WHAT: WHOLE SCHOOL OPEN NIGHT
WHEN: WEDNESDAY 3rd APRIL, 4-6PM
This is a wonderful time for you and your family to:
- POP IN AND TAKE A SPIN AROUND THE ROOM, HOSTED BY YOUR CHILD!
- VIEW SOME WORK SAMPLES!
- JOIN IN A COUPLE OF PRACTICAL ‘HANDS ON’ LEARNING TASKS!
Please note that this is not time to bail up the teacher to talk about an individual student’s progress. This discussion is better left to a private Two-Way meeting time.
Please be sure to thank your teacher and to keep an eye on younger siblings.
Thanks for your ongoing support of your child’s learning – your presence and encouragement of your child at a night such as this goes a long way to keeping motivation high.
As a Waterwise School, we encourage all our families to participate in Seek a Leak Week. This activity can be done at home.
As part of our Seek a Leak Week Waterwise schools are encouraged to take the time to spot a leak with some activity plans.
Leaks can be extremely wasteful and costly. Did you know that a leaking toilet can result in nearly 3 buckets of wasted water a day!
Here is a link to the Waterwise website with details on how to run your own Seek a Leak at home.
Seek a Leak
Term One – Week 7 – 18th March 2019
Everyone is talking about PMP!
What is PMP you may ask? The Perceptual Motor Program comprises of movement, gross motor and body awareness skills that are essential for healthy growth and development. It involves emotional, cognitive and physical skill development. The PMP allows children opportunities for physical education and interactions with the environment.
There are three main stages to follow in order to acquire these skills. The first is cognitive; to be able to understand what is required to carry out the task. The second is practice and the third is about mastering the activity with speed and accuracy, once the first two stages are achieved.
Stations that we set up for our perceptual motor program target skills that include, hand-eye coordination, body-eye coordination, auditory language and visual skills.
PMP is FUN! It gets children engaged and moving! It promotes fitness, wellbeing and children with strong perceptual motor skills have more self confidence, greater body awareness and improved coordination. Much research has proven that physical activity creates neural pathways in the brain, and the more neural pathways, the better we are able to learn!
PMP enables the development of bilateral coordination – which is the ability to coordinate and move both sides of the body at the same time. This is an important skill for school success – to be able to hold a pencil, write and control the paper, to be able to cut with scissors and move the paper at the same time, to be able to hold a ruler and draw a straight line at the same time are all skills involving bilateral coordination.
Our Pre-Primary children LOVE Fridays and our PMP!
Our Pre Primary children have made a great start to Term One. The children are settling into classroom routines and establishing new friendships with their peers.
In early childhood we value frequent and regular opportunities to explore and learn in our outdoor environments and natural play spaces. We recognise that young children learn best through physical and sensory experiences – active play.
At Saint Emilie’s we have wonderful outdoor play spaces to enhance our learning. The children have space to explore, discover, experiment and develop their gross and fine motor skills.
Our bushland provides a play space to give children contact with the natural world and unique opportunities to engage with nature, the weather and the seasons. The children learn to understand and respect nature and the interdependence of humans, animals, plants and lifecycles.
The outdoor environment offers children opportunities for freedom and movement through physical activity and promotes a sense of well being. Outdoor environments are a platform for creative play and the development of the imagination and problem solving skills.
When you take children outside regularly you see the JOY, WONDER and EXCITEMENT that they experience when they engage in learning in their outdoor environment.