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As we delve into the importance of ANZAC Day, I believe that sharing stories and anecdotes can provide us with a deeper understanding of the significance of this day. One of the most poignant tales is that of Simpson and his donkey. John Simpson Kirkpatrick, a brave stretcher-bearer, fearlessly used a donkey to transport wounded soldiers to safety during the intense battles at Gallipoli. His remarkable acts of courage and compassion exemplify the enduring spirit of mateship and sacrifice that we commemorate on ANZAC Day.

ANZAC Day holds a special place in our history as it marks the anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand soldiers at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, during World War I. This day of remembrance serves as a poignant reminder of the bravery and selflessness demonstrated by those who fought for our freedom in the past.

Moreover, ANZAC Day encourages us to reflect on the broader themes of peace, freedom, and the importance of standing together in times of adversity. It serves as a reminder of the enduring impact of war and conflict on individuals, families, and communities, urging us to strive for a more peaceful and harmonious world.

Fostering a Positive Learning Environment for Your Teen at Home

As we know, the foundation for a successful educational experience starts at home. Parents/carers encouragement and engagement create a positive environment that fosters a love for learning in your teenager. To maintain this positive and engaging learning environment outside of school, here are some specific strategies and tips tailored for teenagers:

  1. Encourage independence: Support your teenager in taking ownership of their learning by allowing them to set their study schedule and goals.
  2. Foster open communication: Create a safe space for your teenager to share their thoughts and concerns about schoolwork, and offer guidance and support as needed.
  3. Provide opportunities for self-discovery: Encourage your teenager to explore their interests through projects, research, or extracurricular activities to deepen their passion for learning.
  4. Embrace technology (with clear borders): Incorporate educational podcasts, online courses, and interactive learning platforms to cater to your teenager’s digital preferences.
  5. Promote time management skills: Help your teenager develop effective time management strategies to balance academic responsibilities with personal interests and activities.

Here are three Australian websites that can assist parents/carers in supporting their children’s education and well-being:

  1. ReachOut Parents: This website offers practical support and information for parents of teenagers, covering topics such as mental health, communication, relationships, and well-being. It provides articles, videos, forums, and tools to help parents navigate the challenges of raising teenagers. Website: ReachOut Parents
  2. Raising Children Network: Run by the Australian Government, the Raising Children Network offers evidence-based parenting information and resources for parents of children of all ages. The website covers topics such as education, health, development, and well-being, providing valuable insights and tips for parents. Website: Raising Children Network
  3. headspace: headspace is a national youth mental health foundation in Australia that offers support and resources for parents of teenagers who may be experiencing mental health challenges. They provide information on how to recognize signs of mental health issues, support strategies, and access to professional help. Website: headspace

These websites can be valuable sources of information and support for parents looking to enhance their children’s educational experience and overall wellbeing.
If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas to share, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Working together, we can ensure your teenager’s continued success in their educational endeavours.

Contribution Fees

Fairhills High School would like to express our sincere gratitude to all parents who have contributed towards the school contributions this year. Your support is truly valued and plays a crucial role in enhancing the educational experience for all students.

Paying school contributions is fundamental in supporting our education system. These contributions directly benefit your child by providing resources for educational materials, activities, new equipment, and facility upgrades, ultimately enriching their learning environment.

Upgrades include:

  • New flooring in the basketball foyer – Completed in Term 1
  • New library furniture – Term 3
  • New furniture in the Year 7 classes – Term 3
  • Year 7 & 8 Courtyard modernisation – Term 3 & 4

It’s important to note that contributing to the school not only provides tangible benefits but also helps build a sense of community among parents and guardians. By working together, we create a shared responsibility for ensuring that every student receives the best possible education.

If you have not yet made a contribution this year, you can easily do so through the Compass Payment Centre. The Centre allows for full payment or the option to pay in smaller amounts throughout the term. Contributions can also be made directly at the school office.

Should you wish to discuss a payment plan, please feel free to contact the General Office at 9758 5022.

Ian Van Schie


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