Parents Meet & Greet

Next Friday the 14th March the social committee is hosting a Meet & Greet event. It is being held as Casa Di Louie (116 Bay Terrace, Wynnum) from 7.30pm and costs $55 which includes hot & cold Italian cuisine and bottled wine. So get your babysitters booked and hopefully we will see you there for what I’m sure will be a fun filled event.

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Kindy joins Gowrie education group

As seen in the Wynnum Herald 5 Feb 2014 Page 12

THE Wynnum General Gordon Community Kindergarten is now affiliated with the The Gowrie Inc Queensland early education group.

The kindy has welcomed new co-director Tracy Joyce to the team who will share the directorship with Wendy Dunstan. “The affiliation has renewed the centre’s commitment to quality education and providing a sense of community,” she said.

The centre has full preprep enrolments this year and babies born after July 1 2013 can be booked for the pre-prep program for 2018.

Phone 3396 2776 for more information.

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Julien Star Family Portrait Day

Saturday, 9th November.  This is a great opportunity to have a family portrait taken, particularly if you haven’t had one taken recently!   Flyers regarding this day will be circulated at the end of this term. This will be the eighth year we have done these Portraits, and have raised over $3500 for the centre by doing so.  Thank you to Julien and Julieann Star for their continued support.

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Trivia Night

Friday, 11th October  at the Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club  (starting 7.30pm)  Tickets are $33 per person and it promises to be a great night where teachers, parents, friends and family of Wynnum General Gordon can get together, have some fun and enjoy the WGG community.  There are prizes galore!

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Wynnum General Gordon 50th Anniversary Cookbook

E-mail Recipes!!! Don’t forget to email your favourite recipes to – wyngeneralgordon@bigpond.com for the 50th Anniversary cookbook.

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Family Portrait Day

Our Julien Star Family Portrait Day has been set for Saturday 9th November. Julien sets aside this day at his studio for Wynnum General Gordon family and friends to have their portraits taken. The cost is $15 and he donates these funds back to the Kindy. For this price, you will receive a 10×8 Family Portrait valued at $95 as well as the option to purchase other photographs if you wish.

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Working Bee Thank You!!

Many thanks to Mark, Gerard, Brett, Nolan, Dean, Ben, Russell, Robert, Andrew, Rechelle, Woody, Darrin, Eleanor and Joanne for coming along and ensuring our Kindy environment is kept safe, clean and stimulating for the children.Special thanks to Mark C and Gerard K for staying very late to finish the concreting job!

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Educational Parent Afternoons

Do you have any concerns that your Kindy child may not be ready for prep?

Come along to an informative afternoon with our specialists from Wynnum Health Service Centre:

  • Occupational Therapist  (Jeanette Davey)
  • Physiotherapist  (Tanya Whiteoak)
  • Speech Pathologist  (Vanessa Miller)

The topic for our Parent Afternoon is Prep Readiness – Fine Motor, Gross Motor and Communication skills  

Jeanette will be discussing pencil grips and scissor hold and be sharing lots of practical tips how you can assist your child.  There are many components important for handwriting readiness which include; good sitting posture, strong shoulder and neck muscles to give stability, adequate hand muscle coordination and strength, ability to hold a writing tool, and hand-eye coordination.

Focusing on writing letters and motor coordination without preparing the child’s muscles first, may lead to tired hands, poor handwriting, and a lot of frustration.  Tanya will discuss the role that balance, coordination and gross motor skills play in your child’s development.

Vanessa will be addressing language and speech – communication, comprehension, articulation   plus much more.

DATES:           Friday, 24 May & Tuesday, 4 June
TIME:              1.00 – 2.00 p.m.
PLACE:           Welcome Room at C&K Wynnum General Gordon

Please indicate on sheet in foyer if you will be attending.

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Kindy Photos

Kindy Photos may be perused on Tuesday (14th  May) and Thursday (16th  May) between 2 and 3 pm.  There is no obligation to buy these photographs … You may purchase the package or part of the package if you wish.  Prices will be displayed on the notice board.  If these times do not suit, see Jan in the Office to arrange a different time.

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A Message from the Director

“Play is vital for survival” -   Studies have proven that play is the integral factor in early childhood education and is essential for a balanced lifestyle.  Healthy brain development occurs when children have their senses activated in pleasurable and meaningful ways.  We encourage your children to actively participate in our indoor and outdoor learning environments at C&K Wynnum General Gordon – interacting, exploring, discovering, listening, observing and connecting with their world around them.  Play is a great motivator and motivated individuals learn.

Thank you all for your kind words of support on receiving the Rotary Community Service Award on 27th February.  At a time like this, first and foremost I am proud of our staff, our parent body, our children and our entire community … We are people who respect and value early childhood education and know the difference it can make to these young children’s lives – together we make a difference.  The staff at this centre are amazing individuals who “do what we love and love what we do”.  Suzanne, Anita, Christine, Jan, Kirrily, Marian, Leila and I work together as a cohesive team and we value each person’s input, diversity and strengths.

Carl Jung was a famous Swiss Psychiatrist who reinforced the need for love and security by educators …“One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling.  Curriculum is necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child”.  We welcome families to contribute to our centre, to be part of social activities, participate in Parent Roster (starting next term) and be part of our community … and feel the sense of belonging that permeates throughout this wonderful place.  Thank you for the privilege of teaching your children.

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