Our Community - Parent Education/Advice

It's hard to know if you are doing the right thing as a parent - there are no instruction manuals. Listed below are a number of articles, documents or extracts from books that may be useful. Parent workshops and education dates are also listed here.
The Department of Education produce a booklet to help parents know what to expect when their children start school. 

Self-esteem: from Learning Links this Helping Kids Learn Information Sheet talks about Self-esteem and children's learning problems. It has some ideas on how to promote a positive self-esteem in your child.
Self-esteem: this brochure is from Parenting SA has some practical ideas and tips for parents to improve self-esteem.
Overcoming Perfectionism: Sometimes a child who wants to, or thinks they need to, be perfect can have problems at school because they need everything to be right and not ever make a mistake. This has some great ideas to help your child from Anxiety BC.
Anxiety: Children with anxiety difficulties tend to see the world as a scary place. It is diffiuclt to know if someone is anxious - these flyers are helpful for parents to recognise if assistance is needed. About Anxiety and  what does anxiety look like? Parents and other adults can help - family suggestions.
Disagreeing about parenting?  
What's the best way to handle parents who disagree with each other about parenting?  
Many couples have different views of parenting. But if this disagreement is ongoing and not easily resolved, what are some useful ways practitioners can improve – and avoid inflaming – the situation?
In this month’s Q&A video blog, Professor Matt Sanders takes us through a step-by-step approach to such a session. By using this structured approach, you can help guide the couple towards agreeing that their arguing is a problem they’d like to do something about, and then show them how Triple P can help.
Like to know more about how to help parents who disagree? Log on now at
www.triplep.org. Go to Your Questions Answered and click on Watch Q and A with Prof. Matt Sanders.
Grief and Death: Children suffer from loss in similar ways to adults. It can be a difficult subject for parents to discuss with their children. Advice on how to do this can be found here 
Hints from Maggie Dent for more information see the Maggie Dent website


Curriculum Help 

Reading helps toddlers start school - an article for parents on the benefits of reading to toddlers 
Ways parents can help with maths, spelling, reading
Department of Education resources:
Writing and Spelling booklet - activities and fun ideas that help your children develop writing and spelling.
Writing and Spelling Fact Sheet - What can parents do to help?
Making Sense of Maths booklet - understanding numbers and how maths is used are essential skills.
Making Sense of Maths Fact Sheet  - What can parents do to help?
Reading Fact Sheet - What can parents do to help?
If you would like to see particular information included here please email the school.

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Helping Children with Homework

The best homework for children is to help and assist with household chores - cooking dinner helps children to plan, read, count, measure, time and teaches a life skill; settling the table - helps with maths and social skills; writing a shopping list - is great practice in writing and discussing health issues; gardening - being in the garden is good exercise and teaches children about the environment; reading the newspaper and discussing the articles with mum or dad helps build strong families as well as reading skills. There are so many possibilities around the home which help with school work as well as teaching your children important lifeskills.
For more ideas: see the suggestion sheet or Ways a parent can help with Maths, ReadingSpelling, Spelling Suggestion Chart
At O'Connor Primary, homework is viewed as an extension and revision of classroom work. Homework never contains new content and is always practised in class during school time first. Occassionally, if a child does not finish their work in class, it will be sent home to complete. Homework generally consists of reading practise, spelling revision and mental mathematics practise. In the senior years students will sometimes have assignments and other tasks to complete.
Homework is not compulsory, but recommened instead. Senior classes are able to access their home work on the class webpages. If you are worried about homework or would like advice, please see your child's classroom teacher or email the school.
Do you have an Ipad?
Here is a list of apps the school either uses in classrooms or recommends for children at home. As we find more apps the list will grow.
Spelling               All years                                A fun individual spelling application where you can record your voice.
Alphabet              Early Years                           An animated fun game to teach pre-kindy children about the alphabet.
Maths                  Middle to Upper Primary         Number patterns and fun games.
Vocabulary           Upper Primary                       An advanced vocabulary app that extends use of the English langauge.
Like to recommend an app - email the school with the link to the app.

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My Child is Being Bullied

Learning the difference between conflict and bullying is an important step in developing resilience and increasing the chances of having a good time at school and the wider community.
A definition of bullying. Bullying is repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons. Cyberbullying refers to bullying through information and communication technologies.
Conflict, which happens in all areas of life and is a normal part of communicating, can be defined as A state of disagreement or disharmony between persons or ideas; a clash. Children can work through conflict and learn to agree to disagree. It is important to know that not everyone needs to agree or get along, but everyone must be polite!

The Bullying No Way website has suggestions on how to help children. Parents can view the My Child is Being Bullied page for tips.

For tips on what to do please see the Empowering Parents website.

Pleas see our Harmony Day page for work completed by children.


In all cases please contact the school to speak with the Principal who will listen to your concerns and take the appropriate action. Parents are able to ring on 90919097 or email.


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 The Big Five Parenting Skills ebook

This e-book contains 5 essential parenting skills and tips for parents.
1. Encourage Kids to be Brave
2. Teach Kids to Behave
3. Hooking Kids onto Learning
4. Speaking so Kids will Listen
5. Teaching Kids Coping Skills

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Other Parent Workshops



Behvaiour and Parenting Advice

Parenting WA offer free parenting workshops. Please see the parent flyer for details of the workshops and who to contact.
Triple P - Positive Parenting Program- Seminars 2016
These 2 hours seminars will leave parents feeling more confident and better able to deal positively and effectively with common child behavioural and emotional issues.
Seminar 1: Tuesday 23 February: The Power of Positive Parenting
Seminar 2: Tuesday 1 March: Raising Confident Competent Children
Seminar 3: Tuesday 8 March: Raising Resilient Children
Parents may choose to participate in just one, two or all three of the seminars.
There is no cost to attend, however, bookings are essential. A crèche is available by arrangement.
For more information or to register, please contact Population Health on 9080 8200