Issue #3 27/03/2018

Parent Seminar Series

The first in our 2018 series of Parent Seminars was attended by 20 parents at school last Monday.

Dr Sue Brown delivered an enlightening and informative presentation on “What does a Consciousness-Based Education mean for primary-aged children?” The presentation gave parents an overview of Consciousness-based Education from a theoretical as well as practical classroom perspective. Parents were able to gain a greater insight into the SCI Principles and their importance and significance when integrated into the school curriculum.

The seminar covered topics such as:

  • what is meant by “consciousness”
  • why happiness and enjoyment are key to dynamic, successful learning
  • what research has found about Word of Wisdom and Transcendental Meditation for school students
  • the effects of TM on brain development
  • how the Science of Creative Intelligence (SCI) nurtures children’s curiosity and ability to connect ideas
  • how primary school students around the world describe experiences of Consciousness-Based education.

We thank Dr Brown for the time she spent with us. Everyone left the presentation better-informed and more knowledgeable. The Parent Seminar Series will continue next term:

Seminar 02/2018 – Maharishi Child Safe and Code of Conduct Policies for Parents and Parent Volunteers

Monday 23rd April at 9.45am – presented by Steve Charisis (Principal)

Synopsis: Maharishi School has a firm commitment to the values and standards that embed a culture of child safety. Strategies that seek to prevent harm and neglect (including physical, sexual, emotional, neglect, racial and cultural or religious abuse) all contribute to a child safe culture. It is therefore critical that child safety is part of the everyday thinking and practice of all within our school community.

It is important that parents attend if:

  • There is an intention of volunteering onsite at the school
  • You will volunteer to attend school excursions or
  • You would simply like to become better-informed about your obligations under our school’s Child Safe and Parent/Guardian/Carer Code of Conduct Policies.

Seminar 03/2018 – Maharishi Ayurveda for Adults and Children

Monday 21st May at 9.45am – presented by Faye Shepherd

Synopsis: TBA

Topics to be covered include General Health, Recipes – Snacks and Meals for children/families, Doshas.

Meditation and the School Holiday Period

The school holiday period provides us all with an opportunity to relax and revitalise ourselves after a fulfilling Term One. An essential ingredient in the success of our school and the benefit it brings to children and their families is our commitment to the school’s philosophy, which includes our routine of twice-daily meditation.

Meditation for our students begins at school, but with the aim of it playing an important role in the lives of our students. It is important that the routine that the children follow when at school is continued while they are on school holidays. The daily routine of meditation, whether it be the Word of Wisdom or the sitting technique, should not be solely associated with attendance at school. It should be reinforced as a skill/technique that adds value to our lives and is done on a daily basis.

It would be appreciated if you would gently encourage your children to continue being regular with their Word of Wisdom and TM Meditation over the Term One holiday period.

Harmony Day was celebrated on Wednesday 21st March at school with our students contributing to a “Magnificent Book”. We all appeared in the book, with everyone taking turns to write something positive about someone else. The book is on display in the Office foyer area. It makes for heart-warming reading.

Another highlight on the day was our school community lunch where all families contributed a savoury dish that was related to their cultural background. We sat and ate together and then announced our “Harmony Heroes” who were the students voted by their peers in acknowledgement of their consideration and care for others.

Thank you to all the parents who arrived early to lend their assistance to the lunch and to the cleaning up afterwards.

Term 2 Student Lunch Orders

Beginning in Term 2, lunch orders will once again be available weekly for students on Wednesday. We will begin during the first week of Term 2 which is on Wednesday 18th April. The Lunch Order includes a Vegetarian Hot Dog, small bag of popcorn and a Juice Box. A Lunch Order form will be sent home this week.

Term 2 After School Programs

The following arrangements have been made for After School Activities during Term 2.

Monday: *Homework Club (3.30 to 5.00)

Tuesday: After School Care (3.30 to 5.30pm)

Wednesday: *School Choir (3.30 to 4.30pm) – begins Wednesday 9th May for Registered Students only

Thursday: After School Care (3.30 to 5.30pm)

Friday: After School Care (3.30 to 5.30pm)

*Please note the time that each day’s activity is scheduled to end, especially those finishing earlier than 5.30pm.

The PICK-UP time should be strictly adhered to by parents/carers. Regular late pick-ups will begin to incur fees, as published and distributed to all families at the beginning of the school year in the 2018 Guidelines – Before & After School Care , and repeated below for your information.

Late Pick-Up Fee

The school has unfortunately been placed in a position where it must now enforce Late-Pick-Up Fees to cover the cost of having to pay staff for the additional time they remain on duty. This often causes unnecessary angst to the children who are left behind after their peers have all been picked up, in addition to the worry they may feel about their parents’ wellbeing. It also compromises the school staff who have their own personal commitments at the end of the working day.

