Welcome – President

A warm welcome back to all the St Mary’s children and families to Term 3. We have an exciting term ahead of us with many things happening.

In Term 3 we have the St Mary’s Disco, which is always a fun amusing evening, and we have our Bunnings Sausage Sizzle fundraiser.

The kinder has managed to secure a spot at Moorabbin Bunnings to run a sausage sizzle on Saturday 4th August. We need a number of volunteers to help out during the day so if you can spare a couple of hours please sign up.  There are various shift options during the day so hopefully there is an option that works best with your day. The sausage sizzle is our last fundraiser for the year and we would really value your support!

We also have our parent survey going out in August. This survey is your chance to provide the Kinder (Staff and Committee) with feedback. We would really appreciate your input in to the running of the kinder and this survey helps us understand what works well, and what we can improve on. Please look out for the email when it comes through and if you have any questions, then please let me know.

Term 2 saw a couple of fun fundraising events for both children and adults. I would like to thank Jodie Ashworth (Cocktail Night) and Madeleine Power (Picture Plates) for all their hard work in ensuring these events and activities were a success. We managed to raise just over $7500 from both of these activities.

Also, I would like to say thank you to all the parents & friends who donated, attended, and supported the cocktail night. Your contribution to the kinder community is very much appreciated and your generosity ensures that our children are brought new resources to meet their educational needs.

We also had our family movie night (The Secret Life of Pets) at the end of Term 2. It was a very chilled night and the children all enjoyed themselves. It was a great way to end Term 2.

During the term we were successful in obtaining a grant from the Bayside Council to help purchase and improve our sensory resources for the children. We are pleased to announce that we were successful in obtaining a portion of funds. The staff are now working to put together a list of items for us to purchase. Over the holidays we have also had a net placed in the outdoor area to help provide some noise protection from busy Dendy St, this will also promote a calmer environment for all the children.

I would also like to say a few “thank yous”. Firstly, I would like to thank Natalia Ellaway for her service to the Kinder as HR manager for a number of years. Natalia has moved onto a new role and we wish her all the best with her future endeavors.

A big personal thank you, to Kate Blake for her tireless work in ensuring the kinder and events run smoothly. Kate is the one who is behind all correspondence that is sent to you, often responding to many of your emails. Kate puts numerous hours each week into the kinder and without her we would be lost!

Also a big thank you to Carla O’Brien for all her hard work managing our enrolments, enrolment queries, and Open Days. Through Carla’s dedication, hard work and campaigning it looks like 2019 will be a good year for enrolments!

Finally, one important reminder regarding the safety of our children. As Committee members and parents, we ask that upon entering and leaving the kinder that you only escort your child in and out of the gate, in particular please do not let other unaccompanied children out on to the street. Letting other unaccompanied children out on to the busy streets could result in a terrible disaster. Please pass this message on to anyone who picks up your children, including careers and grandparents.

If you have any questions or feel a little lost, then please don’t hesitate in contacting myself or asking your child’s teacher. We are all more than happy to help.

Louise

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

This is our last fundraiser for the year and we would really value your support!

The kinder has managed to secure a spot at Moorabbin Bunnings to run a sausage sizzle on Saturday 4th August!  This is a great opportunity to raise funds for the renovation of our kinder outdoor area, however, its only possible if enough volunteers are available to help run the stall through out the day.

So if you can spare a couple of hours please sign up on the below.  There are various shift options during the day so hopefully their is an option that works best with your day!

Please sign up for St Marys – Bunnings Sausage Sizzle!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.comhttp://signup.com/login/entry/727002956507548084
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 

Koala Report

Welcome back for Term 3! We hope everyone had a great holiday and that you’re managing to keep warm in this mid-winter weather. We have enjoyed discussing the holiday activities with the Koala’s, sharing thoughts and ideas as well as continuing to explore some of the interests, activities and investigations we started last Term. The children are continuing to flourish and grow into curious, competent, positive and happy learners. We warmly welcome Haruma to the Koalas family.

What a wonderful Term 2 we have had together. Discussions during group times when we come together as a Community of learners have been amazing, insightful and sometimes rather amusing. We have been exploring the world map, other countries, the weather and all the many ways we can ‘travel’ from one place to another. With the departure of our friend Jasmine to Sweden, Koalas planned a special colourful farewell to celebrate Jasmines love of ‘all the colours of the rainbow’ and set about transforming our popular afternoon Winter Café into ‘Jasmines Rainbow Café’. We danced with streamers to our new colours game, baked delicious lemon scones and presented her with a card with drawings and photos.  We were quite surprised and envious when Jasmine told us that when it would be cold weather here in Australia it would be nice and warm in Sweden. We are looking forward to some emails from Jasmine once she settles into life in Sweden.

