The first five weeks

Thank you to the Prep team for this week’s post.

The year is off and racing and despite a few early teething issues, we are pleased to see that our preps have settled into school life quite seamlessly.

Learning to pack and unpack their school bag, where to line up at the end of recess and lunch, stacking the chairs at the end of the day are some of the everyday aspects of school the preps are busy implementing. Continue reading

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Kindness Starts With Me

Thank you to Prep teacher, Laura Ellenby, for this weeks post –

This term we have been looking at ways we can contribute positively to our community. By paying kindness forward to others, we can help the world be a happier place.

We have decided to start our positive journey by helping the new Preps who are entering into our community this term. As a group, we have thought of different ways we can make them feel welcome as they become part of Kew Primary School. Continue reading

Junior school students go back to the future

When my eldest child was in Prep, his class was learning about the ‘olden days’. Deciding to show his classmates a true artefact from the olden days, my son took my typewriter to school. After answering questions about how old I was and whether there was electricity when I was growing up (!), the kids all had a turn on the typewriter. Needless to say, the satisfaction of typewriter keys hitting the paper, the ‘ding’ of the return, and rolling a fresh page in to the machine, is timeless. 

Thank you to the Junior School team for this week’s look at what our youngest students are learning about technology.

This term the Junior School students and teachers have been having lots of fun looking into old, current and new technologies. This is all part of our new Inquiry unit, ‘Back to the Future’, exploring the central idea that technology gives us clues into the past and future. This unit will culminate in a ‘Shark Tank’ style of presentation, whereby students will be tasked to design a piece of technology for the future and present their idea to a panel of teachers, parents and their peers for assessment. Continue reading

Preps in the library

If you’ve got a few minutes spare at school pick-up time, pop into the library to see the Prep work on display.

Thank you to Ruth Woolven for this week’s post –

Each week in Library lessons we read a picture story book together. Sometimes we follow up with an activity. Continue reading

Preps enter the Kids Cave

When I was little, my absolute favourite days at home involved building a cubby. On rainy days, my Mum would give my brother and I full authority to use every blanket in the house. We’d carefully drape the blankets over furniture and other props, creating a labyrinth of tunnels and rooms. Naturally lunch would be taken deep inside our cave.

On fine days, we’d do the same outside, with cardboard boxes, sheets and the washing line playing an instrumental role in our architectural plans.

The Kids Cave is a school playground version of the same idea. Read about how the Kids Cave came about here and here. Alex Schifter gives us a glimpse of how the Preps have been using the Kids Cave –

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KidsFest Fun

Thank you to Ally Papoulis for this week’s blog entry –

In week four KPS participated in KidsFest. The Preps did an amazing job at organising and helping to run two very successful stalls. PCC and PAS ran a paper aeroplane throwing competition, and PBE and PAP ran a lucky dip stall.
The children worked hard making wrapping paper and paper planes leading up to the day, and incorporated their knowledge of money to ensure that they made happy purchases on the day. Continue reading