We were so lucky to be invited to participate in a visit to the LIFE ED VAN that was visiting the whole school last week!
The unit topic on Belonging and Connecting” connected very well with our own Growth Mindset Unit in our Kindy Programmes.
Harold the Giraffe shared his videos about the choices we can make that help others and allow our own hearts to grow, through being kind, helpful and generally treating others with care.
We shared with the class something or someone we are grateful for in our lives as we placed a token in a bucket, such as our parents, our families, our brother and so on.
We played games wth a tiny Harold as we worked together holding all the way around a large piece of fabric like a parachute, to give the little puppet some jumping fun in the middle!
Then as we were leaving the van, we could pat and thank Harold for sharing his ideas with us!
Thank you to all our families for helping us with our BOOK WEEK costumes! they looked truly fabulous and the Pre-Primary children enjoyed our parade as we announced which character we came as from our favourite story.
Thinking of books, thank you to our families for also sharing our “Read To Me” stories with us each week
and to Mrs Taylor for swapping them over every Monday- she is a book champion!
We had a great day in Kindy today with lots of fun and laughter as we all dressed up for Book Week!
Thank you to all families for the time, effort and thought given to the children’s costumes and to the children for bringing along their books to share with us about their characters! There was certainly excitement in the room this morning!
We LOVE READING in KINDY!
We shared part of our day with our Year Three Buddies. We love visiting and spending time with our Buddies!
Together we viewed a short clip from the Children’s Book Council Australia website, which was promoting the healthy eating message of
“Go for 2 and 5.”
With our Buddies we completed a task where we drew some of the fruit & vegetables that we enjoy eating, onto our plates….some of us even created fruit & vegetable characters!
We then spent some time reading together! We couldn’t think of a better way to spend our Book Week celebration day!
We “ESCAPED TO EVERYWHERE” today and hope all our children will continue to treasure their books and love of reading!
A few reminders about procedures for dropping off and picking up your children here at St Emilie’s.
Please give way to cars at the crosswalk so Amherst Road can be cleared as much as possible of traffic. In the afternoon there is a teacher on duty to facilitate this.
When dropping off/picking up children, drive through as far as possible. Do not stop in front of the administration building if there is space in front of you to drive forward.
Please do not enter through the gate near the Church or the gate on Philadelphia Parade as these are exit gates only.
Only cross at the crosswalk, there are a number of families crossing in front of where the staff park their cars.
When being dropped off and picked up, children should only exit/enter their cars on the left hand side of the car, school bags should not be in the boots of cars. If your child is unable to do up their seat belt independently, please do not use drive through.
Parents are asked to please read the letter belowand to reflect upon the conversations that you may find yourself caught up in from time to time, or indeed, on those conversations that you may have initiated.
To be clear, there is no place for judgemental talk in our school.
Those who spend their time talking negatively about others need to rethink.
Conversations have a way of coming back to school when parents talk about other parents, staff members and/or children. While we feel that the parents that engage in this type of behaviour are in the minority, it is good for all of us to reflect and make sure that we are continuing to ‘aim high’
As a school based upon Gospel values, we have high expectations of each and every person. While the secular world might hold up gossip, put downs and negativity as having some entertainment value, in real life it is hurtful and unjust.
Hopefully all of us are growing in wisdom and discernment as each day passes. In this way we can be the very best version of ourselves; the very best parents we can be for our precious, impressionable children.
All the very best for your meeting with teachers and children today – may it be a positive,uplifting and valuable experience for all involved!
Thank you for making the time to attend to encourage and motivate your child to keep on persisting and doing their best, while also supporting them to remain curious and rewarding creativity in their thinking!
On Tuesday15th August 2017 our class paid a visit into the Life Ed. Van. The HEALTH topic we were learning about during our visit was “Belonging and Connecting.” We had so much fun learning about Harold the giraffe and his adventures!
We viewed a video about Harold and learnt about how he “filled” his bucket and how we too, can be like Harold and “fill” our buckets everyday. Every time Harold did or said something nice, kind, or helpful towards others, he “filled” his bucket which means, that every time he did this, his heart grew bigger and bigger because it was full of LOVE!
We met Harold too! It was exciting! We played some games and participated in various activities. At the conclusion of the visit we ALL filled a bucket TOGETHER by placing a coin into the bucket and sharing our thoughts, with the group, about one thing that we all felt THANKFUL for.
As part of our whole school focus on Social Justice this term, and as an acknowledgment of our deep respect for the Aboriginal people who first walked this land of ours, we invited Father Giovanni to come and bless the plaques we have just installed on each of our classroom doors.
The message on the plaques reminds us of the presence of the Aboriginal people millennia before the making of the Australian colonies and the Australian nation.
More information on current or previous Social Justice Statements is available from the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC) website: www.acsjc.org.au.
Thank you Father Giovanni and students for your presence and participation and may we all continue to be mindful of ways that we can contribute to reconciliation and a bright and positive future for all our Aboriginal brothers and sisters and for children everywhere.