Please take note of your new BPAY reference number on your fee statements. Prior to making any BPAY payments, please update your bank account details to the new BPAY reference number.
Family Health Care Card
If your circumstances have changed and your family are now eligible for a Family Health Care Card, please contact the office to make an application for your discount on your school fees.
Is your child getting enough sleep? Here are some tips from Michael Grose….
Regularity and routine are the agents of sleep. It takes discipline to adhere to and commitment to making sleep a high priority. Helping kids understand how their body clock works, assisting them to work out their optimal bedtime and putting lifestyle habits in place can help them get the sleep they need to maximise their learning, wellbeing, development and overall performance. Here are some tips to help:
Understand the body clock Sleep is regulated by a 24-hour body clock that manages the secretion of melatonin to send us to sleep and cortisol to wake us up. This amazing body clock is reset every day when light first hits our retinas. Sleep in late and the clock goes out of synch. When your child works with the rhythms of their body’s 24-hour clock they will give themselves the optimal chance for sleep success.
The sleep-wake cycle for teenagers is delayed by up to two hours. That is, they are sleepy later and awake later than when they were children. Melatonin, which makes them sleepy, is secreted as late as 11.00pm for some young people, which makes the time before bed-time a sleepless zone. Cortisol, the chemical that wakes them up is released at close to 8.00am for many teens. If this is the case, your young person’s brain wants to be asleep when they need to be awake for school.
Stick to sleep recommendations The Raising Children’s Network recommends between 11-13 hours sleep per night for young children, 10-11 hours for primary school children and 8-10 hours for secondary school-aged kids. As every child is different, you may notice that your child needs more or less sleep than is recommended.
Develop good sleep hygiene habits
- Start a regular bedtime routine at least 45 minutes out from bedtime to help kids get ready for sleep.
- Eat and exercise at the right time. Sleep likes a relaxed body and a calm nervous system, so schedule exercise and active movement before mealtimes.
- Create a sleep sanctuary. Restrict bedrooms to sleep and relaxation quarters and find other places in the house for time out and reflection, school work and active play.
- Keep bedrooms cave-like. A child’s bedroom should be cave-like – that is, dark, cool and free from electronic devices. Darkness encourages melatonin, which regulates sleep-wake patterns.
- Get up at a regular time. For optimal sleep, bed and wake up times need to be as regular as possible.
Sleep is a critical component of enhancing a child’s wellbeing, learning, development and overall performance. Helping your child to get enough quality sleep will ensure that their brain and body are being used at full capacity.
The CBCA (Childrens’ Book Council of Australia) have published a shortlist of books from eligible authors for the 2020 Awards. The Library has some of these books on display which the students can borrow. Two of these books are here below –
The Glimme by Emily Rodda
‘Then the strange housekeeper from a mysterious clifftop mansion sees his talent, buys him for a handful of gold And and then reveals to him seven extraordinary paintings.’
Catch a falling star by Meg McKinlay
‘Somewhere high above Frankie Avery, one of the world’s first space stations is tumbling to Earth. And rushing back with it are old memories.’
Alternatively, if you are unable to attend during these times:-
If any of the items need to be exchanged, please contact Julie first and return to the school office please do not remove any of the tags or packaging.
Uniform Shop Manager
The new Semester 2 CANTEEN MENU for 2020 is available on the MMCCPS website.
The canteen operates on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. To alleviate using money, Mary MacKillop Catholic Community Primary School has an online ordering system for Canteen orders. This enables a more efficient and effective service available to you and your family.
You can visit quickcliq.com.au to register.