All posts by Katrin M

National Portrait Gallery Excursions

Last week, both of our GAP classes embarked on a very exciting and fun excursion to the National Portrait Gallery. After the children had been dropped off by their parents, we enjoyed our morning tea out in the sunshine and our picnic rug provided a good spot to fuel our energy for the upcoming 1-hour tour through the National Portrait Gallery.

In the foyer, the children were warmly greeted by Kate and her team, before the class was split into two groups. The educational program was tailored to children aged 3-5 years and offered lots of information about the selected portraits in a fun, engaging and interactive way which our little students enjoyed a lot.

The children especially enjoyed drawing and crafting their own art pieces. For instance, the groups got very creative when it came to designing their own crowns or when ‘decorating’ their pop-up bedrooms.

After the excursion the classes had some time to play around and to let the impressions settle in, before we made our way back to GAP by bus.

The bus ride got the children all excited which might have been the main highlight of the excursion.

All in all, everyone had a fantastic time at the National Portrait Gallery.

Special thanks to our Teachers, but also to our parent volunteers, as without their support and dedication this excursion wouldn’t have taken place. Also, thank you to Kate and her team at the NPG.

What’s happening at GAP in Term 3

This term our lovely Teaching Team has lined up great incursions for our Mon/Tue and Thu/Fri classes, including fabulous music lessons with our wonderful educator Michelle, who specifically designs the lessons for children aged 3-5 years.

Furthermore, we had our lovely Anke Maria from the Ginninderra Catchment Group visit the GAP. As part of their highly engaging educational program ‘FrogWatch’, Anke Maria captivated the young audience by telling stories about the frogs’ habitat and development whilst also offering plenty of hands-on activities which the children thoroughly enjoyed.

Thank you Anke Maria for your visit and the fun that you brought to GAP.  

Turner Scout Hall Playground Update 2.0

In addition to our playground make-over which took place in February this year, the Turner Scout Hall has recently seen a transformation of the sandpit, which has been a complete redesign of the existing one, very much to the children’s delight.

Children and teachers were involved in the design last year, testing out different configurations using boxes and wooden planks as a mock-up to see what they liked best and what worked well.

Many thanks to the talented carpenter and early educator Aaron Knudsen from Pallet Play for this amazing and delightful addition to our outdoor space. The sandpit now functions as a modern outdoor kitchen with heaps of counter top space for children to cook and bake delicious “Pizza”, “Sandkuchen” and serve up tasty “Cappuccinos”.

In addition to its functionality of keeping the sand more contained now, the sandbox also hosts a range of dinosaur fossils which are keenly excavated by our young explorers. This beautiful play area makes our outdoor space an even more fun and engaging place which the children truly appreciate.

***JOB VACANCY AT GAP***

We are looking for:

  • A passionate educator to be one of our Head Teachers  for our bilingual class and to join a small team of dedicated professionals at one of the best Playschools in Canberra. The German-Australian Playschool (GAP) offers a fantastic program in German in a loving and caring environment. 

What we offer: 

  • A permanent part-time role, with an immediate start.
  • Great work-life balance with hours from 9:05am to 3:45pm during ACT school terms and open for limited days during school term breaks. The Playschool is closed each Wednesday.
  • In addition, teachers are paid for preparation time; uniform is provided; laundry allowance as well as regulated entitlements such as Superannuation, Long Service Leave, 17.5% Annual Leave Loading, and Personal Care Leave.
  • Spielwelt pays above Award rates and is an exceptionally encouraging and inclusive employer supporting staff development.
  • Free onsite parking.
  • We are a non-toxic, environmentally friendly, sun smart, healthy-habits playschool, where children enjoy their activities and experience joy in learning.
  • Free German language lessons during work hours 

 The minimum requirements:

  • Be great with children aged 3-5 years old
  • Have or be eligible for a Working with Vulnerable People Card
  • Have a valid work permit, Permanent Residency or Australian Citizenship
  • Hold a Diploma or Degree qualification in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or Children’s services, Sozialpädagogik, or similar.
  • Impress us with an inspiring session delivered at our morning circle (as part of your interview process)

Ideally the candidate will also:

  • Have prior Children’s services or early childhood teaching experience, but not a requirement
  • Be fluent in German, but not a requirement 

For more information, please see our website https://spielwelt.org.au/

If you would like to be part of our wonderful team, please send all enquiries and CVs to Katrin on gap.director@spielwelt.org.au or call us on 0481 590 656