Monday, March 30, 2009

Stress-Busting Gets Creative

"Art education can help children cope with worries. Children under stress tend to bottle up their feelings, creating emotional and physical effects. With negative news dominating our newspapers and airwaves – from a struggling economy and war to issues closer to home with worried parents, less disposable income and school stress -- children need to find healthy ways to manage stress.......

Art for kids should be all about originality and creativity. You can create a space at home that promotes imaginative play........

* Never ever judge your
children’s artwork. You want to empower them to use art to express their ideas, thoughts and feelings.

Above all, children need to know that they are loved and supported.

Give hugs and model grace, calm and problem-solving. Sometimes children need just 15 minutes of your undivided attention. They need to turn off the TV and sources of distraction and learn to turn within to tap their own imaginations where a world of creative adventure awaits."

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Congratulations to the P&C

A big thank you to all the parents and community members who assist at school supporting the education of our students.

Michael Coutts-Trotter, Director-General of the NSW Department of Education & Training, talks about P and C Day and the good work P and C's do in the vodcast.

Come and join in!!

Sandy Beach Public School P and C welcomes new parents and community members to join their ranks.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Head Lice have been detected lurking in a number of classes

Head Lice

"Head lice are wingless insects spending their entire life on human scalp and feeding exclusively on human blood." Wikipedia

"Unfortunately, the management and treatment of head lice is surrounded by a large amount of misinformation and myth, particularly about their habits and what is and isn't an effective treatment."
NSW Government Department of Health
"Understanding the biology and lifecycle of head lice will enable you to understand how to effectively treat and manage head lice in your family and school."
NSW Government Department of Health

"Head lice are only found on the human head. Head lice do not live on furniture, hats, bedding, carpet or anywhere else in the environment. Treating anything other than the human head does not eradicate head lice." Treatment of Head Lice NSW Government Department of Health

"Spring cleaning your home, washing bedding and toys and rigorous vacuum cleaning do not affect the head lice population on a human head." Biology NSW Government Department of Health

How do you catch head lice?"Head lice are caught from another human head. Head lice cannot survive off the human head for any length of time." Biology NSW Government Department of Health

"Head lice move from human hair to human hair."

"As no product has been shown to kill eggs, any chemical treatment must be reapplied after any eggs have hatched, ie. five to seven days after the first treatment." Biology NSW Government Department of Health

"Unfortunately, the management and treatment of head lice is surrounded by a large amount of misinformation and myth, particularly about their habits and what is and isn't an effective treatment." NSW Government Department of Health

To assist you to combat these annoying creatures:
NSWPublic Schools and NSWHealth present:

NSW DET video on head lice show you how to get rid of head lice.

NSWPublic Schools and NSWHealth present:

For further support and information go to

Please check your child’s hair regularly
and if necessary apply a suitable product
to remove the lice.
"Sometimes you may need to reapply the lotion two or even three times.

All eggs must be removed to successfully eradicate the lice.

We understand that it is a difficult and tiresome job to do
but unless all the eggs are removed  they can re-hatch over night."

 NSW Government Department of Health

For further support and information go to

Friday, March 20, 2009

My Child

A wonderful website for parents which provides information to families about Australian Government early learning and care initiatives and other issues that affect children such as:
Child care tax rebate, well-being and learning.

Internet Safety

Cybersmart Kids Online will help you and your family to find out how to be cybersmart and use the internet safely.
It's a young person's guide to smart 'net surfing, chatting and emailing.

There are brochures available for download.

Australian Government -Australian Communications and Media Authority

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Alphabet Chart NSW Foundation

From K-3 Teachers Resources this alphabet chart will guide you and your children to correctly form their letters.
You can print it out and place it in a prominent place.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Chores Chart for kids

Free Printable Chore Charts - A4 and A3 sizes...

Ideal for use AT HOME or AT SCHOOL

"I made this chart up for my 7 year old boy for home chores and thought it could also work well in the classroom or homeschool situation so here it is to share for FREE - enjoy !"

Friday, March 13, 2009

Family School Partners

Click here to access the latest newsletter:

Newsletter of the Family-School & Community Partnerships Bureau March 2009

-various tips to assist parents help their children get the most out of their education.

The Family-School & Community Partnerships Bureau

has been set up to help Australian schools, families and

communities build sustainable, collaborative,
productive relationships.

Research has shown that where effective partnerships

exist, the quality of schooling improves,

students enjoy more satisfying educational experiences,

and communities are strengthened.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Let's Talk Net- Consumer Series

Interested in knowing more about the Internet?

The Let's Talk Net podcasts are divided into seven episodes:

Getting started,


Searching the net,

Safety and security,


Shopping and e-commerce,

History and future.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Australian Parents Website

The Multi Award Winning Australian Parents Website is a valuable resource for any family to refer to. It is sponsored by the Australian Government.

The extensive site houses a multitude of great ideas and suggestions that could make parents and carers lives a little happier!!

More parent information on SBPS Library Website

Information to support parents is available at the Parents weblink:

Hope it is useful.

New Autism Spectrum Disorders Website

Parents and carers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) will benefit from a new information website created as part of the $190 million Helping Children with Autism package.

The website is the culmination of eight months of development and research by the Raising Children Network, a consortium of three organisations with a proven track record in child development, research and information delivery.

The website will continue to be developed this year and will incorporate feedback from families and autism organisations.

The ASD website can be found at

from The Australian Laboor Party Website: