Monday, 6 December 2021

Week Nine! We made it!

 Dear Parents,

Sadly it is our last week of Preprimary and what an amazing year it has been! Thank you all for sharing your beautiful little people.  I have been truly blessed to have taught them this year. So many different personalities sharing the same lovely values has made for a special year. They are certainly a powerhouse little group and I look forward to seeing their names 'up in lights' in the future. 

I am so proud of their learning.  They have worked very hard to 'nail' this reading and writing thing and seeing the smiles on their faces when they realise how clever they are always fills my heart.  I will publish their latest Initialit testing for you to see on Seesaw before the end of the week. I am sure it will 'blow your socks off' just like it did mine, with every child achieving a personal best. 

Thank you so much to all parents for supporting their children's learning so well this year and an extra thank you to the wonderful parents who have acted as the class reps and supported class activities over the year.  Extra special thanks to our wonderful Troll head band makers.

Have a wonderful Christmas and summer holiday with your families and don't forget to say hello next year when your child is a big Year One. 

Christmas Concert

Important  

The Christmas concert is tomorrow evening.  Please have your child at the classroom sitting calmy outside the door by 5.30. They should not be running around the playgroud. Parents are to help with their child's head band and then move down to secure a good viewing position on the oval. 

Girls will need to have their hair in a firm ponytail or preferrably braids.  They will also need to bring bobby pins.  This is so that we can pin the Troll head bands to their hair. 

As the boys have shorter hair I am going to suggest that they bring a firm fitting cap and some safety pins.  The troll headband can be put over the cap and safety pinned in place. 

The children are to wear Christmas themed clothes or simply Christmas Coloured clothes. 

If you have a friend who you know doesnt read the blog then please pass on this important information. πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜‡


Naturaliste Free Dress Day.  Thursday.


Colour Run 2pm Friday.  The chidlren will need a white t-shirt. 

The colour run will take place again on the last day of school. Just a reminder to please return the fundraiser form to your class teacher. For every $5 raised, each participant will go in the draw to win an Awesome Summer Fun Prize Pack valued at around $200! The prize includes games, sporting equipment, toys donated by Sea Change News agency, stationery, a beautiful book donated by Text and Co and some sweet treats too!

Each participant will receive a small Raw Life icy pole at the end of their run. The Raw Life van will be on site selling juices/icy poles etc to parents/spectators too!

For this day, please wear a white t-shirt and free dress (preferably older clothes).


ST VINCENT DE PAUL CHRISTMAS APPEAL

Thank you for the amazing contributions so far. 

Each year at OLC we take time to be thankful for our blessings and to assist those local people in need by contributing to Christmas Hampers distributed by the St Vincent De Paul Society.

 If you haven't had a chance to contribute yet then please do so before Wednesday. 

K & PP: Christmas goodies, chocolates, bonbons, puddings, decorations, small children's gifts and stocking stuffers etc.


Wishing you all a happy and holy Christmas.  πŸ’—


Julie Birch  Deb Young  Mel Kent   Amanda Taylor.  The PPB TEAM!  


Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Week 8. We are on the countdown now!

 

Dear Parents,

As much as I love the lead up to the Christmas holidays it is tinged with a little bit of sadness. PPB 2021 has been a wonderful group of delightful little people and it will be hard to say goodbye.  They love to learn and are keen to please.  When you teach a class they become part of your everyday life.  The children share their personalities, likes, dislikes, achievements, concerns and fears with their teachers and classmates and we do become like a 'family'.  So it is really important that our special little family enjoys their last two weeks together. We will be busy making Christmas decorations and cooking over the next two weeks as we prepare for Christmas.  However there is still important work to be done right up to the last day so please make sure you adhere to bedtime routines so that the children come to school bright and happy.  

Transitioning to Year One. 

As we draw closer to the end of the year and the beginning of Year One we are beginning to implement a few transitions in order to make Year One easier for our students. 

