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Charity Socks

RMH-Socks

This year Ronald McDonald House Randwick are celebrating their 25th Anniversary of Ronald McDonald House Randwick. They are aiming to raise $25,000 by their Birthday on Friday 8th April 2016 and a grand total of $250,000 within a year.

Purchase a pair of socks and wear them on their birthday (Friday 8th April), to show your love and support of their amazing cause. It's no fun wearing your silly socks in private, they want to see you wearing your socks proudly so don’t forget to take a photo, upload it to social media and tag them in your photos for your chance to be featured! They cost $10 each and the price includes postage and handling.

PURCHASE YOUR SOCKS HERE

 

Just Be Project

Just-Be

 
IMG 2691Did you know that your brain have on average over 50,000 thought impulses floating and flashing through it each day, made up of actions, responses, creative ideas, to do lists, stresses, anxieties, goals, beliefs, concerns, dreams and more. I'm exhausted just thinking about that.

 

Oops and now it's 50,001.

Our minds are a bit like snow domes, where every bit of snow represents one of those thoughts. So why is it that some people are able to live with all that brain activity and still feel peaceful, calm, positive and happy and yet some of us feel agitated by the brain’s activity, unable to order the thoughts or prioritise them or settle them? I don't know. I'm no expert. I have no degree in behavioral science or psychology. But over the last couple of years I've given this a LOT of consideration and time. Each day I give more and more of my 50,000+ thoughts to being more positive and to practising the art of just ….being. I work on practices such as mindfulness, meditation and anything really that will help me realise which of those thoughts in the snow dome take priority, which ones are important and which ones do I need to let go and settle to the bottom. And it’s working.

So each week this year I invite YOU to consider, contemplate, be open to and practice 52 ways of JUST BEING. Every week you will be invited to consider one way to stop shaking up the snow dome, to let those thoughts settle and allow your mind, body and spirit to JUST BE.

JUST BE…... HAPPY

What’s YOUR definition of happy? Meaningfulness, pleasure, feeling good, worthwhile, contentment. One person's definition of happiness will be very different from yours. It's not possible to experience happy all of the time. We will all inevitably experience pain and suffering too. Perhaps a happy moment or even a happy life is when we allow and encourage our positive experiences to outweigh the negative ones. Define Happy. See Happy. Choose Happy. Remember Happy. Imagine Happy.


“May I recognise and appreciate the happiness that is available to me every moment in every day”
 
Bernadette Cogin
 
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Anne Carey visits Randwick

Carey

It was an absolute delight to have Anne Carey (Western Australian of the Year) and her partner Donald visit the pre school today to speak about the amazing work that they do in providing medical assistance to remote communities around the world. 

Anne worked in Sierra Leone on three assignments, alongside thousands of other brave local Red Cross volunteers, to help treat the sick, run Ebola treatment centres and dispose of contagious dead bodies safely. Previously, Anne has worked in Darfur, Sudan, in South Sudan and in Papua New Guinea.

They spoke about the importance of kindness and the children told them how they are kind in their own day to day lives.

What a lovely afternoon!

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25 Acts of Kindness

Christmas Kindness

This year at Platinum we will be continuing our tradition tradition for Christmas with Kindness Elves! 

From the 1st of December our Platinum Fairies will be going on vacation and their Christmas Elf friends will be house sitting for them to water their plants and take care of their pets. 

The elves have suggested that we do daily acts of kindness in preparation for Christmas by focusing on positive, character-building activities for kids. Teaching love, kindness and gratitude.

We have come up with 25 Acts of Kindness that our Elves will encourage the children to perform in the lead up to Christmas. These Acts of Kindness are as follows:

  1. Help someone to complete something difficult by using kind words.
  2. Make a love mobile with words such as joy, love and hope for someone special.
  3. Draw your partner a picture with 3 things you like about them in.
  4. Tell someone you love them... just the way they are.
  5. If you see someone is upset go and ask if they are ok.
  6. Tell a friend at preschool why you like them as a friend.
  7. Be kind to animals of all sizes, including ants!
  8. Play a game with someone you don't normally play with.
  9. Give your teachers and carers an extra hug and thank them for taking care of you.
  10. Let your neighbour know that it's great to live beside them.
  11. Share your toys with a friend or sibling.
  12. Give away a toy that you don't need to someone less fortunate.
  13. Write or draw something nice about someone on a piece of paper and hide it for them to find.
  14. Tell the people you love what you are thankful for.
  15. Give a big smile to everyone you meet - it will brighten up their day!
  16. Ask your parents and teachers how you can help them today.
  17. Let someone else go ahead of you in the line - at Preschool or in the shops.
  18. Clean up toys at home and preschool - even if you didn't make the mess!
  19. Help out a child who is younger than you.
  20. Tell someone they look wonderful today!
  21. Call or write letters to grandparents or relatives who you don’t see often.
  22. Make a decoration or a picture for someone older in the community.
  23. Bake or make a present for someone.
  24. Put a coin in a charity box.
  25. Tell each member of your family why you love them and why you are thankful for them.

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New Online Portfolios

Storypark

We recently introduced a new online portfolio system at Platinum called Storypark, which not only allows us to provide updates and feedback about your child's day-to-day at Platinum, but also allows families to share their experiences and achievements at home.

Through you sharing the interests and the daily activities of your child at home, we are able to better tailor their early education at Platinum to achieve the best possible outcomes for them.

The response has been fantastic, with many of our families at both campuses getting involved with Storypark. Below are some photos that our families have uploaded to their Storyparks recently:

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The creators of Storypark believe that a child’s growth is determined by their individual nature and the way they’re nurtured. Every child is unique and perfect. But society is becoming increasingly isolated. Neighbourhoods, families, generations and individuals are separated by the pace and practices of modern-day life.

They believe it takes a community to raise a child, and have created Storypark as a platform to help support this belief. By recognising a child’s individual interests and passions, and enabling the community around them to best support their learning we can make a positive difference to our children’s futures, and in the lives of the people that care for them.

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