St John's School

Scarborough

Welcome to Kindergarten

Introduction to Kindergarten

We believe that all children are curious and have a sense of wonder about their world. Your child will bring a wealth of knowledge and experiences to Kindergarten and have their own theories about the world around them.

Our role is to nurture their thirst for learning and to guide them as they seek answers to their questions. The Kindy  environment is designed to  promote learning through play, collaboration and the expressive arts.

Download a copy of the Kindergarten Information Booklet.

Multicultural Day

Click the thumbnail to view the gallery .

Our Kindy class recently celebrated Multicultural Day. We understand that each of us is unique and recognise our individual differences, with so many people and cultures making us who we are today. The children shared their countries with pride and listened respectfully to others while they had their turn. We had so much fun, but it was a little bit more than that, it was nurturing our younger generations tolerance, love and respect of others.

Multicultural Day

Click the thumbnail to view the gallery.

Our Kindy class recently celebrated Multicultural Day. We understand that each of us is unique and recognise our individual differences, with so many people and cultures making us who we are today. The children shared their countries with pride and listened respectfully to others while they had their turn. We had so much fun, but it was a little bit more than that, it was nurturing our younger generations tolerance, love and respect of others.

Father's Day in Kindy

Click the thumbnail to view the gallery.

The Kindy children recently had a wonderful morning pampering their dads, granddads and uncles for Father’s Day.

3D Shapes

Click the thumbnail to view the gallery.

Kindy recently explored 3D shapes using plasticine and sticks.  They made small spheres to link the sticks together and learnt that a 3D shape is a solid form, different to a 2D flat shape. The children looked around the classroom for these shapes and found a cube, a cylinder, a rectangular prism and a sphere. 

Exploring Force Through Movement

Click the thumbnail to view the gallery.

In Kindy we are exploring movement. We have discussed forces and how they create a push and a pull motion. We set up an obstacle course and used our bodies to show motion through push and pull. We used a ramp outside to race cars and observe how fast they go down and how slow they travel up! We also explored how toys move and examined them on our INVESTIGATION TABLE. 

Wildlife Comes to Kindy

Click the thumbnail to view the gallery.

What an amazing incursion the Kindy’s experienced! So much valuable information for the children to share and to grow in understanding of the value of our precious planet. The children met Kiera the Koala, Yappa the dingo and various snakes and lizards. Conservation of these animals is so important, they reflect the land we come from and our children’s future. We managed to intertwine our Bush Kindy programme in with this beautiful Wildlife visit.

Bush Kindy

Click the thumbnail to view the gallery.

Look who is bush kindy prepared! Kindy hat, gumboots and easy to wash and wear clothes. Using the natural resources in our playground, the children will make, create, relax, socialise and develop friendships. Outside time is important for children. Studies show children who spend quality time outside develop resilience and demonstrate good self-regulation. They learn how to manage themselves and their friendships while extending their creative abilities. We are very excited to be introducing bush kindy into our Kindy programme.

Kindy TeePee

Click the thumbnail to view the gallery.


We have our very own teepee in our nature playground, built by Kindy children and guided by Ryan, one of our dad’s.  The children love it. The children have suggested using their teepee space for storytelling and playing games.

Welcome to Country

Click the thumbnail to view the gallery.

When we come together as one as we did at our recent Kindy Prayer Service, we create a presence of community. We were fortunate to have Phil Narkle, an Aboriginal Elder, here for our ‘Welcome To Country’. We were also blessed to have our Parish Priest, Father Grant, join us to develop the children’s understanding of God in their lives. To add to the richness of our special morning, our Kindy group were as amazing as ever, showing beautiful listening skills and complete devotion to their words and songs. 

Children who move are happy children

Click the thumbnail to view the gallery.

Yoga encourages movement of breath and body. The Kindy children have added some new moves to their yoga routine. They include happy baby, camel, floor plane and half tortoise. Try them out at home together.

Reptiles

Click the thumbnail to view the gallery.

How blessed are we to have our own STEVE IRWIN in Kindy! Ryan, one of our dads, brought to school a variety of reptiles for the children to observe, touch and ask questions about. A magnificent morning that intertwines beautifully with our indigenous and sustainability interests, issues close to our Kindy hearts. The colours of the reptiles have inspired the children to create aboriginal dot paintings which we are working on for our Art Exhibition.

Birds of Prey

Click the thumbnail to view the gallery.

“Birds of Prey” was an amazing incursion! Yvonne, a wildlife warrior, saves injured birds in her spare time and trains Ozzie the Eagle for the Eagles games on other days! The children were interested and engaged throughout the presentation, asking meaningful questions and listening carefully to Yvonne’s responses. It was a wonderful way to highlight the need for conservation of our wildlife and increase our Kindy children’s understanding of the importance of sustainable practices for their own future.

