From the Head of Primary - Week 3, Term 3 2018


Blessed and Open for Business!

The Opening of the Pod is complete.  This morning, Archbishop Dr Philip Aspinall blessed the Pod, the new staffroom and the Primary Administration.  Together, these new areas equip us to respond to the ever-changing educational and social needs of our students and their teachers.  Our new facilities represent our commitment to growth and development. Our constant search for best practice is the driving force behind our quest to reimagine education and independent learning.  There is no doubt that the heart of our Primary Campus is beating with renewed verve, which encaptures the culture of progressive learning.

Pod Blessing


Overparenting – Too much of a good thing?
By Head of Teaching and Learning P to 6,  Miss Lisa Shaw

Last Monday evening, the Semester Two Parent Information Evening adopted a slightly new format with the addition of Dr Judith Locke to the programme. Dr Locke is a high-accomplished expert in her field, currently practising as a clinical psychologist, working as a QUT lecturer and is the author of the best-selling book, The Bonsai Child. Dr Locke used humour, wit and charm to captivate her audience when presenting a workshop to Primary parents on the topic of raising confident and capable children, with a particular focus on anxiety.  
Dr Locke provided an engaging and honest account of the challenges of modern parenting and offered practical strategies to assist parents in raising resilient children. She coined the term overparenting, which can be described as an extreme responsiveness to children’s perceived needs that is not age appropriate. Dr Locke shared research documenting how overparenting results in poor life skills, reduced resilience, anxiety, perfectionism and a sense of entitlement. She cited research highlighting that self-esteem has little to do with success and even that there is no connection between feelings of high self-esteem, academic achievement and relationships.
Whilst wanting to guide children towards success, Dr Locke explains that making things too easy for them will negatively impact levels of resilience, self-regulation, resourcefulness and respect for authority. These elements, Dr Locke contends, are vital for long-term success and should be a higher priority than trying to manage a child’s self-esteem.


Other key messages included:

  • High emphasis on emotions leads to a low emphasis on actions
  • High levels of help suggest to a child that they lack the skills to face challenges independently
  • Praise becomes pressure over time
  • The more praise a child hears, the less they value it
  • Many children are erroneously convinced that anything but happiness is abnormal


The long-term impact for children can extend beyond the College and into the workplace where overparented young people:

  • Maintain a sense of entitlement
  • Expect copious amounts of praise and reassurance
  • Require instant gratification
  • Are not equipped to receive constructive criticism


The messages delivered by Dr Locke were insightful and supported by decades of research. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from the teacher and parent community, we hope to arrange a follow-up evening with Dr Locke in the near future.


The Primary Discos

Time to dust off the bling and polish the dancing shoes because the Primary Discos are just two weeks away! As the excitement in the staff room reaches fever pitch the students are also excitedly planning their evening at the Disco. The three Year level Discos, Prep to Year 1, Year 2 to Year 3, and Year 4 to Year 6 are on Friday 10 August.  The cost of the disco is $5.00 which is to be paid by Wednesday 8 August 2018. Bookings are now open for permission and payments.

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Camp Date Reminders


 Year Level Camp  Venue Date
  Year 3 Sleepover   Ivan Gibbs Centre  Friday 24 August
Year 4 Lake Ainsworth Monday 27 August to Wednesday 29 August
Year 5 Tyalgum Ridge Monday 27 August to Thursday 30 August
Year 6 Noosa North Shore  Monday 10 September to Thursday 13 September



Congratulations to this week's recipients of the Flourishing Award for displaying the following attributes:


Are actively engaged in learning.
-  Have a sense of accomplishment, setting, working toward and achieving goals.
-  Use a growth mindset to overcome challenges and build resilience.

Enjoy positive relationships.
-  Savour and build upon positive emotions.
-  Demonstrate gratitude for their God-given gifts and talents and respond in loving service.

Find meaning in God, and purpose in giving and receiving God's love through service.

Honouring our bodies with healthy choices, exercise, good sleep and recreation.