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					           Special Mentions
Congratulations to the Banik family on the arrival
of a baby girl born in March, a new sister for
Sonia (4YO G2).
                                                                  General News

                                                      Computer for sale- If anyone is interested
                                                                                                                            highett kinder
                                                                                                                                     3 STATION STREET, HIGHETT, 3190 PH 95558441
                                                      in a cheap computer please contact Deb
Congratulations to Vanessa Fox and Stuart             Van Poppel, 0411 250 962. The old kinder                                                 WWW.HIGHETTPRESCHOOL.COM.AU
Bloom on the arrival of their baby girl, a new        office computer has been upgraded
sister for Lili and Emma (3YO).                       thanks to Vicnet! It is in full working order
                                                      complete with keyboard, mouse, card
                                                                                                                                                   Your child Your kinder Your News
Farewell and thank you to Kay Collins, assistant      reader, black 17” LCD monitor (monitor
fund-raising, for all her hard work and help. Also    alone retails for $350) If you want any                                                                             Second term, May, 2010
to Judith Graham, general member. Your help on        more information or want to take a look
the committee has been greatly appreciated, we        please call Deb. Price negotiable!
wish you all the best for your future endeavours.
                                                                                                       Welcome back to term 2                                        We Need You
A big thank-you to everyone who helped and                                                             Welcome back to term 2, the children              Have you ever considered getting more
contributed to a successful Open Day.                                                                  have been back for a couple of weeks              involved with your child at kinder? Then
                                                                                                       now and have settled back in to their             joining the committee is a great opportunity
To Kim Weatley for organising a new fish tank                                                          routines with such ease.                          to not only support your child, but also
that was kindly donated by Moorabbin                                                                    This term is set to be full of many              support the kinder itself and the teachers. To
Aquarium.                                                                                              activities for both 3 yo and 4 yo, it's a         help get involved with the day to day running
                                                                                                       long term with 11 weeks for the children          of the kinder. There are a few places on the
To all who donated goods and purchased raffle                                                          to enjoy.                                         committee available such as fund raising
tickets for the Easter raffle raising $86.                                                             The children will doubt absolutely love           assistant and general member should you
                                                      Thank you to Taken 4 Granted for
And those who donated books for the Second                                                             what is happening this term.                      wish to participate. If you would like to know
                                                      the wonderful balloons and magnets
Hand Book sale which has raised $70 so far.                                                                                                              more about the committee please contact
                                                      for our OPEN DAY packs.
                                                                                                             A Huge Thank You                            either Karina Irving or Deb Van Poppel.
                   Diary Notes                                                                         A big thank you to all the families who

Monday       24th       Begin Chocolate Drive           Fridge magnets are now available for
                                                                                                       helped in this years first working bee, we
                                                                                                       managed to achieve many tasks- WELL
                                                                                                                                                                      Kinder Duty
                                                        purchase in the following design.              DONE!                                             Please put your name down
             May
                                                                          What an easy way to          Thanks to the following families for their        for kinder duty as this is a
Friday       4th        Centre Closed-Staff                               keep kinder details          generous time and effort.                         good opportunity to spend
             June       Inservice                                         on hand. A quick             Gregor MacNamara & Karina Irving, Steve           time with your child at
                                                                          glance on the fridge         Vial, Ric Weatley, Maryanne Forbes, Sanjoy         kindergarten and see how
Wednesd      9th        Return Raised                                                                                                                     they interact and learn. We
                                                                          and they're there!           Banik, Angie Phillips and Kylie Danielson.
ay           June       Money/Unsold bars                                                                                                                appreciate your help and
                                                        Magnets can be purchased for $3                (My apologies if I have left anyone out)
Monday       14th       Centre Closed- Queen's          each. Just let one of the committee            The next working bee will be June 20th            support!
             June       Birthday                        members know that you'd like one               9am-12pm.
                                                        and they can help you out!                     It would be great if we could have
Sunday       20th       T2 Working Bee                                                                 continued support from both 3 YO and 4                 Is Your Child Unwell?
             June                                                                                      YO families.                                      If you child is feeling unwell please do not
Friday       25th       Term 2 Ends
                                                       Moorabbin Aquarium                              Many hands make light work!                       send them to kinder. If they have a bad cold
             June                                      A big thank you to Moorabbin                                                                      please keep them home until they are well
                                                       Aquarium for kindly                                                                               enough to attend.
Monday       12th
             July
                        Term 3 Begins                  donating a new fish tank
                                                        to us.
                                                                                                               Chocolate Drive                           If your child has a contagious virus or illness
                                                                                                                                                         you must notify the centre
                                                       Phone: 9553 1493                                As part of our fund-raising efforts for
TBA          TBA        T3 Working Bee                 Address: 37 Genoa St                            kinder we are running a Cadbury Drive
                                                       Moorabbin 3189                                  this month. We have a variety of                     Healthy Snacks
Friday       17    th
                        Term 3 Ends                                                                    Cadbury's Chocolates for sale. Selling for        Please provide healthy snacks and
             Sept                                                                                      $1.20 per bar.                                    healthy lunches each day. Water is
                                                                                                       The chocolate arrives in fund-raising             the only drink to be brought to kindergarten.
Monday       4th Oct    Term 4 Begins                                                                  carry boxes of 48 bars. You will be able
                                                                              A special thank you to   to collect your box from the pre school in
                                                                              Nikki Hardy at           the week commencing May 24th.
                                                                                                                                                         Reminder..A reminder to parents with
Thursday     4 Nov
              th
                        Expression of Interest                                                                                                           children in 3YO wanting to attend 4YO next
                                                                              Century 21 for all her   We ask that all money raised be placed in
                                                                              help with the OPEN                                                         year, you must fill out the green application
                                                     CENTURY 21 On                                     the envelope provided and returned to
Monday       15th       AGM                                                   DAY board that was                                                         form, located in the foyer, and send to
                                                                                                       the pre school no later than June 9th. If
             Nov                                     Centre                   displayed out the        you can sell a box please sign up on the
                                                                                                                                                         Kingston City Council with enrolment fee as
                                                     Phone: 03 9559 0888      front of the kinder                                                        outlined on the form by July 23rd Kingston
Friday       17th       T4 Working Bee                                                                 poster by May 11th – thank you!
                                                     Fax: 03 9557 0040        and on Nepean Hwy                                                          process the application not the kinder.
             Dec        Term 4 Ends


