Thursday, May 30, 2013

Under 8's Morning

Not even rain could dampen the spirits of our enthusiastic Under 8’s, as they explored, played, made, and experimented alongside the Ferny Hills State School kids, and some local visiting high schools.
And what a lot of things to see and do!
There were baby animals to be patted, biscuits to ice and decorate, instruments to play, grass men to grow, fish to catch, and slimy goop to dip hands in (and to find creepy crawly creatures); on the oval, there was boxing, a jumping castle, aerobics – boxing style, bubble blowing, ball-through-the-hoop throwing, and a soccer game; - and best of all! A police car and fire truck for the kids to investigate. A few kids were lucky enough to speak through the radio and over the crowd, and to turn on the siren!

Inside in the hall, was the young artists dream – a series of stations for all kinds of wonderful art projects. Little ones could make beautiful fish with long crepe paper tails, threat pasta onto string for necklaces, make rock people with googly eyes and woollen hair, paint boomerangs, glue feathers and sparkly stones on paper glasses, and construct kites and paper lanterns. 

We had the most wonderful morning! Parents, what was your favourite part? What did you love discovering with your child?

Ps. For more gorgeous photos of our morning excursion, please visit the Willmore Facebook page. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Our Protected Red Bloodwood Tree

Did you know that we have a very special protected tree in the grounds at Willmore?
The Pine Rivers Shire Council (now the Moreton Bay Regional Council) listed the beautiful Red Bloodwood (Eucalyptus Gummifera) on its Significant Cultural Heritage Sites plan in 1987, after local residents petitioned to have it listed as protected. 

The tree was left for aesthetic reasons when the land was cleared; and now, nearly 30 years later, its branches stretch over the Willmore playground, providing shade for the children, and homes for the local wildlife.

Because our special tree watches over the children as they play, it’s lovely to know that Willmore has incorporated an Environment and Sustainability plan for the Red Bloodwood, to make sure that we watch over it and that it remains an important feature of our kindergarten garden. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

So much to do!

There’s a chill in the air, and clouds in the sky – but our wonderful Group B children greeted the kindy week with new ideas and big imaginations. Want to take a look at what they got up to this morning?

The strong interest in planes continues – and today, Mrs. Meinicke made lots of paper planes for the children to experiment with. 

The children tested force, angles and different positions to find just the right technique that would enable them to soar high and far – some ended up with squashed noses and bent wings from lots of vigorous throwing! Do you know of a folded paper plane design that the children could experiment with?

There were detectives and spies investigating as well this morning – special treasures, phones, clues, and sketches helped frame some puzzling cases...

Downstairs, in the dappled sunshine, the artists of Group B experimented with pastels and sketched our new beautiful flowers in the communal garden beds. 

In the newly reclaimed digging garden, big trucks hauled rocks, shifted dirt, and made mountains…

And upstairs, instruments waited…

…as well as a table full of ingredients for cooking special, delicious things...

What a busy morning, Group B!