Story Train Excursion Fun!

Story Train Excursion 

What an absolute ball the Preps had on Friday as we chugged our way down the train tracks from Drysdale to Queenscliffe! They were so excited to be treated to some very funny and entertaining stories along the way. We even learnt that we have some very talented actors and actresses in our group as they joined in with role plays and interactive story telling. It was a big day which involved catching a bus, then a train and even walking to the park for our stories. Needless to say, after all that fun and excitement there were a few tired faces on the train home as our little steam engines began to run out of steam. We hope you enjoy the video and photos below as much as we enjoyed our wonderful and magical day with the students.

The Prep Team.



Story Train Excursion Social Story

Hi everyone!

We are all looking forward with excitement to the Story Train Excursion, this Friday (March 3rd). We have been talking about the excursion at school, watching videos of steam trains, role playing and also reading a Social Story about the excursion. Social Stories help children prepare mentally for events and situations encountered in everyday school life.

Reading this Social Story at home together will help your child get the most out of their first Prep excursion!


Welcome to our Prep Blog for 2017!

Welcome to the Prep Blog for 2017! This blog is one of the many tools which help us to keep you informed about all the exciting things we have going on in the Prep classroom (in addition to our regular newsletters, assemblies and diary notes). At Grovedale West Primary School (GWPS) we like to regularly use the blog to help students to reflect on past learning experiences which helps them to make connections with new learning tasks and to build upon their understandings.

For those parents new to GWPS we recommend that you remind yourselves of the rules that we agree to when using the Prep and JPod (years 1 and 2) Blogs. You can find these at this link:

We love it when we receive comments to our blog posts and we encourage you to comment when you can as the students (and teachers) love to know that the blog is being enjoyed and valued by the wider school community.

Come on our learning adventure! 

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What a terrific start!

What an amazing time we have had getting to know the Preps during the last two and a half weeks! We have been highly impressed by the calm and positive approach they have taken into their first two weeks of school. The children have had a fantastic time settling into their new learning environments whilst getting to know their teachers and making many new friends along the way.

The Prep team would like to say a massive thank you to all the Prep parents for being so supportive of your children during our first two weeks of the year. We have been so pleased to see you taking on a guiding role with the children’s morning routine, whilst also allowing them the opportunity to take responsibility for, and develop their independence with these tasks. The Prep Team are really looking forward to getting to know your children even better over the coming weeks and are excited about creating learning opportunities which will help them to progress with their learning in a fun and engaging environment.

Here are some photos of the Preps enjoying their first two weeks of school:


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


Christmas cooking


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.