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How wearing a uniform instills pride

27 June, 2019

Isn’t it funny that no matter how our team plays, whether they win or lose, we still wear their colours with pride? We may not even like the colour ‘purple’ or ‘yellow’, but it does not matter – we still wear the colours with pride. We may get mocked or teased when our team loses, but we still stand tall and put our team colours back on for the next game, in hopes of a better result. Why do you think this is? Possibly because we realise the outside team colour does not define the end result. It’s the inside determination and ...

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How involved should I be with my child’s education

13 June, 2019

There is so much that has been written about the topic of parents getting involved with their child’s schooling. I have chosen to focus on two points. Set high expectations and match this with encouragement Get involved in schooling together with your child and the College High expectations: John Hattie (2012) is a leading educational researcher who completed a meta-analysis of key influences on student achievement. The number two ranked influence on student achievement is student expectations and self-reported grades. The Hattie list of key influences on student achievement includes: Collective teacher efficacy (number one in importance), Mnemonics (number 21), study skills ...

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Mandurah Baptist College Early Learning Centre

04 June, 2019

Mandurah Baptist College is currently constructing a new multi-million dollar Early Learning Centre (ELC), ready for students in February 2020. It will consist of nine purpose-built early childhood education classrooms and a custom designed nature playground. The new ELC will be a core piece of infrastructure designed to support the College’s investment in high quality learning for our Kindergarten to Year 2 students. It will enable MBC staff to better meet the important and vital learning needs of our youngest students. Neurological research shows the early years play a key role in children’s brain development. Babies begin to learn about the world ...

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5 Benefits to Sending Your child on Camp

16 May, 2019

To a parent, the thought of sending your child on camp can seem like either a blessing or a curse- depending on your parenting style and, subsequently, who your child is. Irrespective of the parenting a child receives, the experience of camp can, in my opinion, endow a child from any parenting background with numerous benefits. Having been on camps as a child, remembering the life lessons learnt, having heard the experiences and witnessed the changes in my own children as a result of camp, and having recently supervised 81 students on camp, hopefully allows me some latitude on these ...

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Three tips for sharing the Easter story with your child

04 April, 2019

This coming Easter, we have a great opportunity to share the Gospel with our families. Along with getting to your local church and hearing the message of Jesus, we as parents have a special opportunity to speak to our children about Jesus and what His life means for us. I have three easy ways to help you think about how you might share the story with them. 1. Get on their level Knowing where our children are at in terms of their development and what appeals to them is key to sharing the Gospel with them. When sharing the Gospel, we can pitch ...

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Grit

21 March, 2019

If you were to ask a group of parents what’s one thing they’d like to see in their child’s future, a high proportion would probably say ‘success’. So what might success look like for some? High grades? Awards? A leading researcher, Dr Angela Duckworth has made studies of students, military cadets, beginning teachers and sales people, and her leading question was, ‘Who is successful here and why?’ From her work, a characteristic that emerged as a significant predictor of success wasn’t social intelligence, good looks, physical health, IQ, family income or even how safe children felt at school – the leading ...

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ICT in the classroom – a critical review

08 March, 2019

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the classroom is nothing new. I clearly remember filling out punch cards to program a computer at Mandurah Senior High School in 1983. Admittedly, the complexity of technologies available to students today is certainly far more advanced, even in comparison to ten years ago. This blog will focus on what is required for the effective use of digital ICT in the classrooms, including iPads, notebooks, MacBooks, internet resources, electronic text-books, flipped classrooms and other similar technologies. There has been much discussion about whether the use of ICT in the classroom is actually a benefit to ...

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5 Cyber Safety conversation starters for your family – Family Zone

21 February, 2019

These days, children are often introduced to devices well before they’re able to understand the concept of cyber safety. But it’s vital to start these conversations as early as possible, so staying safe becomes second nature. Cyber Expert and Psychologist Jordan Foster shares her most effective cyber safety conversation starters for parents of kids and teens; 1. How do you know who you’re chatting to is who they say they are? ‘Kids will easily stumble into conversations with people they don’t know in the real world’ explains Jordan. ‘They’re also very trusting of people, which means they’re most vulnerable to being catfished by online predators. ...

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5 Tips to Help Your Child with their Literacy These Holidays

05 December, 2018

School holidays are a great time to enjoy a break from routine. There’s no school uniforms to wash and iron, no school lunches to prepare and pack, no missing library books to track down and no homework to supervise! But, while enjoyable, this break in routine can also mean a break in the development of your child’s literacy skills. There is an abundance of research that suggests that children often lose some of their academic skills over the holiday breaks. How can you, as a parent, prevent this slide and ensure that your child continues to develop literacy skills during ...

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Three tips on sharing the Christmas story with your child

22 November, 2018

Three tips on sharing the Christmas story with your child With the end of the year fast approaching, there is so much to be thankful for. The warm weather is here and with it, longer days and balmy nights. It means more time together, the chance to reflect on a year full of growth and change, enjoy school holidays and of course, Christmas. As a child, I remember waiting with anticipation and excitement all year for Christmas to come. I love Christmas. From the parties at school to the family get togethers, there is always a joy that fills the air. As ...

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