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Reviewing Term 3 at the GAP

Feedback from parents and teachers on our very busy and exciting Term 3 at the GAP has been very positive, as usual!

We have enjoyed:

  • learning about music, and having a guest music teacher in
  • learning and rehearsing songs in order to put on a concert for our parents
  • parent teacher interviews with families who wanted them
  • crafting surprises for our dads for fathers day
  • the RSPCA visit and our charity drive
  • having parents visit us at playschool to tell us about their occupations
  • excursions into the local parks to explore and play
  • welcoming our new assistant teacher
  • going on the bus wash excursion
  • having our portraits done by a professional photographer
  • learning lots of new songs (especially about yummy mangoes)
  • taking part in German Story Night
  • playing traditional games (one of our favourites is Bello Bello)
  • … and much much more!

It was lovely hearing from so many families in the parent/teacher interviews, and feedback at pick up and drop off time, as well as emails to us.  As per families and children’s wishes, Term 4 will include preparing the older children for their transition to preschool, child-led curriculum (the Thursday/Friday class will have an “I wish, and I wonder” theme), more exploration into nature (we have ordered some seeds and will also take the Monday/Tuesday class to the arboretum).  Some of the children LOVE singing, so we will be sure to include more of that in the program. Some of our quieter children have blossomed recently and we think it helps having fewer bikes out at once as it has calmed our high speed traffic in the playground!

Further feedback is always welcome.  Here is how.

 

 

Pfadfinder Charity Fundraising Challenge

The leaders put the idea to the scouts, and they ran with it:  a charity fundraising challenge.  The scouts decided the rules of the competition and then the count-down started!  Each patrol had exactly one week plus one hour to nominate a charity, come up with ideas and raise as many funds as they could.

Leaders were impressed with the thoughtful discussion that the scouts put into choosing their charities – our Pfadfinder scouts really are global thinkers with strong ethical values.  It was inspiring to hear them set their goals and listen to the breadth of fundraising ideas they came up with.

The deadline arrived on Monday evening, and the patrols were still excitedly scrambling to the last minute to raise even more money for their chosen charities, before settling in to share a meal together and compare their strategies and results.   We all learned a lot!

We are really proud of our scouts who, within just one week (and a lot of baking, door knocking, bucket appeals, cake stalls and so on), raised $114 for the Red Cross International and $432 for Operation Christmas Child.

Challenge complete!  What will those amazing Pfadfinder do next?

Presents Delivered to RSPCA

Inspired by a visit from the RSPCA, the Thursday/Friday GAP children crafted enrichment toys and treats for the animals.  These adorable and delicious treats were delivered along with donations of towels and pet food last week.

It was heart-warming to see the animals sniffing them appreciatively and opening their colourful hand-crafted presents from the children to find a food treat inside.

 

Ta-Tu-Ta-Ta! Hier kommt die Feuerwehr!

The children and parents at Spiel und Spass thoroughly enjoyed a visit from the ACT  Fire Brigade recently.  Those fire-fighters sure  are our heroes, and they really know how to please a crowd!  There was even an opportunity for children to explore the fire truck, and turn the hose onto some of our beautiful trees in Haig Park.

Pfadfinder Girls STEM Day

Some lucky Pfadfinder Girls got to take part in a Greenlight 4 Girls Day on Saturday 12 August.   Greenlight 4 girls is an international movement to encourage girls to consider Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) careers.

The girls heard from amazing female scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, mathematicians, students, technological designers and inventors.  After decorating our lab coats, it was off to a series of workshops to experiment, learn, solve problems, accept challenges and have fun, before returning to share our knowledge in the closing ceremony.  Along the way, we even got to meet a rare bettong up close.

The day was really well organised by the Girl Guides Association, and was a lot of fun.

Occupations Weeks at GAP

The GAP children have been learning all about occupations in our community.   Some of our parents offered to come in and tell us about the interesting jobs they have.

During a visit from an Australian Army dad, we got to see how soldiers make little tents (called hootchies) to camp in, check out all the things they have to carry in their backpacks, and see how they cook and eat when they are in the field.  We tried on some heavy webbing, tried to lift the heavy backpack, checked out some cool equipment, peered through a little telescope and tested some electronically enhanced ear protectors.  Afterwards, we made our own hootchie in the playground and tried some of the food from the army ration packs.  We even drew little maps of our surroundings before we went to sleep in our sleeping bags, just as the real army people do.

We are looking forward to a visit from a builder next week!

The Children’s Hootchie

Musical Michelle’s visit to GAP

The children and teachers at the GAP thoroughly enjoyed a visit from Michelle the very talented music teacher today.

We learned new songs, sang a few old favourites; we danced to different styles of music; we played instruments; we heard some of Michelle’s cool instruments;  and we learned about rhythm, volume, pitch.  A great time was had by all!

Michelle commented that the GAP children had particularly good aural skills (which she surmised was from being bilingual) and they paid good attention (an important life skill that will put the children in good stead for the rest of their lives).

 

Science Weeks at GAP

The children at the GAP are enjoying our science weeks.  They have been experimenting with liquids and solids, and mixing them together. What happens when you drop a pebble into water? What about salt in water? What about water into flour?  How about oil? Coloured marker pens? Sand? Sugar?

Which led us to our next question:  Do scientists always end up covered in  powder and standing in a sticky puddle?  Our teachers have a scientific hypothesis about this!

Looking forward to our visit to Questacon next week.