Welcome – President

A warm welcome back to all the St Mary’s children and families to Term 4.  We are in for an exciting term with many things happening and we are also preparing the children to make the step into 2019 whether it be school or 4 year old kinder. Over the coming term our Koala and Penguin group begin their transition to school in 2019. We wish all the children the very best as they embark on a new journey into the world of school.

The kinder were very lucky to secure a spot at Moorabbin Bunnings to run a sausage sizzle on Saturday 4th August. A massive thank you to the parents who gave up their time to assist in helping with the BBQ. I am delighted to let you know that over $1500 was raised for the kinder.

In Term 4 we have the St Mary’s Magic Show, which is always a fun evening for the children. We also have the annual nativity play held at St Andrew’s Church during December. This is not a compulsory event although the children love preparing and being involved in this one.

We also have our parent survey coming out at the beginning of October. 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.

In Term 3 we also had our family disco night. The night was well attended and the children all enjoyed themselves. It was a great to see them all singing and dancing.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the staff that have worked with the children this year, and to also thank staff that you don’t see at pick-up and drop-off, the cleaner/groundsman (Greg) and the casual staff who have filled in at the last minute – thank you for a great year.

As we draw to the end of the year it is time for the current committee to begin looking to 2019. I would like to thank the 2018 committee for all their time, effort and patience this year. We would now look to those starting or continuing with the kinder in 2019 to become a part of the committee. We have a number of roles available and becoming part of the committee ensures you have some input in guiding your child’s learning and you become entrenched in the community. Once again a big personal thank you, to the executive committee – Kelly Bates, Kate Blake, Lisa Perrett and Carla O’Brien.

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 either of the gates, 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 concerns, then please don’t hesitate in contacting myself or asking your child’s teacher. We are all more than happy to help.

Wishing everyone an enjoyable term 4.

Louise

Penguin Report

Where has the year gone?  It is so hard to believe that we are now into our final term of 2018.

Over the past two weeks we have started work on our Design Projects. All the children are given a shoe box and asked to think about what they could turn it into.   We have done this for the past few years, and always look forward to working on them.  At this time of the year the children are always looking for a challenge, and enjoy having a project to work on. They have developed so many wonderful skills throughout their time at kinder, and this individual project allows them to use these skills, be creative and have some fun.  As staff we enjoy the individual time we spend with each of the children, supporting them in creating their design.   We have just finished the second stage of our projects and that is making the shape of our designs using a wide variety of recycled materials. We are always so impressed with how unique their ideas are, how confident they are about their ideas, and how they should be achieved.   The next stage is a messy one, where all the children will start to paper mache their designs, to create a solid white shape that will be easy to decorate.  We are looking forward to sharing them with you over the next few weeks.

Last week Simon and his pet dog Rory from the ‘Responsible Pet Program’ come to visit us, teaching the children some very important rules to remember when playing with or around dogs.  It is one incursion that really does impart a powerful message to children, and they remember what they have learnt for a long time. Hopefully they have all come home to share this information with you. If not, next time you see a dog ask your child to teach you about ‘What they need to do before patting someone else’s dog? Of If they see a dog running towards them in the park what should they do?

Some of the children are already attending orientation sessions for their new schools next year.  It is an exciting time for all of them, and we are starting to hear of their new adventures. Both Brighton Beach Primary and St Finbar’s year four students over the next few weeks will be visiting the children to read stories, and play games.  We also have an upcoming visit to Brighton Beach Primary which provides us with a wonderful opportunity to experience the differences of school as a kinder group. Building stronger relationships with our local schools is an important part of our quality improvement plan.

Many months ago we planted a couple of potatoes in a pot, and it was very exciting to finally be able to dig into the pot to discover what had happened to them.  Lots of very excited faces when we discovered that we now had many potatoes.   With the weather warming up our vegetable garden is really growing. The strawberry plants and peas that we have grown from seeds are now healthy plants.  Our beans plants that we had given up on now have beans to harvest.   As you can imagine nothing lasts too long , if there is a pea there one day, it is gone the next J.   It is as exactly as it should be a place for the children to learn, explore and to enjoy.  A sensory learning experience that has the reward of a healthy snack.

We are looking forward to a wonderful term. Please keep an eye our journals and weekly emails to keep you updated of all of our learning adventures.

Emma and Cath

Koala Report

Hello Everyone,

Term three at Kinder was very busy for the Koala group. We have had lots of laughs and learned so much with our friends!

