Another exciting week…..

Wow! Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this enormous amount of mont raised from the Lapathon.

We had an assembly on Friday and the total amount was revealed to all staff and students. As a school we had hoped to reach our target of $15,000 so we are all thrilled with the results and the generosity of our community.

Here is some of the learning we have been involved in this week:

  • We have been consolidating our learning of the vowels ย by reading and writing lots of words that have a magic e at the end.
  • We have been measuring objects using arbitrary units and the learning rules of measurement.
  • We have been developing a network of trusted adults who can help us when we feel unsafe, are hurt, or just need help.
  • We have been learning the names for all of our body parts.
  • We are loving our activity time in the mornings and the children are doing a great job journaling their experiences.
  • It was also photo week.

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It is finally here!

Book week is always lots of fun. We have lots of exciting activities planned for the week…please see my previous post for details or refer to the school newsletter.

I hope all children will join in the fun and dress up as their favourite book character for our parade on Friday morning. Children can wear their costume all day on Friday if it is comfortable, does not impact on their learning and they can toilet themselves independently whilst wearing it. The parade starts at 10:50 Friday morning, all welcome.

A reminder that swimming will begin in week 6. With just over a week to go, here are a few tips to help get families be ready for swimming.

  • Encourage your child to dress him/herself every morning and to dry him/herself after the bath or shower. This will certainly help us to be on time and be organised during swimming week.
  • Get your child used to wearing goggles before we begin lessons. Put the goggles on when he/she is in the bath.
  • Encourage children to put their face in the water.
  • Ask your child to put his/her own socks and shoe on each day.
  • Remind children to undo laces before taking shoes off.
  • Please, please, please…….Label everything.



What a week!

What a week indeed! This will be a lengthy post so I hope you are sitting with a cuppa ready to read it.

I have been collecting money for a number of things, our excursion, swimming, and the Lapathon. ย I hope you are managing to keep up with all of the special events that will be taking place this term. Today ย I sent home a form for a performance to be held in the school hall for Bookweek. All events are free except Super Duper which is $6.

Here is a poster that details all of the Book week events to help us all remember what’s on and when. By the way, it’s time to start planning for the dress up parade.


A reminder that we have school photographs next week. Money will be collected on the day or if you wish you can pay beforehand on line. Prizes will be given out at next weeks assembly to the children who raised the most money for the Lapathon.

Today we went on our very first excursion and the children all behaved beautifully. We had such a good time, the performance was true to the story book which Simone read to us as part of the National Simultaneous story time. So we had all seen the story before. I hope your child will be able to recount some of the fun they saw on stage.

Thank you to the two volunteers who came along with us and helped with supervision both in the bus and at the theatre.

It is amazing how quickly this year is flying by. I love to watch my organised, independent children each morning. Independence in Reception means children can carry their own school bag, organise themselves, do their morning jobs and say good morning to the teacher. Independence means that you look out for the board outside the building and show us you can do it any day of the week.

This week in Maths we have been comparing lengths and are now developing some rules to help us measure objects.

We have been looking closely at the vowels for the last two weeks. A lot of this has been revision, along with the introduction of the silent, magic e. You will notice that we haven’t had any new sounds in our sound books for this reason. We will be spending a considerable amount of time learning all about this tricky letter magic e. I hope your child was able to tell you something they had learnt about it the other day after my seesaw post. Feel free to send me their responses on seesaw. Looking forward to reading them!

We will begin our History curriculum next week. If you haven’t sent along your photos for this, please do so as we don’t want anyone to miss out. You can refer to my seesaw post dated Monday 10th July for further information.

If you are able to listen to children read in the morning and have the required screening, there have been some changes to volunteering within class. You must sign in the volunteer book in the classroom upon arrival and sign out when you leave. This is so that we have a record of who is on site. You will also be issued with a lanyard to wear whilst on site.

Thank you to those families who returned their helping hand along with their donation after the holiday break. These small donations are really appreciated and do help our classroom run smoothly. If you happen to have one of my hands at home could you please return it so that we can recycle it for another time.

You may’ve noticed that our morning routine has changed a little this term. Well done to my fabulous class for knowing exactly what to do each day.

