From the Team Leader
Welcome to Kindergarten at Turner School, and a special welcome to those families who are new to our wonderful school community!
Our Kindergarten teaching team consists of three big classes, and two small group settings. Our class names come from authors, reflecting the focus this year with our Artists and Writers Festival in Term 3:
- Imogen Johnson (KIJ) Pamela Allen
- Chelsea McKenzie (KCM) Margaret Wild
- Sandra Shepley / Jocelyn James (KSJ) Bronwyn Bancroft
- Effie Logan (SK-2EL) Jackie French
- Heather Walker (SK-2HW) Graeme Base
Semester 1 in Kindergarten is an exciting time, as children learn how to engage with school and build their sense of belonging. We know we will see a steady growth in confidence, resilience and independence as the year progresses. In the first part of the year, students focus particularly on understanding and developing their identity as a ‘self-manager’ - learning to manage and contribute to daily learning routines, to be responsible for their own and shared belongings and to problem-solve new situations. We work with students so that they see themselves as learners who ‘have-a-go’ at tasks and persist, developing a sense of progress over time, with a growing toolbox of skills and understanding.
Our big question across Turner School in Term 1 is Who am I?, and this links in with Kindergarten’s inquiry around memories, personal stories and histories. In Term 2 we investigate Who am I in my relationships? and continue to build community, connection and responsibility.
Throughout the year there are opportunities for you to engage with parent workshops in reading, writing and numeracy. Details will be advertised closer to the time.
Thank you for all that you do to support your child and us at our school! If you have any questions or would like to chat, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, or myself as team leader. We look forward to a great semester of learning in Kindergarten!
Jocelyn James | Preschool and Kindergarten Team Leader