John Brotchie Nursery School
1361 Botany Rd Botany NSW 2019
T – 9316 8825 F – 93164067 E – firstname.lastname@example.org
Issue 1 Term 1 Week 3 Wednesday 8 February 2012
Message from the Principal Tiffany Shackleton- is the teacher for the Jellybean group
Welcome to John Brotchie Preschool. We are having a super on Mon/ Tues and will be filling in for Kris while she is on
start to the year. The children are quickly settling into their Maternity leave from term
new preschool and are separating well from their families. 2. Tiffany is currently
The children were very excited to put our new playground to interested in strategies to
the test on Tuesday. I challenge and extend
was excited to see the children’s learning. She is
children running developing her
through the tunnel, questioning, prompting
climbing up the rope and scaffolding skills to
climb and peering support children in their
through the perspex play. She will also be
window on the fort. I sharing her skills and knowledge with the rest of the team.
know that they will love
this new play space.
Rebecca Andrews- I am the Principal at John Brotchie. I
It was great to get to know lots of you at our recent Opening have been at John Brotchie for 10 years. I have recently
of the School Year Parent / Teacher night. It was a very been interested and researching the benefits of play as
successful night, where parents got to meet the educators, outlined in the Early Years Learning Framework. I strongly
view our classrooms and receive all the important beginning believe that well planned
of the year information. Congratulations to the Carpenter and supported play is the
family, Garcia family, Lichtner family and Cowan family who best way for children to
all won a John Brotchie t-shirt. learn before school. I
have been supporting the
We are enjoying getting to know you and your child and
team of educators here at
would like you to get to know our team of educators…
John Brotchie to develop
Meet the staff…. a good understanding of
their important role in
Kath Wetenhall – is the
teacher for the Rainbow
group. Kath has been at In our next newsletter I will introduce more of the team…..
John Brotchie for 10
Rebecca Andrews (Bach. Education Early Childhood)
years. Kath believes
children learn best
play experiences. Kath Happy Birthday
is committed to January February
supporting children’s learning through projects and works George turning 4 Luan turning 4
deligently to record the children’s involvement in projects. Ashley turning 4 Matthew.V 4
Natalie turning 4 Samara turning 4
Kris Nomarhas – is the teacher for the Jellybean group on Piper turning 4
Wed/Thurs/Fri. Kris has been at John Brotchie for 5 years. Jack turning 4
Kris is currently
pregnant and sadly will HAPPY BIRTHDAY EVERYONE!!!!!!
be leaving us at the We love to celebrate birthdays at John Brotchie. It is a very
beginning of term 2. exciting time for the children and we like to mark the
Kris is passionate about milestone. If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday
healthy eating and you are welcome to bring in a cake. We find that cupcakes,
active lifestyles and the donuts or simple plain cakes are the best. We ask that you
benefits it has on just bring a cake- no lolly bags or drinks please.
children’s learning. She
will be overseeing our Munch and Move program.
Calendar Upcoming Events….
Week 4 February
Coffee Morning – Tuesday 14th Feb
Each term we hold our Parent Coffee Morning. Coffee
Tuesday 14 Feb Coffee Morning 9:30am mornings are relaxing mornings to get together with other
parents with children the same age. We have a coffee and a
Week 5 chat about relevant topics. We provide childcare for your
children so that they get to stay and have a play in our
Parent / Teacher Interviews Mon 20 – Fri 24 Feb beautiful garden. We look forward to seeing you at our next
Library Visits start this week – children to borrow
Our first Coffee Morning is a Welcome to John Brotchie, we
Tuesday 21 Feb Toy Library Open 9am will introduce and explain our programs and procedures like
Thursday 23 Feb
P&C Meeting 9:30am Toy Library. Come along and find out how to join! Please
note the change of date from your magnet – sorry.
Friday 24 Feb Toy Library Open 9am
Monday 27 Feb School Photo Day
Friday 2 March School Photo Day
Please Return Toy Library games this week
Tuesday 14th Feb
Come and join us for coffee and
Tuesday 13 March Toy Library Open 9am morning tea. Come along and meet
Friday 16 March Toy Library Open 9am some of the other parents and learn
Friday 16 March Welcome BBQ 5:30
more about our programs at John
Brotchie such as toy library.
