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 while being active and healthy.
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.
Our outdoor spaces and natural 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.
We have loved being back in our classroom with our friends and teachers! We miss our friends who are continuing their learning remotely and can’t wait to see them again soon!
We have been busy this week…
Mrs Wishy Washy Our book focus for this week was “Mrs Wishy Washy on TV”. We enjoyed listening to the story and searching for words with the ‘sh’ digraph in the text. We drew a character portrait of the main character -Mrs Wishy Washy. We connected with the text by writing about when we have enjoyed water based activities like going to the beach or Adventure World. Have a look at our amazing character portraits!
Anzac Ted We enjoyed listening to the story Anzac Ted by Belinda Landsberry. We talked about the significance of Anzac Day and shared what we did to remember this special day…some of us made Anzac cookies at home while others stood at the end of our driveways holding candles. We created our own Anzac Teds at school and at home! We thought carefully about each detail…we think they look great!
2D Shapes We have been busy learning about the features of 2D shapes. We have talked about the number of sides and corners for each shape as well as naming each shape correctly. We had fun listening and dancing to shape songs and loved creating our own shape robots! We had to think about the shapes we wanted to use, concentrated hard on our cutting, thought creatively and even named our robots!
Where ever we might be…we are still learning! A huge thank you to all our families for your kind words and support!
Mrs McKenzie, Miss de Gooijer, Mrs Roberto and Mrs Andrews
Here is the parent letter for Term Two outlining what students will be learning. It has been very encouraging to see the Year Two students working steadily through their plans either at home or here at school.
We are looking forward to talking with you all soon during our phone calls.
Little Sofia from Kindy made this beautiful poster for her teacher and she was so excited on our first day back to school! When I asked her to tell me about her picture she told me that she drew a smiling face because if we just keep smiling we will all be happy! Very wise words indeed! 🙂 Thank you to families who sent us lovely words of encouragement this morning : “Hi Tania and Staff, just a quick note to say it was a lovely and welcoming gesture the balloons and signs at drive through. I can’t imagine the pressure all of you have been under preparing for a very different term 2. Hopefully it will all go as smoothly as possible given the current set of very hard circumstances everyone finds themselves in”.
“Hi Tania, I just wanted to send a quick email to say what an absolutely lovely welcome for the kids this morning. I was blown away. I have just got to work and have had a massive smile on my face the whole way. I can’t even begin to imagine the pressure and stress you and your staff have been under but thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you do. You have all made mine and the kids day! Have a lovely day! 😊”
“In the rush of change last term, we have not had the opportunity to thank you all for the leadership, direction, care and compassion that is being shown during this time of significant change for our children … CoVid has definitely created a different space for us all and we thank you for the communication that has been provided all the way through. It reassures us that our child’s needs are being catered for and that the bigger picture is being addressed as best possible, with faith, kindness, consideration and love being the foundation of the school’s approach on all fronts.We can only imagine the immense amount of work that has gone into preparing everyone for today’s return, and we look forward to continuing this journey with the school’s support. Many thanks and God bless you all”.
Morning and thank you so much for everyone this morning in the drive through. Made my day! Kind regards.
Hello, I just wanted to send a little note to say how grateful I was and tearful when I drove through drive through this morning. I appreciate how difficult this time has been for everyone at the school. I was apprehensive about sending the children to school today, however our circumstances with work demands have made this necessary. I was just so warmed by the beautiful smiles and signs and waves by all our wonderful teachers and staff. We are so grateful to be part of a wonderful school.
We look forward to the term ahead with optimism and we very much look forward to having a phone chat on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon in these first few weeks.
Take care everyone and all the very best to one and all!