Last week we ate our recess near the nature playground at the oval. This week we are eating our lunch near the hall with the 'big kids' to get used to their Year One lunch location. 

We will also go for a walk through the Year One classrooms and discuss the fact that they will find out which classroom they will be in during the holidays. 

PPB Christmas Concert Information

The OLC Christmas Concert is Tuesday, 7th Dec (Week 9) commencing at 5.30pm. The theme for the end of year concert dress is ‘Casual Christmas Wear’. Christmas colours, t-shirts, dresses etc and Christmas accessories are all perfect for the occasion. PPB are performing a Trollz themed dance. The parents of PPB are kindly making some headpieces for the students (THANKYOU!) so please wear these for the performance. Any questions please email ellie.haines@cewa.edu.au. I can’t wait for you to see your children shine, they have all blown me away this Semester! Thank you- Mrs Haines

Library Books

Please make sure your child's library book comes back this week. There will not be bringing home a new library book for the rest of the term.


Home Reading Books

This will be the last week that home reading books will be sent home. Mrs Kemp has asked that all books are returned by Monday the 6th of December.  Please make sure reading folders are sent to school next Monday along with any home readers you have at home.  Check your children's bookshelves, under the car seat, under the bed and in all the places that any stray reading and library books may have taken up long term residence. 


The Season of Advent:

We celebrated the beginning of the season of Advent today.

Advent is a period of spiritual preparation in which many Christians make themselves ready for the coming, or birth of the Lord, Jesus Christ.

Celebrating Advent typically involves a season of prayer, fasting, and repentance, followed by anticipation, hope, and joy.

We celebrate Advent not only by thanking God for Christ's first coming to Earth as a baby, but also for his presence among us today through the Holy Spirit, and in preparation and anticipation of his final coming at the end of the age.



End of Term Preparation.

Please send in a strong recyclable shopping bag with your child's name written near the handle with black texta.  We will use this bag to pack all of your child's books and artwork ready to take home next week. 


Help Please
Next week we would like to wash all the classroom equipment.  Lego, Mobilo etc and give our furniture a good clean.  
We would like to aim for Wednesday afternoon (however would accept any help at any time).  If you are able to help we would love you forever!  Please let me know ASAP. 

Have a fabulous week.

Julie Birch and the PPB Team. 






Tuesday, 23 November 2021

 

Dear Parents, 

Transitioning to Year One. 

As we draw closer to the end of the year and the beginning of Year One we are beginning to implement a few transitions in order to make Year One easier for our students. 

This week we will be eating our recess near the nature playground and then playing in the nature playground alongside the 'big kids'.

Next week we will eat our lunch near the hall with the 'big kids' and get used to moving to the nature playground. 

Seesaw

There have been quite a few Seesaw posts this term.  Please take the time to look at these.  The reports at the end of the term  will have less comments as it is exptected that you will have familiarised yourself with your children's work via Seesaw. This system is being trialled this semester and will be reviewed before next year.

ChristmasπŸŽ…

In Religious Education we have begun to talk about Advent.  We have  read, discussed and will act out the Nativity story with peg doll puppets that he children will make themselves. 

We will also have some fun with some Christmas Craft and little bit of mischievious Elf magic over the next few weeks. 

Please send in any old Christmas cards, Christmas Wrapping and ties that you find you don't need.  We will use these in our Santa's Workshop.  We will aslo need more boxes and lots of clean toilet rolls. 

Character Strengths. 

Currently at OLC we are focusing on modelling and observing different character strengths. This week we are looking for people who have Prudence




Vinnies Christmas Appeal 

There will be a box at the front of PPB for collections for Vinnie's Christmas Appeal. Pre Primary families are asked to donate Christmas Goodies: Choccies, bonbons, puddings,  etc Please be generous and thoughtful in what you donate. Thank you in advance for your support and donations. πŸ’—



Term 4 Important Dates:

24th November – OLC AGM meeting
7th December – Whole school Christmas Concert (LOCK THIS ONE IN!)
10th December – Colour Run and Last day for students

Have a lovely week.

