Pre-Kindergarten

PRE-KINDERGARTEN

Welcome to the Pre-Kindergarten Programme at Orana Catholic Primary School. We look forward to meeting you and your child.

The early years of school are very special. Pre-Kindergarten is the bridge between home and the more formal institution of school. It is a period when children enter the social world beyond their family. It is a time of steady growth, a time of exciting discoveries and a time to have fun. Our primary concern is the contentment and happiness of each child. Pre-Kindergarten is a place where children can become creative thinkers and doers. Our number one goal is to guide the children towards developing an "I can do it" self-image. Our process-orientated format and open-ended activities allow creativity to blossom.

At Orana, our focus for Pre-Kindergarten is on social development. Success in the early years of schooling depends upon the acquisition of social skills. These skills are acquired primarily through play. Through play children:

The Play experiences in the formative years are one of the most important stages in a child's life as it is the foundation for future social and academic performances.

OUR CURRICULUM

We are guided by 'Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia'

The Early Years Learning Framework is Australia's first National Curriculum statement for educators working in early education.

This statement provides broad direction for educators to facilitate young children's learning and comprises of three interrelated elements, which are fundamental to early childhood pedagogy and curriculum decision-making. The Principles, Practices and Learning Outcomes assist us as kindergarten teachers at Orana to plan, implement and evaluate the activities, experiences, routines and settings operating in our kindergartens.

Principles

Practices

Learning Outcomes

OUR ROUTINE

TIME ACTIVITY
9.00 - 9.15am Greet children and their families
9.15 - 9.30am Introduction
9.30 - 10.20am Indoor and outdoor learning experience. Focus group observation.
10.20 - 10.30am Play based literacy focus
10.30 - 10.35am Prayer
10.35 - 11.00am Fruit
11.00 - 11.30am Outdoor learning experience. Perceptual motor focus.
11.30 -11.35pm Play based numeracy focus
11.35 -11.50pm Music
11.50 - 12.20pm Indoor and Outdoor learning experience. Target group intervention.
12.20 - 12.30pm Finger plays
12.30 - 1.20pm Lunch
1.20 - 2.00pm Outdoor Learning Experience
2.00 - 2.20pm Quiet Time
2.20 - 2.30pm Reflective Learning

Pre-Kindergarten is held every Friday of the school term from 9.00am - 2.30pm. Our sessions will follow the same routine each day.

ARRIVAL ROUTINE

At the commencement of each day we ask you to help your child carry their hat, water bottle and fruit into the classroom and to place them in their special box which is near the front door marked with their name. Their bag and lunch box will stay outside on the hook.

We ask that a parents/carers or accompanying adults complete an activity with their child such as a puzzle, playdough or reading a book. We will allow approximately 10 minutes settling in time before music is played signalling the start of the mat session.

WHAT TO BRING

STUDENT LEARNING - FRESH GRADE

Pre-Kindergarten is a three-year-old programme with the main emphasis being on social development.  We will be using the app FreshGrade for Parents to showcase your child at work and play. It will be like a little window into the various activities they experience at school. In fact, it will act as a digital portfolio of their happy moments and learning tasks. As we add content, you will receive a notification on your device. FreshGrade for Parents is free and available for iOS devices (from the App Store) and Android devices (from Google Play). Please download the app in readiness to receive an invitation to create an account once school starts.

FRUIT TIME

Fruit time is a little morning snack. Please send fruit and a healthy snack (yoghurt/cucumber). If your child usually has his/her fruit sliced, quartered etc, please do this for Pre-Kindergarten too. Water in drink bottles is also preferred and please make sure that they can be easily opened. Orana is an Allergy Aware School.

CLOTHING

We would like to remind you that comfortable clothing is best for your child. Tracksuits and shorts have proven to be the most appropriate for children to climb, run and play. Please do not send your child in clothes which will cause difficulty for the child when toileting. For this reason, please avoid belts, overalls and jeans with buttons and zips. Closed shoes or comfortable sandals are a good idea for Pre-Kindergarten. No thongs, slippers or Ugg boots please.

A broad brimmed hat is also necessary as the school has a 'no hat no play' policy. During the summer months, please apply sunscreen to your child prior to coming to Pre-Kindergarten.

HEALTH

If children are tired or unwell please do not hesitate to keep them home to catch up on rest. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed makes their day far more valuable.

