A small child is just learning about their bodies. Here at Centenary Christian Kindergarten we like to encourage the children to look after their bodies. There are many ways that we do this. We ask that they bring healthy food and as an extension of this, we also speak to them about brushing their teeth each morning and night. We thought you might like to use this "Brush for a bright smile!" and "Toothbrushing Chart" at home to encourage the children to clean their teeth.
A Thank you from the children to the adults:
"Thank you for having the lollies at the disco!"
"Thank you for the music"
"Thank you for the drinks and the sausage stall"
"Thank you for getting the disco ready for us - it was fun"
"Thank you Mummy and Daddy for taking me to the disco and for ALL the things you do for me!"
Dear Group C families,
Group C Father’s Night that was scheduled for this Thursday 1st June has been cancelled.
It is now rescheduled for Thursday, 22nd June.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Did you know that the Centenary Kindergarten is turning 40!!! This Service started when the Good News Lutheran Church was planted in 1977. What faith our forefather’s had. Their vision was based on a Christ centred approach catering for the whole family. The kindergarten was just a start.
We have decided to celebrate as part of our open day on the 19th August. There will be a cake and photos as well as the usual fun.
So please let any past families know. We are so looking forward to hearing from all the past students, staff etc. Some parents who have attended and then gone on to send their children here is a testament to how God’s hand has been on this place blessing and guiding through all the years.
The fascination and wonder of God’s creativity. Ask your child to show you where the caterpillars are in their classroom. We have delivered to each classroom a host plant and small caterpillars. The children can observe on a day-to day basis the lifecycle of the caterpillar. They will be able to observe the change in sizes and then the amazing transition to a chrysalis, and then the final transformation, to a butterfly. Releasing of the butterflies is sweet – we have some of the host plants growing in our garden, so we hope that one day they will lay their eggs nearby and grow in our garden.
Our first kindy project with fundraising money is to upgrade our veggie patch. We have removed some trees and will be levelling and retaining the area. We will post some pictures soon......
Congratulations to all the families and staff who made the Bunnings Sausage Sizzle a very successful fundraiser.
The total amount of money raised was $957.96.
Keep posted and we will let you know how this money will be used to benefit the Kindy and its families.
Well done everyone!
Kindy Newsletter - Easter 2017
On the third day after he died, rumours started to fly that Jesus was alive. Jesus was the authority’s “Most Wanted”. So when they finally strung him up, the authorities made sure Jesus was dead - good and proper! That’s why they chose crucifixion as the way to do it – it didn’t get any more thorough than that!
So Jesus came back to life??
I am well aware, of course, that lots of people have a hard time believing that such a thing could even occur. But when you actually look into it, it really becomes the best explanation for the mysterious events that occurred in the wake of Jesus’ death. An empty tomb was discovered on the Sunday morning after Jesus had been crucified.
So what happened to the body? We know that Jesus’ body made it to the tomb. The amalgamated forces of the Jews and the Romans ensured that Jesus was well and truly dead AND buried. But on Sunday morning they had the embarrassing fact of an empty tomb, and no valid explanation for it. All of the safeguards had failed, and alternative explanations fail close scrutiny. To paraphrase Kellogg’s – “The simplest explanation in life is often the best.”
So on Easter Sunday, I will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. In spite of the acute suffering he experienced beforehand, Jesus inherited a life that is no longer touched by suffering and death. To me, and to 100’s of millions of people around the world....that gives hope. It means that with Jesus, there is always a hope and a future, and I can’t think of anything in life that is better to have than that.
Our kindy is keen to promote educational resources that support our families. The Healthy Families website focuses on mental health. It provides support to parents and carers with information for each developmental stage. The website includes mental health checklists and resources for those seeking support.
A question often asked by parents at information night is how the teaching staff manage and address inappropriate behaviour. Firstly we try to avoid inappropriate behaviour. We do this by using the bible as our guide to LOVE, TEACH, MODEL and CORRECT appropriate behaviours.
LOVE the Lord you God with all you heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Teach these words to your children. Talk about them when you are at home, kindergarten, when you are on the road, when you go to bed and when you wake.
