Pre-Preparatory News - 20 September 2018

Pre-Preparatory News - 20 September 2018

Pre-Preparatory News – 20 September 2018

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There was much excitement this week as the children and staff were able to witness the construction of the new area in the playground. In addition to the creek bed with water pump, a yarning circle, new bridge over the tunnel, a totem pole and tinkering table were added as interactive features in the playground. We anticipate that the playground will be ready for the children on Wednesday this week.


Child Protection Week was held last week. During this week the teachers spent time with the girls discussing who they can talk to if they are not feeling safe. Safety hands were made reminding them of this safety network. Parents are also reminded about teaching their children about body safety. Emailed separately is an excellent article by Dr Kaylene Henderson, Child Psychiatrist, with some tips about how to approach this subject and resources that can assist.


Cleaning and caring for your children’s teeth sets up good habits for life. This week Pre-Preparatory classes were visited this week by Dr Philippa McCarron, local dentist, in order to reinforce good dental hygiene practices.  Dr McCarron spent time showing the girls how to brush their teeth correctly and discussed the importance of regular visits to the dentist. Each child received a toothbrush which they will bring home. The visit was enjoyed by the girls and should reinforce good dental practices.

Children should brush their teeth twice a day with a low-fluoride toothpaste. Parents should supervise their children when brushing their teeth to ensure good technique.

How to brush your child’s teeth

  1. Stand behind your child in front of the mirror.
  2. Apply toothpaste to the toothbrush.
  3. Move the toothbrush in gentle circles over the outside and inside of the teeth and gums.
  4. Brush over the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  5. Gently brush your child’s tongue.
  6. Encourage your child to spit out the toothpaste. There is no need to rinse.

From Preschool age children are also encouraged to rinse their mouth with water following eating.

Further information on dental health practices, toothbrushes, toothpaste and going to the dentist can be found on the Raising Children Website on


Pre-Prep students experienced their first carnival on Friday with our Picnic Races being held on the oval. Running races, relays and minor games were a feature of the afternoon enjoyed by the girls. Congratulations to the girls on their efforts and to the HPE staff for their preparation for the day.


Parent Teacher interviews are being held on Friday 21 September. This is an excellent opportunity for parents and teachers to sit and share information about the girls’ development and progress. If you have not already made an appointment please ensure that you book a time through Parent Lounge.


St Hilda’s School Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) will be operating the Vacation Care September/October 2018 Program from 21 September to 8 October 2018. An exciting program has been organised and bookings can be completed by login onto My St Hilda’s app.

There are a variety of interesting incursion days and an exciting excursion to the movies offered in the Vacation Care September/October 2018 Program. For bookings or further enquiries please contact Mrs Amanda Robards by email on


Environmental Sustainability

After saying our Acknowledgement of Country, our class displayed an interest in discussing ways that they could look after the land. The girls had some knowledge of how they could do this, but had not considered how energy and water conservation could play a part. We also learnt more about what items could be recycled and how this was done. The girls made a promise to the planet with one thing they could do to help care for the earth. This led us into conversation about what practices harm the earth and we discussed ways to counteract this. The girls were able to transfer this knowledge into a drawing as they drew 3 ways to care for the earth and 3 ways to harm the earth. The girls also displayed their knowledge on recycling as we sorted and recycled items according to what they were made from both as a whole group and individually.


As an example of recycling in the classroom, we built an igloo out of boxes and recycled items. We have also been doing lots of construction with our junk collage donations and boxes. This is an excellent way of recycling in the classroom and within our program.

Pyjama and Popcorn Party

Whilst brainstorming items that begin with the letter ‘p’, some girls suggested the words party, popcorn and pyjamas. When we wrote them down it gave us the idea to have a Pyjama and Popcorn Party. At the party we played some party games and enjoyed watching the movie ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ whilst we ate some popcorn.

Child Protection Week

As part of Child Protection Week, we labelled who the people are in our safety network. We know to talk to one or more of our safety helpers in our network, if things don’t feel right. We learnt to recognise the signs that our body give us to tell us that something is not right. It is important to arm children with the knowledge to promote their own health and safety.

Mrs Adam, Mrs Robards and Mrs Lewis


What a busy few weeks we have had in PP2. We were delighted to welcome Ayla Rose, Zahra and Mrs Woolley to our class. We have celebrated birthdays and our Fathers, enjoyed the Uncle Boomerang incursion, learnt about road safety and child protection, monitored lorikeet and plover nests and had a go at constructing our own, shared a dance session with Year 5, harvested carrots from our garden, dressed up, raised money and had a whole lot of fun!! Further details about our learning and discoveries is below.

Colour Exploration

The girls showed an interest in making their own colours, but had a developing understanding of how to do it. To extend on this, we provided various opportunities for the girls to learn and discover more about primary and secondary colours. We used red, blue and yellow dye to conduct some colour mixing experiments and paint + water colours to create our own colours using pallets. In addition, we enjoyed exploring the interactive story ‘Mix It Up’ by Herve Tullet and learning some colour songs. These colour mixing experiences:

Promote scientific thinking – The girls used scientific thinking to observe, predict and compare, and they experimented with cause and effect. ‘What will happen if we mix all three colours together?’ ‘How much yellow do I need to put in to make green?’ ‘Can I make the same colour again?’

Encourage problem solving – They used problem solving skills and came up with ideas for what to do when the colour they were mixing didn’t turn out quite the way they had hoped.

Support mathematical learning – The girls used mathematical concepts such as more and less, and devised ways to measure how much paint/dye they were adding.

Increase colour knowledge – They had hands on learning and experience with primary and secondary colours, as well as tints, and shades. ‘What happens if you add white?’ ‘What about when you add black?’

