Prep Teachers 2018

Foundation Year

Welcome to Term 1 2018

School times - Please ensure your child is in the line ready to enter by 8.55am as the music plays.

No hat, No play - From September to May (inclusive) students need to remember to bring their hats to school. It must be a broad brimmed or bucket hat (no caps). Please apply sunscreen to your child before school if you wish. The school is unable to take responsibility for reapplying sunscreen during the day.

Clothing - Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for learning at school. This means safe and comfortable footwear (no thongs or sandals), no singlets or strappy dresses/tops and no dress-up costumes. Please also keep a change of clothes in a plastic bag in your child's bag in case of an accident. PLEASE make sure that all clothing is labelled so if it happens to get lost we can hand it back.

Brain food - While it is fine to pack a treat for your child, we encourage them to eat healthy snacks and lunches. Some ideas of what you could pack include: fresh fruits and vegetables, sandwiches/rolls/wraps with healthy fillings, cheese, dips, crackers, plain yogurt, popcorn etc. For drinking, we are a water only school - no sugary drinks.

Parent-free zone & lining up - We want to keep all of our students safe, which is why we ask for your cooperation with the parent-free zone in the Prep Learning Lane. This space is no longer a hallway, it is a learning space, and as such we ask that you treat it that way. With so many little people trying to walk through safely we request that all parents remain outside. Please ensure you keep the doorways clear before and after school so it is a smooth transition for the students to enter and exit safely.

Outside lockers - All school bags will be stored in the lockers outside near the Prep building. Please pack an ice block in your child's lunch box on warm days to keep their food fresh and safe to eat. Students are advised to bring a water bottle into their classrooms, particularly during the warmer weather.

Assessment bookings - If you haven't already done so, please book your child in for an assessment time via Compass. These will continue to take place on Wednesdays in February.

Permission and consent forms - Information regarding permission and consent forms will be shared with families soon (this includes local walking excursions, nit checks and photo consent).

Transition Statements - Please ensure that your child's transition statement from kindergarten has been submitted to the school or directly to their classroom teacher. If you're not sure, your child's classroom teacher will be able to confirm whether or not they have received it.

 

What We're Learning This Term!


First off, we would like to extend a big thank you to all families for ensuring that their children are ready for school. We have been very impressed with their preparation, attitudes and readiness to learn. Below are some of the things we will be exploring this term, as well as some handy hints for how you can help at home.

Literacy
● Reading letter names and their sounds
● Writing upper and lower case letters
● High frequency words
● 1-1 correspondence with words when reading
● Writing our name
● Recognising the names of others
● Listening carefully and asking questions
● Making predictions about texts

Numeracy
● 1-1 matching when counting
● Reading and writing numbers (words and numerals)
● Counting forwards and backwards
● Days of the week
● Simple graphs

Other
● Learning to learn, with a focus on who we are within the school.
● Working cooperatively
● Producing quality work
● Having a go and trying our best
● Following the rules
● Understanding our bodies
● Identifying people who keep us safe
● Healthy Eating

 

How you can help at home…

Literacy
● Read with/to your child every night and get them to point to the words as you/they read
● Ask your child questions about what they have read
● Practise using a pencil and writing their name
● Practise other types of writing, such as shopping lists
● Ask your child questions about their day

Numeracy
● Practise counting objects
● Practise counting forwards and backwards (countdown until bedtime, counting on the way to school)
● Discuss what day of the week it is
● Look at calendars

Specialist classes

 

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Please note:
Physical Education: On these days a pair of runners and comfortable clothes would be suitable.
Gardening: Foundation classes may also have the opportunity to participate in Gardening sessions, as part of the school's Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. More info to come.
Music: Prep students will take Drama in Semester 1 and Music in Semester 2.

 

Meet Your Teachers

We are so looking forward to getting to know you and your unique talents and strengths.  But first, here are some fun facts about us:

 

 

Mike

Likes sharks, dinosaurs, jungles, scuba diving, reading, movies, swimming, eating cake, having fun with friends and visiting new places.

 

Katrina

Likes travelling, the beach, plants, coffee, picnics, listening to music and going to concerts, eating cheese and going out for brunch with friends.

 

Eleanor

Likes reading, going to the park, dogs, bike riding, watching movies, eating cheese, being with friends and singing.

 

Tali

Likes music, poetry, coffee, bikes, dancing, laughing, spending time with his son and partner, natural sciences, birds and colour.

 

Gemma

Likes turtles, scuba diving, cuddling cats, visiting new places, yoga, dancing and singing. Laughing and having fun with friends. Also, eating cheese!

         

Yolanda

Likes shopping, playing piano, reading, writing, travelling overseas, the beach and playing board games.

 

Kimalee

Likes reading, gardening, spotting echidnas, kayaking, science, singing. camping, painting, snorkeling, eating sushi and being with family.

 

We are also looking forward to having a great partnership with your parents and families.  We will all learn and grow together.  It is going to be such a wonderful year.

Teacher contact details

If you would like to contact your child's teacher by email please see below and we will respond as soon as possible. You can also send a message via Compass.


For anything urgent, please contact the office on 9329 6902.
PA Kimalee (T1: Mon, Thurs, Fri) - fernandes.kimalee.kj@edumail.vic.gov.au
PA Yolanda (T1: Tues, Wed) - andrews.yolanda.y@edumail.vic.gov.au
PB Tali - white.taliesyn.s@edumail.vic.gov.au
PC Gemma - bamforth.gemma.l@edumail.vic.gov.au
PD Mike - griffiths.michael.j@edumail.vic.gov.au
PE Eleanor - bennett.eleanor.s@edumail.vic.gov.au
PF Katrina - arnold.katrina.k@edumail.vic.gov.au