(Deuteronomy 6:7 and 11:19)
The Bible says that we are to talk about God’s love each day and in all that we do. At Kindy we do this by first understanding what love is. In 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 the Bible says that love is
We Train/Teach the behaviour we desire and expect through:
Patiently correct …. With good teaching (2 Timothy 4:2)
Centenary Christian Kindergarten
1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 the Bible says that
LOVE IS NOT:
So we teach these aspects of love to our children through Training, Modelling and Correction.
Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
Teach these words to your children. Talk about them when you are at home, on the road and at home (kindergarten). (Deuteronomy 6:7 and 11:19)
We do this through having regular routines, clear expectations and explicit teaching times on how to say sorry, forgive, take turns, ask nicely and get help (through drama, story, discussion and 1-1guidance)
May you yourself be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect your teaching. (Titus 2:7)
We model by our daily interactions as a staff and explicitly to the children
Encourage and correct (Titus 2:15)
Patiently correct …. With good teaching (2 Timothy 4:2)
At times correction is necessary and we do this through patience, we redirect to another activity, say STOP (give a positive rule reminder, lets talk, move away then talk), we require an action (apology, change the behaviour).
Welcome to your child’s Kindy year! This blog is to keep you informed about the Centre and some upcoming happenings.
Welcome Afternoon Tea
What a lovely opportunity to meet some of the other families now the children are settling in. Thanks Janelle to for the chocolate cake!
We still have a couple of vacancies so if you know anyone who might want a position please send them to the office.
We endeavour to model to the children sustainability. We strongly encourage you to send their food in nude food containers.
Our office is open on Tuesdays and Fridays for general enquires and business. Jacquie Petrie is manning it on these days.
Peita Cochrane is the lady to see for all money issues. She is in the office on Wednesdays. The office hours are 8.00a.m. – 3.30p.m.
These have been sent to you via email for your information.
Calendar of Events
This has been posted on the What’s On Page of this Website. These are subject to change.
SAVE THE DATE : Saturday 19th August
Kindy is turning 40!! Stayed tuned for updates.
We anticipate a wonderful year getting to know you and your child.
From the Service Leader.................
The staff and I are excited to be working here, knowing that we are working together with you the parents to make this the best experience for your child and future children. I trust you and your family have had a positive start here. Please let us know via email or in person ways that we can make that journey smoother.
We had our first Parents and Friends Advisory Board (PFAB) meeting. Thank you to all of those people who have put their hands up to help in one way or another. We are looking forward to a year of teamwork with many hands to not only make the work lighter, but also meeting lots of new people on the way. What a great start to the year!
At Centenary Christian Kindergarten we aim to embed sustainable practices. Congratulations to all of you who purchased lunch containers that reduce the amount of non-recyclable rubbish. In my own class I have noticed it being greatly reduced.
*FYI Suncreams, lipglosses and handcreams, insect creams may not be kept in children’s bags as this poses a risk for yours and other children. Please talk to your teacher about a suitable place to store these items if needed. We also require a Safety Data Sheet for these items. (SDS form).
Every mother I talk to seems to have the same challenge - what to put in the lunch box to keep it healthy, interesting and, most of all, eaten!
The good news is that there are so many resources around now with great ideas. Here's a few that you might like to look at - "The Clever Packed Lunch" by Hazel Key (available from Wray Organics); "School lunches and after school snacks" by Simon and Alison Holst (available from Woolworths); "The Australian Women's Weekly Fresh Food for Babies & Toddlers"; and for ideas for cooking with the kids, "Dora & Diego Let's Cook" (available from Big W).
What other resources do you find useful for lunchbox ideas?
And here's a super easy, healthy lunchbox option or after school snack that uses up any overripe bananas!
2 ingredient cookies – plus the mix-ins of your choice! from the burlap bag blog…http://www.theburlapbag.com
2 large old bananas
1 cup of quick oats
Mix those two together. Old bananas are amazing for this, but you can use fresh ones too. I buy a bunch of bananas, let them get old on my counter, and then stick ‘em all in the freezer.
Then add in what sounds yummy to you! (or nothing!) We love:
-a handful of chocolate chips
-crushed walnut pieces
Since all bananas are different sizes, the needed measurements can vary. If it seems too runny and the cookies would flatten out too much, add in more oatmeal. And make sure to not add in TOO many mix-ins as the cookies won’t hold together very well. The ones in these photos have a handful of chocolate chips, a teaspoon or two or cinnamon, and 1/4ish a cup of crushed walnuts.