The Late Fees are as follows:

5 – 15 minutes late: $10 16 – 30 minutes late: $20 31+ minutes late: $40

 May I respectfully ask that for ALL After School Activities parents arrive 5 – 10 minutes prior to the conclusion of the activity.

Coles Sports For Schools Vouchers

Although our school has not been overly active in our participation in this program, we did register and have gratefully received and collected vouchers from our school community during this term.

The program will be ending in one week so if you still have any vouchers, please send them to the school this week as we will mail in all our vouchers to see what type of sporting equipment we have qualified to select. Thank you to everyone for your support.

 School Photo Day Is Coming

Arthur Reed Photos will be here on Thursday 26th April.

Orders can be placed online at www.arphotos.com.au. Alternatively, return your completed order envelope back to school on photo day. There is a range of extra products available ONLINE ONLY.

A range of payment options are available online, including ZipPay, so you can order now and pay later!

SRC Charity Day for Royal Children’s Hospital (Pyjama Day)

Our student leaders on the Student Representative Council (SRC) have organised a Pyjama Day this Thursday 29th March to raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal. RCH envelopes have already been distributed to families so we look forward to all students making their contribution as they come to school in their PJs for the day.

There is also a rumour that the Easter Bunny may be attending on that day too!!

Key Dates:

Wednesday 28th March: Tennis Coaching Program (3.30 – 5.00pm)

Thursday 29th March SRC Charity Day for Royal Children’s Hospital (Pyjama Day) – Donation via RCH Envelope

Easter Egg Hunt

Final Day of Term 1

Term 2

Monday 16th April Staff Planning Day (Student-Free Day)

Tuesday 17th April First day of Term 2 for students

Wednesday 18th April After School Care available (No School Choir on this day)

Friday 20th April Sports Program – Bundoora Action Indoor Sports Stadium

Monday 23rd April Parent Seminar 02/2018 – Maharishi Child Safe and Code of Conduct Policies Homework Club

Wednesday 25th April ANZAC Day Public Holiday (School Closed)

Thursday 26th April School Photo Day (Summer Uniform to be worn)

Friday 27th April Sports Program – Bundoora Action Indoor Sports Stadium

Monday 30th April Years 3-6 School Camp (Day 1 of 3)

No Homework Club (After School Care available for Pearls – if needed)

Tuesday 1st May Years 3-6 School Camp (Day 2 of 3)

First Aid Course for Parents (at school)

After School Care available for Pearls

Wednesday 2nd May Years 3-6 School Camp (Day 3 of 3)

After School Care available for Pearls (No School Choir on this day)

Monday 7th May Chat With the Principal Session

Homework Club

Wednesday 9th May School Choir begins (3.30 – 4.30pm) for Registered Students only

 Steve Charisis – Principal

Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Maharishi School is excited to be participating. The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 7 September 2018. Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.

All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and can choose to have their name included on the online Honour Roll. All students at the school have been registered and will be reading many of the books in class and during Library lessons. If you would like your child‘s name to appear on the Honour Roll, please see the Office to sign a permission form. To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/prc

 Mrs Watt

Term 2 Classroom PE Program & Friday Afternoon Sport

Each Friday during Term 2, our Physical Education Classroom Program will feature AFL. Through the AFL Sporting Schools program, we aim to introduce our students to the game of Australian Football (AFL) through fun, engaging and challenging games and activities that are suited and adapted for a range of age groups and skill levels.

The Program our school will undertake is “LEARN AFL” where students will develop kicking, handballing, picking up the ball, marking & evasion skills. All lessons will involve a warm up, skill development and games sense activity which are modified to encourage maximum involvement and enjoyment for all participants.

Our Friday afternoon offsite sports Program continues next term at Bundoora Action Indoor Sports Stadium where the students will be participating in a range of Indoor Sports; Dodgeball, Soccer, Football, Handball, Cricket

 Athletics Carnival

Our students this year excelled compared to our previous year’s achievements at the District Athletics Carnival. Coincidence or not, our greater focus on sport and its benefit to young bodies and minds contributed to an exceptional performance by all competitors in a range of Track and Field Events. Staff and Parents cheered proudly in acknowledgement of the efforts made by our students. We were congratulated by neighbouring schools for our sportsmanship, perseverance and resilience in all the events in which we participated.

Topping off a successful day for our school were the achievements of four of our students who achieved success in their chosen events, including Jamie who achieved 1st Place in the 12-year old High Jump.

Congratulations to all students and thank you to all the parents who were able to attend and assist on the day.