Welcome – President

Welcome back to all of our families. We have a very exciting term coming up, with lots of different things happening.

On March 24th we enjoyed a family picnic morning at the kinder. We had a great turn out, and the children loved their “Pirate treasure hunt” for gold coins in the front garden/bush kinder area. I would like to thank the committee members and parents who helped out on the day.

Speaking of the bush kinder area – the children have been able to enjoy this space even more during term one. Thanks to kind donations from the Dal Santo and Hamill families, and some heavy lifting and hard work from our wonderful Secretary Kate Blake, we now have a beautiful circular log seating area for the children to utilise. They have been doing all sorts of imaginative play, including having campfires with marshmallows on sticks and telling scary stories. The garden has also had a lot of work done, with some new potted plants and trees and shrubs in the garden beds. I would like to thank Kate Blake and Carla O’Brien for all of their hard work in the garden. The vegetable garden has also continued to be a favourite for the children and we can’t wait to see what they grow over the next term.

This term, on June 15thwe have our major fund-raiser, the Trivia Night. It is always a lot of fun to get together with the other families from the kinder and with your friends and family, and let your hair down for a night of laughs. Tickets are on sale now with further details listed below. We have a number of items being auctioned on the night, in both silent and loud auctions. It is vital we raise as much money as possible for the kinder at our major fund-raiser, because this is where the majority of our funding for materials and learning aides for the children comes from. We are hopeful we will raise enough money to do some really exciting new things in our kinder space.

All of our prizes and auction items are kindly donated by St Mary’s families, their businesses, and other local businesses. If you or your loved ones would like to make a donation of an item for the trivia night, or make a donation directly to the kinder, please contact myself or our Secretary Kate Blake.

We also have our movie night coming up at the end of term. It’s a great way for the children to spend a bit of time together before the holidays while relaxing. We’ve decided to show a classic, Toy Story and with Toy Story 4 soon to be released, it would be great to brush up on all the characters.

I can’t wait to see what else this term hold for all of the children and families!

Madeleine Power

 

 

 

Penguin Report

 

Welcome back to Term Two!   Listening to all of the enthusiastic stories the children have shared, it sounds like they all had a wonderful Easter break.  We have had a busy start to term, and look forward to lots of fun and learning over the next term.

This week the children have started alphabet show and tell, with the letter A.  Over the course of the year we will work our way through the alphabet.   Show and tell is a wonderful link with the children’s world, where they are able to build confidence in speaking within a group, and to develop skills in listening.   By combining it with the alphabet we are also learning about letters and the sounds they make.  It also promotes a connection with home, where you as parents are able to further support them in their learning.

 

Quite a few of the children had adventures over the holidays involving the aquarium, the zoo, Tasmanian Devil parks and the Phillip Island Penguin sanctuary.  Others have an interest in learning more about the ocean.   Over the course of this term we are going to continue our learning through some research projects.   We have begun to talk about the Little Fairy Penguins, and what we already know about them, and what we would like to learn.  In a few weeks’ time we have ‘Rock pool Discovery’ Incursion where we will be learning about what lives along our local shoreline, and in our oceans.  It will also touch on how we can look after our oceans, which will link in with previous learning about what we do with our rubbish.  

For the first time we have been able to book the’ Thingle Toodle’ Road safety incursion. Prior to their visit we will be talking about, and learning about how we can stay safe around roads.   This is a wonderful government supported program, which we look forward to learning more about.

 

Following on from discussion about water and the ocean, and our safety on the roads, we will also be visiting Toby Haenen Swim Centre for a ‘Water safety’ session.    We have participated in this program for the past five years, and the children enjoy it every year.  Learning about how to stay safe around the waters edge, how to safely enter and climb out of a pool, how to monkey grip around the edge of the pool and to build confidence in the water.   We do ask for parent support for this excursion so please put the date below in your diaries.

 

In a few weeks’ time we look forward to hosting all our Mums and special guests for our ‘High Tea’ to celebrate Mothers Day.   The children love preparing for this special day, setting tables, making scones and sandwiches. But most of all they love having 

their mums or special guest at kinder for a short time.    A few little kinder challenges will be organised for you all to enjoy 🙂  Hope you or a special guest are able to join us.