 Names & Phone numbers of Committee Members are on the board in the foyer                                   Term 2 requires warm hats & coats for outdoor play!
Getting To Know Our Teachers - part 2                                                                                                                     3 Year Old Teacher's Report
                                                                                                                   The children have settled back in to kinder so well and are loving the new challenges that are
                                                                                                                   being presented to them. The children demonstrate great creativity at the pasting table where
Mary Hunt (Mrs Hunt)-4 Year Old Teacher's Assistant                                                                they are free to choose their own materials and use them in any way they wish, cutting and
What do you enjoy the most about being a teacher?
                                                                                                                   threading have also been popular and are important experiences for helping to develop fine
“It is rewarding to see the growth and development of the children as individuals and as a
                                                                                                                   motor skills. There have been lots of wonderful dramatic play in the doctors corner which is set
Group.”
                                                                                                                   up in the home corner. Outdoors the children are becoming more confident climbers and also
                                                                                                                   enjoy using the balls and going on the swings. The children are particularly enjoying singing and
49 years...that's how long this wonderful, inspirational woman has been a teacher. Mrs
                                                                                                                   dancing. We have introduced a new song “4 Golden Autumn Leaves”. We also have 4 leaves so the
Hunt taught at Yarrawonga, Deer Park & Berry St before finding her home here at Highett.
Last year she celebrated 30 years of service to Highett Preschool in 2008. Now that's
                                                                                                                   children can demonstrate this song. We have introduced 2 new dances; “Scooby Doo” and “The
dedication. Mrs Hunt loves the children and that is so obvious to anyone who has come in                           Animal Twist” We will also provide scarves and music for outside dancing on the stage so the
contact with her. She dedicates herself to the children's individual needs and has such a warm                     children can be creative in the way that they dance. The children will also enjoy a visit from Wiggly
welcoming disposition that anyone who meets her feels very comfortable and their children                          Worm Dance company which is a totally interactive show combining dance, mime and drama. The
are in good hands. Mrs Hunt says that she “would like to think that my love of children shines                     children are working on some presents for their mums at the moment. Part of the present will
through. Kinder is not a place for formal learning as such. Children learn through play and                        involve some cooking experiences. During cooking a wide range of scientific concepts can be
sometimes people forget this. They are at the kinder to learn social skills and life skills”. Mrs                  explored. The children also practise measuring and pouring, following a recipe, extend their
Hunt has a wonderful zest for life. She is a great carer and educator and a friend to us all.                      language and take turns and work as a team. I was talking to a couple of children who had been
                                                                                                                   to the zoo and we then discussed our favourite animals at the zoo. We will extend this interest by
                                                                                                                   doing some zoo animal related activities and reading books about zoo animals in the next few
                                                                                                                   weeks. It is important to build on the children's interests as this makes learning more meaningful
Mary Osborne-4 Year Old Teacher's Assistant                                                                        for them. Jo and I would like to wish all the fabulous mums in our group a super duper Mother's
What do you enjoy the most about being a teacher?                                                                  Day. Thanks, Kylie Lawson.
“The interaction with children, parents & fellow staff.”