  • We visited Toby Haenen Swim School it was lots of fun and we learned about water safety.
  • We enjoyed some trips to Dendy Park. We loved tree climbing and exploring the new playground followed by a relaxing picnic. We met the Kangaroo group and started being Penpals. A very special thank you to Amy the teacher at Helen Paul Kindergarten in Hampton for showing us the local wildlife. We were incredibly lucky to see three Tany Frogmouth birds and some possums.
  • Out and About Program walks nearby. We liked watching a nearby Crane.
  • We had an amazing visit to Sandringham Hospital. We learned
  • Bee Keeper Incursion with Holly’s Backyard Pantry. We seen real bees in a hive, learned about making honey and we even got to taste it
  • The Koalas had a visit from Brighton Library during Book Week. The librarian read us some beautiful award-winning stories while we were all dressed up as our favourite book character
  • Bush Kinder experiences in our nature garden. Tree climbing, watering plants, mud puddles and balancing were among the highlights of the learning. We also enjoyed planting and learning how to look after our plants.
  • Fathers Night Celebrations were a success. A special thank you to everybody to came along.
  • Rabbit Rearing at St Mary’s was a successful experience. The children enjoyed having Marcie and her four babies at Kinder.
  • Donate a Ball/Footie Colours was an enjoyable last day of term. Thank you to everybody who donated we have a full box of balls to send away.
  • We enjoyed Tuesday Sports Class with Heather and Yoga classes with Sue.

It is very hard to believe we have reached term four already. We have lots of plans in place for this term already.

Here are some dates for your diary:

9th October: Responsible Pet Program

11th October: St Finbar’s School visiting St Mary’s and Dog Grooming Incursion

16th October: Grandparents Morning Tea

30th October: Aboriginal Culture Incursion

6th October: Closed for Melbourne Cup

27th November: Chesterfield Farm Excursion

Dates Unknown Yet: Fire Engine visit and End of Year Concert.

Notes:

*As the weather is improving please remember to put sunscreen on your child in the morning before Kinder.

Looking forward to more fun in Term four,

Amy, Heather A. and Heather F.

Possum Report

I hope everyone enjoyed the term holiday break and the children are ready to embrace term 4.

We have looked at how the children are growing and lots of children have stood at the growth chart to see how tall they are and if they are taller than their peers. This has become quite a competition comparing heights because in a preschool in a child’s mind the taller you are, the older you are.

We talked further about the growth of baby animals, the growth of ourselves and the growth of plants in springtime.

The children enjoyed playing in the space station that the 4 yo group set up and the children became an astronaut for the day, launching rockets into space. There were many rockets launched into space and much discussion took place as the children shared their knowledge and ideas, as they looked through the space books available to them.

The rabbit-rearing program was successful and many a bunny was stroked and patted during their stay, my how quickly a baby rabbit grows. A great program for the children to observe which led to an enquiring mind with lots of questions. The most asked question was “where is the daddy rabbit”.

The children created some great father’s day paintings. I hope dad is on display somewhere in your house as the children showed great pride in taking the opportunity to paint their dad on canvas (paper).

Thank-you to all families who participated in have a ball foundation, we were able to raise a small amount of money and a great collection of balls to send to our indigenous communities.

The children shared their favourite books from home during book week and they show great interest in the story line when we read together at story-time. They listen and concentrate intently as the story is read. The children also embraced show and tell with many good talkers, listeners and questions asked to extend everyone’s knowledge and understanding about the item of interest.

The children have enjoyed participating in yoga, completing large floor puzzles together and the marble machine. They are now experimenting with the large peg-board in the playroom. Outdoors – the children continue to complete the obstacle courses, engage in ball games and the spider swing is popular.

Thank-you to all parent helpers, work experience students and relief staff during the term.

Orientation for new 3 yo’s and 4yo’s will take place this term.

Reminders — It is important that you sign in and out of the enrolment book each day. Please instruct carers or other people to do so, if they are dropping off or collecting your child to and from kinder.

Enjoy the lovely sunshine and term 4 at kinder.

Leonie, Lisa & Karen

Parent Survey

We will be conducting a survey during the first 3 weeks of Term 4. 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.

2019 Welcome Night/Orientation Dates

Welcome Night – Tuesday 23rd October 2018
Possum Group- Wednesday 28th November 11.30am – 12.30pm
Penguin Group – Tuesday 27th November 10.00am – 11.00am
Koala Group – Wednesday 28th November 10.00am – 11.00am

Communication

In 2019 we are looking to re-introduce the private facebook group as a way to communicate with out families.  For those of you returning in 2019, please see the link below.

2019 Facebook Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/483883068777925/members/

Events

Melbourne Cup Day – November 6th – Kinder Closed
Magic Show – Friday 16th November – 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Nativity Play (Optional) – December (Date TBC)

Last Day of Term

Penguin – Wednesday 19th December
Possum – Monday 17th December (Group B)
– Wednesday 19th December (Group A & C)
Koala – Tuesday 18th December

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