Pre-Prep News - 22 November 2018

Pre-Prep News - 22 November 2018

Pre-Prep News – 22 November 2018

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CHRISTMAS CONCERT

The annual Pre-Prep Christmas Concert was held on Wednesday 21 November in the School Chapel from 9.00am – 11.00am. Each class performed selection of Christmas songs with the finale performed by the entire Pre-Prep cohort. Please enjoy the video of the Concert below.

SUN PROTECTION

A reminder to all parents to ensure that they have applied sunscreen to their child prior to attending Pre-Prep and complete the Sunscreen Register on arrival. All children are required to have their own St Hilda’s red play hat at Pre-Prep every day. Any child who does not have their hat will be required to remain in the undercover area in the verandah of the playground.

LAST DAY OF PRE-PREPARATORY

The last day of Pre-Prep for 2019 is Wednesday 28 November.

VACATION CARE – December and January

St Hilda’s School Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) will be operating their Vacation Care  Program from Thursday 29 November to Tuesday 29 January. Families requiring care for their children aged from Pre-Prep to Year 6 during the holiday break are encouraged to book early.  Bookings can be completed by logging in to the iStHildas App, selecting Parent Resources/MyStHildas/OSHC.

For further enquiries please contact Mrs Amanda Robards by email on arobards@sthildas.qld.edu.au.

DATE CLAIMERS

Date Time Activity and Venue
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


PRE-PREPARATORY 1

It is hard to believe that as I write this we find ourselves in Term 4, nearly at the end of the year! The girls have enjoyed our transition visits to our Prep buddy class and have enjoyed making friends with a buddy who they will get to continue to foster a friendship with in the Prep/Year 1 playground. The transition visits have assisted the girls to feel confident in the Prep environment and have a taste of Prep. This should ensure the girls have a smooth start next year.

We have been practising our songs and actions for our end of year concert. We are proud of the girl’s effort and are looking forwards to sharing the performance with you soon!

The girl’s enthusiasm for witches is still going strong and they have been enjoying role play in the witch’s house. We followed their interests in potions as they made their own and as a class we made a green bubbling potion which caused lots of excitement. We have incorporated literacy and numeracy into this play, as the girls followed a recipe to create a spell in which they had to count the ingredients and order numbered witches. Some girls created their own spells for their friends to use. We have also created art and craft around this theme and have read many stories about witches. The girls have had the opportunity to partake in a variety of sensory experiences including playing with cooked coloured pasta, beetles, slime, playdough and sensory sand.

As the year draws to an end we would like to thank all of our families for their support over the year and would especially like to thank our amazing class mums, Rachel Fitch and Michelle Bootes, for all their hard work supporting us and our class this year. We wish you all a Merry Christmas, a happy and safe New Year and a relaxing holiday. We look forward to seeing you all in the school community next year.

Mrs Adam and Mrs Robards


PRE-PREPARATORY 2

Bees

We have been learning all about bees in PP2. This interest and curiosity developed over time and became prevalent at the beginning of spring, with both girls and families getting involved. As our sunflowers bloomed, the bees arrived and we observed them foraging for pollen and nectar. This further sparked the girls’ interest and they began sharing their thoughts and asking many questions. These discussions highlighted some misconceptions the girls had, but also showcased their current knowledge and understanding, which became the foundation of our research and various projects. We learnt that bees only live for approximately 6 weeks in the summer and discovered the 4 main phases of their lifecycle: egg, larva, pupa, adult bee. One of the girls brought in a bee from home that had reached the end of its lifecycle, which gave us the opportunity to closely examine the bee’s features and body parts. In addition, we were lucky enough to sample fresh honey and honeycomb after we had learnt how bees make it. Mrs Dee Finch kindly gave up her time to share her wealth of knowledge about bees and beekeeping with the girls. Thank you for enriching the program and inspiring the girls to be bee warriors. Over the coming weeks we will be having a go at making our own native bee houses, planting more flowers and we look forward to learning further about bee anatomy and some of the many different species of bees from around the world.