Welcome BBQ - Friday 16th March
Monday 19 March Botany School
The John Brotchie Nursery School Parent & Citizen (P&C)
Kindergarten Visit –
invites your family to our Welcome BBQ for 2012.
Mon/Tues/Wed It’s a great night for the whole family. The children and
th parents alike love the “Peter Wood Magic Show.” Come and
Tuesday 20 March P&C meeting 7:30pm
be amazed by his tricks and see a rabbit pulled out of the
Friday 23 March Botany School hat!!!! It’s also a perfect opportunity to meet the teachers and
Kindergarten Visit – other parents.
We start the night at 5:30pm (sharp) with the magic show in
the Botany School Hall and when that is finished we enjoy
our BBQ dinner 6:30pm in the John Brotchie Garden.
Dinner is sausages, kebabs and bread rolls. It is $20 for a
family, which includes the show and dinner (money will be
Thursday 29 March Visiting Show – Aunty collected on the night.)
To make the night enjoyable for everyone we will need some
Friday 30 March Class of 2011 Reunion help from parents on the night. We need help with the BBQ,
3:30pm people to help distribute the food and afterwards to pack
Please Return Toy Library games this week away.
To help us with catering could you please RSVP to Joanne
Week 11 in the office the number of adults and children attending.
Tuesday 3 April
Toy Library Open 9am I look forward to meeting all the mums and dads as well as
the brothers and sisters.
Thursday 5 April Toy Library Open 9am
Last Day of Term 1
Half Day 9am- 12noon.
P & C Meetings
Welcome BBQ The P & C is a group of parent representatives who meet
h together to help organise events and fund raisers, have a
Friday 16 March say in policy development and financial management. It is a
5:30pm great way to get involved in your child’s preschool and keep
up to date.
We have two meetings a term, one on Thursdays at 9:30am
and Tuesdays at 7:30pm. We are looking for as many new
members as possible, so please come along to any or all of
The P&C invites you to our annual rd
Our meetings for this term are Thursday 23 February at
Welcome BBQ. Come and join us for th
9:30am (child care provided) and Tuesday 20 March at
a Magic Show and a BBQ dinner. 7:30pm.
Children’s Sign In
Preschool Class Photos
Next week we will be
In a few weeks we will be having our introducing the children’s sign
annual class photos taken by the in. The children are always
professional photographer. We use very interested in what their
FOTEK – the photo people, they are very parents were doing, so we
professional and we have had great thought we would give them the
results over the last few years. opportunity to sign in as well.
You can choose the amount you want to spend – the whole
pack costs $52, which includes 5 pages of photos and some From signing in the children will develop name recognition,
smaller loose photos. If you don’t want the whole pack you letter awareness, and fine motor skills to control a pencil and
can pick and pay for the ones you want. the ability to form letters correctly.
The photos will be taken on Monday 27 Feb and Friday 2 You can help your child to sign in each morning by
March. This year we have had a great response to our encouraging them to use the correct print; this is the NSW
preschool t-shirts and this would be the perfect opportunity to Foundation Handwriting that is used in schools. Look closely
wear your t-shirt. as it is different to when you and I went to school. The other
Once the photos have been taken they will be sent back to thing to remember is to use UPPER (big) and lower (little)
the school where you can view them and decide what you case letters correctly. When writing your name only the first
want and then pay. To help the day run smoothly we ask you letter should be in upper case. There are also signs up near
to get to school promptly on your photo day and parents we the sign in to show you how to correctly hold a pencil.
ask you not to stay just drop off as usual – lets leave it to the Remember to help your child with verbal reminders and
professionals. Any more questions please see Joanne in the encouragement. Don’t write for your child and praise them
office. for all their attempts.
Parent & Citizens John Brotchie Website…..
You have all received your username and password in your
Meetings information pack at the parent night. I hope that you have put
it somewhere safe and close to your computer so you can
Come and Join us! easily log on. You need this information to get onto our Blog
page and your child’s journal.
