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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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ANZAC Day at Platinum

ANZAC

10653394 828732537174172 7065417306749920408 n"Learning about ANZAC Day helps young children to understand the life and times of Australia and its people.
By building young children’s understandings about the traditions, facts and folklore of ANZAC Day, the many real life stories of sacrifices and heroism of everyday Australians will not be lost, but be handed down to future generations.
Research in education tells us that children learn best when they are highly interested, active and help make decisions about their learning. Young children have a fascination with all things to do with the past. By learning through hands-on, sensory and real-life experiences about ANZAC Day, young children will have an opportunity to understand the importance of this national day, and its role in building peace in communities today." (from www.anzacday.org.au)

Over the course of last week the children at both Platinum Pre School campuses were involved in a range of activities designed to help give them a better understanding of how ANZAC Day commemorates the bravery and heroism of our armed services. These activities included:

  • Having a member of the Australian Army come to each campus and explain what their role in the community is.
  • Baking ANZAC Cookies with our resident nutritionist, Kim Holmes (from The Healthy Little B).
  • Painting a commemorative 'Poppy on canvas' to take home and share with our families.

10307362 828336683880424 682527823558526126 nEach of these activities helped our students to develop a better understanding of what ANZAC Day is and why it is so important to us as Australians. Each of the children's ANZAC Day Poppy canvases also had the following message on the back for parents to read at home with them:

Anzac Day – 25 April – is one of Australia's most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

This year we commemorate the bravery and service of those men and women who went to war to fight to keep Australia safe 100 years ago. To mark this occasion the children have made a single red poppy of remembrance. We have discussed that 100 years ago the ANZACs landed at Gallipoli and that these men and women had no phones or computers to keep in contact with those they loved.

We encourage you all to celebrate dinner or a meal around this poppy this weekend and keep in mind those who never returned home.

Lest we forget. 
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Little Creations - Art Show

Little-Creations

Platinum Pre School opened in 2010 and in less than five years has become an integral part of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs community, particularly through our relationship with Ronald McDonald House Randwick. In addition to providing early education to the community’s next generation, Platinum offers free-of-charge casual attendance to children staying at Ronald McDonald House to allow the parents of these children to have some well deserved time off and for their children to spend some time away from the hospital. Often these families are a long way from home all sharing one room at the House whilst their child undergoes treatment at Prince of Wales Hospital. A day or two for their child at a local pre school can make all the difference for both the children and their parents, giving Mum and Dad an opportunity to catch up on those parts of their life that they have put on pause, whilst the kids get to visit a fun and educational environment where they can be everyday kids for a while.

To provide further assistance, the pre school holds bi-annual art shows with all funds raised going directly to Ronald McDonald House at Randwick. Since 2010 they have raised a whopping $80,000 making Platinum Pre School the single largest fundraising partner for the Randwick House. This year the children of the pre school are busily painting Eric Carle inspired artworks for their 2015 art show - Little Creations whilst the staff and parents have been raising support from generous local businesses.

Little Creations will be held at the Crowne Plaza Coogee on the 16th of May and is set to smash the $100,000 mark providing much needed support to the wonderful work that the staff and volunteers at Ronald McDonald House Randwick do every day.

For more information about how you can support this very worthy cause email the Platinum Pre School team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

Or if you would like to come along and bid on some incredible auctions and prizes click below to purchase tickets:

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Or for more information about the event CLICK HERE!

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