Watching the children's development is another big draw card for Mary. Mary became a
teacher for her love of children, which seems to be consistent with all our teachers, it's                                                   4 Year Old Teacher's Report
obvious not only with the love she shows towards the children, but the love that she gets
                                                                                                                   Welcome back to term 2. we have a busy term planned (it's 11 weeks long!). We start the program
back in return. Always ready with a comforting cuddle, pat on the back or genuine interest
                                                                                                                   by focusing on the season of Autumn and some of the changes that are occurring to the weather
in their stories, I couldn't imagine this woman doing any other job! Mary has been a
casual relief teacher for 20 years working at various preschools. She had a year at Elonera
                                                                                                                   and the environment. We are using autumn leaves in our activities and songs, movement etc. Our
Preschool and has now been with Highett Preschool for the past four years. Mary                                    Home corner is a doctors surgery and we may many props and uniforms for role playing doctors
describes her teaching style as “loving and nurturing” and says she's “always ready for a                          and nurses. We have X-rays of bones and the children are enjoying this area of the programme so
cuddle. I believe it is very important to create a happy and safe environment for the                              far, we may even have future doctors and nurses at the kindergarten! We have some
children. Each child should be made to feel special (because of course, they are!).” We are                        incursions/visitors to the centre this term. We will have a visit from Wild Action in May, a vet visit,
so lucky to have Mary with us. She's a sweet, kind natured, gentle person, who relates                             museum visit (dinosaurs) in June. We will also have morning tea/afternoon tea for mums to
exceptionally well to our little ones.                                                                             celebrate Mothers Day. We are also doing some cooking this term and have set up our own
                                                                                                                   Masterchef table. We will be making playdough and other yummy treats, and we have already
                                                                                                                   made delicious ANZAC cookies. We have many more activities for the children planned this term
                                                                                                                   and encourage you, the parents to get involved with your child at the kindergarten, thanks Anna
 Jo Vial-3 Year Old & 4 Year Old Teacher's Assistant                                                               Alessi, group 2.
 What do you enjoy the most about being a teacher?
                                                                                                                   Thank-you for the music! The kindergarten has recently acquired a set of musical instruments
 “The kids!”                                                                                                       thanks to the fund raising efforts of the committee and the voluntary levies that you, the parents,
                                                                                                                   contribute. It is a well known fact that young children respond instinctively to music and having
 This is Jo's first job as a teacher and when asked where she taught prior to Highett her
                                                                                                                   these instruments takes this natural response a step further. There are clappers, tambourines,
 response was ”taught what?”. This leads me to believe only one thing........that here is a
                                                                                                                   bells, shakers, rhythm sticks just to mention a few of the instruments and using them enhances
 woman full of hidden talents! Jo's reason for becoming a teacher is honest and simple,
 “because you get paid to play. Why wouldn't you!” This woman has a wicked sense of
                                                                                                                   the children's listening skills, teaches them to take turns builds confidence and unites them as a
 humour which means she fits in really well here! Her style of teaching to date is that ”what                      group, so we the teachers, would like to thank you for providing the instruments to us as another
 ever the kids want - I'm adaptable and fun! My aim in 3yo kinder is to teach them to blow                         tool for teaching. Thank-you from the children too for the enrichment and great learning
 their own nose & push themselves on the swing. If they can do that, then my job is done!”                         experience that the music provides. Nava Miller Group 1.
 Jo is fortunate this year to not only teach the 3yo groups, but now is involved with the 4yo
 groups, so for those children who had fun with her in the 3yo group get to keep having
 fun with her in the 4yo group. Fun is certainly something that this teacher has mastered,
 the kids love and respond well to her and I think it's safe to say we have another gem in
 our midst! We love the energy that Jo brings to Highett preschool and thank her for all her
 time and effort.


 Highett Pre School Website!
 Please be advised that our website name has changed to www.highettpreschool.com.au. The website is
 now being updated by a mum from our very own kindergarten, Kim Weatley is our new webmaster this
 year and has kindly donated this service for the next 2 years. The website has been updated with the
 latest information regarding the kinder. Don't forget to check it out and let others know about it. If you
 have any feedback regarding the website please don't hesitate to contact the publications officer.


PLEASE PUT YOUR NAME DOWN FOR TERM 2 DUTY ROSTER – WE NEED YOU !                                              Term 2 fees are now overdue! Please keep up to date... or the book keeper gets grumpy!

				
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