Helping Kids Make Sense of the MH17 Air Disaster

Helping kids make sense of the MH 17 air disaster
Submitted by: MICHAEL GROSE
23 July
Reports of the recent shooting down of Flight MH17 over Ukraine air space has saturated newspapers, television and the Internet for the last week. The events were shocking and many of the images shown on our television screens have been quite confronting. Worldwide outrage has been the result.

But what about the impact of the event and the subsequent media coverage on children and young people?

As adults we all want our children to live carefree lives and keep them from the pain and even horror of such tragedies and natural disasters. In reality we can’t do this.

So what is a parent, teacher, or other caring adult to do when such events fill the airwaves and the consciousness of society? Here are some ideas:

1. Reassure children that they are safe. The consistency of the images can be frightening for young children who don’t understand the notion of distance and have difficulty distinguishing between reality and fiction. Let them know that while this event is indeed happening it will not affect them directly.

2. Explain what happened. Sounds obvious but it’s important not to simply assume that children and young people understand what’s happened. Be calm and stick the facts, using a map to show older children where it happened.

3. Be available. Let kids know that it is okay to talk about the unpleasant events. Listen to what they think and feel. By listening, you can find out if they have misunderstandings, and you can learn more about the support that they need. You do not need to explain more than they are ready to hear, but be willing to answer their questions.

4. Help children process what they see and hear, particularly through television. Children are good observers but can be poor interpreters of events that are out of their level of understanding.

5. Support children’s concerns for others. They may have genuine concerns for the suffering that will occur and they may need an outlet for those concerns. It is heartwarming to see this empathy in children for the concerns of others.

6. Let them explore feelings beyond fear. Many children may feel sad or even angry with these events so let them express the full range of emotions.

7. Avoid keeping the television on all the time. The visual nature of the media means that images are repeated over and over, which can be both distressing to some and desensitizing to others.

8. Be aware of your own actions. Children will take their cues from you and if they see you focusing on it in an unhealthy way then they will focus on it too. Let them know that it is happening but it should not dominate their lives.

Children’s worlds can be affected in ways that we can’t even conceive of so adults need to be both sensitive to children’s needs and mindful of what they say and how they act in front of children.

In difficult times, it is worth remembering what adults and children need most are each other.

You’ll find more ideas and advice to help you raise happy, confident kids at parentingideasclub.com.auU


Mater Little Miracles Donation

Last term, the children from Junior School raised over $450 for the Mater Children’s hospital through their gold coin donations on Pyjama Day. A representative from Mater Little Miracles came to assembly on Monday to accept the donated funds. Thank you again to everyone for your generosity in supporting this worthy cause. The monies raised will contribute towards the purchase of equipment.

Cheque 2


Library Hours Extended

For a 5 week trial, the Library is extending its opening hours till 5pm, Monday to Wednesday, for Middle and Senior School students only. 
If parents have any queries regarding these changes, please phone Chrissy Lang 3286 0215.


Community Notice – Trampoline Safety

Trampoline safety—it’s flippin’ important

TrampolineHundreds of Australian children are taken to hospital every year for trampoline-related injuries such as cuts, sprains and fractures.

The ACCC, in partnership with Kidsafe and state and territory consumer protection agencies, has launched a national safety campaign.

Don’t let your trampoline spring a nasty surprise. To make sure it’s safe, visit: www.productsafety.gov.au/trampolinesafety

Read the following fact card for details to promote safe use across Australia:  Trampoline safety—it’s flippin’ important – Fact card


Ensemble photos Monday & Tuesday morning of Wk 3

Students in the Performance Music Choral and Instrumental ensembles will be having their ensemble photos on Monday and Tuesday mornings next week (Week 3).

(Parents of Year 3 beginner string students and Year 4 beginner brass/woodwind/percussion students, please note that these students DO NOT have their photo taken, as they are not in an ensemble that has weekly ensemble rehearsals)

Students should wear their DRESS UNIFORM for the photos. Students in the instrumental ensembles need to BRING THEIR INSTRUMENTS.

Mr Patterson and Mr Shepherd have advised that those students who otherwise need to wear sports uniforms on the day of their ensemble photo should arrive at school wearing their DRESS uniform, and get changed after their ensemble photo.