We are looking forward to a busy term full of Fun, Friendship and Learning.

 

Please put these dates in your diaries:

Wednesday 15thMay – Mothers Day ‘High Tea’

Friday May 17th– Visit from the Brighton library librarian

Friday May 31st– Thingle Toodle Road Safety Incursion

Monday 10thJune – Kinder closed for the Queens Birthday Public Holiday

Monday 17thJune –Toby Haenen Water Safety Excursion

Friday 28thJune – Last day of term.

 

Emma Rowe , Amy Higgins and Annie Xu

 

 

Koala Report

The Koalas have had a fantastic first term of Kindergarten at St. Marys. The children have settled so beautifully, friendships have started to blossom, and personalities have started to shine throughout the Kindergarten sessions.

We have had a very busy first term in the Koala group. Here is some of the activities we have enjoyed:

 

  • Holly’s Backyard Pantry Bee Incursion – Holly brought her beehive to Kinder. We learned all about the bees, pollination, how honey is made and even tasted real fresh honeycomb.
  • We are learning to respect and play in our bush kinder environment. The children are really enjoying our new outdoor log circle time area and worm farm. We will be working on establishing our veggie patch in the coming months.
  • The Koala group have a great interest in music. Our group music session was a huge hit, we will continue our music skills next term. Music and movement have great benefits for pre-schoolers. It helps them develop social skillsand to build their confidence. Music inspires creativity and is a great form of expression.
  • The Koalas have been exploring the life cycle of the Butterfly and learning all about our pet turtle Nosey.
  • We have been practicing a lot of cutting and pasting this week to develop our fine motor skills, hand eye co-ordination and build on our concentration span.
  • Arts and Crafts have been a great success this term. We have a very talented and creative group.
  • Library lending has been running well. I hope the Koalas are enjoying reading books at home. We will be working on letter recognition and name writing more next term.
  • Portfolios: The children are all welcome to bring home their beautiful portfolios to show their families and friends for each term break.

 

The Koalas celebrated lots of special days at Kinder including:

  • Chinese New Year through making traditional crafts and making yummy dumplings.
  • Valentine’s Day, Pancake Tuesday, Birthday Celebrations
  • Patrick’s Day was a fun day at Kinder we watched some Irish dancing, learned some Irish language and had our very own marching parade.

Celebrations are an integral part of each child’s culture and identity. Each experience is a learning opportunity and allows the group to be connected to their world. If your family celebrates a special day, please let us know.

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR THE KOALA GROUP:

  • Sports Class: The Koala group will commence a weekly sports class with the fantastic Heather Forster on Thursdays starting in term two. It is important the children wear trainers and bring their drink bottles on these days.
  • Nature Walk: We will walk around the local area and observe what is happening in our environment on Thursday 2ndof May.
  • Save the Date:Afternoon Tea to celebrate Mother’s Day. Everyone is invited to ask their Mummy’s or a special friend to Kinder for some afternoon tea and a play in Kinder. Thursday 9th May at 2:30 p.m.
  • Seussical the Musical: We have been invited by St. Finbar’s school to attend their final dress rehearsal on the morning of the 9thof May. (Details to follow)
  • ThingleToodle: Road Safety Education Session: 30th May
  • Mad Science Workshop: 4th June. We will have an introduction to the diverse areas of science including magnetism, electricity, chemistry, forces, light & colour, and mini beasts. 
  • Toby Haenen Swim School ‘Water Safety’:July 29th2:00-3:30. As we offered this as a free excursion parents or a nominated adult are asked to attend this excursion and provide transport from Kinder. The session concludes at Toby Haenen and Koala Club aftercare will not run on this date.
  • Little Woodworkers Incursion: 6th August. This is a very special incursion for the Koala group. Each child will have the opportunity to build their very own wooden object using drills, nails, hammers and glue.

Notes:

We ask that children refrain from bringing toys to Kinder in the interest of fairness and to avoid precious items for going missing.

