This year certainly presented us with many challenges, however our ability to meet the changes with flexibility and resilience certainly highlighted our great, collective community strength.
At Preschool the students were encouraged to remain curious about God’s wonderful world and discovered through play how they can impact their own environment. We see the students as unique citizens capable of great things!
The students continued to explore ‘beyond the fence’ where they experienced and fostered a genuine care and respect for nature. The natural world was integrated in our indoor environment’s and always created a deep sense of calm and connectedness into our classrooms.
The students enjoyed joining with the Primary School this year in events including Mother’s and Father’s Day drive thru, Science Week, Market Day, Book Week and Buddy classes. Towards the end of the year we felt lucky to be able to gather at our Family Christmas Picnic and to go to the zoo together.
A big thanks to the community for all your support over the year. Our parent community were always willing to pitch in, lend a hand and offer an appreciative thanks to our staff. Your love and trust enabled us to navigate the restrictions and provide the students with a productive and positive Preschool year.
This week I asked the students what they loved about Preschool.
“Playing with Eddie” Laura
“Playing with Laura” Eddie
“I love playing in the mud kitchen” Freya
“I like drawing” Zoe
“I like making the zoo out of blocks” Cooper
“Going on the bikes” Thomas
“Seeing Miss Asmaa everyday” Aurora
“Being with my friends” Michelle
And many, many children said they love looking after our chickens. This has been a favourite activity!
The staff commented that they love working as a team and have enjoyed seeing the children grow and develop over the year. We will miss our 2020 students and wish them all the best in Kindergarten. We know that they will continue to love learning and make lots of new friends.
May the peace and promise of Christmas fill your hearts with joy and may the New Year be filled with God’s richest blessings.
Michelle & the ELC team
A huge thank you to our wonderful staff who have worked together this year to provide a rich, learning environment for students both at school and during COVID at home. They have endless energy and love for the children and families in their care and go the ‘extra mile’ to create a nurturing, homely setting.
A few of our staff are moving on to new adventures next year. Mel will be leaving us as the Possums class teacher, however, will return to do relief work and we look forward to continued work with her. Sally Gibson has been appointed as the new teacher. Sally comes to us with a wealth of teaching and leadership experience. She is a vibrant, relational teacher and we look forward to welcoming her to the team.
Miss Anit and Miss Jenna have found full time positions in other schools. They have been a wonderful addition to our ASC team and will be missed. We wish them luck in their new roles.
Secondhand clothes - Do you have any spare ELC school clothes you would like to donate? If so, you can drop clothes off at the ELC next week on Monday or Tuesday. Thanks in advance for your donations, it is much appreciated.
If you have volunteered to look after our chickens over the holidays, please expect an email with further details. It will include care instructions as well as information about how to enter the ELC.