Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Week 8

Hi Parents,
Just a reminder of Harmony Day this Friday. For the shared morning I will leave it up to you to decide whether you bring in sweet or savoury. Don't forget it is also a dress up day.

Friendship bracelets.
Today the children began making friendship bracelets as an activity related to the letter of the day....f. Following is an instructional video to help your child complete making it if they are interested.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Week 7 information

Hi Parents,
Thank you for coming to our assembly last Friday. Our beautiful kids were awesome and very brave to get up in front of the whole school. We will have a prayer assembly later in the year so keep an eye out for that one.

Parent Teacher Interviews  Week 9 Term 1
It is expected that all parents will attend a parent teacher interview this term to discuss your child's progress
This timetable is up outside our classroom for you to write your name in a time slot. Please write your child's name too.
If you are unable to come into school to write your name in a time, you may email me with 3 time preferences and I am happy to place your name in one that is free. I will contact you if they are not available. If there are not any times that suit you please see me to discuss an alternative.
It is important that you write this time and date in your diary so as not to miss your time slot.
Where possible do not leave gaps in the timetable.  IE Fill all the earlier time slots first.

Monday 1st April
Tuesday 2nd April
Wednesday 3rd April
Thursday 4th April















History 'Where do my family members come from?'
An A3 sheet went home yesterday to be completed at home. Please could you sit down with your child and look at where certain members of your family came from and show this on the sheet. Please bring this back by Monday of next week (25th March).
Thank you for your help.

This week we have looked at the letters g, l and o. Next week we will focus on the letters u, b and v.
We are also focusing on stories written by Mem Fox. Last week we read 'Shoes from Grandpa' and were lucky enough to have Jaega's grandad in for parent help that day!!! This week we will read 'Hattie and the Fox'.

During our maths session we are learning how to create a tally and are using Thinkboards to look into how numbers are made. We are also investigating weight: light and heavy.

Thankyou for ensuring your child practises their name writing in gathering time. We have already seen such an amazing improvement. Don't forget to keep practising the letter sound cards at home too!!

A few shots taken from our assembly.

Kristie and Mel

Monday, March 4, 2019

Week 5

Hi Parents,
I hope you all enjoyed your long weekends. It is so nice to have that extra time to spend with family or friends. This will be a long post with a lot of information so get your notebook out!!

PPL Assembly
Our assembly will be next Friday 15th March. I am wondering if each child could bring in a cheap white shirt next week. We will be painting on it to wear at our assembly so if you have an old one you are willing to sacrifice that'd be perfect. Even an old one that has a picture on but could be turned inside out. Please let me know if you have any trouble sourcing one .

This week we celebrate Ash Wednesday with a prayer service. Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent. On Ash Wednesday, blessed ashes are put on your forehead in the shape of a cross. These ashes are made by burning palm leaves which have been saved from last year’s Palm Sunday. Ash Wednesday is also when we say sorry for doing the wrong thing during Lent. What we do should show that you are sad or sorry about doing something wrong. We do this to improve our relationship with God and others. The Church suggests three ways to show you are sorry during Lent:
Pray- go to Mass more often, pray more often. During Lent the Stations of the Cross are said at our church every Friday. My family goes to this every Friday during Lent. Can you think of other ideas?
Fast- going without food or eating less. It can also mean giving up a certain food or treat. My husband is giving up chocolate during Lent. My son is eating less sweets during Lent.Can you think of other ideas?
Give - means doing good for others. That can be giving gifts of money or help to others. The money my husband does not spend for chocolate he will collect. At the end of Lent he will give the money to the poor. Today was Shrove Tuesday so we made pancakes with the Pre primaries.

This week we are reviewing the sounds we have already learnt: s, a, t, p, i, n, h, e, r. We need to be able to recall each sound with speed and accuracy.
We are using these sound to make small words and are practising the skill of blending using onset and rime.The "onset" is the initial phonological unit of any word (e.g. c in cat) and the term "rime" refers to the string of letters that follow, usually a vowel and final consonants (e.g. at in cat).  Similar to teaching beginning readers about rhyme, teaching children about onset and rime helps them recognize common chunks within words. This can help students decode new words when reading and spell words when writing.
We are looking at words based on their 'word family' and are learning to listen to the onset and rime and blend them to make a word. Today's word family was 'at' eg: b-at, c-at, m-at. You will see posters and work around the room that demonstrates their learning.

We have so far looked at recognising numbers from 1-10 and are beginning to investigate patterns and pattern making. 

We have almost finished our History unit about families. We are currently completing our fabulous family tree's which will soon be up for you to see.

Harmony Day
Harmony Day. March 29th 2019.