Please bear in mind St. Mary’s healthy eating policy while packing your child’s lunch. The Koalas have a long and busy day at Kinder and require healthy nutritious foods.

This term we will have two students helping us from St. Leonard’s school on the 7th of May and the 11thof June.  

Barr will be volunteering at Kinder every Tuesday morning. Barr attends Bailey House and currently volunteers at Bambini childcare centre. We are looking forward to having Barr at St. Mary’s with us.

 

 

Looking forward to lots more fun and learning in term two!

The Koala Team,

Amy Higgins, Heather Atkinson and Karen Revill

Possum Report

Possum group children have returned from the Term 1 holiday break showing an eagerness to work & play with their peers. We hope all families enjoyed school holidays & the Easter break together.

We are still welcoming new children to the Possum group & this enables your child to have more friends to play with. Socialisation skills are of paramount importance & we encourage a “sharing & caring” attitude at all times. Often, the children need to be reminded about our kinder rules & routines so that we have harmonious group play together & respect for one another’s needs. We work hard to encourage a positive attitude at all times.

Term 1 was a great introduction to pre-school for our 3 year olds & Term 2 should be just as fun & challenging. Possum group sessions are very short & the children need time to explore various interest centres. We only spend about 1 hour at indoor activities & 1 hour outdoors each day—the rest of the time sees us eating fruit together, listening to story, completing the bathroom routine, singing together & sharing stories, events & information.

The children are busy exploring their kinder environment & getting to know their peers. Not all children are ready to have a special friend & often friendships are not established until a later age. We do encourage lots of interaction with lots of children & we have been working hard to remind the children to observe the “no hitting/no kicking” rule (this we will continue on a daily basis)

We welcome baby Pia to the Del Santo family & baby Grace to the Kane family—what a wonderful addition to your families. We hope to see them enrolled at kinder in future years.

Term 2 events will include—the professional photographer visiting, an incursion (TBA), creating a group artwork for the parent “trivia night”, Mother’s Day celebration, St. Leonard’s students helping us & hopefully we will start yoga sessions.

We are watching the leaves change colour during autumn –sunhats have been put away & your child will need a warm jacket to wear in the playground during the cooler months. To help keep the winter bugs away please remember to hand gel your child’s hands on arrival & help your child to learn to practise washing their hands after using the bathroom (we do this every day at kinder).

Looking forward to the cooler winter months & a busy term 2

Leonie & Lisa (3yo educators)

Facebook page & private parents group

Are you following our St Mary’s FB page? Please do us a massive favour and jump online and like our page so we can open up to a broader network.

https://www.facebook.com/stmarysbrightoneast

 

Please also join the 2019 group to receive up to date information about social events happening at St Mary’s.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/483883068777925

Open Day / Enrolments

We held our Open Day on March 30th and it was well attended and we have since had a great response with 2020 enrolments looking strong so far. 

Thank you to all that attended, staff and current families and especially Carla (Enrolments Officer) for facilitating such a successful morning. 

Massive Thank-you to Natarsha Warren for coming to our Open Day and face painting the children. As you can see she did such a great job! Ryder pictured here as a ‘Gorilla’. 

 

Upcoming Events

Bunnings Moorabbin Sausage Sizzle – Saturday 18th May 

Annual Major Fundraiser – Saturday 15th June 

Movie Night – Friday 28th June 

Disco – Friday 23rd August 

Comedy Night – Friday 15th November

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

Wear are so lucky to get a BBQ spot at Bunnings Moorabbin on May 18th. Please come past and buy a sausage or two from us. 🌭🌭  Serving snags from 8:30am – 4pm.

Annual Fundraiser

We cannot wait until our Annual Fundraiser – we have such a fun night planned.

Please book your tickets via try booking link: 

https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=473474&

 

 

Term Dates

Term 2: 23rd April – 28th June                                                                           

Term 3: 15th July – 20th September                                                                  

Term 4: 7th October – 18th December

Public Holidays – closed

Queens Birthday – Monday 10th June                                                     

Melbourne Cup Day – Tuesday 5th November

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