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In this article we explore how some of our kindergarten services are helping children develop tactics to cope with the anxiety they may experience through a stressful situation.
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At St Mary’s children have the opportunity to grow and learn as part of a supportive and extended community. Our experienced educators have developed close relationships with local families over many years. Each child is unique and learns differently, so our educators will spend time getting to know your child and family so we can create programs that reflect the way they will socialise, learn and grow.
Conveniently located at Assisi College, your child will benefit from our close relationship with the school. In kindergarten children make weekly visits to the school library to borrow books and your child will be given responsibility for caring for and returning these books. They also enjoy visits to the prep classrooms, attending school events including assemblies, under 8’s days and musicals and having the year 11 and 12 work experience students help teach them. During each visit your child will become more familiar with the school grounds and learn how to use the water bubblers, where to find the toilets and the difference between the senior and junior schools. Our educators will watch your child’s confidence grow as they become part of our broader school and parish community and prepare for prep.
We care for children from six weeks and offer a Queensland Government approved kindergarten program for children in the year before prep. We supply all meals, wipes, sunscreen and cot linen. All you need to bring is nappies, a hat and a spare change of clothes. We offer nutritious, age-specific meals for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. All meals are prepared on site daily by our cook and approved by Nutrition Australia. We are supportive of special dietary requirements and encourage families to discuss their child’s needs with us.
The kindergarten children were a buzz for days leading up to the Assisi College Under 8’s day. This event is a highlight of the year for the children as they participate in many experiences with the prep to year three students including games of soccer, visiting the petting zoo and learning more about our local emergency services by touring ambulances and playing with police and ambulance officers.
As part of our prep transition program this is another fun play based way to introduce the children to the school environment. By introducing them to school in fun and play based ways we help them to be themselves and fully embrace the experience free from any nerves or anxiety. We had an absolute blast and the children couldn’t wait to spend more time at ‘Big School’!
Our natural outdoor play spaces, which are surrounded by bushland, are often visited by birds, bugs and others creatures. Many of the children had seen bugs crawling in the garden and asked to build a ‘bug hotel’ out of recycled and natural materials. The children got to learn about building an environment which would be appealing to bugs, develop a deeper respect for nature, closely observe a variety of bugs and learn about how they live.