Preschool team updates
From the Team Leader
This year we have three classes that make up our preschool team, located in the David Street building of our school. I am delighted to introduce our fabulous teaching team, Sandy Home, Susan Hough and Sandra Shepley, as well as learning support assistants, Trina Meredith, Marlene Demczyszyn, Barb McCormick and Clare Warren. I am so fortunate to be leading such a dedicated and passionate teaching team who I know are looking forward to getting to know all of the children and their families as the year progresses.
At Turner Preschool we provide a play based program where children have the opportunity to engage in sustained and meaningful learning experiences in open ended, rich environments. The program is designed using the Being, Belonging and Becoming: Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF). Copies of the EYLF are available at the preschool or online at https://education.gov.au/early-years-learning-framework.
Did you know that this year’s Preschool students will graduate in the year 2029? It is for this reason that our children need more than just information or ‘knowledge’ in order to manage in our ever-changing society. They need the skills and dispositions to learn to be creative, innovative learners and to be able to communicate their understandings independently and confidently. This term, we will be supporting the preschool children to become effective self-managers, which is one of the five main learning assets that will be a focus of learning across the curriculum at Turner School. Being a ‘self-manager’ in preschool means that children can:
- care for organise their own belongings
- come up with ideas about their learning
- think and talk about how we feel about our learning
- take responsibility for their things and learning
- think about the effect our thinking and behaviour is having on others
At Turner School we value our parent community and encourage all families to be involved with our school. We welcome families to participate in school activities, such as excursions, as well as volunteering to assist in the preschool classroom. Parents wishing to share a particular interest or expertise with staff and children are also welcome, especially if you have expertise that could enrich any of our inquiry units throughout the year. If you would like to assist in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.
As team leader I am always willing to chat to parents of preschool children about any business to do with our team and classrooms. Please do not hesitate to contact me at the school on (02) 6205 6622. Thank you for all you do to support us and your child at our school.
P/K Team Leader