Dear Kindy to Year 3 Parents
As per recent communications, the K-Yr 3 Parent 1:1 Parent Information Session scheduled for this evening has been postponed until Term 3 – Wednesday, 26th August 2015, 6.30pm in the school hall.
Thank you everyone!
As part of our Science Inquiry unit this term, we have been learning about the cycle of day and night. We have had great discussions about the difference between night and day and the activities that people do during these times.
Together we devised an extensive list of jobs that people work in, at night time. We then investigated the types of clothing they may need to wear and the tools or equipment required to manage their jobs. If people worked at night time, they would need to sleep during the day. Hmm…sounds a little bit like NOCTURNAL ANIMALS...the other topic we are learning about!
“Paramedic” was on our list of jobs for “Night Workers.” It so happened that Maxwell’s dad in our class is a Paramedic and came to visit us this week with his Ambulance!
We hope you enjoy browsing through the gallery of photos from our Incursion!
CLICK ON EACH IMAGE TO ENLARGE AND THEN PRESS THE BACK ARROW - TOP LEFT CORNER- TO RETURN TO OUR POST.
Here are some of the questions the children came up with to ask Mr Klass about his profession:
This educational experience and content of learning links to the National Quality Standards, Quality Area 1: Educational Program and Practice and Quality Area 6: Collaborative Partnerships with Families and Communities.
What a fabulous Wednesday morning it was! The weather was glorious and the Kindy children were very excited to be hosting a pamper session for their beautiful mums! Preparations were taking place well before the big event! The children busily prepared and worked carefully on their drawings, created clay imprinted hearts and practiced their special song for mum! Cooking was underway too as they made chocolate snowballs and tic toc cups of teas.
Thanks go to all our mums and grandmothers who attended our special morning. We hope you were able to relax and be spoilt
In other news, our dramatic play space has transformed into a Japanese Restaurant! We conducted a class vote to decide on a suitable name for the restaurant. It was unanimous. The restaurant was named “Sushi Train.” Together with Mrs Aroozoo, the children created a menu plan and learnt about various traditional Japanese foods. Prices were added to the menu, a cash register and Australian dollars. Now, the restaurant was open for business! The children enjoyed painting the Japanese cherry blossoms, after researching and viewing what they looked like on the Apple TV. Thanks Mrs Aroozoo for you expertise!
In Literacy we have been busy learning about beats in words. The children are becoming very confident in clapping out and listening to the syllables in words. We have also been practising our Peggy-Lego pre-writing patterns and rhymes. This helps us with our fine motor skills, our pencil grip, upper core strength, drawing and writing skills. Everyday we are having a go at tracing and writing our names using correct letter formation.
We have been visiting our school Library every Friday this term and enjoy our time there. We have learnt that the library is a quiet place to read and think. We are now experts at understanding and following all the procedures in the library! We know how to locate books in the Junior Section and what to do with a shelf marker. We are able to identify the bar code on our books and know how to accession them. Most importantly, we have been discussing and learning about how to take care of our books at home and school. We love choosing and reading books quietly in our library.
Our next P&F Canteen Day will be a Pizza – Sushi Lunch on WEDNESDAY 10th of JUNE.
Please complete the order form (click the link) Pizza & Sushi Day Order Form and return it to school by THURSDAY 4th of JUNE with the correct money, in a sealed, labelled envelope. Please ensure your child’s name and class is filled in and use only one form per child.
UNFORTUNATELY, LATE ORDERS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED and CHANGE CANNOT BE GIVEN.
The Pizza is supplied by Eagle Boys and the Sushi by Sushy Izu.
COSTS: Pizza – $2 per slice
Sushi – $5 (6 small rolls)
Sushi – $10 (12 small rolls)
Thanking you for your support
Please read the following invitation to an important meeting we are planning for
Wednesday 26th August
6.30pm to 7.30pm
A reminder that we need your questions so that we can incorporate and answer these leading up to and on the night. No question is too short or too basic and all feedback is appreciated.
Remember to keep an open mind and please make the time to read and reflect upon all information shared along the way, so that you are well informed and not relying on second or third-hand information from others 🙂
Below is the email address dedicated to all questions, comments, feedback regarding this initiative! Feel free to send as few or as many as you wish.
Look out for the ‘Frequently Asked Questions Page’ coming soon!
Thank you very much everyone!
Today Mr Greg Mitchell spent the day at St Emilie’s in our specialist classrooms and then after school with staff to share some valuable professional development.
One of the many interesting ideas we explored was the importance of supporting children (and ourselves as adults) to develop a GROWTH mindset.
Research shows that a student’s belief about their intelligence plays an important role in their school achievement, and that parents and teachers can positively influence the development of these beliefs.
Students who believe their intelligence is simply a fixed trait fare more poorly, especially as school becomes more challenging, than students who believe their intellectual abilities can grow. When students are taught the growth-oriented view—they show an increase in their enjoyment of learning and in their grades.
What can parents do?
Praise the process – children’s effort or strategies—creates eagerness for challenges, persistence in the face of difficulty, and enhanced performance.
Next time you are tempted to tell your child that he or she is the next Einstein or future Picasso, stop yourself. Instead, take the time to appreciate the effort they put into their work, not what the work means about their innate brains or talent.
Ask them how they went about something and show them how you appreciate their choices, their thinking process, or their persistence.
Ask them about strategies that didn’t work and what they learned from them.
When they make mistakes, use these mistakes as an opportunity for teaching them to come up with new strategies.
When they do something quickly, easily, and perfectly, do not tell them how great they are. Tell them, “I’m sorry I wasted your time on something too easy for you. Let’s do something more challenging that you can learn from.”
Look for ways to convey your valuing of effort, perseverance, and learning—rather than some empty display of ability. Instead of false confidence in fixed ability, these methods will foster a deeper appreciation for the true ingredients of achievement.
It is now abundantly clear that brains and talent alone don’t bring success. The work of Benjamin Bloom and of Anders Ericsson shows clearly that people of outstanding accomplishment—be it in science, the arts, or athletics–are often no more talented than many of their peers. In fact, their peers who seemed most brilliant at the start often turned out to achieve very little. This is most likely because, believing too much in the power of their brains and talent, they did not put in the effort that all great accomplishment requires.
In short, believing in brains or talent as something fixed and all-powerful works against long-term success in school, careers, and life in general.
Let’s all become more mindful about HOW and WHAT we say to our children so that we can develop a GROWTH MINDSET in school and in life!