St Anne’s Campus newsletter: Feb 7, 2020

Feb 7, 2020 | St Anne's News

Our 2020 Foundation students received their St Anne’s badges at Fellowship this morning while our Year 6 students also received their badges. The relationship between these two cohorts has been fostered over the past year through our ‘Buddies’ program, which saw our ELC Transition students and Year 5 students spend time together each week building connections through a range of activities such as excursions to the Knob Reserve in Stratford, learning activities in the ELC or in the Year 5 classrooms, and lunch at the fauna park. My own two daughters are in ELC Transition and Year 5 respectively and they both cannot stop talking about how excited they are about becoming a ‘Buddy!’
Mrs Merridy Ingrouille was our guest speaker at Fellowship today (pictured). Merridy was a long-term teacher at St Anne’s and spent most of her career in Foundation. She spoke about her thoughts on Early Childhood Education and the strong connections we have between our ELC and the Junior School.

Before Fellowship, a morning tea was organised for our current Foundation and ELC Transition parents. The casual meeting provided an opportunity to build connections between the two groups of parents, and to find out more about the smooth transition between our ELC and Foundation. Unfortunately, due to illness, I was unable to attend both events, however, from all reports the events were a great success.

A reminder that our annual St Anne’s Family picnic will be held next Thursday from 4.30-5.30pm on the grassed area near the Hall. This is an excellent opportunity for everyone to catch up after the summer break and for new families to meet others. Families are asked to bring their own picnic food and please note that all children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult and that this is an alcohol-free event. We hope as many parents as possible will be able to join us for this fun event.
The Parent Information Evening will be held following the picnic and this is an opportunity to hear from your child’s teacher about the year ahead, including information about routines, and expectations, as well as some suggestions on how to support your child during the school year.  We will be providing supervision for our students in the playground while parents are attending the information sessions.
Information Evening Sessions:

  • 5.30-6pm Specialist Program Information (in the Library)
  • 6-6.30pm Foundation to Year 2 (in classrooms)
  • 6.30-7pm Years 3 to 6 (in classrooms)

Our Year 3 to Year 6 students, along with a handful of parent helpers, braved the cooler temperatures during Monday’s swimming trials. We are very grateful for those who were able to help out. Not only does it allow us to run our major carnivals, having parent helper’s builds a strong sense of community. We are all looking forward to our House Swimming Carnival on Tuesday, February 18.

Welcome back everyone and big welcome to our new students this year. It is lovely to see all your smiling faces. This week we have focussed on belonging and wellbeing with the children settling into a new year. Over the next couple of weeks, the children will be encouraged to make a handprint which will be displayed in our room.

The children have also celebrated summer making sand paintings and planting out our planter boxes. The children have shown interest in basketball, totem-tennis, play-dough making, computers, cooking and water play on hot days. Our Theme for next week is Valentine’s Day (Valentine’s Day craft – heart-shaped sun catchers, heart-shaped fairy bread, pom-pom animal cards with a smarty pants experiment.)

Please note: We do have a kinder teacher on staff so children from the ELC are welcome to all sessions. The service is located in the main administration building below Japanese, feel free to pop in and check out the service from 3.15-6pm (our hours of operation).

I hope to see you soon.

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Enjoy your weekend,
Jie Van Berkel
St Anne’s Head of Campus

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