After a night of scooters, skateboards and rollerskates at John Knight Park, the scouts found themselves trapped in a giant spider web bowl at the Belconnen skate park.
It was great to see the scouts encouraging each other to firstly gain the courage to drop into the deep bowl, and then cheering each other on as they used their cunning and muscles to get back out again!
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.
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?
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.
The GAP children recently enjoyed a walk to the local park, where our future civil engineers found out how many children could get on the teeter-totter at once, and some of our budding fashion enthusiasts invented new ways to wear their hats! Our future park rangers gathered sticks and built up a campfire, while our future politicians (?) got busy playing hide and seek. In any case, it was lovely to be out in the sunshine and amongst the gum trees, surrounded by children’s joy.
Thanks to the families who donated their old gum boots, we were able to get busy and create a boot garden by planting an interesting variety of plants inside the boots. The boots were then hung on the wall in a nice arrangement, by one of our GAP graduates (who is pretty handy with tools these days) and his awesome dad. It is great to have such a caring community of families supporting our programs. You all rock!
At the GAP, we love heading out to the park to explore and find natural objects to incorporate into our play and our environment. Recently, we decided to decorate our playground with colourful pine cones hanging everywhere, and we had a marvelous time doing that! The pine cones, dangling from tempting heights, have become a challenge to see how high we can reach in order to tap them gently to make them swing. Of course, you have to make the right hilarious noises when you finally tap one: “BING!” (Giggle, giggle, giggle…)
The winners of our Mystery Masterchef evening were very pleased with their two-course meal, served up to an eager judging panel after 45 minutes of frantic activity in the scout hall kitchen.
Each scout patrol was given a limited number of cooking implements, an esky of mystery ingredients, and 45 minutes to put together their best edible effort. Contestants were interviewed on video, to tell us how their patrol was progressing throughout. Cooperation and communication were vital components of the competition, and part of the judging criteria.
We loved seeing the scouts pull together to create something delicious, and we all enjoyed sharing a feast and reviewing our achievements and challenges afterwards.
The children were squawking laughing as their favourite (very German) puppets Otto and Hans Hase tried to out-do each other, in relating all the wonderful things their fathers could do.
Hans Hase told us how his father could jump really high, run really fast, give great hugs, fix broken toys, play games, cook yummy dinners, and read awesome bed-time stories. Otto declared that his father could do those things too, as well as sing funny songs, make jokes, and occasionally, Otto admitted, fart or snore rather loudly. This had the children in stitches laughing… and suddenly they were all too eager to share similar stories from home!
At circle time, the children shared which “special super powers” their own fathers had, and told us what they called their fathers. We heard about fathers being called Papa, Papi, Daddy, Dadda, Tata, Dad… and even one (and I have confirmed this is actually true) Banana Head.
Happy Fathers’ Day to all our dads. Hope you enjoy the presents the children made for you at GAP.
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!