A Word from the Principal

A great start everyone! 

We have hit the ground running in Term Four, with the swimming program so expertly organised by Hilary Morris and ably supported by teachers and parents. The children have shown respect and responsibility in the way they have behaved and managed their belongings while moving between the school and pool. Some children have shown courage, trying new things in the water and developing their capabilities beyond their former comfort zone! Well done kids!

If you take a walk around the school you will see a few changes that might make you smile. The children are loving the new breezeway with its rainbow coloured brickwork emerging. Thanks to Pat and Julie and co for running with this project! And of course yesterday when I was on yard duty at lunchtime, it was really special to open playpod in front of the children and see the excitement! Wow! What a change! The children can see what they would like to work with and access it easily and safely. Thank you Karen! 

Classes for 2015: We are anticipating an enrolment of about 220 children next year which is similar to this year’s number. We are still finalising staffing and our class organisation.

If your child will not be at Kallista next year, please let us know as soon as possible.

Preps and Inquiry Learning: I was so privileged yesterday to spend time in the Prep rooms while the children were carrying out their investigations. Children were engaged in exploring concepts through the use of concrete materials, and building on one another’s ideas through oral language and co-constructing as a team. As I moved around the room having conversations with the children about their constructions, I was delighted to see the extent to which the children are empowered to utilise the materials in their environment, and how much sharing and encouragement they offer to one another.

The development of knowledge and understanding within investigations is powerfully child centred. Mathematical terms are meaningfully explored through their play. Prep A made a super long train from Mobilo and were measuring, counting and estimating beyond 100! In Prep K, Reve was inspired by watching Bathurst with his dad on the weekend, and created a race track. Discussions about ordinal number naturally arose out of the race track that was constructed.

Kit’s model of the Titanic is taking shape and looks amazing, but his learning goes beyond the measurement, shape and geometry skills he is practising in the act of construction. He is developing concepts about the world, and expanding his vocabulary and expressive language, as he shares in reflection time with his teacher and friends. Within the inquiry learning environment, curiosity flourishes and a love of learning grows. 

Keep exploring, creating and learning everyone

Chris Finighan


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