Tag Archives: Pre-School

Pre-school graduation ceremony celebrates learning development

Why have a Pre-school graduation?  For our Pre-school team it is about acknowledging the learning and development during the children’s time at Pre-school and in the early childhood years. It is about celebrating this milestone in children’s and family’s lives. Children are important, their learning is important and that is why we as a Pre-school service hold a graduation evening. To celebrate the children, to acknowledge learning in the early year and to celebrate play!

The children’s learning and development in our play-based program is founded on the latest research into early childhood education and development. The Pre-school philosophy underpins our program and we draw inspiration from the principles of the Reggio Emilia philosophy and nature play.  As we reflect on the last few years, we have been reminded how the program has evolved to include large blocks of time, utilisation of the natural outdoor environment and bush garden, inclusion of ‘loose parts’ and understanding of the importance of setting up the environment to invite learning and engagement for the children.

Save the Date: School Readiness Information Session

Pre-school and Junior School staff invite parents and their guests to save the date, Wednesday 27th March 2019, for the annual Transition to Kindy parent information night.

Come along and meet our Kindergarten Teachers who will present ways in which you can positively support your child  as they prepare for their transition to Kindy in the years ahead.  Some of the topics being discussed on the night include:

  • Reading to your child
  • Interactive conversations
  • Self help skills
  • Day to day skills
  • Emotional & social skills
  • Technology

Transition to Kindergarten Registration Poster 2019

Information on how to register for this event will follow shortly.

Enrolment at Macquarie College is not a pre-requisite for attendance  at this free community event.

Special event for parents preparing their child for Kindergarten

Macquarie College Pre-School

The Macquarie College Junior School is pleased to invite parents, friends and guests to a free, community event for parents with children preparing for Kindergarten in 2019 or 2020.

Tuesday 27th March
7.00pm – 8.00pm
Macquarie College Library

Our Kindergarten Staff will present on a range of activities, decisions and behaviours which can be developed with your infant, to prepare for Kindergarten and to enjoy their entry into ‘big school’.  Topics which we will discuss on the night include:

  • Reading With Your Child
  • Interactive Conversations With Your Child
  • Self Help Skills
  • Day to Day Skills
  • Emotional and Social Skills
  • Technology
  • Other Considerations for Starting School
  • The Junior School Community

Click Here to register your attendance at this information session.  Supper will be served on the night, so please RSVP early to confirm your place.

Pre-School Music Program

Our Pre-school families are enriched by an early-learning music curriculum which is formally integrated within the Pre-school’s Early Years Leaning Framework.  The high-energy music classes are held weekly, and are taught throughout the year by our experienced Pre-school and Junior School Music Teacher, Mrs Ingrid Shaw.

This speciality music program engages students through interactive sessions in which they learn how to “sing it and say it, before you can play it”.  Music is a dynamic medium and the Pre-school music program teaches children how to express themselves through musical techniques and concepts such as:

  • loud and soft sounds;
  • rhythm;
  • dynamics of pitch; and
  • movement (singing, dancing and playing).

By participating in both individual and group music activities, children learn the value of patience, taking turns and experience the joy of celebrating with friends when they achieve foundational music skills and regularly present these as mini-performances.

Music can provide breakthrough experiences for children as they learn communication and socialisation.  Weekly music lessons deliver a repertoire of material for each Pre-school teacher to take back into their Rooms (Possum Room and Wombat Room), incorporating music teachings with weekly activities involving all children.

Our beginner music programming is unique within the Region.  This introduction to individual and group musical activity in Pre-school is a perfect stepping stone for children progressing into the Macquarie College Junior School, where music is celebrated and performed consistently in all Stages of Junior School learning and development.

Parents are welcome to attend the weekly Pre-school music classes and to observe their child’s interaction with others, experimentation with instruments and participation in group music activities. 

Please contact the Pre-school Reception on 4954 9449 to arrange your visit.