Book Week

To celebrate Book Week, we have had our ‘Books and Nooks’ visits. Our first author session was with our very own Mark Carthew. We sung along to his guitar, looked at a number of his picture story books and he even gave us a sneak peek of his latest book…(but shhhh as it hasn’t been released yet!). Next we had a drawing and illustrating session with Mitch Vane. The Preps were so proud of the characters they created. We are looking forward to our last visit with Hazel Edwards on Monday. Also what’s book week without our annual character dress up day! On Monday we escaped into the world of children’s books and characters. In our class we had Jack and Jamie as Where’s Wally and Sienna as Wendy. Summer and Asher were the famous Elsa from Frozen. We had Captain Hook and Peter Pan, a Mr Fox, Little Red Riding Hood, Dorothy, Sophia, Moana, a lion and the Puss in Boots. Zack was the first hippo who went to moon! Hayden got creative with his Green Sheep costume, winning our best dressed for the day! We finished the day off with our Grade 6 Buddies creating ‘character selfies’. Everyone looked fantastic and it has been a week to remember!


100 Days of Prep!

A BIG congratulations to all our Preps…. 100 Days Smarter and ‘older’ by the looks of our 100 Day Parade! Our celebrations consisted of our Preps dressing up as if they were 100 years old, a morning parade for our families, friends and Buddies, lots of 100 day activities and of course…what’s a celebration without a party and CAKE! We ended the day by showing off our 100 day projects. We opened our classroom for everyone to come and see. Miss Quelch couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the projects. They were outstanding! Just to name a few…Mia made a cake with 100 and 1000, Hayden made a Lego creation with 100 pieces, Zack and Mitchell used 100 leaves for their project and Tomoe created a necklace with 100 beads.

“I am so proud of every single Prep. Every Prep has achieved and grown in their learning. Their confidence has blossomed, they have persisted, made friends, laughed and had fun over the last 100 days. Congratulations to you all”

Love Miss Quelch xx

Safety Dress up Day

Today was our Safety Dress up Day. The parade and day was a true celebration of our Preps learning over this last term! We had all sorts of community helpers- police officers, fire fighters, doctors, school crossing supervisors and teachers, just to name a few. At recess and lunch the Preps had so much fun playing community helpers!

Casey Safety Village

What a fantastic day at Casey Safety Village. It was our Preps very first excursion, so that of course comes with lots of ‘firsts’. The first time leaving Berwick Lodge during school hours with Miss Quelch, travelling on a bus as a grade, eating snack in a different place and then the excitement of the new activities! The day consisted of laughs, smiles and a whole lot of rich learning experiences! Together we went to the CFA room. In there we practised our ‘stop, drop and roll’ as well as ‘get, down, low and go, go, go’. We are now fire safety experts says Miss Quelch! Then we went into the road safety room. We learnt about new road signs, signals and rules. We got to ride our bikes around the village. We had to stop when we heard the lollipop lady blow her whistle twice, give way, stop at the STOP sign, give way at the roundabout and wait at the train tracks until it was safe to cross. We then had a go at being pedestrians. At every zebra crossing we had to stop, look, listen and think. We pressed the button at the traffic lights and waited until the green man signalled it was safe to cross and we also had lots of fun trying to find the objects from the treasure hunt! Then it was sadly home time. So we hopped onto the bus and off we went back to BLPS. Thank you to the parent helpers and to Prep Q for a fantastic day. I am so proud of you all!

CFA visit

The Preps had a visit from the CFA. Together we practised Stop, Drop, Roll and Get Down Low and GO, GO, GO!  After we had a look around their BIG tanker and saw all the equipment they use to put out a fire or to help them in an emergency. We got to go inside the tanker too! They showed us how their uniform keeps them safe. If we need fire fighters we call triple zero!



‘I’m Okay’ Incursions

Over the last three weeks we have had three visits from people in our community who look after us and help keep us safe.

We had our second visit from the ROAR team. We learnt about public and private places in our community. They also reminding us about private places on our bodies. We all had a turn at ROARing “NO”. We played some games, read stories and sung some songs. We are looking forward to our next visit in Term 3.

Next up we had a visit from the Responsible Pet Program. We learnt about how to be safe around animals. It is very important that we know how to read warning signs when we are around animals.  We even got to meet a dog and practise how to approach an owner and their dog. We learnt we should always ask the owner before we pat their dog and we must let it smell our hand first!

We then had a visit from a School Crossing Supervisor. We learnt about road safety and that the lollipop people are there to help us every school day. We must always cross at the school crossing and wait until we hear 2 whistles before we can cross. We must STOP, LOOK, LISTEN, and THINK, then we are safely on our way. We got to practise crossing the road. Some of us got to dress up as a lollipop supervisor and some of us were the drivers or pedestrians.

We are looking forward to the CFA visit next week!

Police Visit

This term our Inquiry unit is ‘I’m Okay’. We have been learning about safety, how we can keep ourselves safe and who in our community looks after us. Last week we had a visit from two police officers, Constable Mark and Constable Dave. They shared pictures with us, they showed us their equipment and special uniforms and they even brought their car. We got to see the flashing lights and hear the LOUD siren. They even let us sit in the front of their car-how cool is that! We learnt that the Victorian Police do so much in our community to keep us safe and to help look after us. We are very thankful for their hard work and for coming to visit us. We had a blast!

Looking back on Term 1

What a fabulous start to Prep we have all had. We can’t believe Term 1 is over. We loved learning how to be a school kid and getting use to the routines of each day. As well as playing with friends and making new friendships, getting to know our teachers and visiting all the specialist classes and being a part of all the exciting programs such as PMP, Buddies and Zance.

Some of our Term 1 highlights:

Summer smiles “my first day of school” and Hugo adds “that was scary but fun!”. “Meeting our Buddies” said Jack and Asher. “Zance is pretty cool” laughed Aleyna. “I love that we can play in the sensory garden” said Liam and Will. Maximus and Mitchell agreed, Chinese New Year was the best ever! “PMP every Tuesday and Thursday is great” said Zack. “I like Brain Gym, its relaxing!” giggled Mia. Still smiling, Tomoe decided “breaking my arm was definitely not my favourite part!”. “I like it when we draw” said Sienna and Ava . “I love numbers and maths” Ruby confidently tells us! “I won best dressed on Clean up Dress up Day” says Leah proudly! Hayden and Jamie make us all smile when they tell us they “just love school!”. Andrea enjoyed watching the buddies at House Athletics Day! But…everyone in Prep Q decided they LOVED the canteen visit, “yummy Zooper Doopers!” and the Easter Hat Parade….did you know the Easter Bunny came and left eggs for every Prep!

We can’t wait for another exciting Term but first here are some photos of all our fun in term 1.