Co-Director’s Report September 2018
Wednesday 12th September 2018
It is our pleasure to submit this report to the Committee of Management.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Riaz and his family have relocated south. To fill this position in Group two, a child enrolled in this group for next year will attend during fourth term.
With this cold and flu season drawing to a close we would like to thank families for keeping unwell children at home. A gentle reminder that children can not come to Kindergarten within 24 hours of vomiting, diarrhoea or head lice.
As third term continues to ‘zoom’ along, so to does the confidence of the children. We have seen more discussion and sharing from quieter children, during our group experiences. Many boys and girls come to Kindergarten with a plan for their day, whereas others wish to finish projects from earlier days. This continuity of self-driven learning is evidence of the children’s growing independence and self-awareness.
Miss Emily continues to present engaging and energetic language experiences for the children as they learn the Japanese vocabulary for food, animals, colours, questions and etiquette. Recently, the children were able to verbalise the correct answers to Miss Emily’s assessment (a friendly quiz). The progress made by all children gives testament to the well-researched fact that learning another language at a young age is most successful. There are a handful of girls and boys who use rest time to recall previous learning and happily sing Japanese songs during rest time.
Miss Alanna supports the children as they progress with their exploration of identity. Using many different mediums and techniques, the children have pulled apart the many facets that make them both similar to peers and uniquely individual. A greater self-awareness and sense of belonging has blossomed from this journey. The children are respectful of differences and recognise that their emotions have a visual affect on their facial features and body language. Artwork will now be displayed in books and folders which are located at our art studio. Children will be able to take these artworks home at the end of year with their portfolios.
Our ‘Barefoot Goes Bush’ day, held in the beautiful Tallebudgera Valley was very successful. The outdoor learning and large group collaboration worked seamlessly ensuring families took home fond memories and developed deeper connections with the natural world. We would like to thank all involved in making it such a positive experience. We envision using this location again and continuing to offer families from both groups this wonderful opportunity each year.
This years Book Week theme of ‘Find Your Treasure’ inspired us to focus on the literary aspect of this celebration. We moved away from the dress up parade, however still provided opportunities for children to bring in and share their favourite stories. The children shared a range of literature, from information books, early readers and traditional stories that had been handed down from previous generations within their family. This reduced the pressure on families to create costumes and emphasised the true meaning of Book Week. That is, coming together to read and share quality literature for the Early Childhood sector.
We would like to thank the father’s and grandfathers for joining us at Kindergarten to celebrate Father’s Day. The children had spent previous weeks excitedly preparing the treats and gifts for their loved one. Most special was the time they shared and the memories made during this experience.
Suzette visited our Kindergarten once again, to tell a story of the creatures of the sea. Using colourful language, Suzette imparted her knowledge of the migration patterns of whales. The boys and girls remained captivated throughout the story as musical instruments and colourful resources were used. Suzette incorporated gentle movements (yoga and breathing techniques) throughout the experience. This helps children to develop self-awareness of their bodies and self-regulation of their physical actions, emotions and thoughts.
On Saturday 8th September we received a visit from the designer and creator of Kindy Portal’. We were joined by other local Lady Gowrie Kindergartens, as we sat through a demonstration of the application. This safe web application can be used to document children’s learning and provide an online portfolio of children’s Kindergarten journey. We believe that this avenue will more sustainable and minimise our printing costs. The staff have agreed to move forward next year with this application and will be introducing it in term one, 2019. We look forward to supporting the parents as they engage in this wonderful new way of communicating and sharing their children’s learning journey.
Term 4 begins on Monday 8th October for Miss Jane’s Group and Thursday 11th October for Miss Lauren’s Group.
As this is the last report before end of term, we would like to sincerely thank you for your continued support as we work together for the betterment of all children and their families in our lovely Kindergarten community.
Jane Hely and Lauren Regan