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Education - Our Children

The themes that we covered this term were numbers, colours, shapes, patterns, the world we live in, dinosaurs, space, festivals and celebrations.  We were very pleased that our special Springboks theme and artwork inspired our rugby team to another world cup victory.

Education - Our People

Announcements

 

SPECIAL EVENTS: YEAR END CONCERTS

During November we had our year end concerts and graduation ceremonies.  They were wonderful occasions and the children and teachers did themselves proud with all the preparation, and their performances on the day.  We would like to thank the parents, grandparents, and friends who filled all three venues, and on a Saturday.  This really is one of the highlights of the year.


EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT:  PRAESA AND WEEKLY PLANNING PROJECT

In Term 4 we continued with our two main education related projects, Teachers as Observers with PRAESA, and Weekly Planning with Jane Hampton.  Both projects are nearly complete and we will be rolling out our new weekly plans in 2020.

In 2020 we are also going to be working with Innovation Edge, which is part of the DG Murray Trust.  Innovation Edge have developed an assessment tool, ELOM (Early Learning Outcomes Measures). ELOM is South Africa’s first population level pre-school child assessment tool.  The tool’s requirements are that it should fairly assess children aged 4 to 6 from across the cultural and socio-economic spectrum.  We will be piloting ELOM in 2020. We believe that the outcomes of the assessment will enable us to improve the quality of our education by tweaking and enhancing our existing curriculum and implementation. 

STAFF DEVELOPMENT:  TRAINING PROGRAMME

We were lucky to have our second training session with Stella Louis.  This time Stella did the training with Tina Bruce, also from the United Kingdom.  Tina is one of the world experts on early childhood development, and her book “Early Childhood Education” is a great book for anyone who wants to get into the philosophy of how children are educated.

The Peak Child teachers, assistants and Principals had an amazing two hour session, most of which was extremely practical.  We were pleased to be joined by some of our education partners, Karen and Bev from ORT, and Jane.  We would like to thank PRAESA who once again arranged this wonderful training.
STAFF DEVELOPMENT:  PRE-PRIMARY NETWORK MEETINGS
Suzette and Mishkaah, from our Nimble (Salt River) attended two fantastic and interactive talks as part of a pre-primary network.  This first was presented by Emma-Jean Laubscher, a Learning Support teacher at St. Joseph's Marist College.  Her topic was developing attention and concentration span in the pre-school children.  Emma gave us some great ideas on how to increase the attention span by introducing the children to activities which require more concentration.  The teachers attending the course got to practice by playing the games which will improve concentration.

The second workshop was a hands on session presented by Sandra Boyes of Bridge House about how to use LEGO as a teaching aid.  The workshop was very interactive and was well attended by many of the top pre-schools in Cape Town. The activities that most impressed the teachers was using LEGO to do brain gym and as a memory recall exercise.
STAFF DEVELOPMENT:  HYGIENE AND EMPOWERMENT
Our teachers and principals had a very successful training session with Tatum Louw, who is currently studying her Masters in Social Work.  Tatum covered the topics of hygiene, which included hand washing, pesticides, and poisons.  She then led the staff in an empowerment session.  This was a short, but very meaningful exercise highlighting the fact that teachers need to first care for themselves, in order to enable them to care for their children.  Tatum provided some practical tips on how to do this.
STAFF CHANGES:  NEW STAFF AND LEARNERSHIPS
Peak Child is growing the number of children in our care, and consequently we are also increasing our staff numbers.  In January Faieka, Debbie and Mary will be joining Peak Child, as Teachers.  Themba will be joining us as our full time Maintenance Manager.

We have also come to the end of the first 12 month intern programme, and we are very pleased that Monica, Nelly, Rumielda and Zikhona will be joining Peak Child next year.



We received the fantastic news a few weeks ago that Investec are repeating, and expanding, the Early Childhood Education Intern programme, in partnership with ORT.  Not only will we be getting 8 new interns in 2020, but Investec are investing in the next step, which is supporting learnerships for the interns to get their teaching qualifications.  Several of our interns, and Peak Child staff, will be attending ORT’s Level 4 early childhood education course next year.
STAFF CHANGES:  PROMOTIONS
We are very pleased to announced the Felicia Abrahams has been promoted to Head Teacher at Peak Child Harfield, and Mishkaah Roberts has been promoted to Head Teacher at Peak Child Nimble (Salt River).

Education - Our Partners

We would like to say a huge thank you to our employer sponsors.  Most notably, The Nimble Group has partnered with us since the end of 2018 and have provided the support we needed to open our Salt River pre-school.  They have been a truly amazing company to work with and they really feel like part of the family.  In particular, Rowan, Tami and Tamara have highlighted the importance of early childhood education to the Nimble staff.  We look forward to expanding the partnership in future.
 
We are also thankful to Autoworks, who have co-funded children at Peak Child Nimble.  Lastly, we are pleased to be building new partnerships with iSmart, and Merchants / iiNet, both of whom are just up the road from our Salt River pre-school.

Fun Activities


BOOKS TO READ
Here are the book recommendations from the Principals


Class 1
Chicka Chicka  Boom Boom ~ by Bill Martin
Drummer Hoff ~ by  Barbara Emberly

Class 2
Wheels on the bus ~ by Grosset and Dunlap
Duck and Goose, 1,2,3 ~ by Tad Hills

Class 3:   
The very hungry caterpillar ~ by Eric Carle
Where's Spot ~ by Eric Carle

Class 4
Sparky ~ by Jenny Offill
Grumpy monkey ~ by Suzanne Lang

Class 5
The pug who wanted to be a reindeer ~ by Bella Swift
The Jolly Christmas postman ~ by Allan Ahlberg

FUN PLAY IDEAS TO IMPROVE FINE & GROSS MOTOR SKILLS

This holiday enjoy a day at the beach, listen to the sounds of waves and collect seashells on the sea shore.  Here are some fun activities that exercise your child's body, coordination and imagination.
 

1. Fine motor skills:
Use pegs to pick up cotton balls, pulling Prestik, sticking sellotape on a table and then remove it, playdough or clay, pouring water from one jug to the other jug or into a glass

2. Gross motor skills:
Balancing on a plank, jumping from one block to the next, crawling or sliding through a tunnel, jumping up and down on both legs and then on one leg, throwing, catching and kicking a ball.

3. We love to create collage
During the term the Teachers were very creative is making clothes, shoes and bags from recycled material.  This was to highlight to the children the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. This is something that you can do with your children during the holidays.




We wish all our Peak Children, their parents, our staff, and our partners, all the best for the end of year break.  We hope that you get time to spend with your loved ones, and that we see you back on Wednesday 8 January 2020, all refreshed and ready for another year.
TERM 1 NEWS will be mailed out at the end of March 2020.
Thank you from everyone at Peak Child
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