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What’s Happening in our Prep Classes?

What’s Happening in our Prep Classes?

Last week was an important week for our new Preps because it was their first full week at school (including coming to school on Wednesdays). Not only are our Prep students getting used to what happens each day at school but they are also learning lots of new skills and knowledge.

In the Prep classes the students have been working on learning the letters of the alphabet and recently they were learning all about the letter P. One of the Preps favourite things to do during this week was bringing items into class that start with P for Show and Tell.

In addition, in Maths the Prep students have been learning all about the numbers from 1 to 20. This will help them with their learning in Maths throughout their lives.

Overall, the Preps have been very busy with their learning and it sounds like they are doing really well with settling into Holy Trinity and St. Mary’s.

Here are Prep Yellow busy at learning today ……..

Literacy

Literacy

Literacy News

Classroom Helpers 

Many thanks to the parents who attended the Classroom Helpers Information Session. If you have nominated a time that you are available to help in your child’s classroom, your child’s teacher will contact you to confirm if that time is an appropriate time for them.

 

Prep Reading Information Workshops 

Thank you to the Prep parents who attended the Reading Information Session. You play a most important part in the development of your child’s reading. The time you share with your children, enjoying picture stories or hearing them read their first take home books is precious valuable time that can instil a love for reading and give them a positive start to their literacy learning journey. Please ensure you help them engage in the text and use the picture clues along with the text to help them read.

 

Our Amazing Preps

It is wonderful to see how our new preps have settled in so comfortably to school. They are all working very well and are already reading texts and writing!!!

LOOK at these wonderful wizkids at work!!!  Fantastic work PREPS!!!!

 

 

Buddy Breakfast 2020

Buddy Breakfast 2020

Today (Friday 21st February) the Year 6 and Prep students along with their families got together for ‘Buddy’ breakfast in the Community Space. We all ate lots of  sausages and fruit and drank juice as the buddy families got to know each other better. One of the highlights of the morning was when the Year 6 students gave their Prep buddy a special purple ‘Buddy’ bear. This is a special initiative that has been taking place at HT and St. Mary’s for over 20 years as part of the fantastic work done by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.

Overall Buddy breakfast was a very fun day and everyone really enjoyed it.

Here are some photos from our Buddy breakfast …..

Prep Camp

Prep Camp

Yesterday (6 December) all of the Preps went to their first Camp at Holy Trinity. The Preps got to do lots of different activities but some of the highlights included toasting marshmallows, making cubby houses and going on a nature walk. I think one of the best parts of the day was that they did not have to do ‘work’ for the day.

Overall, the Preps had lots of fun at camp and many said it was one of the best days they have ever had.

 

Swimming Program

Swimming Program

On Wednesday the 6th of November the students in Prep to Year 4 began travelling to Knox Leisureworks for our yearly swimming program. This program took place for 8 days which finished today. In the first week we did the lessons practising swimming strokes, floating and survival. On each Thursdays all student brought in their PJs. We had to do our swimming in these clothes as well as learning how to survive in the water if we were to fall in with our clothes on.

Today (Friday) is everyone’s favourite day because it is Fun Friday. We got to make whirlpools with the others in our group, did a water scribble and go on the water slide too. It was so much fun.

Overall, we had so much fun in the swimming program and will be sad not to do it next year when we are go into Year 5.

Prep Learning

Prep Learning

It is amazing how our Prep students have been at HT and St. Mary’s for nearly the whole year. Recently, I was lucky enough to visit them to see how they were going.

In Prep Yellow they have been learning about “friends of ten” facts. Some told me about how fun and easy it was to learn about these facts in Maths. Others told me that even though these facts were a little hard that they had improved a lot in their numbers since learning about friends of ten facts.

In Prep Blue the students were learning were also learning about ten facts that connected on a rainbow  8+2 =10. The students really enjoyed completing these colourful maths activities such as cutting out the worms and colouring in the rainbow. All the preps have grown so much that they are are nearly ready for year one.

For all those kinder kids out there that will be coming to HT and St. Mary’s in the coming years I would like to let you know to try not to be scared because we have lots of teachers and students that can help you out as you learn. The first day may be scary but you will make friends and when you know it you will be swinging on the monkey bars, running on the oval, putting on your thinking cap and so much more. Holy Trinity and St. Mary’s is a place where you can shine bright like a star.

Prep 100 Day Celebration

Prep 100 Day Celebration

On Thursday 1st August our Prep students celebrated their first 100 days of school. The dressed up as something to do with the number 100. One example included dressing up as a grandpa or grandma with a knit sweater, cain and fake hair. Some kids dressed up by wearing 100 things like 100 dot or 100 batman logos. They wore capes, bling and all sorts of colours.

The Preps gathered in the Community Space for a parade and throughout the day they did activities based on the number 100.

Below is a few pictures of the day along with a slide show of what each student might look like if they were 100.

