A Teary Farewell…

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Dear Families,

Today is such a bitter sweet day …

I give you back your child, the same child you confidently entrusted to my care in January.

I give them back bigger, taller, wiser, more responsible and more mature than when they began.

Although your child would have grown in-spite of me it has been my pleasure and privilege to watch them blossom, grow and learn day by day.

I give them back reluctantly, for having been on a learning journey with them all year, we have grown close, shared adventures, hopes and dreams, we have laughed, played, learned and enriched our lives together this year. Your child has taken a special place in my heart that will remain forever, they hold the title of my last class and I will cherish my memories of 2016 with them.

It’s been a privlage have taught so many children over 36 years to have played a tiny part in their lives so may great kids who have made me both laugh and cry and the wonderful families I’ve met along the way.

In the years that follow when I see them I will smile and remember and I hope that they will too. I have given very strict instructions that I need invitations to the next 7 graduations ūüėČ

Please know that I  shall always be interested in your child and their destiny, where ever they go, whatever they do and whoever they become, if you see me around please stop and tell me how they are going I will love to hear.

And if you catch me crying today don’t be surprised it’s¬†not because I’m sad but¬†because for me being a teacher has always been a massively important part of my life and it is a little hard to let go of but I’m looking forward to catching up with lots of friends, travelling and reading a book or 2.

from a very teary Leanne

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Reminder – Class Party tomorrow

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As posted earlier this term ūüėČ

‘Wow we are nearly at the end of a fantastic year of growing, playing and learning together and we‚Äôd like to celebrate with a party. So‚Ķ on Tuesday 13th December (last week of term) we‚Äôd like to have a party with Mrs.Graham‚Äôs class. The children can dress up in their favourite Christmas clothes. Mrs. Graham‚Äôs class will bring the sweets and Mrs. Crockford‚Äôs class will bring the savoury. We can heat things up in the oven at school if needed.’

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End of Year Celebration

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Wow we are nearly at the end of a fantastic year of growing, playing and learning together and we‚Äôd like to celebrate with a party. So‚Ķ on Tuesday 13th December (last week of term) we‚Äôd like to have a party with Mrs.Graham’s class. The children can dress up in their favourite Christmas clothes. Mrs. Graham‚Äôs class will bring the sweets and Mrs. Crockford’s class will bring the savoury. We can heat things up in the oven at school if needed.

It’s also that time of year when the library is doing the BIG stocktake. We need to start returning our resources to the library ( today we borrowed but will keep the books at school and I will keep library bags ready to pass onto next years teacher) This also includes our readers. Therefore, we will not be bringing readers home from school after the end of this week.

All library books and readers need to be returned. Look EVERYWHERE that books like to hide. Under beds, in toy boxes, back of the car, under the lounge, on your book shelves etc… if our class has 100% return of our books, we all get a surprise from Mrs. James but only if everyone returns their books. Don’t worry, we won’t stop reading! We will still be reading and writing in our classroom every day.

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Christmas Card Frenzy

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Hi Families,

Every year I¬†find that children want to give out Christmas cards. Most bring class sets, some just do a few, but there is always someone who is left out and all they really seem to be interested in is the candy cane attached to the card so… I have¬†a plan …

In class, during writing we are going to talk about making cards for our friends then we will all¬† make a very¬† special Christmas card.¬† Each person will¬†make ¬†a card and every class mate will ¬†sign each card, then every child will have one card from every one, you won’t have to help your child write out a class set of cards (that’s 26¬†by the way), your child won’t come home with 26¬†cards and 26¬†candy canes and I won’t have to manage ¬†676 cards, candy canes, tears and rubbish of envelopes and cards they leave on the ground! I have done this for the last couple of yearsr and found it to be very successful. The children end up with 1¬†very special keepsake signed by every single person from their reception year.¬† If your family chooses to give out a class set of cards you will need to catch children outside ūüôā

We truly think you for your support in this.

Leanne and Di

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Last Term 4 – It’s a busy one!!!

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Welcome back to our last term of the year!

