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Communication – who do I contact ?:

Sometimes it is difficult to know who to contact when you have a question or concern. These are some of the key contacts available at Brisbane Central State School:

  • Your child’s teacher:  If the issue is about your child (learning, behaviour, social-emotional) please ensure you contact your child’s teacher first . Your child’s teacher knows your child the best, and will often have background information or a contextual understanding of an event or incident.  Our teachers are unable to take parent phone calls during school hours, however, any phone messages will be emailed through to them. Alternatively, you email them to make a time to meet. Please ensure that you make a mutually convenient time to meet with your child’s teacher, so they can give you their full attention. Teachers are often busy before and after school , and often need to attend meetings or preparing for learning and teaching. Please beware of this when “popping in” for a quick visit or conversation. On Wednesday afternoons, teachers generally have an hour staff meeting, and will not be able to meet with you at this time.

  • Head of Curriculum: if you have a question or a concern about our curriculum, learning or pedagogy, you can contact our Head of Curriculum, Leesa-Maree Jedras. Leesa-Maree is at Brisbane Central State School every Thursday and Friday, and alternative Wednesdays. Leesa-Maree also contactable via phone or email- ljedr1@eq.edu.au

  • English as an Additional Language specialists:  If you would like to know how we are supporting your child to learn English, you can contact our English as an Additional Language/ Dialect specialist teachers, Jo Gawne- jgawn4@eq.edu.au, or Nicki Paull- ntpaul0@eq.edu.au.

  • Administration Manager: If you have a financial question, or a questions about school processes, you can contact Carolina Duncan – admin@brisbanecentralss.eq.edu.au. Carolina is available in the office from 8.30am to 3.30 pm every day. If you require a transfer note or a letter, please ensure that you provide Carolina with three days notice. Carolina needs to balance many roles and tasks across the day, and will be unable to meet your request  with limited notice

  • If you need to know about a school event, check a date  or find a missing form, please use the QSchools app or check our website in the first instance. We update our website regularly, which in turn updates the QSchools app. The QSchools app is available from iTunes or Google Play stores. Our Facebook site and Twitter are also regularly updated (links available on front page).

Building resiliency:

Life, whether at school or at home, doesn’t always go smoothly.  At school, our staff  work hard to support students to develop the skills to deal with conflict,  disappointment and constructive feedback. Our staff  encourage students to be independent, report situations that require adult intervention, and seek support when they need help. According to leading Mental Health site, Kids Matter;
 
"Children are much more likely to bounce back from a negative experience if they already have the building blocks in place to help them cope.
 
Research shows children are more likely to develop coping skills if they: trust that the world is safe and caring people will help them; believe in their ability to do things for themselves; feel valued for who they are; feel optimistic; and can manage their feelings, thoughts and behaviours."
 
Parents can try these strategies to help bolster your child’s ability to deal with emotionally-trying situations:
 
  • Arrange a fun child-friendly activity each week like a trip to the park, play date with a friend or watching a favourite movie. Regular ‘ups’ provide a bank of positive emotions to buffer against life’s ‘downs’ that may involve disappointment or conflict.

  • Help your kids to think positively. If your child is frustrated by a difficult puzzle, say, "I know that puzzle was hard today, but yesterday I saw you get a hard puzzle out. You kept trying until you found the right place to put the pieces."

  • If you have a disagreement with your child, the most important thing to do is to reconnect and repair the relationship. Let your child  cool down then offer a hug or words of support. This has benefits for your child’s mental health as well as their ability to deal with relationship problems as they get older.

From: kidsmatter (External Website)
 
For more information on how parents can build their child’s resilience,  you can also go to: Bounce Back - Resilience helping your child to 'bounce back' (PDF, 90kb)
 
The Queensland Government Education Department also has a collated list of information for parents and dealing with situations that students may encounter at School. Education Queensland Parent resources (External Website)