PlayTime is a playgroup for parents and carers to attend with their children. It emphasises the importance of play in a child's development and accustoms children to structured daily routines.
Play leads to a higher self-esteem, better inter-personal competence, higher aspirations and a heightened motivation for learning and self-efficiency.
Sessions are two and a half hours long and involve crafts, stories, songs, free play, games and morning tea which the children help prepare.
Boongaiai Preschool is a community preschool that cares for up to 20 children each day. The environment is warm and nurturing. A typical day includes a balance of self-directed play and adult-directed activities like singing, movement, puppet stories, cooking, gardening and crafts.
Teachers provide clear boundaries and guidance to help children develop skills like empathy, cooperation and listening.
The transition from Preschool to Kindergarten is gentle and creative play remains a priority. Cooperation and sharing skills are also emphasised to nuture social and emotional well-being.
The class days is structured around a predictable schedule called a 'rhythm' with pre-literacy and numeracy skills combined with other activities that develop cognitive learning and find motor skills.
A typical daily rhythm includes, group circle time with songs, poems and movement, indoor and outdoor self-directed play, morning tea preparation, tidying up, craft time, story time, bush-walk, games, artwork and hand gesture games.
At age seven, children enter Class 1, beginning a wonderful educational journey towards high school.
Children are taught in multi-age classes which create the sense of a small country school. Class 1 and 2, Class 3 and 4, Class 5 and 6 and Class 7 and 8 are each combined.
As children move through the different stages of schooling, teachers remain with their chosen age group thereby specialising in this educational stage.
As they do in PlayTime, Preschool and Kindergarten, children follow a structured schedule or rhythm each day. This allows for periods of deep concentration, artistic expression and physical activity. The balance of these components results in a more productive, less taxing day for students.
The school day is divided into three parts; Main lesson, Middle lesson and Afternoon lesson.
The Main lesson has an academic focus and is taught during the first 2 hours of each day. It encompasses Maths, English, History, Geography, Science and Humanities. Each area is studies in-depth over a three or four week period.
The Middle lesson focuses on music, language, art and craft and drama. Art is integral to the curriculum, enhancing the Main Lesson and nurturing imagination, cognitive development and practical skill building.
We welcome you and your child to discover this creative environment and see the opportunities for yourself.
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