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Council's Progress - Thank you to all involved

Friday, July 20, 2018


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Mayors Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, July 20, 2018



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Community Grants Program

Friday, July 20, 2018


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July spending Spree Competition

Friday, July 20, 2018


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Australian Privacy Principles

Friday, July 20, 2018


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Australian Airforce deliver Generators

Friday, July 20, 2018


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Argentine Ant Facts - Firewood

Friday, July 20, 2018



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Multi-Purpose baler and sort line arrives

Friday, July 20, 2018


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Raising Resilient Children: Can we teach grit?

Thursday, July 19, 2018


One of the key building blocks for resilience is called “grit”. It’s not a quality we often talk about, although we do talk about similar qualities like perseverance and hope. Grit – defined as a commitment to keep going no matter how hard the going gets – is part of a cluster of qualities we call “growth mindset”. To have a growth mindset, we need resilience, the skills and personal traits to bounce back when things get tough.
 

Give it your all
Redo if necessary
Ignore giving up
Take time to do it righ

A “growth mindset” is the belief that your abilities can be improved through effort. That is, you can get better and hard work pays off. Having a fixed mindset makes us quit when we don’t do well at something immediately. If you don’t believe you can really improve, why keep trying?

Hope comes into it because having hope implies that you get a sense of something positive in the future – it’s worth making the effort because there will be good outcomes. It also implies the ability to keep going rather than giving up – this is perseverance. It depends on having the belief that you can make changes, you CAN do it.

In a study with 373 seventh graders, some were told that their IQ was changeable, while others were told their IQ was fixed at birth. The kids’ grades were tracked over the next two years. The study found that the grades of those kids who were told their intelligence can change continued to improve, but the grades of those told their IQ was fixed stayed stable. Belief in possibilities predicted higher effort and better outcomes. A surprising finding was that the group who were told their IQ could change behaved significantly less aggressively, were more prosocial (caring and respectful of others) and showed fewer conduct problems.


How do we help our children develop grit and become more resilient adults? Here are some tips for parents:
1. Praise your child for specific “wins” or qualities rather than global abilities. For example, rather than saying “You’re such a smart person”, say “I really admire the way you stuck at that homework and came through with a great mark this time!”. This draws the child’s attention to the outcome directly connected to the effort put in on this occasion.

2. Respond positively to failure. Rather than saying “That’s just bad luck” or “You should have tried harder”, try exploring with the child what they believe they could have done differently to get a different outcome. For example, ask what they would do next time in the same situation using the wisdom from this experience.

3. Help children set positive goals (not avoid punishment). Telling kids they just need to make more effort doesn’t help with learning. Instead, teach them how to map out the steps needed to get to the desired end point, and break these down into small manageable chunks – goals. Put mini-rewards in place for each accomplishment.

4. Help them transfer skills from one area of life to another. Find something your child does already that involves setting goals, practicing, working hard, and celebrating success. It might be playing in a sporting team, learning music, or simple things like learning anew computer game. Show them how their determination and commitment have taken them from a beginner to a winner, then talk about applying the same process to a new skill like managing homework or study.

5. Share your own stories of grit. Or draw attention to other people they admire who have had to work hard and overcome adversity to get to where they are today. Children are much more likely to adopt new behaviours if they are inspired and fantasise about achieving the same greatness of their idols, rather than being nagged by well-meaning parents.

If you want to find out more about grit, and test your own “grit score” or assess your children’s grit, visit Angela Duckworth’s website and take the quick online test at https://angeladuckworth.com/grit-scale/ 

Dr Kate Lemerle, Psychologist
Chrysalis Counselling & Coaching, Norfolk Island
WEB: www.chrysaliswellnessservices.com 
TEL: 52112 or email drkate@iinet.net.au 

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Cheryl Tennis Club News

Thursday, July 19, 2018


Good luck to Hannah Wright and Sam Cribb who head back to Fiji today to represent Norfolk Island.  We know they will do an awesome job and be excellent ambassadors for the club and the island.  Good luck to both of you.


A great roll up last Monday and Tuesday for the Junior Tennis Clinic with Danny.  A big Thankyou to Danny and the Squad kids for their efforts with this, from all accounts the children had a great two days even if the second was cut short due to weather. 


Tuesday night didn’t happen due to the rain.  Thursday night saw a great night of social tennis and soccer happening.


Friday afternoon saw a social gathering at the Club with MOU playing and a Pot Luck dinner also.  Thankyou to all who came along to make it a fun event.


Sunday from 2pm will see the Parent and Child event occur so if you haven’t got your name down, it is not too late.   A round robin format will occur for this event.  All welcome.  Please contact Amanda Cribb for more information.


We are seeking expressions of interest from any player who would be interested in representing the club in the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa.  This competition is self-funded but you need to let the club know ASAP if you would like to be involved in this event.  The deadline for this will be in the next two months, just so we can let Amateur Sports know in advance.  At the moment one name is registered.


2018 Pacific Oceania Games - Time is running out for this one so if you are keen, we need to hear from you this week.  These 2018 Pacific Oceania Games are also being held in Samoa this September.  This is self-funded for airfares. 


The Cheryl Tennis Club Annual General Meeting will occur on Thursday 16th August.  If you are interested in standing for any positions, or, being a part of this dynamic committee then come along to the club for a 5.15pm start.


Night comps will recommence this next week, so if you feel like braving the cold and having a hit then come along from 6pm.


Mavis Cup: All those who put their names down for Mavis we are beginning this comp on Saturday 28th July for a 4.30pm start and it will occur every fortnight throughout the school term.  It’s not too late to put your name down for Mavis cup if you haven’t already.  A draw sheet will be available next week at the club so please come on down for a 4.30pm start next week.  The cost is $5.00 per person.   If you are interested and can’t find a partner then let us know and we will do our best to find one!  It is a great comp for those wanting to get back into tennis or for those who enjoy having a hit, so get along for a fun weekend comp! If for some reason you can’t make it that particular week you can arrange to play your opposition at a mutually convenient time or you can find replacements for your team so that your opposition have someone to play.


Upcoming Events: Tomorrow - Parent/Child Day - Sunday 22nd July.  Please come along for a fun afternoon.  AGM - Thursday 16th August.  Gala Night -Junior Fundraiser Saturday 1st September.  Keep watching for more details about this exciting evening!


Court Hire:  Visitors and non-members are welcome to play during the day at a cost of $16 per hour- Night rates are $18 per hour. However, members are able to have free use of the courts during the day, or pay $12 per hour in the evenings when there are no comps being played. Please use the Honesty Box if the courts are unattended.


Ball Machine Hire:   Should you wish to hire the Ball machine to improve your skills, cost to members is $6 per half-hour & $10 per hour; and to Non-members, $15 per half-hour and $25 per hour.  Please be mindful of our neighbours and do not use the ball machine before 7am on Sunday mornings.  Thank you.


Venue Hire:  Looking for a great place to host your next event.  Why not try the Cheryl Tennis club?  Bar facilities available on request and facilities can cater for up to 100 people. 

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