether a school is public or private – it would be determined by how much funding a school needs to deliver a great education.

This is not just about gifted students, nor is it just about disadvantaged students: this is about all students – from all backgrounds – getting the support they need to achieve excellent results.

Next Steps

The Government is serious about its commitment to work with the States and non-government schooling sectors on achieving these reforms.

The Prime Minister will begin meeting each of the Premiers and Chief Ministers to discuss school improvement and funding reform.

A special subcommittee of all Australian Education Ministers will be established to drive this reform, and the Government will also meet with representatives of independent and Catholic schools.

Precise funding details will be worked through in discussion with states and territories and any extra Commonwealth funding will be contingent upon the states signing up to these new arrangements.

As a first step, the Gillard Government will introduce legislation into the Parliament by the end of 2012 that will enshrine the core principles of our National Plan for School Improvement and a new approach to funding. As discussions progress the legislation will be updated to include the specific settings of the funding model agreed.

The Government thanks the members of the review panel for their work, which will make a difference to Australia’s economy and education for decades to come.

This is a once-in-a-generation chance to improve our schools and give every student the opportunities they deserve. We owe it to Australia’s children – and to the future of the country - to give them the best schools we possibly can.

Read the Prime Ministers speech - http://www.pm.gov.au/press-office/%E2%80%9C-national-plan-school-improvement%E2%80%9D-speech-national-press-club-canberra

NATIONAL CATHOLIC EDUCATION COMMISSION RESPONSE:

Catholic Education urgently Needs Funding Certainty

The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) Chair, Therese Temby, says the Catholic sector is disappointed by the lack of detail around the Government’s plans, announced today by the Prime Minister, for a future school funding model.

“We hope that today’s ‘commencing negotiations’ announced by the Prime Minister will clear the way for NCEC to receive a detailed briefing on the Government’s position,” she said.

“Catholic schools urgently need funding certainty.”

Key Catholic School Issues:

FUNDING

The Prime Minister’s speech lacked significant detail, both in relation to school funding and school reform.

Catholic Education is concerned that there is still no actual detail about the government’s position on many aspects of the funding model.

According Catholic sector modelling, many of our schools cannot possibly meet the government’s proposed Schooling Resource Standard without a significant increase in government grants.

Parents cannot be expected to pay increased fees to meet the Schooling Resource Standard.

We are concerned that, as yet, no state or territory government has signed up to meet its share of the Prime Minister’s proposed school funding scheme.

We are concerned that we have no detail of the conditions attached to Catholic schools accepting the additional funding over the next six years.

Catholic Education, is however grateful that the Prime Minister has said that funding to all non government schools will be increased.

SCHOOL REFORM

We are confident that Catholic schools will continue to play a vital part in improving schooling outcomes for our young people.

Catholic schools in the NSW are already well on the way to national best practice standards in the reform areas the Prime Minister said are crucial.

  • Appropriate principal autonomy/devolution of authority
  • Systematic public review
  • Professional learning
  • Parent engagement

NEGOTIATIONS

The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) will be invited by the Prime Minister to participate in the negotiation process she announced on Monday.

NCEC has been involved in detailed discussions with the government since the Gonski Report was released last February. 

The NCEC school funding website can be found at http://www.fundinginfo.catholic.edu.au/

STATE GOVERNMENT BUDGET

The State Government has this week delivered their first budget which, as you are all aware, carries cuts across all departments.

Catholic Schools are not exempt from these and from what we have seen funding will not be increased and so, with increasing costs, we will be behind our previous allocation in real terms. We also will not receive funding for any growth in enrolments. We estimate, at this time, a shortfall of about $8million. We will update you when we have more certainty about our funding.

One of the most disappointing aspects is that the Minister has informed the Executive Director that the Federation will no longer received our annual grant of approx. $42,000 which assists us to do even more work on behalf of Catholic Parents. We have worked hard to have cross sectoral relationships and work together on parent issues but this cut will affect our ability to do this important work.

We will continue to negotiate with government on this issue but may ask our local school P & F’s to support us in taking this further.

