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Graduate Reunions

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"Experiencing belonging – knowing where and with whom you belong – is integral to human existence. Children belong first to a family, a cultural group, a neighbourhood and a wider community. Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others and the basis of relationships in defining identities. In early childhood, and throughout life, relationships are crucial to a sense of belonging. Belonging is central to being and becoming in that it shapes who children are and who they can become."

(quoted from the Early Years Learning Framework)

Screen Shot 2015-03-10 at 12.02.05 pmAt both our Randwick and Prestons campuses, we recently invited our 2014 graduates back to visit us and tell us all about their experiences so far at big school. Through our strong focus on school readiness and implementing the philosophies of the the Early Years Learning Framework we were very proud to see that all our graduates are thriving and are already developing a strong sense of belonging within their primary school environments.
 
We are confident that the social, emotional and academic skills that we helped our students to develop have been an important aspect of making their transition so smooth. Feedback from our graduates parents is a lovely example of just a few of the benefits that having your child attend a Platinum Pre School can have:
"Sophie is loving school and doing very well. She loves homework, writing, news and can count confidently to 100. Next Friday she will be opening the 1st kindergarten assembly of the year on the microphone! You have prepared her beautifully for "big school" . Well done Platinum!"
"Would like you to pass this message to all the teacher at platinum, would like to thank them for all the work they have done with Marco as he doing very well at school and his teacher is amazed with his knowledge on certain things and how he is able to follow instructions this would not be the case without the teachers and there educational fun program's that they did with Marco, Thank you again Platinum Pre School Marco misses you all"

Mindfulness at Platinum

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This year, one of our fantastic new staff members, Bernadette Cogin will be working with the Platinum staff to develop and slowly and gently introduce the practice of MINDFULNESS MEDITATION to the children at Platinum. 

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION is a focused practice of thinking in the NOW.

When we practice MINDFULNESS MEDITATION we are:

  • Focusing on the present
  • Breaking the cycle of thought patterns that focus on past events or things that might be going to happen in the future
  • Intentionally focusing on what’s happening around you and inside you IN THIS MOMENT

Mindfulness is not a practice we master or finish learning.

There is no right or wrong way to practice, no judgements and no winners. 

Anyone can practice Mindfulness. 

But it is only beneficial, if we keep practicing!!


Research is showing MINDFULNESS MEDITATION practice can:

  • Help to clear your head and improve mental health
  • Increase self-awareness
  • Help to slow down your thoughts and reduce anxiety
  • Increase concentration and memory 
  • Aid relaxation
  • Reduce stress


We will include some of the Mindfulness practices and techniques in weekly newsletters so you can continue the practice at home.
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Mindfulness Meditation is also supported through the Outcomes, Standards and Elements of the Early Years Learning Framework below:


OUTCOME 3: CHILDREN HAVE A STRONG SENSE OF WELLBEING

• Children become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing

• Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing


Standard 2.1 Each child’s health is promoted.

Element 2.1.2 - Each child’s comfort is provided for and there are appropriate opportunities to meet each child’s need for sleep, rest and relaxation.



If  any parents have suggestions or techniques they use at home or would like to chat and get more details, please contact bernadette at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


So stay tuned as we attempt to show your children the skills to experience life AS IT IS HAPPENING.

High School Buddy Programme

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Screen Shot 2015-02-06 at 1.35.37 pmToday we were very excited to kick off our 2015 Buddy Programme.

Towards the end of last year we started speaking with local high schools about the introduction of a Buddy Programme, following our success with our primary school buddies from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart at the end of last year. This is a great opportunity for building partnerships and strengthening links within our community, in line with the Early Years Learning Framework Practice 1 - Holistic approaches: (Educators) recognise the connections between children, families and communities and the importance of reciprocal relationships and partnerships for learning. They see learning as a social activity and value collaborative learning and community participation and National Quality Area 6.3.4: The service builds relationships and engages with the local community.

The buddies will be trained in interacting with our students and in helping them work towards individual goals. This will enable our buddies to have a sense of purpose and gain new skills, while at the same time benefiting our students as they are guided in their learning. (Learning Outcome 2 - Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation).

We will match our students to buddies depending on their individual needs and we hope to continue bringing more volunteers on board as the year progresses. We are very excited about this partnership program and look forward to seeing the benefits for all involved.


Buddy Update

POLO-TOP-TRAINEETo help you and the children identify the students that are participating in our Buddy Programme or who are training or volunteering, they will always wear a green Platinum Pre School uniform with a badge that says "Trainee." By offering programmes that allow these Trainees to experience an early childhood setting we are ensuring that they have access to the extensive knowledge base of Platinum teachers, giving them the best opportunity to decide if a career in Early Education is for them. When on site, these students are always under the direct supervision of a Platinum Pre School staff member.

