Chapel Hill Kindy's brand new Cubby House

cubby 1.jpg

Thanks to the talented craftsmanship and generosity of the wonderful teachers and students from within the St Edmund’s College Manual Arts Department, Chapel Hill Kindy will be the home of a brand new freshly constructed Cubby House next year!

The Cubby House will fit in very nicely to the beautiful natural playground setting that is already enjoyed by the Children at Chapel Hill Kindy and we really thank St Edmund’s College, so very much, for providing us with this fantastic new addition!

We would also like to express our gratitude to the ever-efficient Shane from Brown’s Delivery Service who did not hesitate to put up his hand, donating his time and service, to ensuring the Cubby houses pieces were delivered from St Edmund’s College to the Kindy itself, both quickly and professionally. A very big thank you shout out to Shane – we could not have done this without you!

https://www.brownsdeliveryservice.com/

Thank you McGrath Estate Agents

We got a wonderful surprise when we found out we would be the recipient of a $500 donation from the wonderful people at McGrath Estate Agents! Thank you very much Trent and Jill, and thank you to the mystery family who nominated us!

We plan to use the money to purchase a microscope to take with us on our Bush Kindy adventures!

McGrath.png

Enrol now for Pre-Kindy 2017

Are you looking for a Pre-Kindergarten place for your 3 year old child? Pre-Kindy is a wonderful opportunity for your child to experience a gentle introduction to the busy life of being a kindergartener.  For two afternoons every week, your child can come and play, sing, paint, create, make friends and explore in the beautiful natural environment at our outstanding kindergarten.

Our Pre-Kindergarten Groups run with two sessions per week from 3.15pm-4.45pm. Red Group runs Monday and Tuesday, while green group runs Wednesday and Thursday. The program is run by a fully qualified early childhood teacher and assistant and if you complete terms 3 and 4 of Pre-Kindy your child will be guaranteed a place in the 4 year old Kindy program the following year.

For enquiries, please contact the kindy office. Our office manager Lydia is there on a Tuesday and Thursday between 9.30am and 2.30pm and will happily answer any questions or organise a suitable time for you to come and view our beautiful kindy.

50 year celebrations - thank you!

Thank you to everyone who came to our 50 year celebration and community event on Sunday. It was a fantastic day. To our generous sponsors - Simons Gourmet Gallery, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Jindalee Pool and others, we could not have done it without your support!

To Julian Simmonds Councillor for Walter Taylor Ward, thank you for your support and coming on the day to unveil our sculpture.

To our amazing entertainment - Brett Campbell Children's Musician and Geckoes Wildlife Presentations, thank you - the children so enjoyed your shows.

To our artists, Suzi and Daniel, and our friends at the Cubberla-Witton Catchments Network, this would not have happened without your energy and guidance.

To our wonderful teachers - thank you for facilitating the excursion to Cubberla Creek and incorporating the water dragon into the children's learnings in term 4.

To the 2015 kindy children, thank you for contributing your amazing creativity to the tiles you each made. Thank you to past and present families who sponsored a tile. You have helped to create something beautiful for our community!

And last but most certainly not least, thank you to Yellow Group mum Julie Sanderson and her group of parent volunteers who made the day such a success. Julie worked tirelessly to make both the sculpture and celebration happen - we are so grateful and very thankful for your efforts.

12301456_953423658065947_5830858834463273422_n

12308543_953423494732630_6261727896479527390_n

12342636_953423891399257_4275469188710375393_n

12345532_953423584732621_8932335688134074866_n

12346596_953423434732636_4667742416285970540_n

12347827_953423548065958_1041563177581944609_n

IMG_1539

IMG_1556

IMG_1577

IMG_1579

IMG_1582

IMG_5277a

IMG_5279a

IMG_5280a

IMG_5282a

IMG_5285a

IMG_5286a

IMG_5288a

 

50th Anniversary Tiles Available Now

We would like to give you the opportunity to put your family's mark on our 50th anniversary sculpture. You can purchase a specially made tile that will sit alongside the children's fossils in a beautiful mosaic design on the water dragon sculpture. You can choose between a beautiful gum leaf glazed in rich organic colours, representing the beautiful habitat that surrounds the kindy grounds, or the concentric growth rings of a tree fused with an amber glass centre, representing growth, the past and the present. These photos give you an idea of what our artist Suzi will create this week.