Throughout Term 2 the Koalas have been participating in ‘Sports Heathers’ active Sports and Movement Program. Its smiles all round when Heather arrives with her vast repertoire of games, activities and equipment. Koalas have been learning and practicing many physical skills including – eye hand coordination, balance, gross and fine motor skills, while developing confidence, social skills, and following directions all while having fun. We look forward to more Sport this Term. I think our favourite part of the session is watching the display of a new found sportsmanship as the children come together, shake hands and say ‘ thanks for a great game’.

Just as Sport has encouraged the children to use their bodies in healthy ways so too has another valuable learning program in Term 2 and that is Yoga with our talented Yoga Instructor Sue. Sue takes the Koalas on a calm, relaxing and fun Yoga Journey. The children are very enthusiastic to participate and learn all the Yoga moves as they develop confidence, concentration and relaxation. Our Koalas will continue to experience the physical and mental benefits of Yoga in Term 3.

One of the learning highlights of the Term was the very engaging and totally fun Little Woodworkers Incursion. Jim, who grew up in Ireland and now lives in bayside, shared his lifelong passion for woodworking with the Koalas. He led an interactive discussion on trees and demonstrated the importance of trees and the whole of the ecosystem in sustaining the environment. Jim imparted a positive sustainability message and showed us the connection between our environment and everyday wooden items.Koalas got hands on as they used real tools to make their bird house projects, and oh how they just loved using those mini Drills! What a sense of achievement they felt! This enriching learning experience sparked a real interest in trees and our natural environment. During our recent Out and About nature walk Koalas explored the trees around our neighbourhood and shared feelings of wonder, awe and humour especially when they spotted a tree that had been quite mysteriously decorated with a very funny face on it ! Thank you to the mums and grandmothers for joining us. A genuine respect and interest in the natural world is growing and we are all discovering that there’s actually a whole lot of  beauty in nature, in the simple things. We look forward exploring and investigating Trees on National Tree Day which is coming up later in July.

Term 3 is gearing up to be a busy and exciting one with a focus on learning about and connecting with our Community thus broadening the children’s understanding of the world in which they live. Excursions are planned to Dendy Park, the Toby Haenen Swim Centre and the Sandringham Hospital. Dates will be sent through to families via our Koala Group weekly email alert. Parent help is required so please come see us if you are able to assist. In addition if any family members have a special skill, interest or experience that they would like to share with us please let staff know.

We had two work experience students from Star of the Sea College join us in week 1.

We will be celebrating Science Week with this years theme is ‘game changers and change makers’. Koalas often enjoy Science Experiments and we are planning to combine Science with Art for some great game changing and fun and creative effects.

We will be launching into literacy and embracing this years 2018 Book Week theme ‘Find Your Treasure’ What a great them! The love of reading is a treasure! We are sure our ‘Koala Treasures’ will have lots of fun with this one!

Looking forward to a great Term 3 filled with laughter and learning,

Trish, Amy and Heather

Koala Team

Penguin Report

We always look forward to term three, there are so many wonderful learning opportunities to experience and enjoy. The children are always looking for new challenges, and keen to participate in projects.

Over the next month we will be celebrating both National Science Week and Book Week.

Science is well and truly all around us, everything we do and see is connected to science. With the freezing cold weather, we have been exploring ice, and to the children’s surprise they have discovered that ice floats.  Which has lead into lots of great conversation about the arctic and Antarctica, the animals that live there, what is an ice berg, and why are they melting?

In the lead up to Book week we will be immersing ourselves in ‘literacy’. Last week we were very lucky to have two work experience students Della and Jessie who enjoy the creative arts. They worked with the children developing stories, and capturing their ideas and performances on film.  The results were fantastic, and the children all really enjoyed sharing them with their peers. We look forward to sharing them with you all soon.  Over the next few weeks we will continue developing these stories. With the children learning about their role as ‘Author’ and ‘Illustrator’.  With the aim for all children to publish their own picture books.

Over the past month we have been learning that there are many ways that we can tell a story. The children continue to enjoy borrowing books from our lending library, and we have now set a challenge of reading 40 books before September in our program to qualify for the Premiers Reading Challenge.   We are often invited to watch a performance on our kinder stage, or a puppet show, with the children singing songs, creating stories or simply retelling a well known story.  The Drama Toolbox incursion allowed all the children to be involved in a performance of the Dreamtime story of Tiddalik, using incredible props and costumes. Like the indigenous people many years ago, we have also learnt that stories can be told orally.

