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19/03/2014
Cool Cat News 
Goodness, the term really is flying!  Week 8 is already here and the Preps have settled into their first year of school beautifully. 
A few weeks ago the children suggested a variety of names for our class and then, through a democratic process, we voted and the decision was made that our class shall be named “The Cool Cats”. This led us to “Pete the Cat” a fabulous character from a series of books that the children have quickly grown to love.   Pete inspired us to paint and write, to listen carefully, to sing and most importantly, to be resilient with his motto being “it’s all good!”
Our learning projects have been quite varied.  A hospital popped up in our room shortly after Jackson returned to school with a broken collar bone. This led to us learning about bones; parts of our bodies; healthy habits; healthy foods and so much more.  Nurse Michelle spent a session with us explaining what sort of things she does in her role as a nursing sister.  She even brought in some of her equipment and explained how she used each piece. Nurse Michelle then got to work in the “Cool Cat Hospital” assisting some of our brilliant doctors. Thank you, we not only learnt a great deal from you Nurse Michelle, but were also inspired.  Many of our Cool Cats are now planning a career in medicine thanks to you!
Our resident nature lover, Kynan, brought a beautiful praying mantis to show us one day. This stimulated great curiosity about insects.  We read an informative book called “Incredible Insects”, watched some videos about insects and drew some amazing pictures of our favourite insects that demonstrated the students’ understanding.
These are but a few of the events that have occurred in our very busy class to date.  Each and every day the children are reading, writing, counting, measuring, creating and forging friendships. Term one has been wonderful and we know that the rest of the year is just going to keep on getting more and more exciting.