Special Fun Friends Program
The Fremantle LDC has a strong emphasis on the social emotional well-being of all students. To support this Fun Friends Program will be implemented across all year groups in Terms 2 and 3. Fun Friends is a social and emotional skills program for children aged between 4 – 7 years. It aims to:
- Promote resilience in children and their families by providing strategies to help them approach life challenges with confidence.
- Promotes empathy in children towards others.
- Assists children to make friends.
Parent support in practising the skills and reinforcing the concepts is a vital part of this program and I encourage all parents to attend the information meetings planned this term on Wednesday 28th March from 6.30 – 7.30pm in the staff room at the Caralee site.
Our Occupational Therapist Berry Johnston with the assistance of the OT students from CURTIN University has now completed screening of all kindergarten and new students in Pre Primary and Year 1. They are currently completing the reports and parents of these students will receive these shortly. There will be an opportunity for parents to either meet or have a phone conversation with the OT. After consultation with classroom teachers both individual and small group programs will commence over the next two weeks. These programs will include both the new students and others identified by the classroom teacher. This is a wonderful program that supports students’ sensory regulation, fine motor and gross motor skills however if parents don’t want their child to be involved in these programs please notify the front office.
There will also be Parent Information Sessions that will explain the screening tool, basics of physical development and provide ideas to use at home. These sessions are for all parents and are on:
Friday 6th April 2pm at Beeliar
Monday 9th April 2pm at Caralee Wednesday
11th April 9am at Bull Creek Friday
13th April 9am at Caralee
You will all be aware that our school has an Outreach Service which is part of the DOE State Wide Service. Its task is to build capacity in speech, language and early literacy, in schools in the West Kimberley, the Pilbara and the South Metropolitan Region. The team consists of a deputy principal, Georgie Sounness, and four Speech Pathologists (Support Officers Speech and Language). So far Term 1 has been extremely busy and productive with over 250 Teachers and Education Assistants attending professional learning. The presentations have been at individual schools, held at FLDC and via video conferencing across the Pilbara and SABA support in the Kimberley. An exciting new presentation, which includes ongoing support, has been presented to new graduates. It was well supported and well received. The team are also running a new professional learning day during the holidays. In addition the demand for the intensive oral language programs Cracking the Code and Words Grammar and Fun Phase 1 & 2 has increased with 12 schools ordering 31 kits.