Posted on: Wednesday 12 June 2019
Posted in: Pre-Preparatory
This month we welcome Charlise Droulers and her family to PP3, Acacia and St Hilda’s Pre-Preparatory.
Last week we welcomed mothers and grandmothers for our Mother/Daughter Breakfast and morning. The morning provided a great opportunity to enjoy each other’s company and share in the classroom activities. Our special guests enjoyed making jewellery, drawing flowers, creating Family Handprint Trees and listening to the girls singing.
Throughout the year we invite parents to comment and give feedback on our policies and procedures. Parental feedback is valuable and very much appreciated. This month all Pre-Prep parents should have received an email highlighting the Relationships with Children Policies and Procedures for Pre-Prep to review, and are encouraged to provide feedback on these through an email to myself. Relationships with Children is Quality Area Five and encompasses policies relating to relationships between educators and children and relationships between the children.
PORTFOLIO VIEWING MORNINGS
Next week all Pre-Prep Classes will be conducting Portfolio Viewing Sessions. The Portfolio Viewing Sessions will be held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning next week 17–20 June between 8.20am and 9.00am and will provide parents with the opportunity to view their daughter’s Portfolio and chat to their daughter’s teacher. Parents are invited to visit their daughter’s classroom, at any stage, during this time.
|Date||Time||Activity and Venue|
|12 June||Women’s Auxiliary High Tea/The Paradise Show Room – HOTA|
|17 – 20 June||8.20 – 9.00am||Portfolio Viewing Mornings|
|20 June||3.25pm||Term 2 concludes|
|16 July||8.00am||Term 3 commences|
|6 August||House Colour Day|
|19 – 23 August||Premier’s Reading Challenge Week|
|21 August||Father’s Day Market Stall|
|29 August||Acacia House Fundraising Day|
|30 August||Gold Coast Show Day Holiday|
|6 September||9.00 – 11.00am||Pre-Prep Carnival/School Oval|
|10 September||7.30 – 9.20am||Father/Grandfather/Daughter Breakfast and Morning/ Jennifer Reeves Café and Classrooms|
|19 September||Term 3 concludes|
|20 September||Parent/Teacher Interviews|
Mrs Lisa Cleverly
Director of Pre-Preparatory
Over the past term we have had a fantastic time, developing our friendships, learning to work together as a team in small groups, learning about Indigenous Australian culture, and in particular, developing our knowledge and understanding of the scientific world through technology, experimentation and through our play!
We are developing our social and emotional skills and knowledge through our small group work, and you can see on our ceiling examples of how we can work together creatively, as well as co-operatively re-constructing floor puzzles. Working as a part of a small group in a co-operative manner is a very important skill to develop as we are all part of our community and need to be able to work together effectively.
We have shown a keen interest in learning about our local and wider Indigenous Australian culture through stories, songs and creative arts, as well as through hands-on experiences with genuine artefacts. We have shown a particular interest and wonderful recall of the colours, pictures and meanings of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags, which we have really enjoyed sharing with our families.
By far though, our favourite line of exploration this term has been through scientific discovery. It all began with one of us recalling how much fun was had making “Real Volcanoes” and so we began investigating volcanoes through technology, books and posters, as well as drawing and painting our own, making plaster models, as well as our own interpretive models using kinetic sand and playdough. The most fun of all was had making big models in the sandpit and using vinegar and bi-carb soda to create a chemical reaction, because molten lava was just a bit too hot and hard to find! We have begun exploring more science in our classroom and have even created our own science lab in our dramatic play space, because SCIENCE IS FUN!!
Mrs Turner and Mrs Nolan
The girls expressed wonder and excitement during the Ocean Life Education Session. This Discovery Program is an interactive touch and learn session which introduces children to creatures from the ocean, with live marine animals to touch as well as shells and pictures to look at. The girls had opportunities to ask questions, share their knowledge and explore the different learning stations. Highlights included Billy the shark, Jack the turtle and an array of beautiful sea stars. We learnt about the importance of putting rubbish in the bin and were given examples of the impacts rubbish, particularly plastic, has on our beautiful marine life. The girls vowed to be ocean heroes, to protect and care for all animals and to look after the environment. This exciting experience ignited the girls’ interest and curiosity and had them questioning and suggesting ideas. They were thrilled to be learning more about what is ‘under the sea’, with a particular focus on sea turtles, sharks and pollution. See our class project wall for more information.