Dear Parents,
We need you…..
On the 29th of March the students of Our Lady of the Cape Primary School will celebrate Harmony Day.
It is our aim to support the development of respect and appreciation for cultures other than their own in the students. To do this we would like to immerse the children in a rich variety of experiences that include food, music, visual arts and the development of a knowledge base of the cultural traditions of others.
Information is always best coming from those who have experienced the learning first hand so we are asking parents help out on the day.
We would love parents to lead an activity as part of a rotation between 9am and 11am on the day. There would be no more than 20 children in each group. Each session would last 15 minutes and you would repeat this activity up to 6 six times.
If you were born in another country you may wish to present some photographs, samples of traditional foods, clothing, games etc. and tell the children about how you grew up. How is was different to here… and the same as here.
If you can play a musical instrument you may like to share your skills. The children would love to listen.
Perhaps you can write some great haiku… or fold some tricky origami.
Those of you who teach dance, karate or craft may like to come and share your talents.
Children always love to cook. We would love to have someone making pasta, pizza or some other cultural delight (remembering that you only have 15 minutes).
So… if you can help please email Julie Birch.

On Entry Testing
Last week I was out of the class for 3 days doing the On Entry Testing with our class. I will probably need one more day to complete the testing. It was really nice to have the opportunity to spend one-on-one time with each of the kids as there isn't much time for that otherwise.

Parent Information Night
If you were unable to attend the PP Parent Information Night then please read through the following information. This is what was presented on the night.

Parent Information Night: Pre primary 2019
PP Teachers and EA's
PPB Teachers:
Mrs Julie Birch: Mon-Thurs
Mrs Gemma Sorgiovani: Friday
Mrs Deb Young, Mrs Rachel Sweeny,
Mrs Lynn Peacock

PPL Teachers:
Mrs Kristie Leahy
Ms Mel Kent

Specialist classes
Library: Tuesday with Mrs Amie Myer
Music: Tuesday with Mrs Maureen Horrocks
PE: Thursday with Ms Mandy Sinclair
FMS/PMP: Thursday with Ms Kathy Holt
Indonesian: Wednesday with Mrs Melinda Kartana

Library: Tuesday with Mrs Amie Myer
Music: Tuesday with Mrs Maureen Horrocks
PE: Thursday with Ms Mandy Sinclair
FMS/PMP: Thursday with Ms Kathy Holt
Indonesian: Tuesday with Mrs Melinda Kartana

PP Uniform requirements
Summer uniform terms 1 + 4
teal school shirt/coloured faction shirt on Friday
black shorts; white socks; white, black or grey sneakers; school hat

Winter uniform term 2 + 3
teal school shirt/coloured faction shirt on Friday
black tracksuit pants; white socks; white, black or grey sneakers; school rugby jumper
school hat
Hair longer that the collar must be tied up. Jewellery is limited to one pair of studs or sleepers and one chain with religious medal.

Lunch and Recess
Recess: No cut/shared fruit in PP.  Please pack fruits/vegetables, crackers, cheese, yoghurt etc. Both PP classes will eat together. PP students don't access the canteen on order days.
Lunch: Sandwiches/wraps etc. Both classes will eat together
Nude food: Nude Food is food without excess packaging. This reduces the amount of 'stuff' that needs to go in bins to be sent to landfill. Durable, reusable containers are a great way to bring food, as they may last from pre-school through to high school and beyond, providing long term cost savings and environmental benefits.
Lunch order days are Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Canteen food is amazing and made from scratch by the lovely canteen ladies. Sara is always looking for new helpers in the canteen so please volunteer your time.
PP's are unable to access the canteen at recess and milk is suppiled in a cup and is difficult for us to access.

Email: Teachers can be contacted via email however be aware that they will not be checked during the day.
Phone messages may also be left with the front office
Class Blogs : will be regularly updated with class information, events, learning celebrations and photos
SMS/Email: teachers will use these as a way of communicating with parents
Newsletters: published each week via the school website
Absent Notes: to be given to the class teacher on the returning day. These may be emailed.
Filing boxes (PPL): for any notes you may have missed
Drawers (P1B): for any notes you may have missed
Parent Help roster: located by the door in each classroom. Please find a replacement if you are unable to attend. Any student observations or information gathered while on parent help is to remain confidential.

Emailed absent note must include:
parent and child's full names
reason for absence
class roll group (eg: PPL)
dates absent
name of parent at the bottom of the email

The curriculum is directed by the Australian Curriculum (SCASA) which directs ‘what’ we teach and the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) which guides as to ‘how’ to plan developmentally appropriate learning experiences.
We believe that play is an integral part of the Early Childhood setting. The children will engage in intentional play, teacher directed play and free play to explore their world and make sense of new concepts and ideas.
Learning Intentions
Learning intentions are brief statements that explicitly describe what students should know, understand and be able to do as a result of the learning and teaching.
Success Criteria
Success criteria summarise the key steps or the ingredients the student needs in order to fulfill the learning intention – the main things to do, include or focus on.