The photos will be held in the SPORTS CENTRE. Students should arrive 10 mins before their photo time (bringing instruments as relevant).


Junior Strings – usual 7:45 am rehearsal, then all walk over together after rehearsal, for 8:30 am photo.

Percussion Ensemble – come to Sports Centre at 8:30 am

Guitar Ensemble – come to Sports Centre at 8:40 am

Symphonic Band – come to Sports Centre at 8:50 am

Wind Ensemble – come to Sports Centre at 9:00 am

Junior School Band – come to Sports Centre at 9:10 am

Junior School Choir – come to Sports Centre at 9:25 am

Little Voices – come to Sports Centre at 9:40 am

College Singers, College Chorus, Chorale, Chamber Singers – come to Sports Centre at 10:10 am



String Ensemble – usual rehearsal at 7:15 am, then all walk over together after rehearsal, for 8:30 am photo. Middle School String Quartet photo follows on from the String Ensemble photo.

Chamber Strings – come to Sports Centre at 8:35 am




Special Prayer

Parents will be meeting to pray for Sue Larwill tomorrow (Tuesday) at 8:30am in the Performance Music room in M block.  All are welcome to attend.


Coffee and Chat

Parents are reminded of Monday’s Coffee and Chat in M block following Junior School assembly.

It has been suggested that Mrs Kolhmannhuber discusses how to read College reports at Monday’s Coffee and Chat, so that’s what we’re doing!

There are a number of coffee and tea selections, hot chocolate and biscuits for your enjoyment; just the thing for the cooler mornings we’re having.

When: Monday 21 July,  9-10am

About: Reporting

Where: Performing Arts room, M block

Whether you are new to the school or not, you are invited!






Junior School Happenings.

Welcome back to term 3 everyone. We’re off to a good start!

Here are a few reminders for today and the coming week:

The children have been given their semester 1 reports and portfolios today. Parents may find it helpful to read and look through these before the parent/ teacher interviews next week. We ask that portfolios are returned to the class teachers on Monday.

Reports for children who were absent today have been posted. Parents may collect their child’s portfolio from the class teacher on their return to school.

Remember to book your interview with your child’s teacher for Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The on-line booking opens this week end. Prep L parents are asked to make an appointment through Mrs Sally Reed as these interviews will be held on Friday 25 July.

Coffee and Chat recommences on Monday morning following assembly. A topic hasn’t been nominated for this time but come along anyway and reconnect with other Redlands College families over a hot drink.



2015 Senior Jerseys – order submission closes Thursday 31 July 2014

Current Year 11 students are invited to purchase a senior jersey for Year 12 in 2015. The jerseys cost $90.00 each and are supplied by Canterbury (by pre-order only) through the Uniform Shop. There is only one bulk order placed for Redlands College for 2015, therefore senior jerseys cannot be purchased from the Uniform Shop later in the year. Sample jerseys are available for a limited time to try-on at the Uniform shop, commencing today.

Should you wish to purchase a jersey, please submit the attached order form to the Uniform Shop with payment of $90.00. Orders and payment must be submitted by no later than Thursday 31 July 2014. Due to manufacturing time constraints, late orders cannot be accepted.

If you have any questions in relation to these jerseys please contact Mrs Jo Johnson, Uniform Shop Coordinator on 3286 0223. 2015 Senior Jersey Order Form


P & F Meeting

The Parents and Friends Association of Redlands College will be holding their next meeting on Tuesday 22 July at 7:30 pm in M-block.  You are welcome to attend. If you have any queries, please contact Emma Lombard on 0400 162 161.


Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards

Gold Awards 2014

During the recent school holidays, nine past Redlands College students – Joshua Faulks, Philip Klitshcer, Harrison Koller, Jacqueline Lowe, Sophie Mulheran, Caleb Patch, Alana Salisbury, Nathan Sears and Declan Wallace were presented with their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award from The Hon. John-Paul Langbroek, Minister for Education, Training and Employment. The presentation took place at the Brisbane City Hall and saw 73 young people from across Queensland recognised for their commitment to the Award.

