Pre-Prep News - March 2019

Pre-Prep News - March 2019

Pre-Prep News – March 2019

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EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM POLICY REVIEW

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 week all Pre-prep parents should receive the first policies to review and are encouraged to provide feedback on these through email to myself. Educational Program and Practice is the first Quality Area of review and encompasses the Policies of Additional Needs, Educational Program, Excursions and Incursions ad Multicultural Policies.

CHILD HEALTH CHECKS

The Child Health Service now offers free health and development checks for children aged 4 – 5 years. These health checks include a hearing and vision screening. It is important that all children undertake these checks prior to commencing school and I encourage all Pre-Prep parents to take their daughter to the check during their Pre-Prep Year.

Local Child Health Services

  • Southport: Level 3, 16 – 30 High Street, Southport
  • Coomera Springs: Old Coach Road Coomera Springs
  • Upper Coomera: 1 Brygon Creek Dr, Upper Coomera
  • Helensvale: 105 Lindfield Rd, Helensvale
  • Nerang: 40 Martin St, Nerang
  • Labrador: 130 Gold Coast Hwy, Labrador
  • Robina: Level 3/2 Campus Crescent, Robina
  • Palm Beach: 9 Fifth Ave, Palm Beach

Bookings for appointments at any of these Services can be made on Phone: 5687 9183.

FETE

The St Hilda’s School Fete will be held on Saturday 27 April. Each class has a contribution to the Fete of a Class Basket and parents are requested to bring in donations of new items to contribute to these baskets. Themes of the baskets are:

  • PP1 = Playtime – toys, books, puzzles – Under 5s
  • PP2 = Pink and Purple Basket – All things pink and purple
  • PP3 = Everything Disney – Dress ups, books, DVD’s, toys

VACATION CARE

St Hilda’s School Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) will be operating their Vacation Care April 2019 Program from 5 April to 23 April 2019.  An exciting program for girls and boys has been organised for two age groups: Pre-Prep – Year 2 and Year 3 – Year 6.  Bookings can be completed by logging onto the My St Hilda’s app.

PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS

Communication between home and Pre-Preparatory is vital in supporting the girls in their education. As part of our commitment to this, we will be conducting Parent/Teacher Interviews on Friday 5 April between 8.30am and 4.30pm. In coming weeks, parents will be informed of how to make a booking on Parent Lounge to see their Class Teacher and HPE Teachers. Interviews with the Class Teacher will be held in the classrooms and will be of 15-minute duration. Interview times with the HPE Teacher will be held in Junior School Classrooms and will be of 5 minute duration.

DATE CLAIMERS

Date Time Activity and Venue
15 March National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence
18 – 22 March Open Swimming Lessons/Times TBC
4 April 3.25pm Term 1 concludes
5 April 8.30 – 4.30pm Parent Teacher Interviews/Pre-Preparatory Classrooms
24 April 8.20am Term 2 commences
27 April 12 noon – 7.00pm St Hilda’s School Fete/School Oval

Mrs Lisa Cleverly
Director of Pre-Preparatory


Pre-Prep 1

In PP1 at the moment we are exploring many different interests through our explorations of our world. We have displayed a keen interest in exploring how plants grow and what they need to grow – we know they need somewhere for their roots to grow (usually soil), water and sunshine! We have watched as the little seeds we put on cotton wool sprout and we all had the opportunity to plant our own seeds, and we are enjoying caring for them, before we get to take them home!

We have also explored sustainability through our explorations of our environment, helping care for our worm farm, our compost bin and learning how to sort our waste during our meal times. We have also worked together with the other Pre-Prep classes and begun planting out our garden beds in the yard with corn and flowers!

We are also exploring our feelings through the stories we are reading, such as “The Very Blue Thingamajig” and by meeting our Kimochi friends, so far we have met Lovey Dove (and her baby Turtle Dove) and Cloud with his happy face and his sad face. The feelings we have explored so far are Kind, Friendly, Proud, as well as Happy, Sad and Mad.