English  Literacy, Language and Literature
Scaffolded learning which begins with mastery of alphabet sounds,
blending sounds (onset and rime, CVC), segmenting sounds (CVC)
all precursors for reading and writing
Diana Rigg
PLD - Promoting Literacy Development
PLD is dedicated to Promoting Literacy Development through our resources which deliver outcomes across 3 core areas; Literacy, Oral Language and Movement & Motor.

Number and Algebra
At Standard, students count to and from 20 and order small collections. They make connections between number names, numerals and quantities up to 10.
Measurement and Geometry
Students compare objects using mass, length and capacity. They explain the order and duration of events. Students connect events and the days of the week. They group objects based on common characteristics and sort shapes and objects. Students use appropriate language to describe location.
Statistics and Probability
Students answer simple questions to collect information and make simple inferences.

Science + HASS
In Pre-primary, Humanities and Social Sciences consists of Geography and History.
Science Understanding
At Standard, students describe the properties and behaviour of familiar objects. They suggest how the environment affects them and other living things.
Science as a Human Endeavour
Students share and reflect on observations.
Science Inquiry Skills
Students ask and respond to questions about familiar objects and events.

Religion + Social/Emotional
Religion: Religious education units for PP are followed each term along with 'Making Jesus Real' which is a program to help make Jesus real and relevant in the lives of people so they can flourish.

Social/Emotional: Keeping safe curriculum
The Keeping Safe Child Protection Curriculum is an evidence based, best practice curriculum developed collaboratively with child protection experts, teachers, educational leaders and other professionals.

Kimochis: Kimochis are a playful way to help children (and adults!) learn how to identify and express feelings. When kids can communicate their feelings effectively, they develop positive social skills that lead to lasting friendships and success in all aspects of life.

Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills are necessary for performing everyday academic, play, and self care skills.
In early childhood years, being able to cut with scissors, colour with crayons and pencils, paint using a paintbrush and play with small objects such as lego, beads and puzzles, are essential to your child’s development. Your child needs to use their hand and finger muscles accurately in order to keep up with peers in these activities

Reporting to Parents
Term 1: Parent/teacher interviews
Term 2: Formal semester 1 report
Term 3: Learning Journeys
Term 4: Formal semester 2 report

School Values
As a learning community centred on the example of Christ, the following core values underpin our approach; Compassion, Appreciation, Respect, Excellence
Each term the school focuses on one particular value.
Term 1: Compassion
Term 2: Appreciation
Term 3: Respect
Term 4: Excellence

OLC has a whole school Discipline with Dignity approach. This policy can be viewed on the school website.
Positive reinforcement of the correct behaviour is used within the Pre-primary classrooms. Teachers may use stickers, WOW charts, stamps, certificates etc.
Incorrect behaviour is dealt with as it arises. Students discuss with the teacher what has happened and how it can be done differently next time.

Assemblies are held each Friday in the hall from 8.50am.
Each class will host a general assembly and a prayer assembly.
Merit awards are presented at each assembly and you will be notified by your class teacher when your child is to receive one.

Star Citizen Awards are presented at the Week 5 and Week 10 assemblies of each term and they are based on students displaying the OLC Value of the term.
Term 1: Compassion
Term 2: Appreciation
Term 3: Respect
Term 4: Excellence

Parents and Friends
Meetings are held monthly on a Tuesday in the Library at 7.00pm; dates are listed on the term planner. These meetings are an open forum for discussion regarding fundraising, social events and the schools needs. We are very lucky to have a representative from each year to attend our monthly meetings. The role of the P&F is to organise and provide social and fun activities for the school community.

Thank you
Kristie and Mel

Monday, February 25, 2019

Week 4

Happy Monday everyone in PPL!!
I hope you all enjoyed the weekend and the weather.
This coming weekend is a long weekend so remember not to come to school.......I definitely won't be here!!

Class Reps
A big thank you to Niki Butterly and Nat Whitley for nominating themselves to be PPL's class reps!!!

In our literacy time this week we are looking at the letters h, e and r. Today we made 'hairy headbands' by adding curls to a headband.
During maths we have been representing numbers in different ways. Today's number was 7.
On Friday's we have been looking at length and measuring things using various objects. We measured some of our friends to see who was longer/using blocks.

Our quiet Friday gathering time is a lovely way to end the week. It's wonderful to see the kids snuggling in to listen to a story. Thank you for supporting this.

Gathering time
Just a reminder that the children need to practice writing their names from now on in gathering time. Trace it then write it on the whiteboards. Try to help them hold their pencil correctly and practice correct formation of the letters.
As you know our room is very busy and loud in the mornings. In order to calm the kids down before we start I'd like to ask that parents leave the room at the main school bell. Sometimes when your child is not sure when you are going to leave this causes anxiety. If you let your child know that this is when you are leaving, give them a kiss or a hug and then go. Once parents are gone the children will still be able to play quietly so you don't need to help them pack anything away.