PARENT ENGAGEMENT

The Federation has recently had the opportunity to engage with two world renowned experts on Parent Engagement – Anne Henderson, Senior Consultant, Community Organizing and Engagement, Annenberg Institute for School Reform in Washington DC and Dr George Otero from the Centre for Relationalearning in New Mexico, USA.

The Federation is following up on research which provides evidence that Family engagement is one of the most important factors for success for students. Recent research shows that home is six times more influential than school in the years up to Year 6. Research shows that school is only a 20% factor in success and the personal and social aspects and especially the home account for the other 80%. We need all families to be engaged in their student’s learning.

Anne Henderson’s specialty is the relationship between families and schools, and its impact on students’ success in school and through life. Since 1981, she has steadily tracked research and effective practice on how engaging families can improve student achievement, especially in diverse and low-income communities.

Over the past 25 years, Anne has written, by herself and with others, a small library of reader-friendly articles, reports, handouts, and books. Her best-selling book, Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships is a guide for all schools.

Anne spent a day in Brisbane providing a Masterclass to Parents, Sector Leaders, Principals and staff from schools in Catholic, Independent and State Schools, , Queensland College of Teachers, Queensland Educational Leadership Institute, Independent Education Union Queensland and Northern Territory, Queensland Teachers Union, Central Queensland University, Griffith University, Queensland university of Technology, Australian Catholic University and researchers who are completing their Doctorates in Parent Engagement.

Photos from Anne Henderson Master Class

Anne working with attendees

State Committee Members with Anne

Dr George Otero is an educational consultant who was born and raised in New Mexico. He has worked as a teacher, educator, international consultant, social entrepreneur, and author. He and his wife Susan, operate the Center for RelationaLearning based in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he has worked for many years in Australia and the United Kingdom as well as the United States.

His work with schools and community leaders in transforming schools is an outgrowth of his twenty years creating and directing a multicultural community learning center in Taos, New Mexico, attended by over 50,000 people. His approach utilized dance, play, dreaming, games, storytelling and an open inquiry process that builds community and stimulates learning and leadership. Through his work new ways for schools and communities to secure equity, inclusion, and social justice have emerged leading to transformations in relationships. His work in transforming schools is done one at a time by clarifying the issues and problems within the context of their communities.

George has spent a day in Townsville working with a group including Dr Cathy Day, Director of Catholic Education, School Consultants, Diocesan Staff and Principals and School Leadership from the Diocese. He then facilitated an evening with Parents.

George then moved to Mackay and held an evening with Parents and then another day with Michael McCusker, Assistant Director School, Mackay region and Principals and school leadership from schools in the Diocese of Rockhampton.

We hope to follow up these visits with visits to Cairns, Brisbane and Toowoomba later this year or early next year.

Our newsletter will bring you snippets on Parent Engagement each month.

Let's Read Them a Story!

Education begins at home. The first simple word a parent speaks to an infant opens the world of language to the child and sets the child on the path of exploration and discovery. When formal schooling begins, many parents believe that their role as educators has ended. But education is a shared responsibility of parents, schools, teachers, and various institutions in the economy and in society. New findings from the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) show that parental involvement in education is pivotal for the success of children throughout their school years and beyond.

The OECD is pleased to present its report, Let’s Read Them a Story! The Parent Factor in Education. The report examines whether and how parents’ involvement is related to their child’s proficiency in and enjoyment of reading -- and it also offers comfort to parents who are concerned that they don’t have enough time or the requisite academic knowledge to help their children succeed in school. Many types of parental involvement that are associated with better student performance in PISA require relatively little time and no specialised knowledge. What counts is genuine interest and active engagement.

Let’s Read Them a Story: The Parent Factor in education is available at this link:
http://www.oecd.org/pisa/letsread

The report consists of five chapters:

Chapter 1: Get Involved!

This chapter discusses how parental involvement benefits students – and how particular forms of involvement may be more beneficial than others.

Chapter 2: Read Your Children a Story

Parental involvement in a child’s education should start at birth – and never stop. This chapter shows how telling stories or reading books to children when they are very young is strongly related to how well they read and how much they enjoy reading later on.

