Archived: Newsletter #13 30/10/2018

Principal’s Report

Parent Seminar #6: Restorative Practices

Last Monday we enjoyed a very informative and engaging session about Restorative Practices, presented as a Parent Seminar after school with about 20 families in attendance. It gave our school the opportunity to reinforce to our school community the behaviours and values we consider significant and the strategies and approaches we believe to be the more effective and appropriate for a school with our philosophy and holistic approach to the development of young children.  The practices are also most relevant to the relationships we encourage with and between staff and parents.

We began with parents being asked by our presenter to guess by whom and when the following quote was made. We heard a range of answers but I think it’s safe to say that everyone was taken aback when the answer was revealed :

Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.” Socrates (470BC)

During the Seminar, parents were  presented with a range of scenarios, questions and discussions points, including:

  • Talent or persistence – which quality would you rather have for your child?
  • What the research is telling us….

– Positive relationships are central to good parenting

– Parenting confidence is the foundation of parenting capacity

– Balancing family and work is a major stress for parents

– Promoting a culture of ‘help seeking’ behaviour is vital for healthy families

  • Work our kids need to do

– Disdain and disapproval is healthy

– Kids need to do their own “social” work

– Kids need to “act out” & practice roles

– Teens will heat-seek confrontation

– Kids need to learn how to fail….

– Children need support – boundaries & limits, you are still the boss!

– Children will act in your best interests

  • A Window into Parenting Approaches…..what works? Signs you’re a Blackhawk parent:

You pack your child’s school bag so they don’t forget anything

– You hide in the bushes to spy on your child at lunchtime to see if they’re playing with others

You email your child’s school to demand your child doesn’t have to do a detention

You lobby the school to get your child into a particular class/sporting team/drama production

You text your child when dinner is ready

  • Move away from blame & shame to harm & repair
  • Traditional Questions (telling) versus Restoring Questions (talking)

– Ask positive & open questions such as:

What was the best part of your day at school? What are two interesting things that happened with friends today?

Restorative Practice Values

Participation Respect Honesty Humility Interconnectedness Accountability Empowerment Hope

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend. If you would like a copy of the presentation slides, please contact me.

School Planning Day

Please note that the school will be closed (Student-Free) on both Monday 5th November (School Planning Day) and Tuesday 6th November (Melbourne Cup Public Holiday). We look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday 7th.

2018 Maharishi School Fitness Challenge

Our first week of the Fitness Challenge has been completed, with the Emeralds handing back their pedometers and their Tally Sheets. I have to say that there have been some extraordinary numbers recorded. I am also grateful to all families for supporting the Challenge as a fundraising activity for the school with most students returning their forms with sponsorship or donations. For those families unable to do either, the school respects your position and we thank you for supporting the main rationale for the Challenge which was to increase the physical activity of our students. In many cases, it was wonderful to hear from parents about the opportunity this activity has given their family to go for walks together in the mornings and evenings as a family unit—very heartwarming. I even have some parents undertaking the Challenge in support of their child and getting their own sponsors too!!

Today the Diamonds were issued with their personal pedometer for the next 7 days. We hope that similarly, our Diamonds families enjoy the opportunity for increased physical activity.

Lockdown Drill

Today at school we practiced the procedure we have in place as part of our Emergency Management Plan for all students, staff and visitors at the school  in the case of a Lockdown.

The students were briefed at Snack Time about what they would be asked to do by their teachers, what the teachers would be doing and what the Administration Staff and I would be doing at the time. The students asked some insightful questions, giving us a level of confidence that the “drill” would be an educational experience for everyone involved. There was no dramatic explanation nor explicit examples of why a Lockdown may be needed, other than to explain that there are times when  the school needs to do things to make sure that we all remain safe.

So if you child comes home tonight and says that today they had to get down low under tables, that the lights were switched off, the blinds drawn and their building and rooms locked, you can reinforce to them the message about the things that we do at school and around the home to stay safe.

Darebin Play Map Project

Maharishi School, Darebin Council and play specialist Cat Sewell invite Pearls parents tomorrow afternoon to a fun and interactive workshop for the Darebin Play Map Project. The Pearls class will be involved in talking about memories of play, from current children to those of yester-year, and drawing pictures of their play.

The Play Map Project will be gathering information, input and feedback from our school community to help make a Reservoir North-East Play Map, with all our favourite places to play and things to do marked on it.

