Final celebrations and thank you for 2017

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Posted by mrsmoncrieff | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on December 22, 2017

We would like to congratulate Angus for receiving our Term 4 Acknowledgement award and for also being a Jogging Club Winner. Angus, as well as many other children from Prep E who have kept fit and continued to run in the morning for Jogging Club have helped Prep E to win the prestigious Debbie Flintoff – King Jogging Cub Award again this year! Well done to Bodhi who also won the Prep Art Award. I am so proud of you all!

I would like to wish Milla and her family good luck as they begin at Balcombe Grammar next year.

A big thank you to Vicki and Val for being our Class Reps this year. It was lovely to know that I could contact parents and keep that communication going 24 hours a day!

A HUGE thank you to all of the Prep E families for the wonderful support that you have given to me and to your children’s education this year. I have been very humbled by the beautiful gifts and the kind words that I have read in all of your cards. Teaching is such a wonderful profession and I am so privileged to be able to play a small part in the lives of your families and cherish the times that I have had with the children in Prep E. Thank you so much for your kind wishes and gifts – I will have fun after Christmas having a closer look at them and re-reading your cards. Merry Christmas, stay safe and enjoy some terrific family times! XXXXX Mrs Moncrieff

 

 

Weeks 9 & 10 fun

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Posted by mrsmoncrieff | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on December 17, 2017

Congratulations to our award winners at last week’s assembly! Molly was absent but she also received an Organisation Award. Well done!

There has been much discussion about what we should create in our home corner for these last few weeks and Beatrix decided it would be great to make it a Santa’s Workshop! Well it has certainly been getting a work out!

We had a terrific day at the Maze last week. A huge thank you to Vicki and Val and to all of our parents who attended. We REALLY could not have done this without you!  We had such a fun day and wrote some amazing stories about our antics the next day. Come in and have a look at them in our red books!

The children will move to their new class and meet their teacher and friends for 2018 tomorrow from 11.30. Reports will also be sent home tomorrow.

Looking forward to a fun and reflective final week in Prep E! XX

Week 8 and it was great!

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Posted by mrsmoncrieff | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on December 1, 2017

We have been doing loads of Maths this week! We made flower pots the same size as our shoes, then we ordered them from shortest to tallest, measured them using informal units and recorded our results. We have measured capacity using water and unifix blocks. We have talked about how we measure time using little measures such as seconds and long measures like years! We have been describing and classifying shapes and recalling the names of 2D and 3D shapes. Wow, what a week!

We have been very excited this week to welcome loads of beautiful silkmoths. They have been mating and laying dozens of eggs ready for new silkworms next spring.

 

Japanese Day Fun

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Posted by mrsmoncrieff | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on November 19, 2017

こんにちは Kon'nichiwa

Friday was an terrific day with our craft and outdoor games, not to mention the fun dress ups and assembly antics! Here are a few photos about the day! Thank you to Vicki for helping us out! Well done to our Organisation Award winners as well!

Week 4 round up!

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Posted by mrsmoncrieff | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on November 8, 2017

It has been amazing over the last few weeks to see how quickly the children have embraced their new learning and then challenge themselves to move to the next level. Two good examples of this are the typing we have all been learning about in Word and our addition and subtraction tasks.

We have quickly moved from typing single words to typing whole stories on the computer, changing font sizes, colours and using the keys to create capital letters! Wow, how amazing!

We are now using some more complex strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems and sharing our thinking.

Prep E and Prep B have a new home corner! We are camping in our backyard with lots of wild animals!

Did you know that the “th” letter combination can appear at the beginning, middle and end of words, and actually has two different sounds? We do! Our “Things” look great too!

Preps having fun in Digitech

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Posted by mrsmoncrieff | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 29, 2017

Week 3 in Prep E!

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Posted by mrsmoncrieff | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 29, 2017

We started our week with a visit to the Life Education van and we met that cheeky giraffe Harold! We learnt some great ideas for keeping ourselves safe and healthy, as well as how we should treat our friends.

Our silkworms are getting bigger and bigger and have enormous appetites! If anyone has a mulberry tree we would love a bag of leaves! Thanks to Val for her big bag last week.

We have been using a “counting on” strategy to help us solve addition problems and even been recording these for our partners to solve.

Well done to Beatrix who went back to talk about school for the children at her old Kinder. She spoke very confidently and loved having a play with all the toys in her old sandpit. Here is a photo taken at Padua Kinder, where we also visited.

Let’s review our fun Week Two!

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Posted by mrsmoncrieff | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 20, 2017

Congratulations to our award winners this week, who have shown great organisational skills and some terrific Jogging Club results. We also have awarded our first Line Licences for this year! Keep a look out for the special book on display outside the classroom with writing samples inside.

  

We have had the opportunity to see loads of living things this week. Our minibeast hunt in the school yard yielded many bugs and we have had visits from Erin with her special stick insects and Angus with a blue tongue lizard. There was even an echidna in our sensory garden on Tuesday!

Congratulations to everyone for the amazing nude food lunch boxes we had today! Wouldn’t it be great to try this type of lunch every week!

 

 

Kids Matter Parent Survey

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Posted by mrsmoncrieff | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 16, 2017

Dear Parents,

Thank you to those who have completed our Kids Matter parent surveys previously. We would like this to be completed again to try to track the needs of our parent group and make plans to better support our community in the future.

Welcome back for Term 4

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Posted by mrsmoncrieff | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 16, 2017

Welcome back for Term 4 and all the fun that this term brings! Our inquiry unit is all about “What changes in our backyards” and we are looking forward to minibeast hunting and planting beans! We have some new silkworm friends, so pop in and say hello to these little creatures. We will be able to track their life cycle this term as well.

We travelled to the pool on Thursday for our first swimming lesson and it was amazing! Thank you to the parents who came to watch and to Michelle for being the special parent helper.

Our Reading focus has been on using visualizing as a way to improve comprehension and in Maths we have been looking more closely at clocks and telling the time. The children are working hard to place their writing on new dotted thirds lines to get ready for Year One, and striving to achieve their Line Licences.

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