Ready to play in the Outdoor Shops!

In between showers on the morning of Thursday 7 September, we celebrated the official opening of the Outdoor Shop Fronts.  The students had the opportunity to meet members of the Grounds Committee who were instrumental in making the shops.  These members worked tirelessly to design, build and erect this structure, one being Roger Beasley, who built the structure, drew up a plan (based on the student’s suggestions) and painted the designs.  Ably assisted by Simon Cheney, Brett Simes, Ken McTaggart and welding expert, Bob Middleton-Frew the metal frames were attached to the shop fronts and surrounds were paved.  To complete the area, volunteer, Ashley Farrell and SSO, Sharyn Paris finished the tables and tidied the area to prepare it for the opening. A big thank you to these important people at Woodend as without their collective efforts, the students would not have the opportunity of this new and fun play space. The students came up with many ideas for using the nature play items  creatively and safely.  If parents/carers have access to any safe and free nature play items that students can use in the shops, we would be grateful of these donations.

Our Atrium Cafe

Year 2 students helped make the Atrium Cafe come alive by making a few additions, cleaning and changing the space.   Additions include:  writing paper, writing pens and pencils, whiteboard and markers, clipboard, digital timer, phone book and cash register so as to enrich the literacy and numeracy experiences through play. We look forward to the new Receptions visiting us on Thursday and hope they get to see it on their tour.  Thank you Room 20 for helping.


Jumping IN puddles!

This afternoon squealing and laughter could be heard in the sandpit on the oval as Room 5 Receptions had the opportunity to get all wet!  The water play afternoon was in response to the children’s interest in water and jumping in puddles after recent rains.  Supported by parents the children had the opportunity to explore the properties of sand and water, mud and water, cement and water, and also clothing and water. Mrs Ogilvie continually questioned the children so they could think about, explore, investigate and problem solve using these materials … and in the meantime, have fun! thumb_IMG_5462 2_1024 thumb_IMG_5463 2_1024thumb_IMG_5458 2_1024 thumb_IMG_5467 2_1024 thumb_IMG_5468 2_1024thumb_IMG_5466 2_1024


Updated 20/02/15

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