Our Grade Prep blog

November 26, 2018
by jessbruce

JSC Disco

The JSC Disco is next Thursday, please make sure all forms and payments are in ASAP. We have had quite a few forms returned without an indication of whether your child can have an icy pole or not (included in the payment). Please let your child’s teacher know if they are not to have an icy pole at the disco.

Thank you,

Prep Team

November 19, 2018
by jessbruce

Prep Concert

Preparations are well underway for the Prep Concert! This amazing spectacle of talent and festive fun will be held in the school hall on Thursday 13th December at 6.30pm. All students will be singing and dancing in several items across the evening that reflect their learning across the year. Song lyrics will be coming home in the next few days for the students to practice. It would be fantastic if you could support them by accessing the music online for them to sing along to.

On the night, all prep students should be at the hall ready to go by 6.20pm where they will meet their teacher at the front of the stage. We invite all families and friends to attend. Younger brothers and sisters are most welcome, however will need to stay with their families and not down the front with the preps. Prep students must be collected by their parents at the end of the concert from the front of the stage.

We will be asking for volunteers to assist with setting up chairs straight after school on the day, so please let your classroom teacher know if you can help. Please also let the teacher know if your child will not be attending the concert.

November 5, 2018
by jessbruce

Prep Reminders

November already?! Time flies when you’re having fun 🙂

Some reminders for the upcoming weeks:

  • Tomorrow is Melbourne Cup Day – no school
  • This Friday is ‘Do it for a farmer’ day and students can come to school dressed as a farmer. Please bring a gold coin donation. We are also learning the heel toe polka, to perform as a school.
  • Our next kinder to prep transition session is Thursday, 15th November, so the current Preps will be given another chance to see what Year 1 is like or spend time with their buddies.
  • We have also started our whole school transition program and the Preps enjoyed going to Year 1 last Friday with children from different classes.
  • The School Disco is on Thursday 6th December from 2.00-3.00 for the Preps. Please return the permission form and $7 as soon as possible.
  • Preparations are well underway for the Prep Concert, to be held on December 13.

Enjoy the day off tomorrow!

The Prep Team

October 22, 2018
by meaganr

G.A.T.E.WAYS Festival

Dear Parents/Carers

For your information:

G.A.T.E.WAYS December ‘Festivals of Workshops’ for Prep to Year 6 students

G.A.T.E.WAYS are very excited to inform you of details of their end of year Festival extravaganzas!  They have been running Festivals for many years now and they are a lovely way to finish our year.

The Prep Festival of Workshops will be hosted by Brighton Grammar Middle School, Brighton on Monday, 10 December and Tuesday, 11 December from 9.15 – 3.00 pm.

This is a PARENT ENROLLED program.





October 11, 2018
by jessbruce

Welcome to Term 4!

We have a very busy and exciting final term of Prep planned. Our Inquiry topic for the term is ‘How do living things survive?’ and we will be exploring animals and plants.

Next week, we are going to Chesterfield Farm, which will inspire many learning opportunities across all learning areas. Check out the newsletter next week for some farm photos and great inquiry work by the Preps! J

If you have attended the literacy and/or numeracy courses, there will be plenty of opportunities this term to help out in the classes. We look forward to seeing lots of you this term.

The Prep Team

September 21, 2018
by jessbruce

End of Term 3

What a big term we have had! 🙂

The children have done another amazing job in all areas and have certainly grown up a lot.

As you know, the last two weeks we have been going to swimming. Many skills were learnt and the children showed a lot of independence as they dressed and undressed themselves – thank you to all of the parents for the preparation before swimming.

We have also been busy making toys that have a moveable part and we are sure they will get played with a lot over the school holidays.

If you haven’t already returned your permission forms for Chesterfield Farm, please make sure this is back on the first day of Term 4.

The Prep team would like to wish you a lovely break and we will see you for Term 4 on Monday 8th October.

September 4, 2018
by jessbruce

Sun Smart

It is now the time of the year when we need to be wearing our school hats.

Please ensure your child has a Laburnum hat that is clearly labelled. If they don’t have a hat, they will be required to stay undercover as they cannot borrow hats from lost property or other children.

