Kindergarten Communication Notes

Term 2, Week 4 and 5 Memory Verses

"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1 

"Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God." 1 John 5:5 

Weekly Organisation
Monday
Assembly Week A, Chapel Week B
Tuesday
Wednesday
Sport, Library (Tomato & Rhubarb)
Thursday
Library (Watermelon)
Friday
Sport, Library (Cherry)

Term 2, Week 3
Important Information

2021 Premier's Reading Challenge
We have had a fantastic response to the launch of our 2021 Premier's Reaching Challenge, with many students well on their way to reading the set target of 30 books. The NSW Premier's Reading Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure, and every year we have a large number of students complete the Challenge. Please refer to further information sent via email on Wednesday 31 March. Your child should have received their login details on a sticker attached to their Home Readers sign off sheet. Please contact your child's class teacher or our PRC Coordinators on [email protected] if you haven't received the details. Lists of the books that are included in the Challenge can be found at https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/booklist/home.html

We are looking forward to seeing our Kindergarten students enthusiastically completing the 2021 PRC!

Afternoon Collection
We encourage you to arrive after 3:10pm for afternoon 'Kiss and Go'. When exiting the school carpark of an afternoon, we respectfully ask that you turn left onto McCulloch Street from Regent Street. We appreciate this may minimally lengthen the drive home but will significantly improve and prioritise traffic flow for all vehicles.

Also note that the Short Term Car Park should only be used if your child is being called via our 'Kiss and Go' process. Please do not park your car in the short term car park and walk into the College to collect your child. If you would like to collect your child on campus, ensure that you park on the street to allow for a quick and easy flow of traffic. If you require a new sign for your car with your child/ren's names, please let their classroom teacher know and they will organise another one to be sent home. Thank you for your assistance in supporting the smooth flow of Afternoon Collection processes for our community.

Celebrations Around the World Day - Wednesday, 9 June
In History this term, Kindergarten will be learning about a variety of special events that are celebrated in Australia and other countries. Students will be developing their communication skills by sharing their experiences of how their family celebrates different occasions such as Christmas and Easter. They will also be stretching their empathising muscles as they "try to understand how others think and feel".
On Wednesday 9th June (Week 8), Kindergarten students will be participating in a special 'Celebrations Around the World Day' to enrich and support their learning in History. In order to make this a more personal and valuable experience, we would love to focus on celebrations that are relevant to our Kindergarten students and their families. To enable this, we have created a Google Form where we would love for you to indicate any special occasions that are celebrated by your family (particularly cultural related events): https://forms.gle/YEv9p5X96HDCHXTh7
If you would like to help out with this event (e.g. provide decorations, prepare food etc.) or would be available on this date to share your family tradition (e.g. demonstrate a traditional activity, share an explanation etc.), please express your interest on the Google Form. If you would be interested in putting your name forward to volunteer onsite, please ensure you have completed the College's volunteer induction seminar (via the College website) and have provided reception with an up-to-date WWCC number.

We are really looking forward to this special day of celebrations! You will receive more information about this event closer to the time

Mother's Day Celebrations
Our Kindergarten students had a wonderful time celebrating with their Mothers on Tuesday at the College's annual Mother's Day Breakfast. We hope that all the Mothers who attended enjoyed the opportunity to visit our classrooms and connect with other members of the Norwest Community.

We would like to wish all our Kindergarten Mums a very happy and relaxing Mother's Day on Sunday

Winter Uniform
The College Winter uniform will commence after Mother's Day and continue until Father's Day.

Effective Monday, 10 May, students will be expected to wear full Winter uniform as follows:
For all students, the College blazer must be the outer most layer of uniform worn and must be worn over the formal uniform when arriving and departing from the College each day. For girls, the College charcoal grey stockings must be worn in lieu of the white College socks with College trim. Girls may choose to wear the College long pants and blouse as an alternative to their dress.
For boys, the College long pants must be worn in lieu of shorts.

Sport uniform remains unchanged and should continue to be worn on Wednesdays and Fridays. Students may wear a plain white short-sleeved undershirt for extra warmth; however, please ensure that the sleeves cannot be seen under the College shirt, sports shirt or dress. For any further information or clarification, please speak to your child's classroom teacher.

Term 1, Week 9

Important Information

End of Term One
Congratulations to all Kindergarten students on completing their first term of Primary school! What a great start to school we have had! Thank you for your support in helping your child settle into daily school life and routines. We have already seen huge progress in student independence and learning and we look forward to continuing this journey next term. Over the holidays, we encourage you to keep reading with your child, to keep up all the progress they have made so far!

Student Progress Meetings
Thank you for taking the time to meet together and partner with us to support your child! What a wonderful opportunity to come together to set goals and celebrate the learning journey of your child.

Cross Country
Congratulations to all Kindergarten students who participated in the Cross Country event here at the College. Our students supported their Sport Houses well and demonstrated great effort and perseverance throughout their running!