We continue to enjoy our Front garden, as we refer to it our very own ‘Bush Kinder’ experience. As the year has progressed their play in this area has truly evolved. Cath and I both love watching their play, and how they use this space.    We can’t wait for the warmer weather to continue developing our vegetable garden.  We have grown strawberry seedlings from seeds, and have just planted peas. We wait in anticipation for our broccoli and lettuce plants to provide us with seeds. Yes J we have continued to watch them grow in the hope we will get some seeds. A very slow process.

The children were very excited to see Sue our yoga teacher return this term, and we continue to benefit from the sporting expertise of Heather every Wednesday. There are a number of special events, incursions and excursions to look forward to; we will become mother rabbits with the rabbit rearing program, the Brighton library will be visiting to share with us the nominated books for book week and our Dads will be joining us for a special Fathers day event. We will also be visiting Sandringham hospital and hopefully Brighton Beach Primary School.

It is going to be a busy and productive term.

Emma & Cath.

Dates for your diaries:

Rabbit Rearing Program: 6th August (for a month)

Brighton Librarian: Wednesday 22nd August

Book Week Fancy Dress: Friday 24th August

Fathers day special event: TBA

Possum Report

The children have returned from the winter holiday break with holiday stories to tell- some children have visited the snow-fields, some have been overseas & some have spent time with siblings on school holidays.

We have all returned feeling a little healthier I hope & we hope to keep the winter bugs away.

After Lisa’s unfortunate fall at kinder we will now await her return—she has visited us at kinder but will need to be very careful of any further back injury.

Relief staff will help the possum group during her absence.

The children are showing increased independent skills as they interact with their kinder peers & much confidence has been gained by all children attending. Language & communication skills improve, social & physical skills further develop. Spontaneous play enables children to process their world & to learn to play harmoniously with others. They can also communicate & share their ideas & knowledge with their peers & practise skills needed as they grow.

Kinder enrolments for 2019 are taking place so if you know of any family interested in enrolling at St. Mary’s please let them know so that we can process their enrolment

Sue has returned to do yoga sessions with the children & we have invited the “Live Reptile Show “ to kinder on Monday August 6th(groups A& B). We will create a reptile animal interest centre for the children to explore.

Show & Tell has started this term so please check the roster list for when your child is scheduled .

Parent interviews/conversations have taken place but if you need to discuss your child’s progress at any time please arrange a time to speak with me.( Please note that if I have any concerns I will speak with you anyway).

We all wish Lisa a speedy recovery

Parent Survey

We will be conducting a survey during the first 4 weeks of Term 3. We would really appreciate it if you could take sometime to complete it.

We would love to know what is working well, what we can improve and what is just not quite right.

If you have any questions, concerns or wish to discuss the survey in depth then please direct them straight to Louise Scales.

Invoices

Payment for Term Four will be due on the last day of Term 3, Friday 21st September 2018.  Invoices will be issued the week beginning Monday 10th September 2018.

Please ensure prompt payment by the due date and if you have any queries please do not hesitate in contacting our Treasurer, Lisa Perrett on treasurerstmaryskinder@gmail.com.

Working  with Children’s Check

As a requirement to participate in any Kinder activities with the children a Volunteers Working with Children’s check is required.

Applying for a check is free and ensures your child is protected. It can be applied for online and follow the prompts. Please remember to add St Mary’s if you already have this check.

For further informtion please visit – http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/home/

Communication

St Mary’s will use two main ways to communicate with parents, regular emails from the Committee and Staff, and more important direct notifications using the Konnective application.

The Konnective app will be used primarily to notify parents of any emergencies, providing you important information and instructions whilst the emergency is managed. We will also use Konnective for status updates about outside excursions, any upcoming incursions, events, and other general information about the kinder.

For any emergencies or “out and about” programs (4yo groups only) you will receive a “push” notification from the kinder via the Konnective app to your phone. It is important you have the Konnective app, and your notifications turned on, as this may be the only way we are able to communicate with you during an emergency.

Important events will be listed, and you are able to save these directly to your calendar. If you need help accessing and using Konnective please let us know and we will assist you.

Any other correspondence will come from your teacher or the St Mary’s Secretary – Kate Blake.

Events

Bunning’s Sausage Sizzle – Saturday 4th August (7.45am – 4.30pm)

Disco – Friday 17th August (5pm – 7pm)

Preschool Holiday Programme – 1st – 5th October (9am-2pm)

Facebook

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https://www.facebook.com/stmarysbrightoneast

School Term Dates

Term 1: 30th January – 29th March

Term 2: 16th April – 29th June

Term 3: 16th July – 21st September

Term 4: 8th October – 21st December

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