August 25, 2018
by jessbruce

Prep News


The Prep students are really looking forward to swimming in weeks 9 and 10. It is part of the curriculum and it is a fantastic opportunity for the students to learn, or build on, their swimming skills. It is also a great opportunity for the students to mix with other students from different classes. They will be in groups of approximately 6-8 students from across 3 of the prep classes and, as we begin to look towards next year (can you believe it!!), it can support the expansion of friendship groups and widen the ‘pool’ of familiar faces.

Please remember that all students are expected to change their own clothes at the pool. You can help them by encouraging them to dry themselves and get into their own pyjamas of a night and change from their pyjamas into their school clothes in the morning. This includes shoes and socks!!

This is an interesting article on the important skills that children build when dressing themselves.



Our Inquiry unit for this term is, ‘How toys move.’ We have enjoyed looking at the different ways that our toys move, measuring the distances different balls can roll, learning about the importance of fair testing when comparing the distances and using different methods to show and discuss data that we collect. At the end of the unit we are hoping to make toys that have a moving part. To do this we would like everyone to start collecting any objects that we can use. In particular boxes, cereal boxes (no nuts) and shoe boxes are great sizes, rinsed out juice containers (please no egg cartons or toilet rolls) and any other scraps that you think would be useful.


In week 8, 9 and 10 we have Prep sport on a Friday from 11 am- 12pm. If you are available to help us out with these sessions we would greatly appreciate it. Please speak to Eden Ralph in Prep B if you have any questions or would like further information.


We have all enjoyed Book Week this week. We have focused on Australian authors in our reading sessions of a morning, including Melbourne author Nicki Greenberg. It has been a wonderful opportunity for the children to really focus on their comprehension skills (reading for meaning) and reading for pleasure.

We would like to encourage everyone to read books at home. As you read talk your thoughts aloud, wonder about the characters, what they’ll do next, what they’re feeling and why they’re feeling that way. Our students understand the pleasure that can be gained from books, and as you sit together and read, it is a wonderful opportunity to share the enjoyment that you find in reading too.

August 10, 2018
by katewilliams

Week 4

What a busy couple of weeks we have had!

Last Week:

  • A big thank you to all the parents who attended the Parent/Teacher interviews. We enjoy chatting about the strengths of all your wonderful children.
  • What a fantastic time we had celebrating the Prep students 100th Day of School! Everyone looked fabulous and had a great time celebrating with activities centred on the number 100.

This Week:

  • We attended a Hands on Science Incursion and learnt about how objects move. Students even built their own flying rockets!

Next Week:

  • In Maths, students will be practicing counting backwards and creating graphs.
  • In English, we are learning to retell stories, with a focus on what’s happened and the characters feelings.


  • Monday August 13th is a pupil free day. Teachers will be participating in professional learning about Working Memory and the impact this can have on student learning.
  • If you have any old toys at home that you wouldn’t mind bringing to show the children that would be fantastic. We are also after any toy catalogues.
  • Don’t forget to return swimming notices as soon as possible. Please inform your classroom teacher if your child will not be attending swimming.

We hope you have a lovely weekend!

The Prep Team

July 27, 2018
by jessbruce

Term 3 Week 2

This week in Reading, we have been learning to retell important events in stories. We have also been very carefully selecting some ‘Just Right’ books to read during independent reading. We know a book is ‘Just Right’ when it is not too easy or too hard. In Writing, we are enjoying using our handwriting books to practice the correct formation of lower case letters. In Maths, we have been learning about ordinal numbers and competed in a series of classroom challenges to be 1st, 2nd and 3rd. We have been developing our Inquiry skills of forming and asking questions to find out something we want to know and have investigating things that are made to move.

On Thursday 2nd August we will be celebrating 100 days of school! It is incredible to think the Preps have completed 100 days of learning, friendship building and fun so far. We have planned a day of amazing activities and celebrations. Last week your child brought home a note explaining our dress up theme and plastic bag to collect 100 items from home. Please make sure these bags are returned by Thursday as they are part of one of the activities.

Parent Teacher Interviews are being held next week. If you have not booked an interview time yet, please see the school newsletter from the 21st June for instructions on how to access the booking system via Sentral. As interviews are only 10 minutes we ask you to please be on time as we cannot go over into the next allocated interview slot. Interviews will be conducted in your child’s classroom (unless you have requested an interpreter, in this case please come to the conference room on the second floor). Please knock on the door at your allocated time.

Our Science incursion is coming up in Week 4! Please make sure your child has returned their permission slip and payment as soon as possible.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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