Our 8am Community Mass will not be held this Wednesday 1 April due to the focus on Holy Week celebrations.
We look forward to seeing you all at our next Community mass which will be celebrated at 8am on Wednesday 6 May 2015.
I highly recommend that you take a listen to this TedTalk if you get a chance amidst your busy lives – it is 17 mins long so perhaps wait until you have dropped the children off – or at some time when the house is quiet and you have a bit of time to listen.
Bottom line : Happiness and resilience = a more positive life!
Developing a sense of well-being is so important – and it means taking charge of our own emotions and thought processes…
Certainly a daily effort! 🙂
ACARA recognition for Catholic schools
Message from the WA Catholic Education Office:
“We have previously communicated that the Catholic Education system achieved the best WACE results in five years in 2014. Following on from that success, we have also been advised that 25 of our schools achieved an above average NAPLAN gain, compared to other similar schools.
The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) looked at the comparative gain of each school to the previous reporting period, the relative starting point of students at a similar level, as well as the school’s ICSEA rating.
I would like to congratulate all of the CEWA schools that have been acknowledged by ACARA. This is a significant achievement which is the result of many hours of hard work by school leadership teams and classroom practitioners. “
St Emilie’s was one of only 25 Catholic schools from across WA recognised by ACARA in this way!
Teachers are the decisive difference in the classroom and everything that we individually and collectvely can do to support and encourage our teachers in their work, the better the outcomes for each and every child.
When families support teachers, when families build a safe, happy, stable, loving family life, this too helps children to learn – so go for gold families!
We know that NAPLAN results are only one part of a much bigger learning picture where each child is supported to ‘do’ and ‘be’ their best self…
But for this week let us all celebrate our good news!
WEDNESDAY 25th MARCH
4.00pm – 6.00pm
Families are invited to come and view your child’s classrooms,
and to take a look at some of the learning experiences children have been engaging with
over the last 7 weeks of term.
You can pop in anytime between 4-6pm.
Please remember to thank your teachers once again for their generosity
in making this opportunity available for you.
PS Don’t forget to pop into the library and MPR to check out Cultural Studies and Science learning also!
THE SUN CHANGES EVERYTHING!!!
Drawing is the language of young children and we looked closely at Freda the Filled Neck Lizard to decide on how to put the shapes of her body parts together in our drawings of her.
Freda was a very patient still life model and enjoyed all the extra attention.
You can see her and our illustrations on our classroom windows at OPEN NIGHT !!!
Thank you to our families for helping us to make the big coloured ice blocks we needed to build our iceberg at Kindy !
It was a slippery job to place the blocks together and as the day progressed the ice melted into interesting shapes.
By the end of the day there wasn’t much left but a few ice chunks and a wet garden bed.
The power of the sun had melted the big ice blocks !!! Wow!
We created an artwork using small coloured ice blocks which we placed onto a large canvas and sprinkled with salt.
Over the day the ice melted into coloured pools of water which dried to leave some lovely designs on our canvas.
We think the design looked like people…or ice cream…or fingers… or water…
People can use the Power of the Sun to help them in their daily life.
We filled a Solar Shower with cold water and left it in the sun all day.
In the afternoon we brought the shower inside, turned it on and felt the temperature of the water.
It had changed from cold to warm.The energy in the sunshine had warmed the water!!!
We also found an alternative to candle light when the power goes off.
We put Solar Lights outside in the sunshine for a whole day. The sun’s energy powers the solar cells and hey presto- we had lights!!!
You can’t see the lights working during the daylight so we had to make it dark by putting the lights in a box with a lid.
How pretty they look!!!
JESUS AS TEACHER
As the story of Jesus’ life unfolds, we have learned about Jesus as a teacher.
Jesus loved to teach about God’s love and He called the disciples to help Him do this.
We have used our Godly Play props to retell the stories of Jesus Blessing the Children and Jesus Calming the Storm. These stories help us to learn about how God loves us and wants to take care of each one of us.
Jesus wants us to be teachers too through our loving behaviour towards others.
We look forward to seeing you at OPEN NIGHT THIS WEDNESDAY – you are free to drop in between 4.00pm – 6.00pm to share these and many other learning opportunities in Kindy Blue!!!
Just a note to ask that you please keep a family who is going through a particularly tough time in regard to their health in your daily prayers.
Some wonderful families who are close to this family and the situation have quietly rallied together and are providing meals and practical support.
Father Chien is also unwell at this time and our thoughts are also very much with him as he rests and recuperates.
We will let you know if there is anything you can do to help out, however in the meantime one thing we can all do right now is tap into the power of prayer.
Quietly including this beautiful family, Fr Chien and all families in our community who may be suffering at this time in our everyday prayers, is special and very much appreciated.
Our prayers don’t need to be fancy.. just simple and heartfelt …
IT’S NURSERY RHYME TIME!
As part of our Literacy and Numeracy programmes we share Nursery Rhymes each week.