Our mornings are really settled and the children are now able to use various parts of Doolette for their morning play. Can you help us make our play more exciting? Here are a few things that we would like in the central play area, your donations of unwanted household items would really help us out. Here is a list of supplies we are seeking.

๐Ÿ˜Šย  old curtains, bedsheets, fabric, cane baskets, clean unwanted glass jars, seeds, buttons,

๐Ÿ˜Š recycling..empty boxes etc. NO EGG CARTONS PLEASE, due to allergies in our building.

๐Ÿ˜Š magazines, old pots and pans

๐Ÿ˜Š ribbon, pegs, bread tags,

๐Ÿ˜Š old birthday/ Xmas cards

๐Ÿ˜Š clean odd socks..yes that’s right socks, big or small we don’t care.

๐Ÿ˜Šif you have an old kitchen sink, we’ll take that too!


Busy times..

We had a great week last week. The children were all really excited to participate in the Lapathon on Friday morning. Thanks to those parents who came along to support their child, I know your child was thrilled to see you. Now that it is all over, I can collect money each morning to save you from lining up at the office. Please ensure that it is a named envelope and return your form.

This week we are off to the theatre in Norwood for the Little Patch production of Yo Diddle Diddle. If you haven’t paid for this, please do so as soon as possible. There will be no lunch orders on this day for any of the Reception classes.

Nature Play last week was a big hit with everyone. The Grange garden is really lovely after we have had some rain and we all enjoyed splashing in the puddles and the creek. We had planned to go outside after lunch on Friday for Nature Play but the rain was too heavy and the children were exhausted after their efforts during the Lapathon. Can you believe that we had children who did more that 20 laps!!


Welcome to you and Term 3!

We have had a great first week back. The children were all very settled and eager to see their friends and begin learning activities this week. It has been a busy week. ย I think that is a sentence that I will be using a lot this term. In the coming weeks there will be lots of consolidation of learning done so far, new learning as well as loads of fun along the way.

This term we have had a few timetable changes.

Monday-Art with Mr Pluck

Tuesday- Music with Mrs Woodlands

Wednesday-Library day

Thursday-PE with Mrs Boothey

Friday-Japanese with Oka Senseii

This week we had a visit from Christina from the RAA with the Street Smart Program. She talked about keeping safe when we are travelling in a car, safe and unsafe places to play and how to cross the road safely. We learnt that children should always hold an adults hand up until the age of ten to cross a road. Each child took home a booklet with helpful information on the back for parents to read and a magnetic Safety Spot.

The following video explains how to use your Safety Spot.

Some other news from the RAA.

  • What most of us know as a zebra crossing now has a new name, it is called a wombat crossing.
  • Children need to remain in a booster seat until they are 145cm tall.
  • When looking left and right to cross the road, remember to look behind you.
  • Ask your child about Stop, Look, Listen and Think!

This week I sent home a note about our up coming visit to The Little Patch Theatre Production as well as an envelope for school photographs. Photograph envelopes need to be sent back to school on the day of photographs, I cannot accept money beforehand.

Just a reminder that this Friday is our Lapathon. Please refer to the school newsletter for more information. If it is too wet for us to to participate, the Lapathon will be postponed to next Friday.

We had a wonderful time in the Library on Friday morning where we enjoyed the video of Horton hears a Hoo as part of our Library Legends Reward. Thank you so much to Simone for spoiling us with yummy food and treats. It was a very nice way to end our first week back at school.




Last one!

It’s the last week of the term. I think we are ready for it after the extremely busy week we had last week. Here are a few bits and bobs to get the week underway.

๐Ÿ˜Š Thank you cards went home to our Special People, on Thursday thanking them for attending our performance.

๐Ÿ˜Š Thank you to the generosity of our special people in helping raise money for our school by purchasing a book for our Library.

๐Ÿ˜Š The disco was a huge success, just when I thought the children were exhausted they all surprised me by grooving away the afternoon.

๐Ÿ˜Š Reports were sent home on Friday.

๐Ÿ˜Š There will be no show and tell this week.

