Saturday, March 30, 2013

Happy Easter!

We made Easter Baskets this week. 

What are your plans for Easter?

Pet bunnies!

Last Tuesday we had a visit from some beautiful soft, fluffy rabbits. We learnt that rabbits need special food, a warm hutch for shelter and exercise. Looking after a rabbit is a big responsibility. All the Preps were allowed to pat the bunnies - they felt soft and furry. 

Thanks for sharing your beautiful pets with us!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A message from the Easter Bunny!

Hi Preps! When you all left school today I found this very special message from the Easter Bunny! He knows how wonderful you have been this term and how hard you have worked. 

A special message from the Easter Bunny for Prep K!

Happy Easter everyone!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Skyping with Declan!

We were so excited to skype (for the very first time in Prep) with our friend Declan who has gone to Ireland with his family for a holiday.

Declan and his family were up at 4.00am to talk to us - it was 3.00pm in Australia. They were just starting their day and we were at the end of our school day. Declan's family have just arrived in Ireland and are still adjusting to the time difference.

The Preps thought about questions to ask Declan and they spoke very clearly. Some of the questions were:

Have you seen any animals?
Declan said he had seen 200 cows! He is staying in a cottage on a farm.

What is the weather like?
It was 0 degrees and yesterday Declan saw snow! Ireland is very cold at the moment.

Are you having a good holiday?
What have you been doing on your holiday?
We miss you!

Declan asked us about our day and we told him we what we had been doing.

It was so lovely to see Declan's smiling face (and Ashling's and Conor's) and remember he was half way across the world! Thanks for skyping with us!

Have you ever used skype to talk to family or friends? 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Exercise helps us to be healthy and happy!

We have been talking about how we can be happy and healthy. The Preps know that to be healthy we need to exercise. We talked about playing games and the things we need to do so that everyone in the group has a happy time. 
Here are the posters we made to remind us of all the ideas we shared. We worked with a partner to make our posters and we had to cooperate with each other and share the page.

What do you think we need to remember so that everyone has a happy time when we are playing games?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

St. Patrick's Day

On Friday we all came dressed in green for St. Patrick's Day! The Social Justice student group at our school organised the day. They made lots of green cakes, cookies, cordial and jelly to sell. All the money raised will go to Caritas to help those people who need food, water and shelter. A big thank you to our wonderful Social Justice group, their parents and Mrs Gridley for all their organisation. They raised $600.00. Very impressive!

The Preps looked fantastic! We made our first voice thread for the year. We practised what we would like to say about St. Patrick's Day and then had to speak clearly and loudly into the microphone. Sometimes we forgot what we wanted to say and had to try again! We laughed and had fun when we made a mistake or forgot our words. 

Parents and friends can make a comment on the voice thread by clicking on the comment box (on the voice thread) and you can record a voice message or type a message. Or you can make a comment in the normal way.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Prep Patterns!

In Maths we have been talking about patterns. We have learnt that there are many different types of patterns and patterns are all around us. Today the Preps used lots of different materials to make their own patterns. We also used the IWB to make bead patterns. 
The most important thing we had to remember to make our patterns is that they must repeat! We had to look carefully and continue our patterns to make sure we knew what was coming next!
Take a look at the amazing patterns the Preps created.

Preps tell your family about your pattern.

Can you make some tricky patterns at home?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

How can we be happy and healthy?

Our big question for our Inquiry this term is 'How can we be happy and healthy?'
Today we put on our thinking caps and drew the things that make us happy and healthy. Then we shared our ideas with the class. We noticed that everyone had drawn fruit and vegetables for what helps us to be healthy and lots of different ideas for what helps us to be happy. 

Here are our ideas.

How can we be happy and healthy? on PhotoPeach

When we had shared our ideas, we brainstormed what else can help us to be healthy.
The Preps came up with these ideas:
  • drink water (or you will become dehydrated )
  • good food
  • sleep
  • exercise - to keep you fit and give you energy
What a great list!

If we are healthy does that help us to happy?
What helps you to be happy?
What helps you to be healthy? 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Prep welcome Mass

Today we celebrated a welcome Mass for all the Preps, their families and Grade six buddies. 

Our Grade sixes have done an amazing job caring for the Preps and helping them to settle into school. We are very proud of them.

The Parish community enjoyed sharing this special mass with the Preps and their families. 

Prep Welcome Mass on PhotoPeach

What is special about your buddy?