Sydney Zoo Excursion
Our Infant's Zoo Excursion will now be held in Week One of next term on Wednesday, 21st of April, 2021. We require new permission for each student due to the change of date. Please login to Edumate via the College app, or your internet browser, to grant permission. Permission is due by Thursday, 1st April.

On the day please remember to pack your child's:
- Recess and Crunch and Sip combined in one labelled zip-lock bag.
- Lunch in a separate labelled zip-lock bag.
- Clearly labelled drink bottles with water only inside.

Premier's Reading Challenge
We are excited to announce that we have launched the 2021 Premier's Reading Challenge with our students! The NSW Premier's Reading Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure, and every year we have a large number of students complete the Challenge. Please refer to further information sent via email on Wednesday 31 March. Your child should have received their login details on a sticker attached to their Home Learning. Please contact your child's class teacher or our PRC Coordinators on [email protected] if you haven't received the details. The holidays are a fantastic time for students to read books to count towards the PRC! Lists of the books that are included in the Challenge can be found at https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/booklist/home.html

We are looking forward to seeing our students enthusiastically completing the 2021 PRC!

Afternoon Parent Collection: A small change to process
From the beginning of Term 2, if you collect your child from the Auditorium Foyer, please make one line to assist the teacher on duty in calling students in an orderly manner. Thank you for your assistance with this.

Easter
We wish you all a great Easter Holiday where we again have the wonderful opportunity to celebrate the greatest sacrifice our Lord God, through His Son Jesus Christ, made for us. John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. How blessed are we!

Term 1, Week 7
Important Information

Home Learning
Home Learning has commenced for all Kindergarten students.
This year Home Learning will consist of two main components: 
- Home Reading
- SSP Sight Word Practise Your child has been given a pack with two Home Readers in it, along with an SSP Sight Word key ring.

Please have your child read their books to you every day, and practise recognising and instantly saying the set sight words. Please ensure that your child's Home Learning pack is returned to school every Thursday. Readers will only be changed if you have signed the books off to acknowledge that your child has read them. Thank you for your support in beginning this program!

Sydney Zoo Excursion
On Wednesday, 24 March, our Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 students will be going on an excursion to Sydney Zoo. Please ensure that you have granted your child permission on Edumate. On the day, please pack your child's: - Recess and crunch and sip combined in one labelled snap-lock bag. - Lunch in a separate labelled snap-lock bag. - Clearly labelled drink bottles with water only inside.

Cross Country
The College Cross Country will be held on Thursday, 1 April 2021 (last day of Term 1) at the College. Students are encouraged to wear a shirt of their house colour with their sports shorts. This event will commence from 9:30am and Kindergarten will be running 300 metres. Parents are welcome to attend, however, there will be a sign-in arrangement in place. Please refer to the email sent out last week for further details.

What We Are Learning in Science
In Science this term, Kindergarten have been learning about living and non-living things. Students have been developing their noticing skills by using their senses to recognise whether things are living or not. They have also been learning about the different things that living things need in order survive and thrive. Kindergarten have been making predictions as they conduct an investigation into the things that plants need in order to grow and stay healthy. Over the next few weeks, they will continue using their observation skills to identify and compare how plants, left in different locations, grow.

Student Progress Meetings
Student Progress Meetings (SPMs) are an important part of our home-school partnership. SPMs will be held on Tuesday, 30 March and Wednesday, 31 March. Bookings are now open and appointments can be booked online by selecting the Interview Bookings tile on the NWCC Parents page of the College website. It is imperative that your child attend the SPM as they will evaluate their learning and set goals for themselves.

Afternoon Collection
Following on from Mr Wood's email regarding Afternoon Collection, students will not be released until 3.10pm. We encourage you to arrive after 3:10pm for afternoon 'Kiss and Go'. We ask that you turn left onto McCulloch Street from Regent Street (no right turn or going straight). We appreciate this may minimally lengthen your drive home but will significantly improve traffic flow in the afternoon. Also note that the Short Term Car Park should only be used if your child is being called via our Kiss and Go process. Please do not park your car in the short term car park and walk into the College to collect your child. If you would like to collect your child on campus, ensure that you park on the street to allow for a quick and easy flow of traffic. If you require a new sign for your car with your child/ren's names, let their classroom teacher know and they will organise for another one to be sent home. Thank you for your assistance in supporting the smooth flow of Afternoon Collection processes for our community.

Infant's Lunchtime Clubs
This term, there are a number of lunch time clubs that Kindergarten students can attend:
Monday: Ministry for Kids (M4K)
Tuesday: Sports Club, Creative Arts Club and Designer Club
Wednesday: Craft Club
Thursday: Board Games Club and Choir
Friday: Sports Club

Upcoming Events
View upcoming activities on the College Home Page. Click here to read more.

Kind regards,
Miss Bown
Mrs Brian
Miss Knight
Mrs Li