Mrs Turner and Mrs Nolan


Pre-Prep 2

We have had an amazing start to the year in Pre-Prep 2. Miss Stewart and I have thoroughly enjoyed welcoming you and getting to know your daughters over the past month. As we got to know your girls, family was a popular topic of discussion. This led to us to further explore our identity. The girls had various opportunities one-on-one and in group settings to share special things about them and their family members. Please take the time to view and have a read of our identity and diversity display, which showcases some of the girls work as well as the learning and discovery that has taken place. If you haven’t already done so, please take some coloured paper from the classroom, add some family photos and return at your earliest convenience for our class scrapbook.

Earlier on, the girls expressed interest and an eagerness to engage in discussions and experiences about Chinese New Year, the Year of the Pig. I discussed the Lunar New Year and explained that many people celebrate at this time along with the Chinese. We talked about why it is an important time and looked at pictures and videos of the ways in which adults and children celebrate the occasion. The story, ‘Dragons in the City’, highlighted and explained this special celebration and inspired many of the experiences that were set up. The girls enjoyed viewing Lion and Dragon Dance performances, listening to cultural music, role playing in our Chinese restaurant and making a wish to hang on our class wishing tree. We got creative and made paper dragons and engaged in pig crafts. As the new-year celebrations go on for 15 days, we continued our discussions, looked at and drew some Chinese symbols, cooked and sampled rice and dumpling dishes, and made some beautiful paper lanterns.

More recently, we have been exploring different types of lines as a class. Teaching kindergarten children the elements of art allows them to explore creativity whilst strengthening their fine motor skills and hand-eye development.  Line is one of the most important elements of art. Lines can communicate an idea or express a feeling, define space and create depth. This exploration will strengthen the girls’ formation abilities, increase their vocabulary and encourage creativity. We started off by attempting horizontal and vertical lines as a group and went on to discover curved, dotted, diagonal, wavy and zig zag formations. We will continue to learn about lines in a variety of ways such as searching for lines in our environment and names, playing games, engaging in sensory and tracing experiences and line-cutting crafts. The girls will soon know all about lines of all kinds.

As you know, Freddie the giraffe, Rocky the monkey, Everest the tiger and Ellie the elephant have started their travels. The effort and time that has gone into the scrapbooks so far has been amazing, thank you! We look forward to seeing and hearing about their upcoming adventures.

Other highlights from our first weeks of Pre-Prep include visiting Healthy Harold, making new friends, birthday celebrations, house colour day and our first gardening experience for the year. We look forward to watching the corn grow and the flowers bloom.

Miss Morrissey and Miss Stewart


Pre-Prep 3

Welcome to Pre-Prep 3. It has been such a pleasure getting to know the girls, and we look forward to finding out more about them throughout the year. We’ve had a very busy and productive start to Term 1, encouraging the girls to develop a strong sense of identity, and building trusting friendships as they begin their journey at St Hilda’s School. Every morning we sing our welcome song and the girls identify their names for roll call and place them on our class tree, articulating the beginning sound. We’ve also been playing games to help them remember their friends’ names – Who Stole the Cookie, and Everybody’s Welcome.

One of our goals has been to promote the beauty of diversity and celebrate everyone’s differences. Discussing the ways in which people differ, such as appearances, families, traditions, likes and dislikes has been fabulous. We have also been talking about the different foods we enjoy and soon, we will be cooking some of these in class.

The girls have enjoyed painting and drawing portraits, making faces from ‘loose parts’, celebrating Chinese New Year and reading lots of books, all ways to help the girls to talk about themselves and others positively and respectfully.

Every day we work on:

  • Listening and following instructions
  • Conflict resolution…sharing and respect for others
  • Identifying our emotions (Kimochis)
  • Independence with self-help routines
  • Participating in a range of activities
  • Making friends
  • Having fun!

Thank you for a wonderful start to the year.

Mrs Robson and Mrs Robards

Love, Compassion, Forgiveness, Hope, Grace