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Helping children cope with stress during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

For the last 3 or so weeks we have all been in unchartered waters. It has been a time of immense change and uncertainty with no clear indication of when things will get back to ‘normal.’ For us and our children this insecurity can create and highten emotions of not feeling safe, vulnerability, concerns for …

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Greater Shepparton parents of children with special needs adjust to remote schooling

by Charmayne Allison, Shepparton News Every time Shepparton’s Josh Symes, 15, asks why he can’t go to school or see his friends, his mum Sandy pulls out a social story book. The pages of this book, created by his school, tell the story of COVID-19. Explaining simply what is still – to everyone – an …

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Developing a Pencil Grip

Pencil grip is a component of handwriting. Sometimes children don’t naturally develop a pencil grip that is comfortable for them nor allows them to develop writing skills. A good seating position is also essential for handwriting. There are ways to help encourage your child to hold their pencil in a way that allows them to …

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Staying Safe Online

We have been living in a digital age for quite a while now and it is something that I am going to have to get used to and accept as the norm. Whilst it is the norm and a fantastic resource that definitely can make life simpler, quicker and cheaper there are still many hazards …

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Communication is key at Verney Road

Shepparton’s Verney Road School’s dedication to inclusive communication has been shortlisted for a prestigious government award. The school’s use of nonverbal and verbal communication strategies has made it a finalist for the Victorian Education Excellence Award for Outstanding Inclusive Education. The award accompanies a grant of up to $25,000 which would be used to advance …

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Update: Verney Road Intersection Upgrades

The following is a council update on the progress of the major roadworks project currently underway at the Balaclava / Verney / New Dookie Roads / Hawdon Street intersection. Stage One Works During the school holidays Council’s contractor, JDC, has been targeting some important works around the perimeter of the Verney Road School to minimise …

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