Chapter 3: Talk with Your Children about the World around Them

Older children benefit from their parents’ involvement too. This chapter discusses how talking about social and political issues, or about books, films and television programmes with adolescent children is related to better reading performance at school.

Chapter 4: Get Involved at School because You Want to, Not because You Have to

When parents take the time to meet their child’s teachers, or when they volunteer for activities at school, they signal to their children that they value education. This chapter examines some of the ways busy parents can be involved in school activities and emphasises that parents and teachers should not wait to meet each other.

Chapter 5: Show Your Children that You Value Reading, too

Children – even older children, although they may not want to admit it – look to their parents as role models. This chapter explores how children whose parents have more positive attitudes towards reading are better at reading, themselves, and enjoy reading more.

The report also includes checklists that recommend specific ways in which parents can become more involved in their children’s education, and teachers, school leaders and policy makers can promote greater parental involvement.

Examples of successful parental-involvement programmes from around the world are scattered throughout the report:

Ireland
Israel
Japan
Korea
New Zealand
Poland
Romania
Sweden
United Kingdom
United States
Worldwide

Most important, the report shows parents that it’s never too early – and never too late – to get involved in their child’s education.

Minister launches Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum

Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek has launched the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum, which has been developed for all Queensland students.

Minister Langbroek unveiled the new curriculum at Barcaldine State School alongside Queensland Child Safety Ambassadors Bruce and Denise Morcombe.

He said the launch of the new curriculum coincided with Queensland Child Protection Week and would boost the Newman Government’s commitment to child safety.

“It has been developed in partnership with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation to improve students’ knowledge, skills and understanding about personal safety and awareness,” Mr Langbroek said.

“The resource is aligned with existing curriculum frameworks and is based around three core messages of recognise, react and report.

“The first lessons will be delivered to our youngest students in Prep to Year 2, with the Years 3 to 6 phase to follow later this year and Years 7 to 9 in 2013.

“This program will help teachers deliver valuable learning experiences, so that students can develop the skills needed to better manage their own safety.”

Mr Langbroek acknowledged the commitment of the Bruce and Denise Morcombe, whose 13-year-old son Daniel was abducted and killed in 2003.

The couple remains actively involved in the curriculum’s development and is currently on a tour of rural and remote schools as Child Safety Ambassadors.

“Bruce and Denise have worked tirelessly to spread the child safety message and I thank them for their hard work and dedication to such an important issue,” he said.

“In recent months there has been extensive consultation to develop additional high quality support materials for the curriculum, which can be used in all Queensland schools – state and non-state.”

A range of practical resources support the delivery of the curriculum, including a Parent Guide to explain what will be taught in the classroom and tips on reinforcing safety messages at home.

The curriculum development also had input from the Commissioner for Children and Young People and Child Guardian, Queensland Police Service and the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, as well as experts in child safety education.

The Parent Guide for the Prep to Year 2 phase is available at:
www.education.qld.gov.au/child-safety-curriculum

Parents are invited to participate in an online survey at:
http://websurvey.eq.edu.au/perseus/surveys/DanielMorcombeparent .

OTHER USEFUL MATERIALS FROM THE DANIEL MORCOMBE FOUNDATION

http://www.danielmorcombe.com.au/foundation-red

SOME USEFUL PARENTING APPS FOR YOUR SMART PHONE

HELP ME APP FROM THE DANIEL MORCOMBE FOUNDATION.

Introducing the Daniel Morcombe Foundation 'Help Me' App. A great way to not only help keep kids safe, but assist people of all ages, from 7 to 97, covering all kinds of personal emergency situations!

MAJOR SAFETY FEATURES

The 'Help Me' button sounds a warning and allows you to can send off an SMS text to two (2) nominated 'safety' numbers, as part of your Trusted Safety Network. Included in the text are GPS co-ordinates from where the text was sent, so the sender can be located or a last known place of contact is indicated.

THE AUSTRALIAN PARENT APP for parents of Adolescents

INFORMATIVE WEBSITES

SCHOOL A-Z – The NSW Depart of Education and Communities provides the following.