The girls enjoyed crafting and cooking up a storm for Mother’s Day at the beginning of the term. We engaged in discussions about our Mothers and what makes them special and the girls’ responses were delightful. Card writing and related drawing experiences provided opportunities for the girls to express themselves and build on their fine motor skills. In addition, we have worked hard to learn new songs to share with our Mums and have enjoyed listening to various stories about Mothers such as: ‘Some Mums’, ‘My Mum is the Best’ and ‘Wherever You Go, I Go’. One thing that has been obvious throughout all of these experiences is the girls love for their Mothers. It has been a pleasure observing the joy, skill, pride, attention to detail, enthusiasm and love the girls have exuded whilst talking, writing, drawing and singing about their Mums. Thank you for joining us at the annual Mother, Grandmother, Daughter morning – we hope you enjoyed the activities and special music items.
After a long wait, approximately 15 weeks, we harvested our corn and explored the taste, texture and smell of it. We learnt about the different parts of a corn plant as we peeled the ‘ear’ of corn and removed the remaining plants from the garden bed noticing the roots, stalk, tassel, silks and pollen. Together we prepared the bed and planted new carrot, cauliflower and lettuce seeds.
On another note, we have been learning some sign language in class since the beginning of the year. The girls are now able to sign numbers 1-10 and most of the letters in the alphabet. This learning is beneficial for the development of cultural awareness, motor skills and the brain, as it requires the girls to use both the left and right hemisphere of the brain compared to learning a spoken language, which only uses the brains left hemisphere.
This term we have also introduced show and share sessions. Each child has had the opportunity to share each fortnight. Our first theme was family, and the girls have thoroughly enjoyed sharing their loved ones with the class. Benefits of this experience included learning to: respect each other’s turn to talk, speak with confidence in front of a group, listen to, pose and answer questions.
In addition, we have participated in National Simultaneous Story Time, Families Week, National Reconciliation Week, Book Week and House fundraisers. We celebrated the girls’ bucket filling achievements, World Turtle Day, Eid Mubarak, and the arrival of Annabelle’s baby sister, Daniella.
We hope you have a wonderful mid-year break and look forward to welcoming you back in Semester 2.
Miss Morrissey and Miss Stewart
What a wonderful term PP3 have had! We welcome Abigail and Charlise, and our class fish Priscilla, and water snail, Gary.
Our Ocean Life incursion, and a tadpole discovery, sparked great interest in learning how to keep our rivers, oceans and ponds clean and free from rubbish. We’ve been reading about the Corroboree Frog and the Sea Turtle, and how they have become endangered as a result of pollution. Consequently, we have been discovering more about recycling and what to do with our rubbish. We recycle soft plastics and these get taken to REDcycle bins, and we use our food scraps for the worms and to make compost.
We are also collecting bottle top lids and other recyclables to re-use in our classroom. The girls have also enjoyed making some wonderful art works using different techniques, to show our understandings about ocean pollution. In learning about other ways to care for our earth, we have planted tomatoes, and we have discussed the importance of bees.
Reconciliation week was celebrated with songs, Dreamtime stories and indigenous arts, such as weaving and map making using symbols. The girls learnt about the meanings of the Aboriginal flag and the Torres Strait Islander flag and created their own interpretation of these. They also enjoyed playing some traditional indigenous games.
They have been engaging and exploring with literacy in many ways such as rhyming, re-telling traditional stories and developing their sound -letter relationships, and we have been working hard on making collections of objects to match numbers.
Thank you to all who were able to make our Mothers’ morning. The girls thoroughly enjoyed having you here.
Have a safe and happy holiday.
Mrs Robson and Mrs Robards.