Firefighter Visit

Tony, Lisa, Bruce and Jarrod visited our service from Southport Fire and Rescue. They shared with the girls important information about fire safety and their many roles in the community. They emphasised to the girls the importance of having smoke alarms and knowing your address and phone number, as well as the emergency number – 000. They encouraged the girls to go home and ask their family if they have detectors/alarms, locate them and ask when they were last tested. PP2 expressed great excitement and interest during the interactive presentation through facial expression, chatter and questioning, which was wonderful to observe. We discovered ‘if your clothes are burning, what we should be learning is to stop, drop and roll’ (whilst covering your face with your hands). We also learnt that in the event of a fire you must ‘get down low and go, go, go!’

Children’s Week

Children’s Week is an annual event celebrated in Australia in October. Children’s Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood. It is also a time for children to demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities. I asked the girls what would make them feel special and what they would like to do to celebrate the week. The program was inspired by their responses. Some of their requests were: “Can we turn the school into a unicorn school?”, “I want to play in the sunshine”, “Can we collect things, some sticks?”, “Maybe we can bring some food, fairy bread please”, “I want to do bees”, “Can we go to the big girls park and have a little play in there?”. Although we couldn’t achieve all of the girls wishes, we made sure they felt extra special, valued and celebrated, during what was a memorable and exciting week.

Transition to Prep

Our transition visits to Prep have been an exciting and positive experience for all of the girls. We have enjoyed learning about the playground rules and equipment, becoming familiar with the Prep environment, and making lots of wonderful new friends. This transition period is highly important and we know this time spent exploring and learning will greatly assist the girls as they take the next step in their learning journey. Thank you, Prep W, for welcoming us and sharing your knowledge and time.

Christmas Appeal

We would like to thank you for your incredible generosity towards the Christmas Appeal. The girls have learnt so much about the importance of giving rather than receiving. We are busily preparing for the Christmas concert and can’t wait to share our music items with you.

What a year it has been! As the term draws to a close I would like to say a big thank you for entrusting your daughter to our care. We wish you a safe and holy Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

Miss Morrissey & Mrs Nolan


PRE-PREPARATORY 3

We have nearly come to the end of our learning journey together. What a wonderful year it has been, with so many fantastic achievements from all of the girls.

Last term the girls thoroughly enjoyed planting our herbs, making damper and watching with wonder as cream turned into butter before their eyes. As a result, we began to discuss all the different ways in which we observe and understand the world around us, leading us on a journey to discover our five senses. The girls enjoyed lots of multi-sensory activities such as water in tubs with bubbles, coloured shaving cream, slime, goop, smelling jars and many different textures in play. We had so much fun!

This week the girls will be cooking their own lunch using the many different herbs we have grown. They will be making pasta with a tomato and basil sauce, garlic bread with chopped parsley, and to drink – an icy mint and lemon frappe. We can’t wait!

One of our favourite books this term was The Magic Hat by Mem Fox. The girls have loved the rhyme and repetition that occurs throughout the story and they have been enjoying many different activities based on the story. They created their own magic hat and wondered what they would turn into should the magic hat land on their head! Learning about the beginning, middle and end of a story helps children to organise their thoughts and is an important early literacy skill which will help them when they begin to read themselves.

We also enjoyed another visit from Uncle Boomerang. This time the girls were introduced to bark painting, an activity they all enjoyed. They learnt about the different uses for paper bark and the many symbols that were often incorporated into aboriginal art.

The girls were also introduced to Blue-bots, exciting little robots that can be programmed to move using the arrow keys. This was a perfect introduction to early coding skills and the girls had so much fun pressing the ‘GO’ button and sending the little robot on his way.

Another of the favourite events was the girls visit to Prep. They just loved having a Prep buddy to work with and learning where they will be eating morning tea and lunch next year. The highlight though, was getting to play in the Prep playground! Some may need to grow a teeny bit taller in order to go on the monkey bars, but the flying fox was perfect for them all.

Mrs Robson and Miss Stewart

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