GUEST PRESENTER: Chris Oakes with principal Andrew Kendall.
GUEST PRESENTER: Chris Oakes with principal Andrew Kendall. Contributed

Presenter discusses practical parenting

World Read Aloud Day

THURSDAY, February 1, was World Read Aloud Day. Every year, on this day, people all around the globe read aloud together and share stories to advocate for literacy as a human right that belongs to all people.

Year 2 teacher Kayelene O'Dea thought it would be an excellent idea to take part with her class and promote the importance of reading.

"I thought my Year 2 class could bring two books. One for them to read aloud with the assistance of an older buddy and one for an older student to read to them.

"We have done buddy reading before. The session went extremely well. We will keep doing this as a regular once a week program. This is an ideal opportunity for our younger students to get to know the bigger students. It is also a wonderful way for students to make connections and interact with the different year levels as well as allowing our better readers to feel like they are teaching.”

Parent Info sessions

THE primary campus held an information afternoon for parents to pop in and meet the teachers and visit classrooms.

"As the principal of St Joseph's School, I feel it is important that we keep the lines of communication open and honest,” principal Andrew Kendall said.

"The staff and I are aiming to ensure parents are comfortable to ask questions and to actively engage in their son/daughter's education,” he said.

The parents of Years 10, 11 and 12 were also invited to a senior school parent information evening with guest speaker Christopher Oakes, acting deputy principal at St Michael's College, Merrimac and formerly head of senior school at St Laurence's College, Brisbane.

In his presentation, titled Surviving Senior School (A Practical Guide for Parents), Mr Oakes discussed many of the key issues facing students. Mr Oakes spoke to parents about the need to be careful with allowing their children access to phones, laptops and gaming consoles, especially during the evening.

"This is because students have trouble withdrawing from social media and gaming, access inappropriate material and lose sleep which affects their studies and wellbeing,” Mr Oakes said.

"Students can feel stress at school, especially for the Year 12s who have a huge year. Parents need to monitor students behaviour patterns and ensure their child finds the happy balance.”