Thank you to all families and, of course, staff who supported our first community social event for 2017 – the St Emilie’s Family Fun Night.
Although the 39 degree weather may have put some people off, those that came along enjoyed a very pleasant night filled with great fun, good conversation, some great dance moves, friendly (?) competition and delicious food.
A huge thank you to Alison, Bec and their fantastic support team for all your preparation and hard work both prior to and on the night – the Sausage Sizzle, drinks and ice-creams were very much appreciated.
Thank you to Mr Cogger and his Year Six helpers for setting up the barbecues, tents and shades.
Thank you also to the special people who stayed behind and assisted with packing away at the end of the evening – your generosity was greatly appreciated.
We noted some very tired little cherubs heading home after a great time together – staff included!
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Sensory play has many learning and developmental benefits, and is also great fun! Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates a young child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Sensory activities and sensory areas facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore. Spending time stimulating their senses helps children develop cognitively, linguistically, socially and emotionally, physically and creatively.
Here a couple of pics of the first half of our new sensory garden in the Kindy area. Glenn has done a really wonderful job creating this space (in between maintaining our school grounds) over the last number of weeks … his talent, skill and work ethic are helping to bring children and staff ideas to life! The next stage is to work towards creating a small mud pit and building a platform…:)
We are also hoping to get some shade sails over part of the area when the budget allows. A huge thank you to the Board and P&F for their ongoing support of these capital outlays that make a significant difference to the learning and well-being of our early years learners!
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Parent Article – Developing Sensory Play