We were delighted to have one of our dads visit us with his apprentice today, to talk to the children about what it is like to be a carpenter and builder.
The builders talked to us about safety and we checked out all their safety equipment. Then we looked at the tools on their tool belts, and learned what they were for. Some of us even had a go hammering a nail into a block of wood, and then levering it back out again. (The builders were very brave holding the blocks of wood steady while we hammered the nails in!)
Of course, we had to sing “Wer will fleissige Handwerker sehen” for our guests, with all the verses about carpenters, glaziers, painters, brick-layers and other construction workers. The builders looked as impressed with our song, as we did with their presentation. It was another fun afternoon at the GAP!
Our teachers are masters when it comes to helping children build their self-esteem and public speaking skills. Mystery box, show & tell, our birthday traditions, concerts, in-house mini concerts, and presentations are much looked forward to by the children, but they are much more than they seem. They are carefully and lovingly crafted moments in a child’s life, in which our teachers help set the scene for each child’s success in the future.
It is delightful to see children blossoming as teachers celebrate each child’s achievements and strengths in these critical foundation years.
The GAP children were very excited to meet Angus the puppy, who visited us with the RSPCA’s Education Officer today. We learned about what the RSPCA does, how we can care for our pets, how to approach dogs who don’t know us, and some of us got to pat Angus on his shoulder where he was most comfortable.
The children helped to come up with a list of things that we can make and collect in order to help Angus and his animal friends at the RSPCA. Over the coming weeks, we will collect old towels for the shelter, bake homemade dog biscuits, and craft enrichment toys out of egg cartons, cardboard rolls and little dog treats. These will be delivered to the RSPCA in September.
Thanks to the committee for organising this as one of our Community Giving events this year.
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 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.
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!
Spielwelt won in the best Community Organisation category of the ACT Multicultural Awards for 2016. The awards were announced in December 2016. We are very pleased to be the recipient of such a great award in the ACT… it just goes to show what a great community organisation you all belong to and help to create!
The photo above and an article appeared in the City News here.