February 22

Welcome 2016 Prep Families!

Welcome to the start of your child’s prep year! We are looking forward to an amazing year together. Keep an eye on the blog to gain information, updates, and examples of our prep learning through published photos, videos, and pieces of work, here on the prep blog.

As discussed at our parent information evening, we have an information book for prep families that you can download here:  MPPS 2016 Prep Information Booklet.

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Prep Team

 

August 17

100th Day of School

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated the 100th day of school in style! We counted, created and celebrated all about 100, and had an amazing party. Thanks to everyone for sending in their plates of food to share! We are 100 days brighter!

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August 9

Last week – Week 4 of Term 3

Last week included some big events, including Italian day on Monday, and the Collingwood Children’s Farm excursion on Thursday. Both were huge events where our preps enjoyed new experiences to support their learning at school. We will post some prep writing and photos soon.

Another new experience last week was playing on the oval for the first time! The prep students have demonstrated their excellent skills in showing our school values and using problem solving steps when outside in the playground, and we are confident they will continue this in their new extended play areas. The oval provides more room for running around, kicking balls, general frolicking, foraging in the bushes, as well as finding new places to sit and have a relaxing chat. This also coincided with National Tree Planting day, where each prep class planted their own tree along the fence along Bent St. We look forward to watching these grow and change with the students over the next few years!

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PREPS ENJOYING THEIR FIRST DAY ON THE OVAL!

July 29

Wild Action Zoo!

The Prep students met some weird and wonderful creatures when Lauren from the Wild Action Zoo brought some of her reptile, mammal, marsupial, amphibian and bird friends to meet us!

Shelly the turtle

Shelly the turtle

Stumpy Bumpy

Stumpy Bumpy

 

Lauren and her macaw

Lauren and her macaw

Freddo the frog

Freddo the frog

Black headed python

Black headed python

 

Barking owl

Barking owl

Sugar the wallaby

Sugar the wallaby

Steve the crocodile

Steve the crocodile

June 24

Prep Apple Science Experiment

As part of learning about how to stay healthy, the prep classes did an experiment to find out about how clean (or germy) our hands are, and what the effects of this can be!

Apple experiment

We started with an apple cut into 2 pieces. One piece went straight into a jar without being touched. We called this Apple A.

Apple A

The next piece got handed around to each member of the class to touch and hold before going into its jar. We called this Apple B.

Apple B

We waited for about a week or so and then recorded our observations about the changes and effects of the bacteria on our hands (even though our hands didn’t look dirty at the time).

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We discussed what we thought this experiment may have taught us:

“It taught me that there were germs on our hands”

“Germs can make things go yucky”

“You can spread germs by touching things”

“You have to wash your hands!”

We have lots of enthusiastic scientists in Prep and we look forward to making some more scientific observations next term, in our unit on “Our World of Animals”.

In term three MPPS will also celebrate Science Week – keep an eye out for events coming up!

June 17

Buddies, Thursday 11th June

For our Buddies session this week, we ask our little buddies what they would like to eat in a “Healthy Lunch” and everyone said thing like carrot, tomato, cheese and ham. So we decided in our next hour we spend with our buddies, to make our very own healthy lunch all our buddies planned what they will have in their lunches. We drew labeled diagrams and made lists of all the things we would have, and let me tell you, everyone was super healthy! I think everyone liked the lesson and I think everyone is looking forward to the next one too.