Education in the High School at Kindlehill can be likened to the bridge – a rite of passage from childhood through adolescence to adulthood
Here is what the students say about their high school experiences at Kindlehill……..
What Kindlehill is for me?
“Kindlehill has meant that I love to learn.”
“Finding myself and teaching me about life.”
“A safe and loving, homelike environment in which to learn amongst friends.”
“Everyone gets a say and we can have disagreements for debates which is good training for studying law. Your ideas get challenged.”
“No uniforms! Yay.”
“Amazing experiences, beautiful environment.”
“It nurtures my opinions and learning.”
Hold on tight, reverse your polarity and get ready to be propelled through a star-dust love- struck singalong adventure.
5 teenagers find themselves stranded for summer in a caravan park in the middle of nowhere. Frustrated curiosity leads the teens to discover the contents of a box. Powerful forces beyond their control reveal an exciting story about love, loss and alien karaoke!
Is singing your heart out enough to save the music on planet Earth?
Come along and find out. Friday 13th November, 7pm and Saturday 14th November at 2pm.
Written and performed by the Kindlehill High School students with teachers Georgia Adamson (Drama Director) and Rowley Holmes (Musical Director).
What is your best strategy in protecting, guiding and regulating your child in regard to social media access and games?
Our children are increasing living in an internet saturated environment. It is so much a part of our lives that it is easy overlook that our children and young people, need parental guidance and protection, in regard to what they are exposed to and participants in.
We have had incidents in our school RECENTLY that are salutary reminders that our children are vulnerable in regard to internet access, even when you think you are protected – for example, with filters. Things do (and have) happen that cause distress and confusion to children and parents.
The following tips are directed particularly to parents of children from class 3 upward but may also be useful for families where younger children (for example siblings) have access to the internet and to social media.
- Vigilant supervision and open discussion with children and young people. The parent has the facebook password, email and phone codes and keeps a regular check on contents. When content is inappropriate or concerning, the parent has the discussion with the child/young person re safety and ethics.
- Families support each other: Do you know that by just being part of a class/school community where values and parenting styles are to a large degree mutually supportive, you have better control over your child’s access to social media and games? When your children go to friends’ houses, they are less likely to be engaged in games and media, and more likely to do socially interactive and constructive things. Also, being part of a community means that things can be discussed and addressed between families. Parents are encouraged to communicate with each other what their expectations are in regard to technology use when playing over at a friend’s place.
- The technology devices are only used in shared spaces where the content can readily be viewed and supervised by a parent .
- Balance! Ensure your child engages in plenty of healthy imagination, artistic and physical activity. Quality artistic activity raises our ethical and moral standards, stimulating the mind and engaging the feeling life in a healthy way. Together with physical activity, it is also an antidote to boredom, lethargy, passivity and depression.
- Parents have the expectation that their children will behave decently in every arena of life (including social media and internet access). Parent set the freedoms and gradually negotiate a handover throughout the teenage years. This is an active and interactive process, not a “they know how I feel,so I hope all will be okay” stance.
- Install a web filter such as K9 web protection.com. Know where your phone, tablet is.
- Engage with the Cybersmart.gov.au website; there is excellent information for parents as well as interactive experiences for children and young people that help educate about safe use.
P.S. DID YOU KNOW FACEBOOK HAS AN AGE RESTRICTION – CHILDREN SHOULD BE 13 TO BE ON FACEBOOK AND YOUNGER CHILDREN CAN BE REPORTED.
If your children are on facebook, ensure privacy settings are strictly adhered to. Children and young people need to understand the importance of carefully limiting the personal information they provide online.
Kindlehill ethos – The Healthy Imagination –extracted from the information booklet.
Television, Computer games. Social Media
The imagination, so vivid and wonderful in the play of the child, is a precious resource. In time, this capacity for imagination, which arises so naturally in every child, can be transformed into creative and flexible thinking, far-sighted vision, and the ‘aha’ of discovery and invention. It can become the artist’s eye for transformation and the musician’s skill for improvisation. It can be transformed into joyful, purposeful relationships with others, with the environment and the world at large. A most precious resource, this imagination! Water is life to the physical body. Imagination is life to the soul.
