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Newman News Term 1 Week 6: From the Leader of Early Childhood

12 Mar 2021

My next recommendation centres around reading. The early years are key to developing successful reading habits in children and more important than anything, we want children to develop a love of reading and to find the joy of escaping into a good book. Hopefully, if we set the right foundations, reading for pleasure will become a lifelong habit. I encourage you to not only listen to your child read (if they are at that stage of their learning journey), but to regularly read books for your child.

A child is never too young to listen to a story – from high quality picture books to children’s novels. Setting this habit allows you to model good reading habits to your child – they hear the pace with which you read, the expression in your voice and they experience the excitement of the story. After you’ve finished reading, ask your child questions or get them to retell you their favourite part of the story. These questions will help them to develop their comprehension skills. The more often that you do this, the more involved these conversations can become.

Topics such as stereotyping and discrimination are all easily addressed in storybooks and help your child to develop their critical literacy skills. Most importantly, make it FUN and ENJOYABLE!

Primary Easter Raffle 

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Newman Parents – ySafe Cyber Safety Education Session

Newman College is looking forward to welcoming Australia’s leading provider of cyber safety education, ySafe to Newman Parents this term. This practical, strategy-rich session will cover the most important points that all families need to know regarding online safety, covering key information about social media and gaming, screen time recommendations and step-by-step instructions on how to set up a cyber safe home for kids of all ages.

When: Monday 22 March 2021, 7.00pm

Where: Newman College, Marist Auditorium

To register for this free session please click here.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Marcellin Award 

Congratulations to our Marcellin Award winners Stella and Alexander who are both in Year 2. Well done to you both.