FROM THE QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT

Cybersafety and cyberbullying
A guide for parents and caregivers

http://education.qld.gov.au/studentservices/behaviour/qsaav/docs/cyberbullying-cybersafetyprintfriendlyguide.pdfht

The internet, mobile phones and instant messaging provide wonderful opportunities for children to learn, be creative and socialise online. They also provide opportunities for inappropriate behaviour, bullying and harassment to occur – causing pain and suffering to the targets of such behaviour.

This guide provides important information for parents about cybersafety and

cyberbullying. It suggests what you could do if your child is the target or is responsible for inappropriate online behavior.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ALSO PROVIDE FURTHER INFORMATION for parents and students at http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/

CATHOLIC SCHOOL PARENT CONFERENCE

The 2012 Parents conference held on the Gold Coast from 5 to 7 May was a great success.  Over 150 participants from all over Queensland explored the theme Parent Leadership in the School Community. Keynote addresses by Fr Richard Leonard, (Director Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting), Peter Kenyon (Director Bank of Ideas) and Madonna King (Author, columnist and broadcaster) inspired, challenged and entertained the delegates.

The workshops on Saturday were well attended and gave participants the opportunity to examine and discuss important topics including parental engagement, school funding, skills for success and good nutrition.

The new State Committee for 2012 to 2014 was inducted and includes

Machus de Ponte and Fiona Harding from Brisbane Archdiocese,

  • Julie Hintz and Matthew Vogler from Toowoomba Diocese,
  • Sue Greentree and Denise Holden from Rockhampton Diocese,
  • Mary Gunn and Helen Stokes from Townsville Diocese and
  • Kirsten Brooks and Therese Howard from Cairns Diocese. 
  • The newly elected Independent Chair is Karl McKenzie.

At the Conference Dinner, Life Membership of the Federation was bestowed on Kim Bellert (Townsville Diocese) and Bernadette Rutherford (Rockhampton Diocese) for their outstanding service to parents in Queensland Catholic schools and to the Federation.

See the links below for conference papers

2012 JACK WOODWARD MEMORIAL ADDRESS

Ms Madonna King Parents - Leading the way in Education

Members of Brisbane Archdiocesan P&F Council with Madonna King

Fiona Harding, Madonna King, Agnes Sio & Machus de Ponte

KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

Fr Richard Leonard

On Mission with Christ

The World in Our Face : How do People of Faith Download the Best and Leave the Rest?

Peter Kenyon (Bank of I.D.E.A.S.)

Rediscovering the Power of Community


WORKSHOPS

Funding in Catholic Schools (Mike Byrne, QCEC)

Strengthening Family and Community Engagement (Carmel Nash, Fed of P&F Assoc Qld) 

Skills for Success (Brett Harvey & Chris Gladstone - COACTION Consultancy)

PARENTING INFORMATION

Michael Grose provides great parenting advice for parents of kids of all ages.

Each month we will provide some of Michael’s advice.

Michael recently took a trip to Africa and has produced a guide related to his adventures in seeing the Big Five during this trip.

The BIG FIVE Parenting skills

I hope you find this BIG Five Parenting skill series useful.

BIG FIVE skills and their links to the African BIG FIVE.

Parenting skill #1: Encouraging kids to be brave
(The lion is the king of the jungle & encouragement is the king of parenting skills.)

Parenting skill #2: Teaching Kids to Behave well
(Just as an elephant is hard to ignore, you can’t ignore poor behaviour.)

Parenting skill #3: Hooking Kids into Learning
(Just as the buffalo is basic to the survival of all species, a parent’s attitude is the building block to successful learning)

Parenting skill #4: Speaking so kids will listen
(Just as the leopard chooses where to eat its prey parents need to think carefully where and how they are to speak if they want kids to listen.)

Parenting skill #5: Teaching kids coping skills
(Like the rhino kids need to be able to bounce back in this sometimes difficult world.)

BIG FIVE Parenting Skill #1:

Encouraging kids to be brave

Lions are queens & kings of the jungle because they are at the top of the food chain. They have no predators (apart from man) so they lie around seemingly with immunity.