TORCH Bearers of Term 2

TORCH Bearers of Term 2

This afternoon at assembly our TORCH bearers of the term were awarded to one special person in each level who displays each of our TORCH values. Our TORCH values of tolerance (T), optimism (O), respect (R), confidence (C) and honesty (H) are at the heart of what we teach at Holy Trinity and provide our students with practical examples of how to live out of school motto of ‘Love One Another’.

Congratulations to Owen (Prep), Tyler (1/2), Olivia (3/4) and Anneliese (5/6) for being such fantastic recipients of the TORCH Bearers for term 2.

Prep Wildlife Incursion

Prep Wildlife Incursion

On Wednesday 15th of May our prep classes were lucky enough to have an incursion as part of their Inquiry topic about Life Cycles. Wildlife Xposure brought along a variety of animals including snakes, crocodiles and birds to teach the students about the wonderful world that we live in. The students got to examine their behaviour and some even go to touch the animals.

Overall the preps had a great time and learnt a lot about animals for their Inquiry topic.

Twilight Sports

Twilight Sports

Last Wednesday (13th of March) the students of Holy Trinity and St Mary’s participated in our annual Twilight Sports event. Our four houses Bunarong (Gold), Mackay (Blue), Mackillop (Green)  and Dominic (Red) all did a great job for the event. These houses were well led by ….. : Thomas and Niamh (Bunarong), Archie and Chloe (Mackay), Lachlan and Bella (Mackillop) and Nik and Caitlin (Dominic).

The evening began with our field house events where teams competed together to try to gain points for their team. We then went onto the Sprint events which were completed by the students in Prep to Year 2. We then had some relays and finished off the evening with the Fran Rascas races.

The house who ended up winning the Spirit Shield for Good Sportsmanship was Mackay.

The overall winning team for Twilight Sports was Bunarong so congrats to all the Gold team!

Here are some pictures from last Wednesday ……

Buddy Breakfast

Buddy Breakfast

On Friday the 1st of March the Prep students and their Year 6 buddy/ies (along with their families) gathered in the Community Space for Buddy Breakfast. This was a chance for the buddies and their families to get to know each other better. The Year 6’s also gave their Prep buddy/ies a special ‘buddy’ bear to symbolise our new friendship. We look forward to spending many happy times with our buddies throughout 2019.

Here is a few photos from our Buddy Breakfast last Friday …..

Gravity Fun in Prep L!

Gravity Fun in Prep L!

In Prep L we have been learning all about gravity. We have had fun exploring with different items in the classroom and seeing how long they take to reach the ground. Here are some of the students thinking around gravity –

‘Gravity is like a big magnet. It pulls us down so we don’t float away to space!’ (Emily)

‘Space does not have gravity because things float up there.’ (Pierre)

‘The more mass an object has, the quicker it will fall to the ground when we let it go!’ (Henry) 

‘Gravity pulls everything down on earth.’ (Grace)

 

Our Preps are flying in Digitech

Our Preps are flying in Digitech

Our Prep students are working hard on their touch typing skills using Typing Tournament. This program teaches the students to use all of their fingers (on both hands) when using the keyboard. I would encourage all students to try to log into this program at the following site ….. https://goo.gl/vsdhsY

Here is a few more of our Prep students in action …..

 

Preps in Digitech

Preps in Digitech

In term 3 the Prep students are learning to log on using an individual username and password (instead of the generic one that they all used at the beginning of the year). This means that logging on takes a bit longer because each student is required to type in a few more letters but they can also get to use their own Google accounts a lot more.

One newer program that the Preps are beginning to use is called Typing Tournament which is an online program designed to develop touch typing skills. As part of this program the students complete a series of activities working towards completing a touch typing test. The program is very engaging and it tracks the students progress as their skills develop.

Here are a few of our Prep students in action …..

 

Discovery Centres in the Prep Level

Discovery Centres in the Prep Level

Today in Prep we had Discovery Centres! It is a relaxed environment where the students can experiment with their learning.

We had a variety of activities that students could choose from. Some of the activities included making and continuing patterns, practising sight words, recognising and making numbers and writing sentences. At the end, students got to share what they’d been learning about with the other Preps.

Discovery Centres is so much fun!
Graphing in Prep L

Graphing in Prep L

Prep L have enjoyed learning all about graphs this week! The photo displayed is a graph we made to represent the boys and girls in our class. From this graph we know that –

“There are fourteen girls” (Ezekiel)

“There are twelve boys” (Sienna)

“There are more girls than boys on the graph (Grace)

“There are less boys than girls on the graph” (Alex)

“If Luella and Emmerson were in our class today, there would be sixteen girls in total” (Henry)

“The number down the bottom tells us how many people there are without counting” (Wyatt)

“We can see that there are 26 people in total on the graph” (Olivia and Chris)

“Graphs help us sort out our information” (Owen)

Mindfulness and Meditation in Prep H

Mindfulness and Meditation in Prep H

It has been a very busy start to the year with lots of fun and learning for our new preps!

As part of our Integrated Studies unit, we practise mindfulness everyday as a way to keep our minds healthy. We have started a mindfulness journal to record our daily thoughts and feelings and rest our bodies with a short meditation to put a smile on our mind.