Julie Birch and the PPB Team. 

Thursday, 18 November 2021

Week 6.


Dear Parents,

Thank you for being patient this week.  I have had a very busy week!

We have been very lucky to have the lovely Miss Newton completing her Second Year  Professionoal Placement (Prac) with us in PPB over the last four weeks.  She has impressed us all with her maturity and depth of knowledge.  She has made made some special connections with the children and they have loved having her in their classroom. Sadly, tomorrow is her last day and we wish her well in the future and know that she will make a wonderful early childhood teacher. 

 Vinnies Christmas Appeal 

There will be a box at the front of PPB for collections for Vinnie's Christmas Appeal. Pre Primary families are asked to donate Christmas Goodies: Choccies, bonbons, puddings,  etc Please be generous and thoughtful in what you donate. Thank you in advance for your support and donations. πŸ’—






Character Strengths 
Dear Parents, currently at OLC we are focusing on modeling and observing different character strengths. The strengths that we will focus on are taken directly from the VIA Institute for Character. If you wanted to learn more about this please follow the link to the 24 character strengths: https://www.viacharacter.org/character-strengths
This upcoming week we are looking for people who show Perspective. Can you encourage your child to reflect on the following?



THANKYOU to the wonderful mums who have helped out making the dance costume headpieces.  I cant wait to see them! Mrs Haines tells me that we will all be very proud of PPB when they hit the stage at the Christmas Concert. 



Term 4 Important Dates:

24th November – OLC AGM meeting
7th December – Whole school Christmas Concert (LOCK THIS ONE IN!)
10th December – Colour Run and Last day for students


Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Week 5. Term 4. On the home run now.

 Dear Parents,

The end of the year is fast approaching and it is wonderful to see your little people blossoming and showing us that they are nearly ready for Year One. 

A few reminders for you.

Tricky Words.

These are really important.  You should be going over them each night.  Please do so and return your tricky word record folder to school and write your name on the "I need new tricky words board" so that you can keep steaming ahead. 

This Friday is a STUDENT FREE DAY

Seesaw

Please make sure that you are viewing the work samples posted on Seesaw. 

Interviews

I am presently conducting follow up interviews as planned in previous parent meetings.  If I have not contacted you then I don't see need for a meeting however if you would like opportunity to meet then please see me and we can make a mutual time

Certificates

At this stage of the year all children, according to my records, will have received at least one merit certificate. If you feel that your child has not received one then please let me know as I would hate anyone to have missed theirs.  


Have a lovely week,

Julie Birch and the PPB Team. 


Sunday, 31 October 2021

Week 4 Term 4

 



Dear Parents,

Here's hoping you all survived Halloween... and that there are no 'Halloween Hangovers' at school tomorrow.  πŸ˜‰

Wellbeing Week 

Each day this week there will be a focus on a different kind of activity that can help to promote positive wellbeing for everyone at OLC.  

  • On Monday, we will do some yoga in class.
  • On Tuesday we will do a guided meditation. 
  • On Wednesday the preprimaries will do mindfullness tapping with Mrs Geraldine Page. 
  • On Thursday we will do a guided meditation and mindfullness colouring. 
  • On Friday, students are asked to wear their favourite T-Shirt that makes them feel good - it can be a band, a colour or one with a positive message on it...up to them! If they can wear their regular sports bottom halves please!
  • Each day we will participate in square breathing. 
Character Strength.

Our Character Strength that we are focusing on this week is: Love of Learning.

Science

The children are really enjoying our topic of Living Things.  Our cabbage moth caterpillars have been very obliging and spun cocoons as did the very hairy caterpillar that Leo found. 

Last week we did an experiment to see if cut flowers are still living.  Our question was Do they still drink water?  To do this we put cut flowers in water containing dye. We kept one flower in plain water as a control. The dye being a variable. The children have loved watching the flowers gradually change colour.  

This week we will be looking at how plants grow and looking deeper at a butterfly's life cycle. 