The teachers will be blogging, to let you know
about some of the exciting things that happen
during the day. The blog will include photos or
Your child’s individual journal is a way in which
educators document your child’s
Great way to get involved in your involvement in the curriculum, their
child’s preschool. Have a say and emerging skills and their interests. The
meet other parents journals will be uploaded onto our
websites across the term. You will be
notified by SMS when we update the journals on the website.
The online shop is a convient way to pay your Afternoon Pick up routine….
Preschool Fee. Joanne will process your fees
When you collect your child in the afternoon, they will usually
and leave a receipt in your communication
be in their afternoon group time. The Jellybeans will be in
pocket. their classroom and the Rainbows will be in the library.
You should all have received your username and password So we can continue with group time with as little disturbance
in your parent pack. If for some reason you do not have it, as possible we ask you to pick up your child’s bags and sign
could you please send Joanne an email and she will forward them out and then collect them from their teacher. If you wait
you another copy. at the door the class teacher will send your child quietly out
to you as soon as they have the chance. We ask you to take
your child when the teacher sends them out, as quickly and
Creative Arts quietly as possible. This will help us to continue on with
The children love our big creative arts area. They can paint,
draw, collage and build with boxes. The children and
educators are learning how to use the new space and we are Parent / Teacher Interviews-
encouraging the children to put their name on the back of
their paper, put an apron on and wipe their brush on the side Monday 20th – Friday 24th Feb
of the pot so we don’t have to much paint. At the begginning of term 1 we run our first parent / teacher
We have lots of budding interviews. These are short – 15 min interviews were you
artists, I better order more can individually meet your child’s teacher. These are
paper and paint and they important meetings were we can get to know you and your
have used up all our child better. Make an appointment to see your child’s teacher
recycled boxes! We buy with Joanne in office. There will be meeting times in the
lots of different resources morning and after school. If you are unable to attend please
for collage and creating speak to your child’s teacher to make another time.
but we would like your
help. Can you help us to Things to remember….
recycle and reuse. We are looking for boxes – not to big but
lots of different shapes and sizes; toothpaste boxes, tissues, The beginning of the year there is so many things to
chocolate, cereal and egg cartons. We would also love lots remember. We thought we would jot some down for you:
of different stuff for collage like birthday wrapping paper, Morning tea and lunch get packed separately –
ribbons and tissue paper, chocolate wrappers, bottle tops, remember we are trying to use reusable containers
postcards, buttons. What about natural objects such as rather than paper and plastic bags /wrap
leaves, shells, seed pods and bark or anything else you think Morning tea gets taken outside with your child’s
we could use. Joanne has made some great John Brotchie drink bottle and put on the trolley in our outdoor
Recycle bags if you would like to take one home, fill it up and dining area.
bring it back. Please remember to pack everything your child
needs in their lunch box such as spoons
Healthy Eating Policy Don’t forget our healthy eating policy – everyone
must have a piece of fruit for morning tea, after fruit,
Our families last year asked for help with our Healthy Eating your child can have a healthy snack.
policy so the Policy committee developed a list of We have lovely air conditioning at JB but
“sometimes foods” that are not permitted while at John sometimes it can get a little fresh so always pack a
Brotchie………. cardigan or long sleeve t-shirt in case your child
Chocolate and lollies, feels the cold.
Sweet biscuits (including homemade ones) Really important to sign in and out and let the
Cakes and sweet muffins/breads (including teachers know if someone different will be picking
homemade ones) up your child.
Chips, noodle cakes, Potato Stix and Shape Please, Please, Please remember no parking at the
savoury biscuits front of the school.
Pastry based food such as sausage rolls, croissants Please help us by supervising your younger
etc children while inside. The children and teachers
All fruit bar / straps / strings work hard in their rooms during the day and
Muesli and breakfast bars including LCMs sometimes like to leave their creations and games
Flavoured custard and dessert snacks up. So PLEASE do not leave your children inside to
Juice, cordial, soft drinks, energy drinks and play – Outside is a good place to play.
Peanut butter and Nutella
We have had great fun across our first week and I am
The teachers will help you, if you pack something on our enjoying getting to know all of your children. I have just about
sometimes list they will put a little reminder in your lunchbox. got all the children’s name down pat, now I’ll work on getting
Thank you for helping us with implementing our policy. all your names right. I also look forward to seeing you at our
term one events.
Rebecca Andrews Principal