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It has been a busy start to our final term and it’s hard to believe that the year is nearly over ( though we can see how much the children have grown up since they began in January!).

This week is Children's Week. The theme is 'children have the right to relax, play and to take part in activities they enjoy'. At both campuses, we have celebrated with special teddy bear picnics and a variety of related craft and cooking activities. Children's week is an important time to stop and engage with simple pleasures and embrace the joy of childhood. There are many activities in Wellington and East Gippsland Shires you can participate in.

Our Transition children at St Anne's have been exploring animal lifecycles with a focus on the story 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. They have explored this text through art, drama, poetry and music and printed a caterpillar shape using bottle tops and drawing all the healthy fruit the caterpillar ate. Literacy skills were developed as the children had to recall and retell the story in sequence. Using their fine motor skills, the children made a 3D caterpillar using paper strips and added antennas and eyes. They then punched holes around the edge of a big green leaf, just like in the story. The children are waiting patiently to see our butterflies hatch from the two chrysalis in the classroom. At the Bairnsdale campus, the Transition children enjoyed a teddy bear picnic to celebrate their class mascot 'Morris's' birthday. The Reception children enjoyed cooking pasta with the help of one of our families.

In Term 4 we prepare the children for the next stage of their education, whether into Transition four-year-old kindergarten or school. Over the coming weeks, they will meet new teachers and friends and explore new places. We put a great deal of time and thought into helping your child have the experiences they need to help them feel safe, secure and supported during this process. Parent information evenings and orientation sessions are planned, and I encourage all families to engage with these activities fully. Even though you may have been through this before with an older sibling, it will be new for your child.

I look forward to meeting many of you these evenings in the coming weeks or at our Transition class Christmas concerts.

Upcoming events: ‘Getting Ready for Grammar’
St Anne's Campus
2024 ELC/Foundation Parent Information Night: Thursday November 2 from 5.45pm
2024 Orientation Day (student-free): Friday November 24
Transition Christmas Concert: Friday November 17, 9- 10am

Bairnsdale Campus
Transition and Year 5 Buddies Excursion to Raymond Island: Friday November 3
2024 Parent Information Night: Thursday November 9 from 5.45pm
2024 Orientation Day (student-free): Friday November 24
Transition Christmas Concert: Thursday November 23, 2pm

Lisa Burgess

ELC Director