Harmony Day






Each year the Swan Hill Community celebrate Harmony Day with a community art project and free activities at Riverside Park.  This year the theme for the community art project is ‘Bunting’ using recycled books.  We have some faded fabric bunting on our cubby house in the shape of triangles.  We also have some square bunting in the trees.  We made a string of paper bunting for the Harmony Day display.  Families can visit the display on Harmony Day at Riverside Park Swan Hill on March 3rd.

Our Families






As a part of IDENTITY we talk about our families.  Here we have made a representation of our families using plastic people/animals.  We each shared about the members in our families and celebrated how different families can be.  Developing a sense of belonging about our place in our families supports health wellbeing in children.

Pancake Day






We made pancakes for Pancake Day on Tuesday.  We used an emoji face pancake pan from ALDI to give our pancakes expressions.  This is an interactive way to get the children interested in emotions, learn vocabulary around expressing feelings and learn to read the expressions of others.  After our cooking was over we put the pan with the playdough and the children could make some faces with playdough.

Jackson Pollock





Welcome back to 2018.  Our artist for inspiration for this term is Jackson Pollock.  It is great to do this art outside because it can be very messy.  Our first piece of work was completed on a big white sheet.

Paul Jackson Pollock, known professionally as Jackson Pollock, was an American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was well known for his unique style of drip painting. He would paint with canvases on the floor and his tools in the air – not ever touching the canvas. He used sticks, spoons, turkey basters to drip, drizzle and pour paint onto the canvas. He would draw the elements in the air before they dropped down on the canvas.

Critics called his paintings action paintings because they involved a lot of physical activity. Shuffling feet as he moved around the canvas, rotating of the wrist, arm and shoulder and flicking of the wrist.  Great for our gross motor skills!


Born: 28 January 1912, Cody, Wyoming, United States

Died: 11 August 1956, Springs, New York, United States

Christmas Message

Here are some icypole stick stars that we made at Pre School this week.  A great activity for visual-motor skills.  We sprayed them gold and the children took them home to add to their other decorations.

Merry Christmas to all the families.  Thank you for all your support during 2017.  You have been a great bunch to work with.  Have a safe and restful holidays and we will see you all in 2018.

Merrilyn and Gayle

Christmas Lunch

Today was another tradition – we cooked Christmas lunch with the four year olds.

We made Roast Chicken, Potatoes, carrots and peas. For dessert we had Lemon Yoghurt Cakes with cream cheese icing and cherries.

WE also made gingerbread men and shortbread stars to feed our guests at our Playgroup day and Concert tomorrow.

The children learnt how to set the table and how to use a knife and fork. We talked about good manners and what was healthy and not so healthy about our lunch.

“The good things in the cake made up for the sugar.” – Elise

Hospital Christmas Visit

Today was our Christmas Concert at the hospital in Manangatang.  We did four songs and dances for the residents.  Then we had a sing-a-long with everyone.  Jess played a keyboard, Peter played a piano accordion and Marg sang.  Thank you to these people who came all the way from Robinvale for our sing-a-long.  The hospital cooks made us some little Christmas cakes and we each got a little present.  Then we presented the residents with a painting on canvas for their Christmas present.  Over the year we have built a lovely relationship with the organisation and the children are so comfortable in the environment.  Visiting the residents regularly helps us see past differences to the people underneath.  We have also learned to wash our hand on entering and leaving the hospital.

Oh Christmas Tree

WE made Christmas Trees by threading beads onto pipe cleaners and winding it around icypole sticks set in a triangle shape.  We revised our concept of a ‘triangle’ and we further developed our fine motor skills with all that threading.  These made very pretty ornaments for our handprint Christmas tree.

A Zip Line

  Mitchell wanted to take a ball of wool outside for play last week.  He made a ‘zipline’ down the slide.  It was pretend of course and we had to remind children that it would really hold their weight!  Then they used the wool to make a web around all the play equipment.  This created a challenge for moving around the softfall area.  The children had to go ‘under’, ‘over’ and ‘through’.