Celebrating Community Commitment

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10940441 784061131641313 8177172422044321419 nThis year's Australia Day was a particularly special one for all of us here at Platinum as our very own Joanna O'Brien was recognised for dedication to the Randwick City community.

Joanna's contribution to the local community has grown and continues to grow through her impact as a teacher and pre school owner. Growing up in Maroubra to become a primary school teacher gave her both a love of education and a strong sense of community. This combination drove her spend over 10 years enthusiastically teaching the children of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Primary School where she eventually became Assistant Principal. However, in 2010 it was her need to further increase her impact on the lives of the children of her local community that drove Joanna to open the first Platinum Pre School with her business partner Nichola McLean. Since then, Joanna has opened a second pre school in Prestons with a third due to open in Clovelly in 2016. The pre school has had such a positive impact on the community that it now has over 1,500 families on its waiting List.

Joanna strongly supports both the people, businesses and charities in the Randwick City community through various community services. When the first Randwick campus opened, Joanna dedicated a large portion of her time supporting the efforts of Ronald McDonald House - Randwick by offering free child care to the parents of seriously ill children. This gives their other children the opportunity to spend the day doing fun and educational activities whilst giving the parents a chance to focus on meetings with doctors and care for their ill child. The pre school has also had recovering children attend the pre school in the past, giving them a break from the hospital. Joanna is a huge advocate for the House and always encourages our regular parents and students to help involve the RMH children in their activities at Platinum.

Under the guidance of Jo and our other Director Nichola McLean, the pre school has proudly financially supported Ronald McDonald House by raising a whopping $80,000 since support of the house back in 2010. Making Platinum Pre School the single largest fundraiser for the Randwick House.

As far as supporting local businesses, Joanna is a big believer in supporting other local businesses and provides free advertising for them in our newsletters and mailing lists. The pre school’s newsletters are also extensively read by the parents of enrolled students and other parents in the community. This is because Joanna has built relationships with various local specialists in areas such as child psychology, occupational therapy, speech pathology, nutrition and fitness. These specialists also receive exposure for their services through the newsletter. The pre school’s newsletters can be downloaded free at www.platinumpreschool.com and are packed full of great articles for parents.

Joanna’s enthusiasm, drive and steadfast commitment to supporting her community is something that impacts everyone who crosses her path. It is rare to see someone who notices a need in their community and not only tries to solve it on a one-to-one basis, but who builds an organisation that is growing at such a rapid rate that its positive effects on the community are astounding all involved.

Working collaboratively in conjunction with parents, other educators and the local community, Joanna and Nichola have built the foundations of an education institution that is reshaping the values of the Randwick City community.

Without doubt, their effect on our community will have positive outcomes through the children Platinum Pre School teaches and the growing support that we offer the wider community.

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Time Out is NOT Your Only Option

Justin-Coulson

1505563 782204655160294 5986452361550159977 nWe are excited to announce that after the success of Dr Justin Coulson's last visit to Platinum Pre School in 2014, we have booked him again to speak to our parents about discipline and creating boundaries for children.

Places for this session are strictly limited so please make sure to RSVP in order to attend. Anyone who is interested is welcome to come, however places will be limited.



Cost - FREE
Date - 24th February
Time - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Location - Platinum Pre School: 193 Avoca Street, Randwick




Setting limits with kids requires a lot more than simply telling them what to do and then punishing them or rewarding them based on whether or not they are obedient. By the end of this presentation, Dr Justin Coulson will help you discover creative solutions for working with your children to help them stay within the limits. The session explores:

- Why punishments and rewards don’t work – and what to do instead
- How your children’s development impacts their ability to stick with the rules
- How getting our hearts attuned to theirs changes everything about discipline
- Do you feel that you are incessantly nagging, shouting, pleading, threatening, and demanding that your children do as you have asked?

Do you find that after all of the nagging, shouting, pleading, threatening, and demanding that you end up doing it for them anyway?

Do you live in a dictatorship – where the kids are in charge?

‘Creating boundaries’, ‘discipline’, ‘teaching kids how to behave’, ‘socialisation’… call it what you will, the purpose of this seminar is to help you to set limits with your kids that they can stick to in ways that you feel good about. While most parents admit to yelling, threatening, and smacking (or manipulating their kids with bribes and goodies), it seems we would rather not do those things if we could avoid it.

 

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