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Newsletter 30

Newsletter30

Issue 30 of the Platinum Pre School Newsletter is hot off the press! Yippee!

It's full of interesting articles from our specialist writers, pre school updates and community news.

Enjoy...

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The children have been powering along with never ending curiosity and enthusiasm for all activities. They have been learning about everything from dinosaurs to the inspiring world of construction, and have gained an amazing amount of knowledge and experiences from these topics along with others we have covered since our last newsletter. We are big advocates of providing children with the opportunity to learn about a vast array of different interest areas and at Platinum we are proud to deliver what we hope is an unparrelled level of early education.

Our recent Ronald McDonald House art show at our Randwick Campus was a huge success, the children loved painting their artworks and participating in discussions about how what we were doing would help other children and their families. We raised an incredible $42,000 for the house. Thank you to all those who contributed in any way.

Amongst many other things in this newsletter you will read about ANZAC Day at Platinum, our ‘Dinosaur Invasion’ and our Mother’s Day charity cooking night! As usual we have some fantastic articles from our specialist writers, tackling a vast array of family and child related topics.

We hope you enjoy this newsletter

 

Dinosaur Invasion!

Dino

11139954 842608829119876 7203363791550847858 nOver the past few weeks we've had some unexpected visitors at both our Randwick and Prestons campuses. The children had been expressing interest in learning more about dinosaurs, and our Platinum teachers certainly delivered. They gave our students the opportunity to peep into the prehistoric past, to a time when giant lizards ruled the world. We examined the giant bones of Tyrannosaurus Rex, dug up fossils and walked in Dinosaur foot prints. And that was just the beginning!
 
Our teachers came up with all sorts of other ideas to help reinforce the learning outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework and our own Key Learning Areas. From creating dinosaur dances to building skeletons out of paper towel rolls. Our centres have been filled with cretaceous creations that reflect both the imaginations of our students and their developing understanding of this fun and educational topic area.
 
 
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Art Show Success - Randwick

Little Creations

11261644 460854844084602 8940498798336054416 nIt was with great anticipation that we began the planning in the lead-up to our 2015 Platinum Pre School Art Show. This year we decided to name it Little Creations and the theme was the art of Eric Carle (author of The Hungry Caterpillar).

The children went on a wonderful journey creating beautiful masterpieces for the Art Show! Over the weeks leading up to Little Creations we looked closely at the literature of Eric Carle and decided to base our paintings on the artwork in the books. Each group learned about a different book and created their artwork inspired by that book. We discussed what we liked about the artwork and how we could create our own. Every child  was guided in each step, learning and developing a range of new skills as they went through intentional teaching. These skills included sponging techniques such as dabbing and swiping, stencilling, colour blending on the canvas and adding texture with impasto. Our educators believe in all children’s capacity to succeed and actively promote children’s learning through worthwhile and challenging experiences. The children were very proud of their finished masterpieces -  they named them, discussed where they would keep them and what their favourite parts of them were. The whole process helped children to develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity. 

We also discussed how creating art for a charity event was helping to support the children at Ronald McDonald House, allowing our students to develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation.

As we progressed in the lead up to the event we were overwhelmed by the amount community support we received from both our pre school parents and the kind people and businesses who donated to the event. 11022514 460856474084439 3823022181232025040 n

By the time the night of Little Creations came around we had already received almost $35,000 worth of donated prizes. Little did we know at the time, that thanks to the incredible generosity of the 200 guests that attended the event that we would be able to turn this into $42,000 worth of usable money that has now gone into Ronald McDonald House Randwick's bank account for use in supporting the amazing work that they do every day.

According to Chantell Keating, the House Manager, the day-to-day operation of the house costs in excess $2,500 and supports over 80 people every day. Many of these people come from distant regional areas for the child’s treatment and can often have to make Ronald McDonald House their “home away from home” for months at a time.

Ronald McDonald House, Randwick relies significantly on donations of money and supplies to simply provide the basic necessities for their residents and is the reason that Platinum does everything that we can to support their needs.

We can't thank everyone who was involved in the night enough for their time, efforts and donations. We are proud to say that the three art shows we have held over the past 5 years have raised over $100,000.

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Toddler Times

Toddler-Times

10987485 817583881653553 160694232417737759 nThis year, Jane Scott (the Family Educator of St Catherine of Siena) has introduced “Toddler Times” as part of the school's efforts to help children transition to primary school. "Toddler Times" is a fabulous opportunity for small children (aged 3-5) to learn to socialise whilst developing their creative skills. This is a valuable experience especially for pre schoolers in helping to ease the transition into kindergarten. It can also be a great opportunity for Mums and Dads, offering a chance to chat in a supportive environment.

Our Prestons campus has been working closely with Jane on ensuring that our Platinum students get the opportunity to participate in this great project. Each week, we have been running excursions to St Catherine of Siena so our students get the opportunity to experience a primary school environment in a fun and exciting setting.
 
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Mother's Day Cooking 2015

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Someone once said “I’m a strong person, but every now and then, I would like someone to take my hand and say everything will be alright.”

This, amongst so many other things is what Ronald McDonald House does for the families of seriously ill children every day! And that is why the parents of Platinum got together to cook a special Mother’s Day BBQ for the residents of the Randwick House. Often the parents of these children take it upon themselves to be strong for their kids, so it was our pleasure to take one evening out of our own week to help lighten the load for these families by cooking them dinner and supporting them and the operation of The House.

The day-to-day operational costs of the house are in excess of $2,500 and it supports over 80 people every single day. Many of these people come from distant regional areas for their child’s treatment and can often have to make Ronald McDonald House their ‘home away from home’ for months or even years at a time.

Ronald McDonald House, Randwick relies significantly on donations of money and supplies to simply provide the basic necessities for their residents and this is the reason that Platinum does everything that we can to support their needs.

Thank you so much to everyone who helped out on the night and special thanks to Eileen Trinca for buying the groceries and Emily Morrow for heading up the organisation of the night!

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