Tours & Open Day
Our annual Open Day for 2019 is Saturday 30th March from 9am until 12pm. This day provides the perfect opportunity to look around, meet our educators, and see if Wilson Street Kindergarten is the right fit for your family. If you have any questions regarding enrolments please contact our enrolments manager, Susan Mulholland.
The two student free days at the beginning of Term One started off with the bang of a drum. During these two days staff are very busy setting up the rooms and outdoor areas, planning their educational programs and updating administration for the year ahead. It was also an opportunity for staff to come together to participate in professional development, enjoy learning new skills and engage with different cultures. On Wednesday 30th January Tawanda, from Zimbabwe, talked to the staff about the history behind the calabash. The calabash is a percussion instrument consisting of half of a large dried calabash. It was created by the African people when music had been banned. They improvised and created music through wooden pallets, boxes and these giant gourds. Calabash were also used for carrying food and water. Tawanda gave the WSK their very own calabash and a cajon drum. The WSK staff look forward to sharing what they have learnt from this exerience with the children.
The early childhood sector can be its own worst enemy often accepting donated items and making do with furniture and other materials that are not quite what we want but ‘will do’. Mary Featherstone led the way in the 1990s with her innovative designs for early childhood. WSK has a few of her pieces but the materials used are not particularly robust and there was a gap in the market for well designed, child friendly but beautifully crafted furniture. We were thrilled, at the start of this year, to take possession of some beautiful new pieces by M.A.N. Made Creations. This family owned, Melbourne company creates beautifully crafted furniture using Australian hardwood. The pieces are made to last and add to the aesthetics of the rooms. It was through the hard work of previous Social Committees, namely Kathy Bennett in 2017 and Marg Villella in 2018 that we were able to use some of the money raised to purchase the latest items. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the WSK fundraising efforts; we actually have a few more items on order!
Our new garden
We are proud of our reinvigorated garden and outdoor play space for the children. An allocation of funds from last year’s fundraising has been a key contribution to the concept, design and execution. It includes multiple learning environments for the children as well as water pumps.
Wilson Street Kindergarten featured in “Bayside Leader”
“Wilson Street Kindergarten Brighton bush project to teach kids nature” is the headline of a news story which appeared in the “Bayside Leader”.
The article goes on: “It’s never too early to learn about nature, a Brighton kindergarten believes.
“Children from the community-run Wilson Street Kindergarten are part of a colourful and creative environmental project conducted in the wide outdoors — specifically Landcox Park in Brighton East.”
“Each week three and four-year-old students go out studying seasons and seeds, flora and fauna, and everything else that makes parks and reserves such interesting places…”
To read the full story, click here. Photos by Chris Eastman. Story by Jon Andrews.