If your child suffers with Asthma, please complete the Asthma Action Plan which is available on the School website. Please also supply to the school the necessary medications in the event that your child displays symptoms of an asthma attack.

If your child suffers allergies and is likely to have an anaphylactic episode, an EpiPen must be provided and an Action Plan supplied to the school. Action plans are required to be signed by your General practitioner. Medications for Pre-Kindergarten children will be kept in a safe location in the classroom. The Puffer or EpiPen will remain at school unless you wish to take it home then you must return to the teacher at the next session.

Please print a copy of all action plans and give it to your class teacher prior to your child's first day of school.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

The children must remain accompanied by a parent, carer or caregiver until Pre-Kindergarten begins. For safety reasons, please inform us beforehand if another adult is picking up your child. Please use the communication book to advise us of any changes. This book will be located inside the front door of the Pre-Kindergarten. Please write your child's name and the name of the person collecting your child that day and sign and date the entry. If someone else is regularly going to be picking up your child, you can inform us via a letter to be kept in the communication book.

Sometimes a child may seem distressed to leave either parent. Our experience shows that after a firm but gentle goodbye, your child is usually participating with the rest of the group within minutes. We do our best to ensure the children are relaxed and contented at Pre-Kindergarten. This is essential for a happy learning environment.

Commencement time for Pre-Kindergarten is 9.00am. It is important for your child to come to Pre-Kindergarten on time as this allows them time to settle into the routine and start the day in a positive manner.

The Pre Kindy day concludes at 2.30pm. It is essential that children are collected at this time. If for any reason you are delayed, please contact the office.

ABSENCES

Absences: If your child is absent for any reason, please email the school at admin@orana.wa.edu.au.

Late Arrival or Early Pick-up: Any child arriving at school after 9.15am or leaving during school hours must sign in/out through the office.

TEACHER COMMUNICATION

We aim to always keep you informed of what is happening in the classroom with your child. During the year, there will be many opportunities to discuss your child's progress and we are happy to discuss any queries or concerns you might have. Our door is always open and we are more than happy to discuss any concerns you may have in regards to your child at Pre Kindergarten.

Your child's learning and participation in our Pre-Kindy programme should not be gauged by the things carried home in his/her hand. Much of your child's learning will not be on paper but will be demonstrated through the use of concrete and sensory materials.

We are respectful that all children grow, learn and develop at different rates so it is not appropriate for parents/carers to comment, or compare student's progress.

Our eMail Addresses:

KB: caroline.mavrick@cewa.edu.au

KW: nadia.lovelle@cewa.edu.au

PLAYGROUND SUPERVISION

In order to facilitate safety for children and adults, we ask that parents/carers do not arrive in the centre before 8.40am and leave the area by 3.00pm. This is to prevent any accidents/incidents before and after school when the area is not supervised by school staff. Children who are in Years One to Six should be left at their classrooms before parents/carers come to the ECC as the centre is for Pre-Primary, Kindy and Pre-Kindy children only.

BIRTHDAYS

Birthdays are an important event and we would be very happy to celebrate and acknowledge your child's special day. If you would like to share a treat with the children you may send along Freddos, or something similar that does not contain any nuts.

WORK TUBS

We will have a plastic tub at the Pre-Kindergarten doors containing your child's work that did not go home the previous day. All you need to do is check under your child's name and take any paintings, gluing etc. Please check this weekly as the children are proud of their work and delight in hearing praise on a job well done. Notes for home will also be contained in this file.

HINTS TO MAKE YOUR CHILD'S TRANSITION EASIER

We look forward to a happy year ahead.

Mrs Caroline Mavrick & Mrs Nadia Lovelle

Pre-Kindergarten Teachers

A POEM TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR CHILD DOES AT PRE-KINDERGARTEN

WHEN YOU THOUGHT I WASN'T LOOKING

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator,
and I wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw you feed a stray cat,
and I thought it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw you make my favourite cake for me,
and I knew that little things are special things.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I heard you say a prayer,
and I believed that there was a God to talk to.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I felt you kiss me goodnight,
and I felt loved.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw tears come from your eyes,
and I learned that sometimes things hurt,
but it's alright to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw that you cared,
and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I looked....
and I wanted to say thanks for all the things
I saw when you thought I wasn't looking.

Author: Mary Rita Schilke Korazan