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St Mary’s Kindergarten

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    Kindergarten

    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.

Shellie Ticulin

Kindergarten Assistant

I’ve worked in early ed for:
20 years.
My favourite thing about working in early ed is:
Seeing how the children grow and develop throughout the year.
My favourite way to relax is:
Yoga.

Sending special thoughts

Each morning we gather together for a time of 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 are dealing with a particular family or personal event. This is our way of making spirituality an active part of each child’s day.

Book character parade

The children dressed up as their favourite book character for the schools Book Week Parade. The children showed exceptional confidence when being in front of the large school community and loved another opportunity to be part of ‘big school’. This is just one part of our prep transition program which focuses on introducing the children to the school environment in fun play based ways. By introducing them to school in this way we help them to be themselves and fully embrace the experience free from any nerves or anxiety.

Bake for the drought

Noticing that many of the children had taken an interest in the drought and the plight of farmers, our kindergarten teachers took the opportunity to show children how their actions could bring joy to others. We started a ‘bake for the drought’ appeal and the children baked cakes and set up a stall to sell them to school families. Apart from the fun we had baking cakes, the children learned the value of working together to make a positive contribution in the community. The experience had a lasting impact on the children and served as a reminder of the power of learning with purpose.

STEM experiences

At St Mary’s we are part of the Early Learning STEM Australia (ELSA) program. ELSA is a fun, play based system that teaches your child early science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts.

Our focus is on immersing children in practical STEM experiences. One of the children’s favourite activities in 2018 was colour mixing. We created a cup of blue water and a cup of yellow water and placed them on either side of an empty cup. The children used pieces of paper towel to connect the cups and as the towel reached peak absorption it started leaking yellow and blue water into the empty cup. The children observed the mixing of the two colours and had many questions about how the water could ‘travel’ along the paper towel.