English

As part of our Talk4Writing programme the children have been looking closely at sentences.  They have identified and used adjectives and nouns.  They have also written questions.  

Maths

Last week we looked at the days of the week.  We needed to be able to order the days of the week and tell what day it was yesterday and what day it will be tomorrow. 

This week we will begin to look at the concept of sharing. 

Hygiene

There is a round of heavy colds going through the classroom again.  We are being very fussy with hygiene but do ask that if your child has a running nose that you keep them at home. For both their well being and that of others. 

Have a wonderful week everyone,

Julie Birch and the PPB Team. 


Monday, 25 October 2021

Week 3. Term 4.

Dear  Parents,

Thank you to the parents and grandparents who were able to attend our combined preprimary assembly on Friday.  We were  very proud of the children.  They were so good and patient when we rehearsed and put their all into the performance on Friday.  As you could tell from the assembly....the excursion we had with Josh Whiteland was an amazing learning experience for the children.  If you couldn't make it on the day there were many videos made by parents so just ask around and someone will share with you. 

Grandparents Day 

Grandparents are invited to come into school at 1.45pm on Friday 29 October. They will be welcomed into the classrooms for a look around and then they will move on to attend a special assembly led by Year 1K at 2.15 pm.

Character Strengths 
Dear Parents, currently at OLC we are focusing on modeling and observing different character strengths. The strengths that we will focus on are taken directly from the VIA Institute for Character. If you wanted to learn more about this please follow the link to the 24 character strengths: https://www.viacharacter.org/character-strengths
This upcoming week we are looking for people who show Love. Can you encourage your child to reflect on the following?


OLC Wellbeing Week (Week 4)
We are holding a whole week of whole school Wellbeing from Monday to Friday in Week 4. On each day the students will be including an activity with a wellbeing focus into some part of the day. 

Each day of Wellbeing Week a member of the Wellbeing Team will lead the whole school in a prayer meditation and some square breathing over the PA at 12.50pm. The students will also have an opportunity to participate in Yoga, Body Tapping and Sound Healing at various times over the week. 

The week will culminate in a Wellbeing Assembly presented by the year 4's on the Friday, you are most welcome to join us. Friday the 5th November of week 4, is also wear a T/shirt with your 'fave colour/ fave band / fave slogan – whatever makes you feel good' day!

KEEPING SAFE 

This term, the children will be learning Protective Behaviours through the program Keeping Safe. Over the next few weeks, we will be talking to the children about: 
 

• the concept of personal space and how this is different for different people 

• correct anatomical names of sexual body parts 

• the whole body is private  

• appropriate and inappropriate touching. 

 
The children will be taking part in  Keeping Safe lessons about personal space and body parts. We will be reading stories and emphasising the fact that all parts of their body are private. We understand that the children may laugh and giggle when we talk about the anatomical names, but this is important for every child to know. Recent research shows that knowing the anatomically correct language terms enhances children’s body image, self-confidence, and openness.  This is in conjunction with the Child Protection Curriculum which has been mandated in all schools in Western Australia. 


The Keeping Safe lessons focusing on privacy and the body will discuss:
1. Body awareness,
2. Parts of the body
3. Our whole body is private
4. Touching that is OK.

We will be reading a story called 'Everyone's got a bottom' and emphasising the fact that all parts of their body are private. Please find the lesson outline below for the Parts of the Body lesson and a link for the outline of the book if you feel you need to discuss this with your child.



Everyones Got A Bottom

This is a great programme that works to help keep our children safe now and in the future. I wish it had have been around when my children were little. 

If you have any questions please book a time to have a chat. 

ECU Prac Student. 

Miss Hannah Newton will join the class for the next four weeks.  Hannah is a second year, mature age, student at Edith Cowan University.  She is also an ex OLC student (who I taught when she was in year 6!). Hannah will take on some teaching over the next few weeks under my direction and observation.  Please make her feel welcome. 

Wishing you all a lovely week.

Julie Birch and the PPB Team.