You can purchase one tile for your family, or one tile for each of your family members that have attended our wonderful kindy!

Don't miss out, there's only 50 available. $25 each. Email chapelhillkindy50@gmail.com by 13 November.

 

Growth rings with fused glass centre sample (amber colour shown in background will be used in the 50th anniversary tiles)

Gum Leaf size and shape before glazing

Beautiful rich organic colours to glaze our gum leaves

50 Year Art Project Underway!

Blue, Red and Yellow groups have all made their amazing 'fossils' for our sandstone water dragon sculpture. Once they are glazed and fired, our artist Suzi will create a mosaic design on the sculpture. The children loved using the natural treasures they found down by the creek to make some incredible patterns. IMG_0785

IMG_0781

IMG_0788

IMG_0786

web IMG_4413

web IMG_4398

web IMG_4393

 

 

Calling all past families to be part of our celebrations as we mark 50 years

Chapel Hill Community Kindergarten is celebrating an amazing 50 years in our local community. To mark this incredible milestone, we are calling all past families to get in touch with us to be a part of the celebrations, including a major community art project of a water dragon sculpture, currently underway. Contact Julie at chapelhillkindy50@gmail.com or call 3378 2008.

Top playground renovations

We've done it. The new kindy playground is finished. And it looks AMAZING!

After a lot of planning and preparation, and an intense 2 weeks over the holidays, the new kindy playground and secret garden are ready for our children to explore and have fun in.

David Fearne has been the most brilliant project manner from beginning to end. We thank you for your valuable time and expertise, your patience and can-do attitude. You have given up many weekends and all of the school holidays, without you this project wouldn't have been possible and we cannot thank you enough. A massive thank you to Mark Johnson, Sam Jolly and Brent Litchwark for building the fabulous new bridges for the kids to run across and drive their trucks under. A huge thank you Steph Donigi for your work drawing up the original design and plans, and to everyone who gave up their holidays to help dig dirt, move rocks, lay drains and plant trees - David, Emily Lurje, Sandra Palmer, Steph Donigi, Vicki Hotston, Jo Hoban, Alan Hoban, Nick Clarke, Mike Cujes, Malcolm Crabtree, Anna's sister Emma and mum Roselyn, Michelle Wood and her son Noah, Siobhan Fletcher, Nick Bourne, Bev Proctor, Sarah MacKenzie, Jen Stanley, Bryony Barkhuizen and Anna Hutchings. Your help was invaluable. And lastly, a big thank you Bryony, Jen and Anna for all your work pulling the project together, organizing contractors and supplies and planting a never ending supply of plants. You are fab. I'm sure the kids know how lucky they are to belong to such a wonderful kindy community committed to making their kindy a better place. And they are going to have such a wonderful time in their new playground and secret garden. Thank you everyone!

Art Show 2015

Our amazing Art Show is over for another year! Thank you to everyone involved - our incredible teachers and parent volunteers who work so hard in setting up, mounting and hanging art works, everyone who baked goodies for the cupcake and cookie stall, our fundraising team volunteers for working on the stall, Red Group Assistant Phoebe and her piano accompanist mum Jenny for the lovely music and most of all, thank you to our wonderful children for their incredible creations. PHOTOS COURTESY OF SARAH MACKENZIE PHOTOGRAPHY

Art Show - This Saturday - 12 Sept

The Art Show is on this Saturday 12 September from 9am - 2pm. If you have never been to one of our Art Shows, prepare to be amazed! The Kindy will be transformed into a beautiful gallery showcasing the work our children have done throughout the year. There will also be a jazz band, cupcake and cookie stall and coffee van. All 3 groups have been working on creating 3 great canvases for a silent auction - please don’t forget to put your bids in the boxes provided. Everyone is welcome. Our children are so looking forward to showing off their beautiful creations!

