Pre-Prep News 17 May 2017

Pre-Prep News 17 May 2017

Pre-Prep News 17 May 2017

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Upcoming Events

  • 15 – 19 May                Tristania House Week
  • Friday 26 May             Pre-Prep Aboriginal Incursion
  • Wednesday 7 June      Mother/Grandmother/Daughter Morning 7.30am-9.20am
  • Friday 2 June               The Little Mermaid performance, The Art Centre, 1pm-2pm and 7pm-8.15pm
  • Monday 12 June          Pre-Prep Under 8s Activities
  • Thursday 16 June         Last day of Term 2


Please ensure your daughter is dressed in the correct Term 2 uniform. This comprises the navy shorts and polo shirt as worn in Term 1. On cooler days, your daughter is able to wear the navy tracksuit pants and jacket, with white sneakers and school socks. Tights and non-uniform tops are not permitted. The shorts can be worn under the tracksuit pants, so they can be taken off as the day warms up. In addition, a complete set of clothes, including underwear must be left at the school to use in emergencies. This does not have to be school uniform, just appropriate play clothes. All clothing and uniform items must be clearly labelled with your child’s name.


Under the ‘Public Health Act 2005’, we are required to keep records of every child’s immunisation status. Please ensure that you provide us with an updated immunisation statement, once your child passes the 4-year vaccination milestone.


In order that we can contact you if the need arises, please inform us of any changes to your personal details, such as your phone number and address.


A number of Pre-Preparatory families have not yet given permission on Parent Lounge for their child to be escorted, by a Teacher Aide, to curriculum activities within St Hilda’s School grounds. Please read and accept the associated Terms and Conditions, to enable your daughter to participate in these activities.


On arrival, all parents/guardians of Pre-Preparatory students, must escort their daughter into the classroom, sign the ‘Register of Attendance’ and hand their daughter to a staff member.

When collecting your daughter at the conclusion of the day, it is also essential for parents/guardians to sign their daughter out before departing from the Pre-Preparatory environment.

To ensure your daughter’s safety, only people listed on your enrolment form (who are 18 years or older) are permitted to do so. Any changes to this list must be provided to us in writing. Siblings under 18 years of age, may not sign in/out Pre-Preparatory students. Please remember to also sign for any absences.


WHAT IS TRIPLE P? – ‘Triple P’ is an internationally acclaimed parenting program, which is offered free to all Queensland parents and carers of children up to 16 years of age. ‘Triple P’ is considered one of the world’s best because it has been scientifically shown to work and because it’s already helped more than four million children and their families in 25 countries. The Queensland Government is now offering ‘Triple P’ free as part of its commitment to supporting families across the state.

WHAT DOES TRIPLE P DO? – ‘Triple P’ helps you:

  • Raise happy, confident children
  • Manage misbehaviour
  • Set rules and routines
  • Encourage appropriate behaviour
  • Take care of yourself as a parent
  • Feel confident you are doing the right thing

HOW DO YOU DO TRIPLE P IN QUEENSLAND? – Because all families are different, ‘Triple P’ has incorporated a range of ways to become be involved, including:

  • Phone consultations – Call Parentline on 1300 30 1300 (for the cost of a local call) seven days a week, from 8am to 10pm.
  • One-on-one sessions with a ‘Triple P’ provider – Personal sessions could be a few quick meetings or, if you need more support, a ten-week course.
  • Group sessions – There’s something for everyone – with one-off seminars, two-hour workshops and longer courses, all completed in the company of other parents.
  • ‘Triple P’ online – Receive positive parenting strategies in an eight-module course you do whenever, wherever you want.

And in case you are wondering … ‘Triple P’ will not tell you how to be a parent. Instead, it is a toolbox of ideas. You choose the strategies you need and the way you want to use them. It is all about making ‘Triple P’ work for you!

For more information and session details please visit the website:


In PP1 we have been following the girls’ interest in cooking. We have made a variety of items from biscuits to pizza. Cooking is not only fun and engaging for children, but can be used as an important teaching and development tool. Hands-on cooking activities help children develop pride and confidence, as they organise ingredients, follow a sequence and carry out multiple instructions. Chopping, squeezing, spreading and mixing are cooking skills that assist in improving a child’s muscle control and eye-hand coordination. Cooking inspires curiosity, thinking and independence as well as offering new opportunities to make predictions and solve problems. Additionally, cooking activities allow young children to understand and apply their knowledge of measuring, one-to-one correspondence, numbers and counting. With its own vocabulary, cooking is great for language development and provides occasions for children to articulate questions inspired by new experiences.

We have introduced a ‘Show and Tell’ roster this term. We have been learning about what a good ‘Show and Tell’ presentation looks like by discussing factors that assist us to do this, such as, staying on topic, looking at the audience, speaking clearly and keeping our hands and body still. ‘Show and Tell’ time has also provided an opportunity for the girls to gain an understanding of what a question is and how to pose one. It has been wonderful to see the girls’ oral language skills and confidence increase, as they partake in this experience.

The girls are enjoying role-playing in the carwash. Role-play stimulates imagination, enhances social development and encourages friendship through cooperation, listening and turn taking. The girls are also developing their early numeracy and literacy skills through play, as they operate the cash register and fill in the carwash paperwork.

Box collage has been another activity our class is enjoying. Box collage provides opportunities for the girls to use their imagination, creativity and problem solving skills. This activity is a form of recycling and we continue to encourage our families to keep bringing in items we can use.
Mrs Adam and Mrs Robards


This term, there have been a number of changes to our indoor classroom environment. We now have a veterinarian clinic and a writing centre, as well as other exciting learning resources, including a light table. The girls have shown increased independence and perseverance when exploring these new areas. We have also observed them collaborating with each other, managing routines, and displaying perseverance when faced with challenging situations.

At the ‘vets’ the girls learn through role-play how to care for animals and how to share ideas and listen to others. At the writing center, the girls are enjoying making fairy tale books and party invitations, practising the alphabet and experimenting with different ways to write and draw. The light table has led to questions and discussions about patterns and shadows including – ‘What is a rainbow?’  What Busy Bees PP2 have been!
Mrs Robson and Miss O’Brien.


In PP3 we have been exploring patterns and symmetry. This focus and interest arose from the girls’ observations and our discussions during the ‘Butterfly Project’. The girls have been engaged in pattern block work, symmetrical drawing and body symmetry. These activities are helping the girls to develop their ability to recognise patterns, as well as increasing their observational skills.

It has been wonderful to see the girls develop a love of nature throughout the year, by participating actively in a number of gardening experiences. They are discovering how plants grow, what they need to survive and how to adequately care for them. We have just begun learning how to propagate succulents. Over the coming weeks, new pups (baby succulents) should begin to develop from cuttings we recently took. It is also very exciting to watch our snow peas grow and our carrot seeds sprout!

All things rainbow has been loved and enjoyed by the girls. We have explored rainbow colours at the easel, using water-colour paints. We have learnt the words to the song, ‘I Can Sing a Rainbow’, along with the Auslan signs to match the lyrics. Listening to, and viewing the story ‘Over the Rainbow’, by Judy Collins & Eric Pye Barret, has also been greatly enjoyed by the girls. Working together, we have created a large visual representation of how rainbows are formed. We will continue to explore this area of interest, including elements of science in our discovery, as we further investigate colour.
Miss Morrissey and Mrs Nolan


Love, Compassion, Forgiveness, Hope, Grace