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
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).
It was the old North Germany vs South Germany Kartoffelsalat competition at Pfadfinder last week!
Each scout patrol made either a north German (mayonnaise based) potato salad or a south German (oil based) one.
The judges had a difficult decision to make, but the participants sure had a good time and relished the opportunity to refine their culinary skills. Who knew it would take an hour to boil a potato if you don’t chop it up first? That will be handy knowledge when we are cooking at camp.
Spiel und Spass had a wonderful time on the ACTION bus wash trip. Happily, there was room for us all on the bus, and the children, parents, grandparents and aupairs all had a great time.
The faces are obscured in the photo, as not everyone wanted to be posted online, but trust us… everyone was grinning on the day!
Checking out the feeling on the bus windows as the brushes go past in the bus wash.
Pfadfinder have been busy creating designer cookies to help bring a smile to the face of people living on the streets in Canberra. The Joeys and Scouts have thoroughly enjoyed decorating the Plaetzchen, ready to be taken to Vinnies for distribution. It’s just one more way that our Pfadfinder enjoy contributing to the wider community.
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.
The children and teachers were delighted to host guest speaker Anke Maria – a local German biologist from ACT Frogwatch – today. We got to meet and hear from many of her froggy friends, and learn about their habits and environmental needs. There were lots of hands-on activities, games, puzzles and puppets to have fun with; and plenty of opportunities for the children to ask all their inquisitive questions.
A big thank you to everyone who helped to bake all those amazing goodies for our bake sale on the weekend. Our fundraising team and committee were delighted with the results…. as were the people who got to eat all those nice treats!
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German Embassy helps us celebrate!
The German Australian Playschool is delighted to be the recipient of a kind and generous gift of a beautiful sand and water play activity table from the German Embassy in Canberra. The GAP turned 10 in December 2016, and it was lovely to receive such a great gift that will be used for years to come!