๐Ÿ˜Š Please return all Library books this week, there will be no borrowing over the holiday period.

๐Ÿ˜Š I will also be collecting readers for the holidays, sight words will come home as usual.

๐Ÿ˜Š End of term dismissal is on Friday at 2:10.


Important stuff!

It’s all about Music and Me.

This week we present our fabulous performance of Music and Me. Monday morning will see us begin our day with a rehearsal at 9am. We need to practice getting the entire cast onto the stage, quickly and quietly and it is difficult to do this if people are coming in late, so please be on time.

Coloured T-shirts have been delivered and are all ready to go for those who ordered them. On Tuesday and Wednesday, we ask that all children come to school in their uniform wearing blue bottoms. So no pinafores or dresses please.

The children worked hard on their invitations for their special people during the week. I hope that you found it in your child’s blue reader bag. The program of songs is included inside the invitation, there is also a map of the school on the back page to help guests find their way around.

After the performance on Wednesday, special guests are invited to visit our classroom and see your child at work. They may like to take the opportunity to visit the Library together and purchase a book for the school, of course this is optional.

Performance times are as follows. Cast 1… that’s us!

Dress rehearsal/parents performance 9:40am in the hall Tuesday.

Special Person’s Day performance 9:40 in the hall Wednesday.

As you can imagine, each child in the cast has been able to invite two people, there will be a lot of guests coming, as far as seating goes, first in best dressed is the easiest way to say it.

Other news…

On Friday a Lapathon form was given to each child. This will happen earlyย next term. This is a major fund raising event for our school and we ask that you start collecting sponsors in readiness and of course, keep your child’s form safe. This year there are some fantastic prices for the child who raises the most money in each year level.


Our show and tell topic this week is bring along your favourite song to share. Tell us why it’s your favourite. You can bring your song on a CD or a USB. We want to play and listen to ย your song.

๐ŸŽถ Disco ๐ŸŽถ

This week we also have a disco. The disco will be on Thursday afternoon for Reception to year two children, the cost is $4.00 per child and includes entry, a small bag of chips and a drink. I will collect disco money on Thursday morning.

Its going to be a big week! ๐Ÿคฃ



What’s going on in 02?

This week will be all about Special Person’s Day. We will be having extra practices and getting ready for our spectacular performance. I hope you are able to come along to the dress rehearsal to see it for yourself.

Even our show and tell will be around the ย topic of special people. Tell us all about your special people, why are they special to you? What do you like to do when you spend time with your special people? Perhaps bring along a photo of them.

Week 6 info..

Just a reminder that children do not need to be at school until Wednesday of next week. Monday, of course is a public holiday and we have a pupil free day on Tuesday. Staff will be working on Maths moderation at another site. I hope you are lucky enough to have a four day weekend.

We have had a lovely week of nature play this week. Unfortunately, we had no rain but the ground was wet a few mornings and we were able to find a nice puddle of mud. We had fun splashing in it! We had lots of fun interacting with nature.

On our last day we set a nature challenge. The children were all very engaged and worked with a partner to complete it.

One morning to celebrate World Environment Day, we released two beautiful monarch butterflies into the Nature ย garden and set them free carrying our special wishes.

Hopefully, you received the two notes that came home home about Special Person’s Day. I have posted pictures of each of the notes as we have had a lot of people away sick this week. There is a selection of coloured T-shirts on display in the middle of the Doolette building.

Here are the notes in case you missed one or both.


As we had Independence Day on Friday, we will be having another one again in a fortnights time in week eight.

See you Wednesday!







Week 5 Gossip..

Week five! That means we are halfway there folks.
This week we have enjoyed watching our plants grow. The seeds have all taken off and we are going to be recording growth and changes to all plants in the coming week.
You will be receiving information about our up coming Special Person’s Day this week, so keep an eye open for it.There will be more information about this via the blog and school newsletter as necessary.
Special lunch order forms went home this week for a jungle curry meal deal.
Most Book Fair Books went home this week, those that did not go home are on order and will be sent home with your child as soon as they arrive. Thank you to everyone who made a purchase, this resulted in our school being able to add over $3,000 worth of resources to our collection.