Family Trees
If you haven't brought in your family tree sheets could you please bring it in by Wednesday as we need the information to create our family trees.

Thanks and have a great week!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Week 3 snippets of information

Hi to all PPL parents,

Parent Information Night
Just a reminder that the parent information night for all classes is tomorrow night. The PP session begins in the hall at 5pm and will then move over to our classroom for Pre Primary specific information.
I will share all the information on our class blog as well, so if you are unable to attend you won't miss anything.

This term we will be focusing on learning the letters of the alphabet: what they look like, what they sound like and how to write them. We will look at 3 focus letters a week and will also begin trying to put these sounds together to form small CVC words. It is important that each letter is correctly pronounced. The following video gives you an example of how to say the sounds. 
Last week we learnt the letters s, a, and t. This week our focus letters are: p, i, and n. 
It is also important to model the correct formation of the letter when writing. You will receive a handout showing how to form each letter at the parent information night.
The children need to identify the letters with accuracy and speed.

During maths we are focusing on identifying the numbers 0-10 with quick recall. We are using all sorts of items around the room to represent each number and are making our own class number posters. We are also looking at subitisation. Subitising is instantly recognizing the number of objects in a small group, without counting. We are getting very clever at this.
Here is a youtube video we will be using in class to practice this skill.

We have been looking at our families and identifying the different types of families there are.

Gathering Time
As of next week during gathering time the children will be required to practise writing their names every day. A write on/wipe off name will be on the desks and will need to be done before they choose another activity. Please watch and help them use the correct pencil grip, start the letter at the correct point and follow the arrows to form it correctly. They then need to write their name 3 times on the small whiteboards trying the remember the correct way to form each letters.

Thank you all for an amazing start to the year. It is awesome to see so many names on the parent help roster. The children are getting into the routine of PP now and are really soaking it all in.


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Nearly finished week 1!!

What an amazing start to Pre primary your children have made!!! Mel and I are so impressed with how they have taken everything in their stride. You should be very proud of their fabulous effort this week. It is not only physically exhausting but mentally too and they have all shown such amazing resilience. Well done to everyone!!

Gathering Time
It has been wonderful seeing all of the parents in for gathering time this week. Please keep in mind that this time in our room is very busy and noisy so once your child is in the room and settled, feel free to leave. You don't have to stay until we start the day. Sometimes lingering in the classroom for too long causes some tears that otherwise wouldn't have happened.

Gathering Time Friday's
On Friday's during our morning gathering time we will be slowing the pace right down. It will be our 'Relax and Read' morning where instead of having games and learning centres open, the room will be set up with books and pillows ready for some shared reading time. This will be a quiet time for parents to read a book to their child or a little group of children. Please try to keep our room quiet and relaxed.
Normally on a Friday we will need to be ready for assembly so gathering time is considerably shorter.

News Roster
Each child received a copy of the news roster. They each have a day allocated in which they can tell their news. This day will come around every 2 weeks due to the number of children in the class. Please help them to organise what they might say about their news using the questions on the news roster sheet.

Parent Helpers
It's awesome to see some names already on the parent helper roster. We are very appreciative of any help we can get in Pre primary. If you have your name down and can't make it for some reason, please try to find a replacement as we plan our activities around having a helper.
We will be starting our literacy rotations on Monday of next week where our class and the Pres from Mrs Birch's room will come together and form working groups. These groups will then rotate through 3 activity stations either in our room or Mrs Birch's room. Each room will be running the same activities.

Library Books
Our library session is on a Tuesday. The children will be choosing a book to take home in their library bags. These can be kept until the following Tuesday and brought in then, but if you are finished with it before then feel free to bring it in and place it in the library wheely box in our classroom.

Maggie Dent
Commonly known as the “queen of common sense”, Maggie Dent has become one of Australia’s favourite parenting authors and educators, with a particular interest in the early years, adolescence and resilience.

Maggie is coming to OLC next week!!!

From the Sandpit to Adulthood: Helping Today’s Children to Thrive

Every parent wants their children to thrive – to grow up happy, healthy, strong, kind and capable of realising their full potential. In this seminar, Maggie explores the 10 keys to parenting that support this goal. She acknowledges there is no ‘perfect’ and that challenge, adversity and failure can actually help our kids grow stronger and smarter.
Presented by: Our Lady of the Cape Primary School
Cost: $35
Contact for inquiries: Ashleigh McLaren
Make sure you get a ticket!! She is an amazing presenter!!
Thanks for an awesome week!
Kristie and Mel