Our treasured library and our valuable librarian

library-6Many things come to mind when I think about my primary school librarian – she was the first port of call when we had a project to do; she was recommender of new books that I might like (hello Judy Blume); she was maker of amazing displays (I never knew I wanted to learn so much about the solar system until I saw her arrangement of books, foam balls hanging from the ceiling to represent the planets and a paper black hole); she was auditor of the MS Read-a-thon; she was driver of the microfiche; and she was also keeper of Where Did I Come From? (a book that only the grade six students were allowed free access to!). Continue reading

The Magic of Maths – a parent perspective

This week we welcome Prep parent, Stefan Walter, to the blog.

Following the Parent Night with Michael Ymer in May, and Sophie’s recent blog about the magic of maths, Stefan and his wife were inspired to investigate more about mathematics, and in particular the potential barriers for some students and how they can be overcome. This is what they discovered –

http://www.boredpanda.com/lego-math-teaching-children-alycia-zimmerman/It appears that overcoming problems with maths has a lot to do with changing mindsets, not only for the child, but also for the parents, carers, and anyone else close to the child (something KPS teachers already know). Continue reading

100 Days of Prep – That’s 100 Days of Wonderful

One minute you’re packing the bag for their first day of school and the next they’ve clocked up one hundred days!  Prep teacher, Sophie Apperly, shares the 100 Days of Prep celebration.

100 days 5On the 28th July, the Preps celebrated 100 days of school with a number of fun craft and maths activities – focusing on the number 100, of course! Continue reading

Never Eat Soggy Weetbix

Thank you to Katie Braemar for this week’s post –

nesw-4Never Eat Soggy Weetbix. Naughty Elephants squirt water.There are many ways to remember the order of directions North South East West which the Middle School had fun sharing as part of an orienteering incursion last Tuesday. Continue reading