This term is going to be a bit emotional for me (Leanne) as it is my very last term of teaching, I have made the decision to retire so these last 8 weeks are very precious and I look forward to sharing them with you and your child!

giraffescantdance_guyparkerrees_305_392_80Term 4 is always a very busy one especially with our Junior Primary concert and the excitement of Christmas.¬† Our JP Concert will be on Friday¬†2nd December¬†in the afternoon in the Gym – every one is welcome. ¬†(More info as we get closer) We are doing a¬†book adaptation “Giraffes Can’t dance”¬†¬† This is to support our ” – Positive Growth Mindset. – we can do it if we just try!

OUR COSTUMES are all made but we¬†need your child to wear black pants/leggings and black top to go under the bits and pieces we have. ¬†we might need a ‘sewing bee’ as we¬†have borrowed the costumes and they may need some adjusting ,¬†i.e. shortening elastic, and a bit of¬†maintinence a¬†i.e. sticky tape. ¬†¬†Keep an eye out we¬†will ask in this blog if we¬†need too!

A couple of reminders …

Attendance and being on time is very important, if your child arrives after 8:45 we need to record a late attendance, if your child is away please let us know the day before or SMS the front office. ¬†It is a requirement by law for us to keep these records and to monitor your child’s attendance.

Hats are required for outside play and activities and if your child goes to OSHC please put a spare hat in their school bag, already we have had children borrowing hats from the class and leaving them at OSHC which means they have no hat for school the next day.

Show and Share Days.¬† We are encouraging the students to describe what they have bought along to show.¬†¬†Please help your child choose something that will fit in the palm of their hand¬†.¬† Our clever children can then describe what they have, telling us about the colour, how it feels, special features etc. ¬†all ¬†before showing it. So… one car , one photo, one shop kin – you get the idea ūüôā

Our curriculum focus this term in maths is now on¬†numbers to 20, in literacy we will be writing, producing and sharing with each other lots more books, ¬†and we are having a big focus on letter formation (handwriting)by making a dictionary of our tricky words, and consolidating our reading through the Daily 5.¬† In Science we will be exploring living things and in our Child Protection Curriculum we will be using drama to talk about safe and unsafe situations and working with Mrs Camac on “Whats the Buzz”

READING¬† Sometimes you might think that the book your child is reading¬†¬†at home is too easy, our answer is¬†YES it is easy, the book your child brings home is in their proximal development…¬†it is intentionally easy so they get success and pleasure from the reading. ¬† At school we are extending their reading abilities. At home you are supporting us by listening to/reading with your child so they can practice the skills we have taught at school.¬† You read the book at home then we use that book during the next day to do our reading activities, changing their books at the end of the day. ¬†Don’t forget to keep practising your sight words and Jolly Phonics sounds. ¬†Please don’t forget to practise the tricky words and Jolly Phonics sounds. ¬†If your child has finished them then it’s a good idea to go back and revise.

Jesika Alex’s mum has asked me to tell you about Alex’s condition – he has deterioration of the hip ball joint and although at times Alex looks like he is walking ok he is actually in pain and should be keeping weight off it as much as possible, Jesika is happy if you want to ask her any questions. ¬†In class your children are amazing, helping Alex, getting books for him making sure he has a chair etc we¬†are very proud of them and their supportive ways!

In Term 4 we have two more transitional visits from the kindy during our playful learning time, 20 students go each time to the kindy for a play and the kindy send their students so they can get to know the school and its surrounds. Kindy students have also been visiting the library and Japanese and Music.

24th October Student Free Day

4th November Assembly – we are singing Funky Monkey

14th 18th¬†November –¬† Responsibility week

25th November Assembly

2nd December РJP Concert  in the gym all welcome (watch for more news)

16th December – End of year Assembly (always lots of fun) and 2:05 early dismissal

Leanne and Di



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End of Term

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Hi Families,

On Thursday 15th of September our class is attending a Teddy Bears Hospital workshop at school – this is designed to reduce children’s anxiety about visiting hospitals and health professionals and to encourage a healthy life style.¬† They have asked us to get the children to bring along a small stuffed toy so it is as if they are taking their toy to the hospital.

Also just to let you know that I talked to the class this afternoon to let them know that I will be away for the last 3 weeks of term because I have to have a  little visit to the hospital.  Mrs Bradley will be in on Monday Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Ms Anna Raff will be in for Thursdays and Fridays.

I will see you again all fit and healthy for term 4.

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