During this year’s Children’s Book Week (22-28 August) our Centre’s Preschool Seabirds’ Teacher invited children from other St Anne’s group rooms to join the Seabirds children in a ‘whole of Centre book reading experience’! The Book Week theme this year was ‘Books Light up our World’. So, with lanterns alight overhead, Fiona read a carefully chosen book appropriate for everyone, as children’s faces lit up! Taking opportunity to gather together in this way strengthens our sense of “centre community” and further strengthens our relationship with each other.
With the tap-tap-tapping of the metal plates on the tips and heels of their shoes, the U3A Tappers danced their way into the minds and hearts of our Centre’s very young. The dancers’ repertoire of old favourites and their colourful costumes fully engaged the children with their eyes following the dancers’ moves across the “dance floor” culminating in some children joining in to march with them to the beat of ‘76 Trombones’.What a great sense of community we experience with such a visit!
(National Quality Area 6: Collaborative partnerships with families and communities)
On Friday 24 July everyone at St Anne’s celebrated the Feast of St Anne. Father Michael Nilon (St Francis Xavier Parish Priest) attended to bless the St Anne and Mary statues which stand in the Cenytre foyer, skillfully crafted from timber by Mr Adam Sullivan. Father Michael then cut the celebratory cake which was shared with everyone. 26 July is the annual feast day of Anne & Joachim, the parents of our Heavenly Mother, Mary. St Anne is the patroness of St Anne’s Long Day Care Centre.
How NAIDOC week is being celebrated at St Anne’s. “We all stand on sacred ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate.”
As the St Anne’s educators continue to support the children’s learning and knowledge of their local community and the traditional custodians of this Bundjalung country, they are leading the children through a variety of experiences through art, music and story, to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As we do this we are mindful of the Early Years Learning Framework Principle ‘Respect for diversity’: Educators recognise that diversity contributes to the richness of our society and provides a valid evidence base about ways of knowing. For Australia it also includes promoting greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing and being.
We are so very grateful to Mr Adam Sullivan (Holy Family School Assistant Principal)for his craftsmanship and generosity in making for us the statues “St Anne and Mary”. How fitting for us, for “mother and daughter “to stand humbly in our foyer.
On Thursday 14 May, 2015 the Seabirds Preschool Class was visited by Lynda Hourigan who presented to the children a Water Safety Preschool Programme. Lynda is the Boating Education Officer from Roads & Maritime Services. Lynda showed the children and spoke to them about, water safety devices and why we need to use them when out on the water! Many of the children do go out on the water with their families in boats or on jet skis. Lynda’s messages of safety were very important.
On Tuesday 7 April 2015 Mr Ian Grimwood, came to visit to talk to the Preschoolers about Fire Safety. Ian is a Firefighter with the Lismore Brigade.
He gave the children the following simple messages to remember:
• Check your house for smoke detectors – every house should have some.
• If there is a fire call 000.
• If there is a fire in your house get out of your house and go to a safe place – plan with your family where the safe place is (fire plan) – the letter box is a good spot.
• If your clothes ever catch on fire STOP, DROP down, COVER your face and ROLL over and over.
• If there is a fire in your house and there is smoke GET DOWN LOW, and GO, GO, GO (out of your house).
• If there is fire in your house get out and don’t go back in to get toys, teddies or pets. The Firefighters will rescue your pets for you!
Ian then dressed in his fire fighting clothing and told the children NEVER to be frightened of a firefighter – call out to them and let them know where you are if you are caught in a fire.
Thanks for your messages Ian!!
For more very useful information go to the NSW Fire and Rescue website.
On Wednesday 1st April 2015 Barbara Jensen, the Rous Water Community Education Officer visited St Anne’s with the ‘Water Aware Program’ for preschoolers. The program supports educators, children and their families to take action for wise water use and management. The message is easy for children to relate to with Barb introducing the concept by teaching the children the ‘Water Watchers Song’ and using a felt-board story about young children who learn how to be ‘Water Watchers.’ Using the ‘hand sign’ of 3 fingers up also gives the children a tangible concrete way of remembering the ‘Water Watchers message.’ The Seabirds and Rockpools children are now official ‘Water Watchers!’ For more information about the Rous Water Early Childhood Program visit their website www.rouswater.nsw.gov.au and search ‘Early Childhood’ or follow the links.
On 27 January 2015 St Anne’s Long Day Care Centre celebrated its 5th birthday. The Centre opened its doors to young children and their families for the first time on Wednesday 27 January 2010. Delicious celebratory cake for everyone!