Workshop: Wednesday 31st October: 2.00 – 3.00pm at Maharishi School

I have also asked Cat to undertake a playground audit of our school on that day prior to the session so that she can see our students at play and make recommendations for the further development of our play space to ensure we have an appropriate range of age-specific activities and areas for all students. We hope to see you there!

Key Dates

Wednesday 31st October 2019 Year Prep Orientation (Session 1)

City of Darebin Play Map Project (Pearls – 2.00-3.00pm)

Tennis Program (Keon Park Tennis Club: 3.30-5.00pm)

Friday 2nd November Gymnastics Program

Monday 5th November School Planning Day (School Closed– Student-Free Day)

Tuesday 6th November Melbourne Cup Public Holiday (School Closed– Student-Free Day)

Wednesday 7th November 2019 Year Prep  Orientation (Session 2)

Tennis Program (Keon Park Tennis Club: 3.30-5.00pm)

Friday 9th November Gymnastics Program

Monday 12th November Homework Club

Wednesday 14th November 2019 Year Prep  Orientation (Session 3)

Tennis Program (Keon Park Tennis Club: 3.30-5.00pm)

Friday 16th November Gymnastics Program

Tuesday 20th November Year 6 Graduation Dinner (7.00-9.30pm)

Notice is from the Australian Government Department of Education and Training

The Department would like schools to advise their school communities that they have requested that each school provide a statement of addresses, in accordance with the Australian Education Regulation 2013 (Cth) (the Regulation).

A statement of addresses contains the following information about each student at the school:

  • Student residential address (not student names)
  • Student level of education (i.e. whether the student is a primary or secondary student)
  • Student boarding school status (i.e. whether the student is boarding or a day student)
  • Names and residential addresses of the student’s parent(s) and/or guardian(s)

Purpose of the collection

This collection is routinely used to inform Commonwealth school education policy, and to help ensure that Commonwealth funding arrangements for non-government schools are based on need, and are fair and transparent.

The National School Resourcing Board recently completed a review of the socio-economic status (SES) score methodology used in the calculation of the Commonwealth’s needs-based funding arrangements for non-government schools. The information collected in the statement of addresses will be used to progress the Board’s recommendations, which have been accepted by the Government.

Further information on this review and the Government’s response can be found here:

Steve Charisis – Principal

Edgar’s Mission

On Wednesday the 24th of October the Maharishi School went on an excursion to Edgar’s Mission in Lancefield.

At 9 o’clock in the morning we all hopped on the bus and we were off to Edgar’s Mission. There was lots of excitement, so the bus was very loud. I was partners with Kizzy on the bus for the 1 hour and 15 minutes, which was very fun. Once we got there we were greeted by Kelly, and then we got taken into the barn where we had an information session with Pam Ahen, the founder of Edgar’s Mission.

After our information session we had lunch next to the pigs! After lunch the real fun began. The Emeralds and Diamonds got put into a group together, and our instructor was Kyle. He was a very good instructor.

The first place we went to was Goat-Ville! Which was one of my personal favourites. We got to feed them Weetbix. I fed “Jimmy Barnes” and “Boots”. The next animals we went to were the sheep. We were allowed to go into the pen with the sheep and feed them, but Samaya and I stayed out of the pen.

Up the road from the sheep were 3 beautiful chocolate coloured horses. We weren’t allowed to pet the horses, because they can get spooked very easily, but they were very gorgeous to look at.

After our little stroll past the horses we went to the Alpacas! We had to be very still and very quiet around the Alpacas because they can get mad very easily, run away and not come back. They looked so soft and fluffy and they looked very cuddly.

After the Alpacas we went to the pigs. I learnt a lot about pigs. I learnt that the reason they roll in mud is because they use it as sunscreen, to keep cool and they don’t sweat. The last animals we saw were the chickens, we got to feed the chickens, I was very nervous to go in with the chickens, but it wasn’t as scary as I thought it was going to be.

At the end of the day we said goodbye to Edgar’s Mission and their staff, hopped on the bus and went back home.

Thank you Edgar’s Mission for an amazing day!

By Maya Constable

On Wednesday the 24th of October the whole school went on an excursion to Edgar’s Mission in Lancefield. We had so much fun and I want to go again! Apart from the long drive it was probably one of the best excursions I’ve been to. I learnt so much after this experience this has made me think, about a lot of things from, what I eat to how animals live. I loved it!

When we got there we went to meet Pam to have a talk about how she left her life and her full time job for this farm. Pam told us about the first animal she rescued. His name was Edgar and he was a pig, and that’s why they called the farm Edgar’s Mission. Edgar sadly past away in 2010 soon after his 7th birthday.