We participate in singing, chanting, reading, representing the texts through role play with puppets and props and enjoy the predictable patterns of these texts by clapping the rhythm. We have really enjoyed revisiting the flip books and props as part of our play.
We have a very popular Math Table that can be visited any time to explore number, measurement, sorting and classifying, colour and shape through a variety of materials that change each week. It is a great place to visit by yourself or with a friend!
Saying “How many spots?” are on a dice face very quickly by just looking is a great game we play. We help the Puzzled Puppets learn to count correctly from 1-10 when they get mixed up and count objects in the wrong order sometimes. “Bucket Drop” is a good game as you have to listen very carefully and only count the number of objects that you hear drop in the bucket. We sometimes say a bigger number than we actually heard! TRICKY!
BE SUN SMART!
We made a Mind Map of what we know about the sun, and how it effects our day as part of our inquiry into “The Sun Changes Everything!”.
Although Freda and her Reptile friends can bask in the sun for long periods to warm their cold blood, we have to be SUN SMART every day to keep our bodies healthy! We all need to remember the SLIP, SLOP,SLAP, SEEK and SLIDE message and so we always remember to wear our hats each day at Kindy!
THE SEASON OF LENT
Lent is an important time in our Church Family.
We talked about ways we can practise being loving like Jesus and thinking of others during Lent even though we are small.
Our Prayer table has a purple cloth as it is the colour of waiting in our church family.
We are waiting for Easter.
What a very busy week we have enjoyed together! The children are adapting well to their new learning environment and are becoming familiar with class routines and expectations. Friendships are developing as the children are exploring, playing and learning.
In RE we have learnt the Sign of the Cross, have been praying together and we have been talking about how special and different God has created us all. We read the text, “Guess the Baby” and “I am Special,” a book about celebrating our differences. We discussed how we were all babies once, even grown ups! We have constructed a photo display of all of us as babies and we will play “Guess the Baby.” Jesus was a little baby too and we learnt about the story of “The Annunciation” of Mary. The children enjoyed re-enacting this story using dress ups.
On Ash Wednesday the children were administered the blessed Ashes by Mrs Poinen and we celebrated with a simple class prayer service. We discussed the season of “Lent” and the importance of the colour purple. All families should have received their Project Compassion Box.
Our Science Inquiry unit has begun with the introduction of our little friend “Freda.” Freda is a frilled neck lizard who is cold-blooded and requires a heat source to survive. That heat source is the sun. Freda needs the heat from the sun in order to gain energy to run from predators and hunt for food during the night. Freda is able to CAMOUFLAGE herself amongst the trees. She uses her frill around her neck to scare off predators and she is able to run very fast, if she needs to. Freda is a reptile. We watched an amazing youtube clip about the chameleon who changes colour and we read the text “Camouflage.” If you would like to view the clip, please click the link:
We also had some messy, painting fun when we experienced marble rolling with paint to create our camouflaged lizards. Each day, we place “Freda” outside in the sun and we feel her body to see whether she is warming up.
Interest based play has lead us to create a “Lollipop Fun” outdoor shop. With various colours and flavours to choose from, the lollipop shop has been a big hit! The line gets longer as the children flock to purchase their lollipop with money in pockets.
Numbers and counting, what good fun! We have been using coloured stones to match the corresponding number to the puzzle pieces on our maths table.
Directed drawing. We are learning to hold our pencil correctly as we using basic shapes to draw and paint our “self portraits.” We used mirrors to take a closer look at our faces to determine what features and how many of each we needed to draw on our portraits.
There are many opportunities in Kindy for fine motor development. Below the children are using chopsticks with varying sizes of pom poms as they attempt to pick up and drop the pom poms into ice cream bowls. A true test of patience! They have also been using sand trays to copy and create their own lines and patterns. This is an important pre-writing skill.
We look forward to more learning fun in the coming weeks!
Welcome to a new year in Kindy Blue with lots of fun for everyone!
We have just had our first week together meeting all our new friends. The home corner, the fire station and garage table and the water play have been very busy centers in Kindy, along with painting and block play!
Getting to know each other has been fun as we drew pictures of ourselves and made wooden figures that depict each of us for play use.
We also “Guessed The Baby”, comparing our baby photos with each of us now that we are big Kindy kids.Guessing which of the babies matched our teachers was extra fun! Thanks Mums and Dads for sending the photos in so promptly! Thank you to God too for making each and every one of us so special and unique!
We have begun our journey on learning about the story of Jesus’ life. We heard the story of the angel visiting Mary to tell her that she was going to have a baby named Jesus.Jesus was a baby and grew into a little boy who did jobs to help his family just like we do. We will find out more about his life and his love for God over the term.
A special member of Kindy Blue is Freda the Frilled Neck Lizard. She is helping us learn about the Power of the Sun in our Science unit for this term. We put her outside in the sun each morning to warm up from the sun’s heat. She is a reptile and needs her cold blood to be warmed so that she can run fast to hunt and escape from predators. Watch this space to find out more about how The Sun Changes Everything!!!