Katie and the Dinosaurs

Click the thumbnail to view the gallery.

We recently read “Katie and the Dinosaurs” in our Kindy class. The children were completely absorbed in this story, a story rich in vocabulary, sentence structure and imagination. These concepts become incredibly important as children learn to identify letters and investigate language through stories. However, the most exciting play opportunity was created when the children made slides for the dinosaur characters in the sand pit. With enthusiasm and confidence, the children had to use high level thinking skills to ensure dinosaurs could tumble down the slides, reasoning skills to ensure the width of the slides were accurate and collaborative skills to work together. Play opportunities, in particular those created through literature, promote engaging and fun learning experiences in our Kindy. Messy but such good fun.

Marvelous Mums

Click the thumbnail to view the gallery.

In Kindy this week we expressed our love for our mums with some special pampering. A mother’s love is so special and all the children wanted to acknowledge that love. We hope you enjoyed your nails being painted, your hair being styled, your soft tissue massage and your yoga. Our beautiful children are a reflection of you, so thank you for gifting us with your gorgeous cherubs.

Fix It

Click the thumbnail to view the gallery.

The “FIX IT” table is up and running in Kindy for Term 2.  This table encourages children to take apart old electrical items in order to see what is inside and to observe how things operate. Please feel free to contribute items to the table.  We go through many things as the term progresses. We are having so much fun at the table.

Kids Yoga

Click the thumbnail to view the gallery.

Look at our highly proficient Kindies showing off their yoga poses at our recent demo to their parents. The poses the children practise have many benefits, such as lengthening and stretching. Some poses bring courage and strength, while others are designed to be calming and good for improving concentration. The breathing techniques allow us to become still in our mind, to focus, observe, let go of our fears. The children were amazing we were all so proud of their yoga progress thus far. 

Hospital Incursion

Click the thumbnail to view the gallery.

Nurse Christine came to our Kindy Class with an engaging and informative Incursion. Nurse Christine answered so many interesting questions and hopefully dispelled any fear the children may have previously felt about going to hospital. Our beautiful Kindy children took turns on crutches, had their blood pressure taken, wrapped broken bones and zoomed around in wheelchairs. Learning and having fun are priorities in our Kindy and we certainly had plenty of that.  

Tebby Bear Picnic

Click the thumbnail to view the gallery.

Our Kindy Teddy Bear picnic started with our Big Book story, “This is the Bear and the picnic lunch!” The children used the story to re-create their picnics with their teddies and friends, we took our picnics outside and had so much fun. So beautiful to see the children interacting with each other during their picnics, displaying confidence and developing life skills such as sharing, kindness and empathy. We also explored a range of skills that included pattern and number work, created masks and painted pictures using our teddies as models.

Where is the Green Sheep?

Click the thumbnail to view the gallery.

Using the big book of the same name as a provocation, the Kindy children excitedly explored their surroundings for the ‘green’ sheep. What a wonderful way to engage children in developing oral language, literacy skills and collaborative skills.

Kindy Hospital

Click the thumbnail to view the gallery.

We have transformed part of our Kindy into our very own hospital. We have Kindy doctors and nurses working exceptionally hard to treat all Kindy patients. Please feel free to visit, especially if you are feeling unwell.

Every Child is Special

Click the thumbnail to view the gallery.

In our Kindy we celebrate the uniqueness of our beautiful children. Each child is given the opportunity to present a special person talk. ‘Special Person’ is a unique activity that complements the Religious Education programme in our Kindy. While the intention of special person is primarily to focus on the attributes of every child, the extra skills acquired through the programme such as oral language and confidence building make it incredibly worthwhile. 

Wombat Stew

Click the thumbnail to view the gallery.

Kindy have been having so much fun listening to stories and exploring oral language through a range of texts. This week we read ‘Wombat Stew’ and created our own Kindy Wombat Stew in the classroom. We had so much fun reading this story we took it out to the playground. Everyone had a turn at stirring the ‘ooey, gooey, yummy, crunchy’ Wombat Stew. So much interaction and engagement, a wonderful way to start the day!

Kindy Korner

Click the thumbnail to view the gallery.

Our Kindy group have settled in so beautifully.
They interact with each other and their teachers with care and respect. They are enjoying exploring and learning in their new environment. Our Kindy programme is designed to stimulate the children with investigations and provocations that challenge them and develop their higher level thinking skills.
Enthusiasm, confidence, commitment and persistence are all positive dispositions encouraged in our Kindy to develop successful, happy learners. This week we set out to explore amazing artists around the world. We will celebrate this learning journey in Term 3 with our St Johns Art Exhibition.