Our Coatesville has a zero tolerance on bullying - we have systems in place to help reporting any bullying behaviour - and we used this week to help highlight those processes. We started with reminding the students to start with their KID POWERS - we went over some scenarios to help practice the words we would use in a situation where someone had wronged us, by letting them know they hurt us and giving them an opportunity to apologise:
Then we discussed what was the best way to respond in a situation. We used Tim and Sally to demonstrate:
Tim: Stop it, Sally, I don't like it when you talk to me like that. It makes me feel sad.
If the Sally had responded differently, then Tim should go to the teacher to get some help. We would like to empower the students to be problem solvers and learn conflict resolution skills to deal with minor disagreements and accidents.
Our 5 key messages for keeping everyone safe can be found in the May 15th newsletter. We ended the week with the annual PINK SHIRT DAY - be part of the movement towards making young people feel good about who they are.
Another big focus this week was spreading kindness. As a Team, Tui completed a Kindness Challenge - they were split off into groups and challenged to write complements and kind words on strips of paper and then make the longest chain. They had to work as a team and ensure they did not repeat any complements. If they repeated one, we would stop the count there and tally up the compliments before - the winning team came up with 27 complements before they repeated and second place was hot on their heals at 24.
If you have any concerns around bullying behaviour towards your child, please ask them to speak to a teacher, or make a time to sit down with your child and the teacher to discuss your concerns. We take every complaint seriously and investigate any suggestions of bullying. We need your help to make sure that Coatesville School is a Bully Free Zone.
While the Year 4s do PATs, the Year 3s have been enjoying some team building time together. We are focusing on mixing up the classes to ensure that students get an opportunity to work with students they don't normally work with.
What a wonderful day! The weather gave us a show but thankfully the wind died down and the sun came out.
Well done to everyone who competed and those that places. Room 11 and Room 12 swimmers did an awesome job pushing Room 13 to really dig deep for their wins. Congratulations to Room 13 for their clean sweep of the Class relays.
Tui Team have been meeting once a week to work on their small ball skills. Each week, Tui team split off into mixed teams and take part in a couple of skill based games to practice throwing, catching, hitting and bouncing tennis balls. This is great for teamwork and hand-eye coordination.
At Coatesville one of our big focuses is on learning Te Reo Maori. We are currently working on our Greetings.
Some of the words that we have learnt are
Ma Te Wa
and many more.....
Here are some pictures of room 12 singing the song "Ma Te Wa" which is all about farewells.
On Thursday Room 12 was lucky enough to have a session with Football Kidz and their inflatable football arena.
The kids got to have a go playing against each other in the inflatable before playing "Shark Attack" on the field.
Room 12 had a great time playing together, despite the rainy day.
During the wild weather last week, Room 12 got the opportunity to have some free time in the rain!
As part of our Tui Team day, we created a piece of collaborative art. Everyone had a hand in its creation. Today Room 11 finished it off. Keep an eye out for it in the next few days.