In Kindy Gold we have had a great start to Term 4!
We WELCOME a new family and student to our school community this term. Welcome to Jeanette, Paul and Rhian Paniani. Our whole class were so excited to finally meet Rhian! We are having so much fun with our new friend!
We have dived straight into our learning these first few weeks!
Our Religious Education “creepy crawlies” unit has led us to wonder at our almighty God who created all the wonderful and amazing little creatures! In our class we have been enjoying, observing, investigating and learning all about SILKWORMSand their lifecycles. We sure do know that they EAT so much! When we place the Mulberry leaves into their boxes we can actually HEAR them munching and crunching as they devour the leaves!
We have viewed a number of various videos about SILKWORMS. Here’s one we would like to share with you:
Together, we discussed and brainstormed QUESTIONS that we wanted to know the answers to, about silkworms. We wrote these up on sticky notes and are working our way through researching and finding out the answers!
We went for a walk to see our school Mulberry tree. We picked leaves to feed our silkworms and we picked mulberries to share during CRUNCH & SIP time! We are so delighted that the silkworms do not like to eat the mulberries…only the leaves! That means, we can enjoy the mulberries!
This ADVENTURE was great fun… linking real life to learning!
The mulberries were SWEET and juicy! We enjoyed them for crunch and sip! Many children were left wanting more!
Our silkworms have now, almost all, created their cocoons and are in the metamorphosis stage. It was really interesting to view them spinning the silk to create their cocoons! We learnt about how people use SILK to make clothes. We are now awaiting their exit from their cocoons to see the silkworm moths!
We have created a FLORIST and APIARY dramatic play center to integrate our learning about INSECTS. We are learning so much about BEES and how they are SO important to humans! We have drawn our very own pictures of bees, remembering to include the important body parts of an insect: head, thorax, abdomen, six legs, two antennae and sometimes insects may have wings!
Come in and check out our fabulous bees and the hexagon hive!
What a fabulous evening it was last night – thank you VERY much for your wonderful presence and good humour at our very first community COLOUR RUN!
Your support of our hardworking P&F team, our exceptionally generous and hardworking staff and ultimately, our whole school community, is very much appreciated.
A very special thank you to the P&F team for all their hard work and planning:
and Nicole Grima
(Bec’s Mum was due to fly back to the UK the same night, so it was particularly generous of her to stay and make sure everything ran smoothly.)
A HUGE thank you to OUR SPECIAL PARENT HELPERS who assisted at the bbq and around the course – you were really wonderful!
A few unsung heroes are people like Alison McEniery who always does so much ‘behind the scenes’ – at all P&F functions.
Chris McEniery who always turns up to support his amazing wife and last night was no exception – he slaved away over a hot bbq to cook sausages all night long! Both Alison and Chris quietly and generously serve our community with little fuss or fanfare and as this is their daughter’s final year here at St Em’s, they will leave big shoes to fill 🙂
Paul Gates, Board member and St Em’s dad ,organised all our signs including the many colour splats around our school –from Discus Digital Printing – despite his very busy life – they all looked fabulous!
Glenn Cogger our groundsman, spent the better part of the day pruning, checking that all areas were safe for the run, marked out the track, set up all the bollards and bunting and stayed to pack everything away at the end of the night..
Anthony Bruyns, one of our Year 6 dads gave up much of his own time organising our sound for the evening and he did a fantastic job, amidst visiting his daughter in hospital after an appendix operation.
Mark Grima, one of our very talented parents, once again did an awesome job entertaining us all!
Mrs Gillian Norris, Mrs Rachael Visser and Miss Olivia Norris – our incredible Admin team, fielded phone calls, followed up queries, coordinated rosters, and so much more, ,always with a smile and a spring in their step – you are so special!
The BEE DELIGHTED Coffee Vanprovided a great service and are good friends of St Emilie’s.
Unfortunately, the HOLY CHIP FOOD TRUCK let us down and consequently this put our bbq helpers under a lot of pressure to provide extra meals that had not been accounted for.
We sincerely apologise to those who had to queue for their meal and we really thank those who were able to see how hard all our volunteers were working to solve the problem and waited so patiently and graciously.
From the smilies on children’s faces, much fun was had and many lovely memories were made!
To those who couldn’t make the night but dropped in a donation – you are simply wonderful!
And to those who had tickets to see Taylor Swift, but still zoomed around the course so your children didn’t miss the event – you too are absolutely awesome and we hope you managed to ‘shake it off’ and have a fabulous time there too!
May everyone’s weekend be a really happy one and we look forward to joining you again at our whole school end of year CONCERT on Friday 30th November.
We have had so much fun in Kindy this term and I am so proud of the efforts and achievements of all the kindy kids! To round off this term we read a story called ‘The Runaway Damper Man!’ Based on the traditional fairytale ‘The Gingerbread Man,’ this story tells the tale of a swagman out in the Australian bush cooking damper on a campfire. Just when the swagman is about to enjoy the damper with butter and jam, out jumps the damper man and off he runs yelling ‘Catch me, catch me if you can! I’m the Runaway Damper Man!’
After reading the story we decided to set up our own ‘Damper Cafe’. We had fun rolling out the dough to make damper men and putting them in the oven to cook. We sold the damper men to lots of customers who thought they were delicious!
In the story, the damper man must cross over a bridge to escape from a kangaroo that wants to eat him. We decided to make our own bridges for the damper man to cross. We had to make sure the bridge was high enough for the water to flow through underneath, wide enough to fit across the river and had rails to stop the damper man from falling of the sides.
Last of all we decided to cook our own damper to eat. We carefully measured all the ingredients, mixed and kneaded the dough and placed the damper in the oven (luckily the damper man didn’t escape and run away!) Then we sat outside in the sunshine and enjoyed our damper with jam and butter!
We hope you enjoyed reading about all our adventures in Term Three! Have a wonderful relaxing break and we look forward to more fun-filled days next term!