I’ve always considered encouragement as the king of parenting skills, for the simple reason that if you can be a real encourager then everything else tends to fall into place. Encouraged kids are less likely to misbehave. Kids who experience real encouragement are more likely to take (sensible) risks as learners and make the most of the opportunities open to them.

They are also less susceptible to peer pressure as parents who understand how encouragement works are less likely to make kids reliant on them for approval.

Encouragement derives from the French term meaning ‘to give heart’, which pretty much describes what true encouragement is about!

All parents want their kids to develop a strong sense of self-confidence. Many parents use praise as their primary confidence-building technique, but encouragement is a much better strategy to boost kids’ confidence.

Encouragement is a more powerful confidence-building tool than praise and it doesn’t have the adverse side effects of demotivating kids or promoting sibling rivalry. The differences between the two are slim but important.

Encouragement focuses on the processes of what a child does whereas praise focuses on the end result of his or her activities.

Here are five ways to encourage your child:

  1. Focus on improvement in any skill: “You really have picked up on your reading.” You can always point out improvement no matter how small.
  2. Highlight their efforts “I can see you really tried hard to get it right.” Make sure you highlight real effort, and don’t elevate lack of effort to anything more than what it is.
  3. Comment on their contribution: “I really appreciate your help with cleaning the house. It makes my job easier.” Kids like to know when they’re appreciated.
  4. Focus on enjoyment they get from an activity: “It’s great to see you enjoying your jazz ballet.” Highlighting fun and enjoyment is great when you want to remove the focus from the scoreboard.
  5. Show your confidence: “I know you can do this. You’ve tackled hard stuff like this in the past, and you can do it again.” Communicate your confidence through your words, as well as your actions.

How many of these encouragement statements do you regularly use? If you aren’t a natural encourager then pick one of these statement types and challenge yourself to use it at least five times a day for a week.

If you do this encouragement will become automatic in no time. Go on, you can do it!

Stay in touch and learn!

Four great ways to stay in tough & get more ideas from Michael Grose to help you bring out the BEST in your kids:

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Want to ramp up your parenting skills?

Whether it’s building confidence, managing behaviour or just getting siblings to cooperate there I’ve got heaps of great resources to help you BRING OUT THE BEST in your kids. Visit www.parentingideas.com.au and take a look around.

Where to start?

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It has Thriving!, my latest book and a DVD of Secrets of Well-Behaved Kids, my most popular seminar.

NEXT MONTH WE WILL FOLLOW UP ON FURTHER INFORMATION FOR PARENTING SKILL #2

GRANTS

Volunteer Grants – Federal Government

Funding for volunteers (and volunteering) provided to Non-Profit organisations and institutions.

http://grants-gov.com.au/volunteergrants?gclid=CN-chujwrrICFeJMpgodaWwAZg

Fundraising Tips

Over the next few months we will provide information on the four topics below.

If you have any interesting tips which would help others please provide them to us and we will add them to our information.

Imagination and planning are the key factors to a successful fundraising campaign

  1. How to effectively fundraise
  2. What more I can do?
  3. How your workplace can get involved
  4. How your family and friends can assist you

1. How to effectively fundraise

Regularly communicate with your social network or target audience. Provide updates on your efforts to keep them engaged: A newsletter is a good way to keep your school community friends, family and colleagues involved in what you are doing for charity.

Sections you can include:

  • Photos
  • What I did this week or what stage you are up to
  • What assistance you require to complete the task
  • Current fundraising total and fundraising target if applicable
  • Create a fundraising page for your event (check with the school first)
  • Details of any planning for future fundraising events on your website
  • Facts about who or what you are fundraising for

Remember: you are not only fundraising, you are also spreading awareness about your school.

Forward to a friend! Make the most of viral marketing and ask supporters to forward your email and let others know about your event.

Update your fundraising page on a regular basis, this will allow your supporters to go the distance with you. You can do this by changing your photos and editing your personal message on a weekly basis.

Email signature: Add the link of your fundraising page to your email signature so others can learn about your fundraising drive.

Bus Fare Assistance

For Schools within Brisbane City Council Area

For Schools outside Brisbane City Council Area

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