Chapel Hill Community Kindergarten - EXCEEDING NATIONAL QUALITY STANDARDS

We are thrilled to announce that Chapel Hill Kindy achieved the best possible result following our triennial assessment visit in June - a level of “Exceeding” against each of the seven national quality standards. For this we can thank our teachers, staff, committee and parents for their diligence, dedication and passion in making our kindy wonderful, not just in the lead-up to our assessment, but every single day. To achieve this rating, our kindy was required to demonstrate that we exceed the national standards in four of the seven quality areas, and meet the standards in the other three. We achieved “exceeding” in all seven standards.

Kindy Co-directors Anna Hutchings and Kim Cujes said of the result, "Thank you to our amazing teaching team, committee and children for a wonderful result in our assessment. A special thanks to Michelle Arthy-Chan, Cheryl Nell and Sandra Palmer for their tireless efforts with all the supporting documentation. And a special thanks to our wonderful parents - Nicholas Bourne, Darren & Phillipa Guppy and Ben Garland who joined the additional working bee."

"We wish to acknowledge the dedicated teachers, parents and committees of past years who have ensured a strong tradition of quality play based learning in a unique and beautiful natural environment. Our excellent result is a reflection of our proud history."

"And last but certainly not least, big hugs and thank yous to our beautiful kindy children who inspired wonderful remarks from our assessor, and who inspire us everyday."

Congratulations everyone! It is official – our kindy really is exceptional.

Skills For School Information Evening

We have an upcoming event on Thursday 30th July at 7pm at Kindy. Sarah Broderick, an occupational therapist with 13 years experience will be discussing how the school curriculum now moves at a faster pace and what this means for our children. She will be providing relevant advice and practical strategies to help you support your child to prepare them for school.

The evening will cost $10 and the session will run for approximately an hour followed by time for questions.  For more information, please click on the link below.

Please RSVP to us at Kindy by Monday 27th July if you would like to attend.

Skills For School Information Evening Flyer

Open Day - Saturday 18 July

We are holding an Open Day on Saturday 18 July from 9am until 12pm for families who are interested in enrolling their children in our Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten programs in 2016 and beyond. This is a fantastic opportunity for families to come and get a feel for our Kindy and meet our wonderful staff. We will be accepting wait list applications on the day. (Please note there is a $20 fee to be paid with wait list applications.) There will be a cupcake stall so don't forget to bring your gold coins! We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful Kindy.

Enrolments for 2016 - secure your spot on our wait list today!

Enrolments for Kindergarten in 2016 and beyond are open. Secure your spot on our waitlist now! For enquiries, please contact the kindy office on 3378 2008 or chapelhillkindy@optusnet.com.au Our office manager Cheryl is there on a Tuesday and Thursday between 9.30am and 2.30pm and will happily answer any questions or organise a suitable time for you to come and view our beautiful kindy.

Family Fun Day - This Saturday!

fun day 2015Less than 1 week to go until our Family Fun Day! Our annual Kindy Family Fun Day is on this Saturday 23rd May 2015 between 10am and 1pm. Highlights include a magician at 10:30am, jumping castle, balloons, games, face painting, cupcake stall and sausage sizzle.

We would also really appreciate any Lucky Dip prize donations to be left this week in the box at the sign-in desk.

For more information please see the noticeboard or contact one of the class reps.

We hope to see you there!

Enrolments for 2016 are open!

Enrolments for Kindergarten in 2016 and beyond are open. Secure your spot on our waitlist now! For enquiries, please contact the kindy office on 3378 2008 or chapelhillkindy@optusnet.com.au Our office manager Cheryl is there on a Tuesday and Thursday between 9.30am and 2.30pm and will happily answer any questions or organise a suitable time for you to come and view our beautiful kindy.

Kindy Family Fun Day 2015

The annual Kindy Family Fun Day will be on Saturday 23rd May 2015 between 10am and 1pm. This is a fantastic, fun day for both adults and children alike. Highlights for this year include a magician at 10:30am, jumping castle, balloons, games, face painting, cupcake stall and sausage sizzle. This year we would appreciate a gold coin donation on entry to help cover the costs of the entertainment. We will also be asking for volunteers to help with the event on the day, as well as to bake cupcakes for the cupcake stall and donate lucky dip prizes. More information and sign-up sheets will be on the noticeboard at the start of term 2. For more information please see the noticeboard or contact one of the class reps.

fun day 2015