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The impact of exercise on the brain

Exercise is essential to maintain physical health, reducing the risk of heart disease and diabetes. But did you know that it has a positive impact on the brain? We’re not talking about the ‘runner’s high’ or the calm you attain from yoga, both of which have positive benefits on our mental health. Instead, there is… Read more »

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Applying STEM to Early Learning

Kilvington’s ELC has recently been chosen as one of 100 centres nationally (and one of only 20 in Victoria) to participate in the Early Learning STEM Australia (ELSA) pilot. A new Australian Government initiative, ELSA aims to promote children’s interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in the year before school and to continue… Read more »

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Adaptability

Our word for this semester is ‘Adaptability’. While we might know that being able to adapt to new situations and circumstances is a positive trait, research (Martin, Nejad, Colmar, & Liem, 2013) has shown that a student’s ability to adapt predicts both academic and non-academic outcomes. It is not the strongest of the species that survives,… Read more »

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Preparing for NAPLAN

This week our Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students are taking part in NAPLAN (The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) tests. This can be a challenging time for you and your children who might be experiencing anxiety and stress. So what is NAPLAN and why are these tests required? NAPLAN is a general… Read more »

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How does my child attending kindergarten benefit them attending school?

Lyn Pewtress, ELC Coordinator, discusses the benefits that a quality kindergarten program offers. Research suggests that a quality early childhood program provides a foundation for learning both socially and academically that will help a young child succeed in school. Here are 7 reasons programs such as ours are beneficial to children: 1. Kindergarten is a place… Read more »

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Practising Resilience

Last year, Kilvington welcomed Hugh van Cuylenburg from The Resilience Project  to come and share the project’s philosophy of Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness . Hugh’s presentation had a great impact on staff and students alike, and this year our Junior and Senior School student planners each feature components from the Resilience Project journals, including wellbeing trackers and pages for… Read more »

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Top tips for a stress-free start to school

Uniforms have been cleaned, new shoes purchased, stationery is stocked up and everyone is gearing up for the new school year. Most of us feel a combination of excitement at the thought of starting a new job, and an element of fear that we aren’t up to it. For some children, starting back to school… Read more »

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