Term 4, Week 11, 2016 – Final post for the year

Hi everyone,

 

The last full week of school has flown by, full of friends and fun. The teachers have enjoyed sharing lots of special end-of-year experiences with the Preps before we send them off for holidays and then into Year One. We have delighted in sharing the learning journey of each and every Prep and we are so proud of their achievements this year. We especially congratulate students on the hard work they have put in to develop the characteristics of good learners. These important qualities (like being curious, talking about their interests, asking open questions, choosing research tools relevant to their question, using resources carefully and caring for the environment) will provide a springboard into learning next year and also for years to come.

Below are a selection of moments from your child’s last full week of Prep, 2016. 

Maths games

Preparing for our excursion

Investigations

Christmas cooking

Mindfulness

Several days this week have also concluded with mindfulness activities. Practising mindfulness helps students find inner calm and learn to regulate their emotions.

Christmas craft

Thank you

Thank you all for the support you have given your child’s learning this year in so many ways – reading with your child at home, writing and responding to diary communications, staying in touch with classroom learning via the blog, prep newsletters and take-home notes, helping in the classroom, helping on Milkshake Days, Kids’ Kitchen and excursions, attending assemblies, attending special presentations of learning like Book Week,  Mulitcultural Day, the School Concert and the Prep Performance.

We know you and your children will feel right at home in the Jpod next year!

We look forward to seeing you at the whole school assembly tomorrow (commencing at 2.15pm) and at the Family Picnic (5.30 – 7pm) if you are able to attend.

We wish you all a very happy and safe holiday season!

The Prep Team

Beach Blast! – Barwon Heads Excursion

Hi everyone!

We all had a wonderful time at the beach today on our end-of-year excursion!

Thank you to all of our wonderful helpers:

  • Novy (Reubens’ mum)
  • Tania (Matilda’s mum)
  • Rezan (Rose’s mum)
  • Lisa (Lily’s mum)
  • Jo (Emelia’s mum)
  • Simone (Our work experience helper)
  • Miss Geary (Our student teacher from Term Three)
  • Mr Greenwood (Our Science Specialist Teacher extraordinaire)

You helped our day to be even more fun due to all the care and support you gave to each student and we are really thankful for your help today!

We are also grateful for the fantastic weather we enjoyed today – conditions were just right for lots of beach fun! 

Preps did a great job listening to their adults and also being flexible and adjusting to a change to our schedule. Unfortunately the rock pools were too submerged to explore. Luckily, students had remembered to pack their ‘happy spirits’ and they all enjoyed having a longer time to build sandcastles, play beach games and play on the play ground.

If you are interested in going down the investigate the rock pools in the holidays, here is the link to the ‘Friends of the Bluff’ webpage. There is lots of information and pictures on this site that will help you understand and name what you see! Conner H saw ‘Dead Man’s Fingers’ seaweed and also ‘Neptune’s Necklace’ seaweed. We looked at pictures of these types of seaweed yesterday because they had such interesting names.

Click here to visit the ‘Friends of the Bluff’ webpage.

Here are some action shots you might enjoy looking at together at home…

See you tomorrow!

The Prep Team

Excursion Checklist – Make sure you bring all these things tomorrow!

We are so looking forward to going on excursion tomorrow! 

Students worked hard on a take-home excursion checklist to help them when packing with you. As highlighted on the note, students must bring a broad brimmed hat and their own sunscreen in order to attend the excursion. 

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Term 4, Week 10, 2016 – The fun continues…

Hi everyone,

While excitement was at a peak on Tuesday with the Prep Performance, there were lots of other special activities during the days that followed…

The Mipod Festa

Students loved meeting up with their Year 5 Buddies and walking together to the Mipod Festa Opening Ceremony. 

Once there, Buddies and Preps freely explored stalls which celebrated a selection of diverse cultures from around the world. 

Maths

Home groups surveyed each other to determine which of two fruits their friends would like included in fruit salad. Afterwards we tallied the fruits that received the most votes and put these onto our shopping list.

We looked up online fruit and vegetable catalogues and discussed the different prices we could see. Some fruits are sold as single items (like kiwi fruit for 40 cents each) and others are sold per kilogram (like apricots). The next day we walked to IGA, selected our fruit and brought it back to class. Teachers cut it up, ready for lunch!

Literacy

Letters and Sounds sessions continue. Students are revising and consolidating the wonderful learning they have undertaken this year. This group of students focused on their most recently learned letters and digraphs.

Preps worked hard to finish their Self-Portraits ready for display in the Jpod next year. They also thought carefully about and wrote their Report Reflections – you will be able to enjoy these when you view your child’s report on Compass at the end of the year. Your child will also bring home the hard copy of their Report Reflection.

Free Writing Friday was also a highlight, once students finished their portraits and reflections.

Things to remember…

  • End-Of-Year Excursion to Barwon Heads next Wednesday. Students will prepare a reminder note to take home about essential items to be brought to school on the day. They will also enjoy a Social Story about the excursion on Monday after lunch. The note and the Social Story will both be posted on the blog Monday afternoon
  • Book list ordering closes Friday December 23rd
  • Whole school Assembly, 2.15pm Friday, in the gym
  • Family Picnic, Friday, 5.30 – 7pm

Have a great week!

The Prep Team