Newsletter 4 Term 2 Week 2 12/05/2016
SORRY FOR THE DELAY IN WELCOMING EVERYONE BACK TO KINDERGARTEN.
THE SIGHT THAT GREETED US LAST WEEK WAS THE VERY HIGH TEMPORARY FENCE. Due to concerns expressed at the last Governing Council meeting, the majority of our 46 year old fence is going to be replaced by the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) but not until the July holidays. Initially the Governing Council planned to increase the height of the fence between the equipment shed and the ‘footpath’ hedge. On looking closer there were more panels which did not meet National Quality Standards (NQS) of 1200mm.
YOUR CHILDREN HAVE NOT BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR NEW ENCLOSURE. They have been too busy re-establishing their kindergarten friendships, while enjoying sunny, rainy and extremely windy days.
WE HAVE BEEN A
Palaeontologist while exploring the dinosaur dig in the sandpit
Architects, Builders and problem solvers while constructing with the large waffle blocks on the platform
Artist while painting still life’s of dinosaurs and
Designers while working at the collage table
WE HAVE ALSO BEEN LEARNING ABOUT
Fruit and vegetables
The days of the week
Letters, words and numbers
Don’t forget to look at the curriculum board and the other display boards around the kindergarten to find out what other learning experiences your children have been involved with.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED WITH END OF TERM TASKS so we could return to a clean and organised learning environment. Thank you Jolie (Chava), Bernie (Kylan), Jess (Elsa), Cheralyn (Layla), Natalie (Archer), Sophie (Lenny), Suzy (Isaac), Taya (Connor and Miah), Mihiri (Kiara), Susan (Oliver), Lauren (Lily), Teresa (Sybella), Julie (Makai), Brooke (Ashlyn), Sarah (Jordan), Amber (Fergus) and Tarnee (Zavahna). ALSO A SPECIAL THANK YOU to Susan and Oliver and the rest of their family who removed branches and trees and also hedged the rosemary.
OTHER TASKS – If anyone has a long ladder and would be prepared to clean the gutters we would appreciate your help. The leaf litter from behind the back shed also needs to be removed and the yellow lines that mark trip hazards need renewing. (There are few more uneven surfaces to be marked as well.) Please could you see Margaret if you can help.
HAVE YOU CHANGED YOUR MIND AS TO WHICH SCHOOL YOUR CHILD WILL BE ATTENDING? Are you thinking of sending your child to school at the beginning of Term 3? Please notify Margaret so that your child’s information can be updated.
DON’T FORGET – NEXT GOVERNING COUNCIL MEETING is Tuesday 17/05/2015 at 7.30pm. Staff from
St Joseph’s are coming to talk to us about their school. If you are going to send your child to St Joseph’s or you haven’t yet made a decision, come and find out more – everyone is welcome. You may stay for just the guest speakers or stay for the rest of the meeting and find out what happens behind the scenes at your child’s kindergarten.
ON 06/04/16 WE WERE ASSESSED on the 7 quality areas which comprise a National Quality Standard for an Australian preschool. We are still waiting for the result.
LY AND MARGARET attended a workshop on Developing A Growth Mindset and there is a free seminar for Parents/Carers at the Port Lincoln Yacht Club on Thursday 19/05/2016 at 7.00pm presented by James Anderson. This offers practical strategies to assist children to develop a confident approach to challenges and a love of learning. RSVP to Liz Freeman on 8682 3677 if you wish to attend.
Let’s grow our brains while having fun and playing at Bishop Kindergarten.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATES CLEAN COLLAGE MATERIALS for the children to use. Our needs change from time to time so please keep an eye on the notice on the front door.
DUE TO THE IMPENDING ARRIVAL OF HER NEW BABY SARAH’S teaching contract with Bishop Kindergarten will end on Friday 27/05/16. We wish Sarah and her family well at this exciting time and we will continue to see Sarah as she drops off/picks up Tara (blue group). Hopefully we will be notified soon of her replacement.
Margaret, Ly, Sarah, Lisa, Sharon, Jodie and Cherine