We are proud and excited to share with you our new fortnightly e-Newsletter where you will find your child’s class newsletter, upcoming events, community and health information, parenting tips, birthdays and plenty more.
This week it is obvious that students, staff and I assume families at home have relied on the character strength of team work. At Preschool, learning to work as part of a team helps to grow many social skills, such as patience, empathy, communication, respect for others, compromise and tolerance. It also helps the children develop confidence in themselves and trust in other people. The early years are an excellent time to cultivate the teamwork ethos that the children will draw on throughout their life, and many activities inside and outside the classroom are designed to help children get used to being team players. Our Pre-schoolers have been;
● Problem-solving tasks, often in science or design technology; building volcanoes, ramps for cars,designing shelters, working with bee-bots.
● Partner or group work, with children helping each other with fine motor and gross motor tasks.
● Nature and playground play, taking part in outdoor activities such as building shelters, playing with loose parts, negotiating bowling games.
● Circle and prayer time, where every child is given equal opportunity to speak and share.
It has been wonderful to see the majority of our students return to Preschool this week and great to see friends reunite with a renewed energy and eagerness to play.
Thank you for your ongoing support with our new drop off and pick up procedures and a reminder to keep social distancing in place within our foyer. The students are getting ready a little earlier in the afternoon so you are welcome to pick them up before 3pm. This may help ease congestion in the carpark and in our front entrance. If your child presents with any flu like symptoms, please do not send them to school. This is protecting our whole community and helping to keep us all healthy.
To those families who remain at home please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and we hope this extended time together has brought you a slower pace and a richer connection. If you would like to continue to be supported with activities, please contact your child’s teacher directly to negotiate what will work for your family and the teaching staff.