This then, is why the teachers endeavour to make the school environment “a television/computer game/social media free zone”. We encourage the children to play games from their own imaginations and to keep social interaction in the personal sphere. Generally speaking, children who watch television, play computer games and so on are more likely to play and create out of the ideas, images, and plots they are exposed to. Children who are not influenced by these online scripts and characters, play and create out of their own inner forces of imagination. Television, computer games are very often junk food for the soul – violence, aggression, greed, addiction and competitiveness are common ground. Children who are exposed to these things, ‘play’ them out in their social lives. If we surround children with kindness, with the wonders of nature, we give them the gift of imaginative freedom. Freedom to imagine a world that is peaceful, kind and joy filled.
Parents can support each other and the school in creating and maintaining an environment where there is respect, kindness, and well being for all, by nurturing and protecting their own children’s precious imaginations. As part of this, we request that parents consciously monitor and review, their children’s access to games, internet, television and social media. Class teachers can provide guidance in this regard and there is no shortage of information/studies for self education.
Television,games,social media, prematurely awaken the adolescent desire nature. In healthy children this remains ‘sleeping’ until they are ready and equipped to meet it. If there is one thing that can be done now to smooth the troubled waters of adolescence it is to place clear boundaries around the use of screen technology and social media while your child is young.
RECLAIMING THE LIVING ROOM: SCREEN FREE WEEK
As Winter’s Night approaches, we invite families to participate in a screen free week. This is not about prohibiting or demonizing technology; it is an opportunity to take fresh stock of its use and impact on our family lives – to consciously place social warmth at the centre of family life, to replace the computer game with the old fashioned (but never outdated) board or card game.
It is an opportunity to nourish with stories (try reading a book aloud to the whole family) and to enjoy activity together such as taking a walk, making winter stars for your windows and whittling. Cooking is a nourishing activity on so many levels -let them make dinner from menu planning to clean up (chores can be fun if given the context plus it what being part of a family is about).
Try taking the cue from your children, what do they love to do? Plan the week together.
If technology is what they love, find the non tech counter offer. For example if they love games of building and invention – counter offer with a project. If they love mystery/adventure games, try puzzles, stories, quiz games and mystery/adventure excursions. If they want to connect socially on line – Join up with another family midweek for a potluck dinner or arrange to meet up at a park for Frisbee…
This week as adults, we can place reverence and gratitude for the “spirit of childhood” at the centre of our family lives with celebration and participation as key elements, but also extending this consciousness beyond one’s own family to include the valuing of childhood in all circumstances near and far.
In the words of Pestalozzi, this week can be about reclaiming the “living room” for families.
Join Kalervo Gulson (Associate Professor in Education Policy at UNSW) to discuss tolerance and cosmopolitanism. Friday 12 June at 6:45pm, Kindlehill Performance Space.
This talk is one of the Kindlehill forums for Peace and Reconciliation. The talk will look at dealing with difference as individuals, as a society, and through education. A conversation will follow, including opportunities for questions and discussion.
Autumn has arrived with a chill and a drench! How much more we appreciate the sunny days in between. This week the preparation for the Autumn Fair gets underway with serious work from Annie, Pete, class 2/3 and the various coordinators. I encourage you to help where you can and to spread the word about the fair to friends and contacts in person, and by your preferred means. In this time when we do so much of our communicating online, it can take conscious effort to take time for the conversation but I know for myself, that when I do it is always an enriching experience, a chance to connect and breathe. Fairs are important opportunities for school families and visitors to get a feel for the broader school community in action, and are often referred to in enrolment meetings as a significant factor in families finding their way to Kindlehill.
The autumn Kindlings has now been distributed, if you haven’t received your family copy, you can get one from a teacher or the office. It is a great window into some of the unfolding learning of the various classes. In this newsletter are also some articles of interest, one in regard to devices in family life, another about living a compassionate life from an ex Kindlehill student and one about Naplan. Food for thought.
It must be hard being in class 4-5, enjoying a week-long camp at Honeymoon Bay. They have risen early each day to a huge breakfast followed by wildlife talks and walks, snorkeling with angel fish, jelly fish, wobbygongs, octopus, crabs, and sting rays! Food has been bountiful, and appetites ablaze! Sounds like heaven.