Assistant Principals Report

Uniform Policy Update

Students would have noticed the new uniform item – the weatherproof black jacket – which is now available from the uniform store (Noone in Craigieburn).

Students are reporting back really positive feedback in regards to this new addition. The uniform policy has already been updated to include this item with the key points summarised below:

  • The black jacket can be worn as either part of the PE or academic uniform. This is the only item of uniform that can be worn as both. No mixing of other academic and PE uniform is allowed.
  • The black jacket does not replace the jumper or blazer. The black jacket provides an extra layer of protection for the weather.
  • The blazer and weatherproof jacket (with logo) are the only items of outerwear allowed over the rest of the academic or PE uniform. This includes travelling to and from school. No jacket or other outerwear may substitute this.


The teal sports jacket has been REMOVED from production and the uniform policy from the middle of last year.

The black waterproof jacket is REPLACING the teal sports jacket. The teal sports jacket can still be worn in 2023 on PE practical days only. It will be entirely phased out in 2024.

The Elevation scarf and beanie is now available from Noone Craigieburn and we are excited to see students wearing them in the school yard.

A few other uniform reminders, especially as the weather gets cooler:

  • If extra layers are being worn for additional warmth they will be plain black, white or gray in colour and be covered by the appropriate uniform.
  • No long sleeve tops under a short sleeve school shirt
  • No additional warmth items may protrude from underneath the uniform.
  • No signage, logos, etc. should be on any under layers.
  • Hoodies are not an acceptable layer and the student will be asked to remove it.
  • The uniform options provides long sleeve options and outerwear for warmth. These should be the first option sought by families.

Here is a great article for our families to read.

Psychologist Explains 7 Skills That Separate Successful Kids From Kids That Struggle

By Harley Manson May 5, 2022

As parents, it is our sole priority to ensure that our children have the tools necessary to not only survive, but thrive. And in a world filled with information, it can be hard to discern what is useful and what is not.

1. Self-confidence.

There is a major difference between self-esteem and self-confidence, despite parents often mistaking the two. Borba explains “real self-confidence is an outcome of doing well, facing obstacles, creating solutions, and snapping back on your own.” Rather than doing tasks for your child and solving all of their problems, Borba suggests allowing your child to overcome obstacles on their own.

2. Empathy

Many people mistake empathy for something that is engrained in us, without teaching. However, empathy is a skill much like anything else. Borba says that children need to have an emotional vocabulary to develop deeper empathy. To do this, help your child label their emotions. Ask them emotional questions (“How did that make you feel?”) share your feelings and point out the feelings of others.

3. Self-Control

Self-control is also taught and Borba says it can be helpful to give children signals. Examples of this are the school bell ringing, but she says parents can develop signals and cues of their own. “I need your attention in one minute,” or “Are you ready to listen?” are both good cues.

4. Integrity

“Integrity is a set of learned beliefs, capacities, attitudes, and skills that create a moral compass children can use to help them know — and do — what’s right,” Borba explains. Part of our job in helping with this is to provide expectations to our children. However, the biggest and most important contributor is to allow them space to develop their compass.

5. Curiosity

Curiosity is intrinsically linked to intelligence. And there are many ways in which parents can spark curiosity in their children. Examples are providing your child with gadgets and open ended toys. Even something as simple as pipe cleaners, blocks, and paper clips can open their mind to new possibilities.

6. Perseverance

When children are under pressure, perseverance is what will push them through. Oftentimes, Borba says that kids end up giving up when they feel overwhelmed. To thwart this, she encourages parents to teach kids to break large tasks up into smaller ones, so they feel more obtainable.

7. Optimism

Optimism is extremely beneficial because it allows children to view obstacles in a positive light, which also makes them much more likely to succeed. And optimism is something that starts with us, as parents. Children pick up on how we speak to ourselves and others. Be careful to remain optimistic, rather than pessimistic.

Ten Positive Emotions & What They Do For Us

Assistant Principals Report 1

By Angela Lane, Sonia Loudon, Kyle Schutz & Andrew Stock

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