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100 day celebration lunch and activities

Celebration Lunch with our buddies on our 100th day at school on PhotoPeach

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100 Days at School Prep 2015

100 Days of School on PhotoPeach

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100 Days at School Celebration 6th August 2015

Dear parents,
100 Days of Prep is a milestone that we wish to acknowledge. We are very excited to announce that this day will be celebrated on Thursday 6th August 2015. The preps will participate in a range of activities throughout the day where the focus will be on the number 100. We will present at assembly commencing at 9.00 am some of our learning about the number100. To help us celebrate this, we would appreciate it if each student could bring to school 100 items. Some examples of items you could bring include buttons, straws, pop sticks, pipe cleaners, pegs, feathers. Pease put the items in a clear zip-lock bag, write your child’s name on the bag and bring it on the 100th day of Prep.
The Preps will be having a special shared lunch with their buddies. Please supply a lunch on Thursday 6th August that can be shared e.g dips, plate of sandwiches, fruit platter, bread stick/ bread slices with a spread.
Mrs Rachel Savage (Leah’s Mum is making a special 100 day cake). Thank you Rachel.
Please speak to me if you have any questions or dietary concerns,
Thank you,
Anne-Maree Noonan

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ANZAC Day 2015 in Prep N

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Easter – New Life

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My First Day at School 29th January 2015

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Welcome Prep’s 2015

Welcome Prep’s 2015 on PhotoPeach

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Thinking of you in Rome…Preps

medalThinking of you in Rome…
Pope Francis was at Saint Peter’s Square at midday on September the 14th 2014. He said the Angelus and gave a blessing to the audience. Mr and Mrs Noonan were fortunate enough to be in attendance. We purchased the Vatican Medals from the Vatican gift shop. We held them for a special blessing and sprinkled holy water on them from Saint Peter’s Basilica.
This gift is a souvenir from my visit to the holy Vatican City for all the Prep students. I was thinking of my beautiful Prep students as I asked the Pope to bless these medals.

Anne-Maree Noonan – Mrs Noonanwindow blessing

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Term 4 in the Prep Class Room

Prep/1/2                                                                                             Term 4, 2014

 

Dear Parents,

Welcome back, we hope you had a good break and enjoyed the family time together! Term 4 is always a busy term and before we know it, Christmas will be upon us. Remember to take the time and enjoy the lead up to Christmas.

The children should now be independently carrying their bags to and from school and placing items where they belong in the morning.

 

What is happening at school this term?

 

This term we will continue with our overarching theme of ‘Sustainability’ with a focus on sustaining our history and how changes have occurred since the First Fleet.

We   will be focussing on:

  • Traditions        and Culture
  • How Australia        was discovered and settled.
  • Sustaining        our history and connection with the Aboriginal people.
  •   Food Pyramid comparisons between the   Aboriginal people / early settlers / our families today.
  •   Celebration of traditional food and dress.

 

Driving Question:    What is our responsibility as temporary custodians of the earth?.

 

In Religious Education we will be preparing for Advent and Christmas and focusing on preparing for the birth of Jesus

Discussion and sharing of experiences during times of waiting, such as the arrival of a new baby and family traditions associated with Christmas (Advent).

 

Literacy

Our focus this term will be to consolidate the children’s comprehension of what they are reading and listening to. Our writing will focus on sentence construction, using simple punctuation such as a capital letter to begin a sentence, question marks, talking marks and finishing a sentence with a full stop.

The children will be consolidating concepts such as:

  • Reading for meaning and using expression.
  • Predicting a word by the initial blend / sound  and reading on to the next word.
  • Articulating sounds in simple and more complex words when reading and writing.
  • Using all letter names and sounds when reading and writing.
  • Breaking words into syllables when reading and writing.
  • Spelling in word families (e.g. day, play, stay)
  • Daily spelling journals that focus on the strategy of look/say/cover/write/check in order to increase students’ vocabulary. (Grade 1/2’s)
  • Writing in different genres, e.g. rhyming sentences, simple science reports, poetry.
  • Drawing timelines of Australian History

The Preps will continue to focus on the sounds and use onset and rime to spell new words. The Preps will be encouraged to articulate the sounds they see in reading and will be encouraged to articulate the sounds when they are attempting to write a word. Please continue to read to your child regularly and encourage them to read to you from the home reader and library book they have chosen from school.

Our main focus for Oral Language this term will be to develop the children’s vocabulary, encourage them to speak in full sentences (tenses and speaking grammatically correct) and confidently verbalise their learning.

 

In Mathematics we are concentrating on multiplication (making groups of), adding, subtracting, division (sharing).  We are also covering chance and data, shapes, symmetry.  We will further develop problem solving strategies.

In the area of Number we will be focusing on: revision of the 4 processes, times tables (2X, 5X, 10X) in preparation for next year.

 

  • Creating number stories (eg: role play, use objects and draw  number stories from a shared classroom experience.
  • Informal recording of division and multiplication.
  • Finding half of a group of items. (eg. Half of 20 pencils.)
  • Finding half an item or object. (eg. Half of an apple)

 

In the area of Space we will be focusing on:

  • Identifying and drawing simple 2D and 3D shapes.
  • Identifying, naming and using common terms to describe features of simple shapes and objects (eg. triangle, square, rectangle, circle, hexagon, trapezium, diamond (rhombus), pentagon.)

In the area of Chance and Data we will be focusing on:

  • Posing questions that will lead to collection of data.                                                                                             

Formally and informally collecting, classifying and recording information through observation, grouping and counting and simple tallying                                                                                                                                

Representing information on pictographs and block/bar graphs incorporating a baseline and grids (hand drawn and/or generated by  computer software).                                                                                                                       

Some important dates for this term: Please refer to the term dates in the news letter and the App.

Aside from the dates noted in the newsletter, the Junior school will be holding their Preparing for Jesus Mass on

Thursday 11th December at 9.15 am in the Church.

Assembly will be on a Friday this term at 3.00 pm.

Looking forward to a busy, fun, productive term.

Yours sincerely,

Tricia McKinley, Georgia Amerina, Anne-Maree Noonan, May Cupido

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Thank you and Goodbye!

Wow! Four weeks has flown by! It has been such a privilege to learn with Prep N and to spend some time learning from Mrs Noonan.

 

To Mrs Noonan, thank you for welcoming me so warmly into your classroom and making me feel so at home. It has been a privilege to spend some time in your room and learning from you. I will definitely keep in touch.

 

To all the wonderful children of Prep N, thank you for having me in your classroom. It has been so wonderful getting to know you and spending some time with you. I will miss you all very much!

 

Thank you very much!

 

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