In Kurrajong, we are looking forward to having our Mid-Year Reception class and new students in ELC beginning in Term 3. This week the students joining Reception mid-year will enjoy a visit to their Reception Mirnu classroom and Mrs Virginia Bubner, Mid-Year Reception Teacher, is eagerly awaiting the opportunity to get to know the students and prepare for their transition to Reception. New ELC friends who are joining the ELCT and ELCW classes in Term 3, will also be experiencing visits to their new classroom this week. This transition process will assist the children to feel comfortable in their new environment, as well as allow them to meet friends from the other ELC classes.
We would also like to welcome our newest 2K student Vanness Fang from 2K to our school community. Vanness has settled in well and is enjoying getting to know his teachers and peers.
Thank You Tree
The Student Action Team have communicated their thank you messages to families and teachers for the care provided during our Pulteney@Home remote learning. The messages were placed in the courtyard on the ‘Thank You Tree’. Jacob Zhong’s Thank You poster will be displayed around our school environment. The Team have been enthusiastically brainstorming ways to demonstrate their gratitude on behalf of the Kurrajong students and are to be congratulated for their efforts.
If at any time your child requires medication to be administered, please ask their class teacher for a Medication Form and the medication will be stored in the Kurrajong Front Office. If you have given your child medication before school, please let your child’s class teacher know on the day.
The Term 3 Trybooking system for Kurrajong Sport closes on Tuesday 23 June at 12pm. All sports will be held on Thursday afternoons, with the exception of Aikido, which is held on Monday afternoons. Sports will commence in Week 2 and continue through to and including Week 9 (weather permitting).
SPOTLIGHT on STEAM
In Week 6, Kurrajong students in Reception - Year 2 delighted in two full days of uninterrupted project-based learning with a STEAM focus. Integrated learning allows multiple curriculum areas to merge together for children to gain a thorough understanding of the world around them. Providing opportunities like these for students to immerse themselves in a project without interruptions allows ideas and creativity to flow as well as time to problem solve and think critically. All students paused their normal daily schedule to work on an individual project. The projects began with the introduction of science concepts that would be needed to base their final designs on. Teachers worked to scaffold student’s learning, allowing them to move on to the next stages once these concepts were grasped. A strong sense of purpose coupled with the student’s interests, allowed them to create and produce thoughtful, intricate designs and models. Each student then spent time reflecting and evaluating their design with both their teachers and other members of their class.
Collaboration was a big emphasis as students shared skills and knowledge to work through a problem. At Pulteney, we believe that tapping into our student’s creativity and mindset about science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics early, will play a significant part in setting them up for success in these areas later on in their education.
Pulteney Storybook Series
Each Friday we share a storybook online read by one of our Pulteney staff members. Storytelling helps to build connections among people and improves listening skills that are essential in learning and in relationships. We hope your family enjoys listening to the books selected each week by members of our school community. This week I will share a book titled ‘It’s Lovely When You Smile’ by Sam McBratney.
You can see Natalie's story HERE
Head of Kurrajong