We made 16 cookies with those measurements. We cook them at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes on a GREASED cookie sheet. Don’t forget the greased part…. I did once and had to scrub my pan
These cookies taste most amazing right out of the oven. But still great later. I wouldn’t even know if they taste great 2 days later because they’ve never lasted that long.
Sometimes we’ll make 16 “cookies”. And we’ll eat them all for lunch. I know what you’re thinking… WOW lauren you’re gonna be 500 pounds if you keep eating 8 cookies. But think about what went in these cookies! If I ate 8
cookies, I’ve had: 1 banana, 1/2 cup of oats, and half a handful of chocolate chips and walnuts. Amazing. Leave out the chocolate chips and they are all health.
(p.s. check out this “autumn” 2 ingredient cookie!)
It was great to see so many parents attend the working bee last weekend. They ploughed through the jobs- pruning, digging the soil preparing for the turf, then laying the turf, weeding gardens, painting fences e.t.c. It was a great demonstration of “Practicing What You Preach”, on the weekend. We encourage the children to work as a team. It is amazing what teamwork can achieve. Thank you for all who put in a wonderful effort. The results are obvious – a well tended yard and fresh turf, and a sign that you can read in the entry.
Rosters -Time to spend time in the Centre will be commencing soon. Partnering with parents is one of our goals. When on roster you get to spend time with your child in this new context away from home. This allows an opportunity to see your child in a different social setting. It also gives you an insight into the expectations the Service places on your child. We hope to be consistent with your practices at home. Please use this time to discuss with your Teacher any areas of concern.
While on roster we appreciate another pair of eyes and another person to model language appropriate to the situation e.g. Jenny you need to ask “May I have a turn next please?" While on roster we expect Parents etc. to comply with our code of ethics located on the wall and signed by you.
Below I have added our group rules:
Don't forget that the most important thing is to remember that this time passes so very quickly and treasure the time on class and being with your child!
Your children had a wonderful time participating in Renata's Power of Words show. They engaged in lots of animated discussion and dancing! They learnt how to say "please" and "thank you" and the importance of showing respect through words.
Reflecting on these experiences with your children provides wonderful learning opportunities and reinforces key learning.
Looking for holiday ideas? Fun things to do with the kids for Easter? Here's a few suggestions for Easter treats and gifts from The Organised Housewife: bunny ear cookies and milk, rice bubble easter eggs! Or for holiday craft ideas, try the Parent Map blog.
There's usually lots happening around the place during school holidays. For some ideas, check out brisbanekids.com.au.
We like to bake hot cross buns on Good Friday and this year, I've found a recipe for cooking with kids, which you might like to try too:).
St Lucia Bible Church is holding an Easter Eggstravaganza for families on Easter Saturday, from 3 to 5pm at Ironside State School, cnr Hawken Drive and Central Avenue, St Lucia. There'll be games, egg hunts, singing, Easter stories, afternoon tea and Easter crafts.
Or join the Good News Lutheran community for breakfast at 7.15am on Easter Sunday:).
Happy Easter! Enjoy the break!
A big thank you to all those families who attended our first PFAB meeting on Tuesday night, especially since it was scheduled on Valentines Day!
As a non profit kindy we are reliant on family and community support support. There were lots of families who were happy to raise their hand and volunteer for jobs in support of the kindy. It is because of all this support that we do have such a wonderful, community based and well maintained kindy.
.........So Thank you Everyone
I have heard from parents that Kindy is fun for their child and that they will
start learning next year (at Prep). This is hard for me to hear as I know that
Kindy is where they learn the foundations for so many skills. One of the most
important skills are social skills - teaching the children how to share,
manners, how to interact with others. These are important skills to learn as no
one wants to engage with an adult who doesn't know how to share or speak with
I also receive questions such as 'when are they going to learn to write?'. At Kindy we are building up the foundations for their early writing skills. This is why we use playdough all the time. Here is an article about why playdough is so important and ideas on what you can do at home to help your child. http://destinationkindergarten.blogspot.com.au/2010/10/can-play-dough-help-my-child-be-better.html
I hope you took the time to read this article as it truly explains a part of what we are doing at Kindy and why this is such an important year of their schooling.