After we talked with Pam we went to have lunch. Soon after lunch we got split into two groups one, with the Emeralds and Diamonds and one with the Pearls. Once we split into two groups the Emeralds and Diamonds (the Demeralds) went to feed the goat’s Weetbix and they were adorable! Then we went to see the beautiful, fluffy, woolly sheep! They were the cutest, big bundles of joy I’ve ever seen. My favourite sheep was Morgan, she was so cute, and she was as fluffy as a marshmallow.

After we went to see the woolly sheep, we went past the horses. We didn’t get to feed the horses because they would have gotten scared of us!!! It was sad that we didn’t get to feed them but after the horses we got to see the Alpacas, they were probably my favourite animals to look at. The Alpacas were so magical to me I don’t know why but I just felt that and anyway, their names were adorable too! There was Scooby Doo, Scooby Don’t, Shaggy, Daphne and Fred. They were called the Scooby Doo Gang and they were so cute and chill!

Soon after we went to see the Pigs. They were so chubby and cute, I loved them! When Pigs say hello to other Pigs they rub their noses on each other it’s so cute. Obviously we won’t rub our noses to them, we got our palms and put it next to their nose to say hello. The cutest Pig was obviously Thumbelina she was amazing, I loved her! Thumbelina was black, small and ADORABLE!!!!!!

After the pigs we went to visit the chickens.  There were many chickens and they had the cutest, small sheds/houses.  We got to feed the chickens and when you fed them they pecked at your hands and it tickles!!  It was so cute!  That was the last thing we did and I was sad it was over.

I LOVE EDGAR’S MISSION and it really helped me understand how important animals are and how much they dedicate their life to us and that’s why I love Edgar’s Mission!

By Bella Mihos

On Wednesday the 24th of October the whole school went to Edgars Mission in Lancefield. We saw pigs, goats, chickens, lamas and sheep. Each animal has a named section. The pig section is called Piggy Paradise. The goat section was called Goat Ville. The chicken section was called Bantam Boys. The Llama section was called Timmy Town and the sheep section was called Sheep Shack. Some of the animals names Penny, Leon, Morgan, Ruby, Monty, Indi, Bilby, Boots, Bambi, Scooby Doo, Scooby Don’t, Fred, Thumbelina and Chicken Little.

My favourite animal was Boots. Boots is a goat but when Boots was little he looked like a cute small fluffy dog with big ears. The lady who started Edgar’s Mission was a lady who loved animals, Pam Ahern. We all had lunch in an area near the pigs so it stunk where we ate.

After we had lunch we went to see all the animals. First we saw the goats then the sheep, but while we were at the sheep our tour guide saw an eagle in the sky.  The eagle was circling the pig section.

The last section was the pigs. My favourite pig was Thumbelina because she was small. Then we all went back to the bus and drove off. In the bus I thought about how Edgars Mission fights for animals rights. I had a GREAT TIME!

By Alec Sharan

Because of Her We Can Darebin School’s Yarning Conference

The “Because Of Her, We Can” NAIDOC Week Year 5 Yarning Conference, was attended by our students at the Aborigines Advancement League, Thornbury on 23rd October , 2018.

Our Year 5 students were lucky to be amongst a group of 300 local Darebin students invited to participate in a council – organised event which focused on celebrating local Indigenous culture, in particular the contribution and successes of women. The theme linked to this year’s NAIDOC week topic – “Because Of Her, We Can”.

Prior to the day, the students researched prominent Aboriginal leaders such as Geraldine Briggs AO, Michael Long and the Long Walk initiative, Nova Peris, the “Deadly Questions” website and the Darebin Council Recognition and Discovery Map.

During the day, we participated in activities such as: a reading by elder Aunty Joy Murphy of her book, “Welcome to Country” and a discussion with Darebin Mayor Kim Le Cerf on topics such as the Australia Day date, the re-naming of the electorate of Batman to Cooper, and the focus that council has in supporting and celebrating local Indigenous culture. The students also learned some traditional crafts (and their purposes) such as Traveling Stone decorating and Possum Rug marking with Aunty Brenda and Aunty Cindy. We participated in a “Little Long Walk” led by Nova Peris and Courtney Dempsey and shared a smoking ceremony led by Uncle Trevor Gallagher. The students loved meeting and playing with so many other students at lunch time.

It was a very happy, positive and enjoyable day!

Ms James and Ms Russell