The Gold Award is a prestigious Award presented to young people who have made a commitment of at least one hour a week for a period in excess of twelve months to each of community service, physical recreation and the learning a new skill. They have also completed a residential project of at least 5 days away from home and have completed two Adventurous Journeys of at least 4 days each.

The nine students from Redlands College completed the journey to their Gold Award after first completing their Bronze Award in Year 10 and their Silver Award in Year 11. Each prioritised their time throughout Year 12 to complete the Award alongside their studies and should be commended for their efforts. In achieving their Gold Award, they have corporately recorded 931 hours of physical activity, 1,262 hours of learning a new skill and 1,521 hours of community service – far exceeding the requirements of the Award. They have also hiked Moreton Island and spent 12 days in New Zealand hiking the Kepler Track while exploring the Fiordland National Park’s Doubtful and Milford Sounds.

front row: James McGregor (Coordinator at Redlands College), Jacqueline Lowe, Minister John-Paul Langbroek and Peter Kaye CEO of DofE Australia

Second Row: Alana Salisbury, Sophie Mulheran, Declan Wallace, Philip Klitscher and Joshua Faulks

Third Row: Caleb Patch, Harrison Koller and Nathan Sears


Logan City Cup Champs Prepare with SCA Soccer Camp at Redlands College

Year 4 students, Dominic Vella and Toby Price, were part of the Redlands United Football Club Under 9′s Fury team who were so keen to do well at the recent Logan City Cup that they prepared for the Tournament by training through the School Holidays and attending  a 3 Day Soccer Camp with Sports Camps Australia (SCA).

The SCA Soccer Camp, which was be held at Redlands College, Wellington Point from 8th-10th July, served as the perfect preparation for the boys. With current National Premier League Player and Coach Graham Fyfe and W-League Star Emily Gielnik headlining the coaching team, the boys were put through their paces and challenged to develop as individuals and as a team prior to the start of the Tournament on the 11th July.

Camp Director David Vella said that it was pleasing to see that the team had signed up to the camp. “It’s great to see because the boys received tips, advice and strategies that they wouldn’t normally have access to for a few more years, fast-tracking their development. They were then able to take that information away and build on it as a team.”

Having just come off the camp, U9′s Fury hit the ground running and overcame a skilful Rochdale outfit 3-1 in the first game. After four more competitive games and four wins, Fury entered the final against the also unbeaten Magic who had only had one goal scored against them in five games. Fury played smart football and put in to practice many of the things that their coaches had taught them. 1-0 at Halftime became 2-0 shortly after the break and Fury went on to win 2-1. Everyone involved in the team was elated for the boys who had worked so hard leading up to the Tournament.

Fury Win


Term 3 Factory Workshops

Factory Workshops will be commencing week 3 term 3 on the following days.
All workshops are from 3.30 – 5.30pm
All workshops cost $120.00 for 6 x 2 hr workshops ($10 per hour)
Payment is cash or cheque made out to the workshop tutor
Each workshop needs a minimum of four participants unless the tutor is happy to take less and a maximum of 10 participants
All payments to be made at the art department with Mr Peachey or Mrs Burgess
Workshops are for Redlands College students and staff only
This will be the last series of Factory Workshops for 2014TheFactory flyer inside
Monday – Pottery wheel throwing (David Scott) G6 workshop (Maximum 6 participants)
Tuesday – Basic Photography (Rod Buchholz) G5
Wednesday – Photography Studio lighting – participants must be competent with a DSLR camera (Rod Buchholz) G5
Wednesday – Printmaking (Mrs Burgess) G6
Thursday – Drawing (Mr Peachey) G5


Theatresports Tuesday 15 July

Both Redlands College teams will be competing in Theatresports tonight (Tuesday 15th July) and would love to share in the occasion with you. 

MacGregor State High School
Blackwattle Street
MacGregor QLD 4109

07 3347 3557

$9 Adults

$7 Concession

We hope to see you there!! 


Hannah recognised for helping sharks

Year 11 student, Hannah Smith, will be submitting a short documentary to the Wildlife Queensland Bayside Branch Cicada awards later in the year, and she also advocates for shark protection as a youth  representative at Gold Coast Sea Shepherd. The following article appeared in the Redland City Bulletin on 2 July 2014.


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