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St Mary’s Kindergarten

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    8:30am - 2:45pm

Conveniently located at St Mary’s Primary School, your child will benefit from our close relationship with the school. The children enjoy weekly visits to the school library, prep classrooms and the school playgrounds. Our visits to the school also include events such as under 8’s day and the Book Week Parade. During each visit your child will become more familiar with the school grounds and learn new skills such as how to use the water bubblers. Our educators will watch your child’s confidence grow as they become part of our broader school and parish community and prepare for school.

As a participant in the government’s play based STEM program your child will explore early science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts every day. This program helps children develop an understanding of and question things in the world around them and build their teamwork skills.

At St Mary’s we offer a Queensland Government approved kindergarten program taught by a university qualified early childhood teacher. As a sessional kindergarten children complete a five day fortnight, during school hours and school terms. St Mary’s currently runs one kindergarten program with children attending Monday, Tuesday and every second Wednesday.

Meet Our Staff

Alison Groom

Kindergarten Teacher

I’ve been an early ed teacher for:
18 years, teaching primarily kindergarten, prep and grade one children.
My favourite thing about being an early ed teacher is:
Watching the little lights come on as the children grow and develop.
Something I like to tell all mums and dads is:
That each child has their own strengths which should be celebrated.
My favourite way to relax is:
Walking in the forest taking in the sounds and beauty of nature or by floating in the ocean.

Erupting volcanoes

During sandpit play Miss Alison observed the children creating mountains of sand in the sandpit and enquired whether they were building a volcano. This caught the children’s interest and they agreed that is exactly what it looked like. As an opportunity to explore early science concepts, they decided to create a volcanic eruption. After erupting their volcano the children spent time exploring what volcanoes are and what causes them to erupt, as a group.

Sending special thoughts

Each morning we gather together for a quiet moment of reflection. Together we learn and sing ‘My Lighthouse’ a reflective song. The children then pass around their choice of the candle or cross and have the opportunity to share something they are thankful for or to send a special thought to someone if they have a particular family or personal event on their mind. This is our way of making spirituality an active part of each child’s day.