Further language development – They used lots of descriptive language and creative thinking skills to come up with names for their colours. ‘Lady Pink’, ‘Yellow of the Sun’ and ‘Tasmanian Blue’ were among my favourites, as well as ‘Grassy Green’, ‘Bright Orange’ and many other wonderful, imaginative names.


The girls have shown a large interest in the sand area outside and have displayed great creativity whilst engaged in play in that environment. We decided to extend on this interest and provide the girls with a variety of sand related experiences. Inside we set up a sand zone in our treasure cove and provided lots of inspiring images and materials to engage and challenge the girls. We watched videos of sand sculptors and had our very own sandcastle competition, in which the girls teamed up with 3-4 friends and came up with the team names ‘Rainbow’, ‘Green Daisies’, “Crystals’, ‘Blue’ and ‘Purple’. It was wonderful to observe lots of discussion, sharing of ideas, problem solving and creativity throughout the session. The girls had the opportunity to sketch their creation and discuss its features after the event.

Spring Has Sprung!

During discussions it became evident that the girls had various misconceptions about what happens in Spring, ‘It’s going to snow’, ‘The leaves are going to fall down’, ‘I think it’s going to be cold because it is cold today’. Some of the girls were on the right track sharing

‘My pool is going to get warmer’ and ‘The flowers are going to come out’. To further their knowledge we read the book ‘Spring in Australia’ and ‘Millie-Mae In Spring’, learnt a song called ‘Spring’, explored baby animal terms and learnt about various different types of flowers. The girls loved that flowers bloom during spring, and to extend on this our classroom became a bit of a florist, allowing them to touch and smell a variety of flowers in season. We were also inspired by Bronwyn Bancroft’s ‘Patterns of Australia’, in particular her illustrations of Australian Wildflowers. The girls had the opportunity to plant some more flowers whilst excitedly waiting for their sunflowers to bloom. Furthermore, we learnt about the 3 other seasons, Summer, Autumn and Winter, to ensure the girls had a good understanding of the difference between each.

Father/Grandfather/Daughter Morning and Picnic Races

Thank you for joining us for these special events. The girls were thrilled to be able to show off their sporting skills and classroom displays. We hope you enjoyed the mornings as much as we did!

Have a wonderful, safe and memorable holiday. We look forward to welcoming you back next term.

Miss Morrissey and Mrs Nolan


Wow, I can hardly believe we are at the end of Term 3! As I sit and reflect on all that we’ve achieved so far, I realise that PP3 have already exceeded my expectations in so many ways.

Our investigation into ‘How to Care for the Earth’ has continued with the girls learning how to grow vegetables and the importance of our little friends – the Bees, and the great things they do for our environment. They have planted flowers and different herbs in our ‘planter’, and this week we will be making herb butter to go with our Damper by picking some Basil and Parsley to add. We also extended the girls interest in flowers by reading the story, The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle. We followed the journey of a seed before it became a beautiful flower, and the girls enjoyed some process art (print making, collaging and drawing) making their flower, then labelling the different parts. Our bean plants have grown so much during the term and the girls have now taken them home to re pot, and wait for the beans to appear.

Of course, we had to have a Flower Shop in our classroom and we have been making flowers, writing cards and buying and selling bouquets.

We also concluded our study into towers and castles, and invited the girls to a Royal Party. They came dressed in their finery and were treated to a ‘High Tea’ with cute cakes & biscuits, all served on china. It was a fabulous afternoon!

Uncle Boomerang’s visit was amazing. He showed the girls how to crush ochre then add just the right amount of water to form a paste. The girls then used the ochre to make handprints, just as the Aborigine people did and still do. Such a valuable lesson in making connections with our community members.

We’ve also been learning about artists such as Van Gogh and Claude Monet, and the different colours and patterns they used in their paintings.  The girls experimented with different mediums and techniques and have shown such creativity. As there is no ‘right way’ in the arts, children can be proud to be unique and express their artistic style.

Other highlights this term have been our ‘Fiver for a Farmer Day’, our Acacia triplet/twin day and of course our Father/Grandfather morning. What a busy term!

Have a safe and relaxing holiday, after which, we will see you back for our last term of the year.

Mrs Robson and Miss Stewart


Date Time Activity and Venue
20 September 3.25pm Term 3 concludes
21 September 8.30am – 4.30pm Parent Teacher Interviews/Pre-Prep Classrooms
9 October 8.20am Term 4 commences
12 October 6.00 – 7.30pm Art Show and Cocktail Party/Jennifer Reeves 1st Floor
13 October 12.00 – 7.00pm School Fete/Oval
13 October Giving Tree Appeal commences/Library
16 October St Hilda’s Day
22 October Student Free Day
25 October 2.25 – 3.00pm PP – Year 2 Chapel/Chapel
26 October Day for Daniel – Children wear red ribbon for Child Safety Awareness
2 November House Colour Day
2 November 2.30pm PP – Year 2 Assembly/MPC
8 November 2.25 – 3.00pm PP – Year 2 Chapel/Chapel
9 November 5.30 – 8.00pm Principal’s Cocktail Party/JR Café
9 November Giving Tree Appeal closes
15 November 8.20am Prep 2019 Orientation Morning
15 November 2.25 – 3.00pm PP – Year 2 Chapel/Chapel
16 November 2.30pm PP – Year 2 Assembly/MPC
21 November 9.00am Pre-Prep End of Year Celebration/Chapel
22 November 2.25 – 3.00pm PP – Year 2 Chapel/Chapel
28 November Term 4 concludes for Pre-Preparatory

Mrs Lisa Cleverly
Director of Pre-Preparatory


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