Southern Cross Early Childhood School is situated in Scullin in the Belconnen region of the ACT. The school caters for children from birth to eight years, and offers integrating services including child care, Preschool to Year 2 education and a range of community programs.
The School is built on the land of the Ngunnawal people. The contribution of the traditional owners of the land is acknowledged at all school functions.
The school ensures continuity for children in both their learning and relationships during their early years. The School's motto, "From Little Things Big Things Grow", encapsulates the value placed on providing a caring and nurturing environment for our young children to grow and develop into active and successful members of our community. High quality early education is offered through a focus on play-based learning; explicit teaching of Literacy and Numeracy; Environment Education; the Switching on Program and the Arts.
Chief Minister's Reading Challenge Ceremony
On Thursday 13 November 2014, Jet, Sienna and Connor represented Southern Cross Early Childhood School at the awards ceremony for the Chief Minister's Reading Challenge. This was the 10th year of the Challenge and was a fantastic way for our school to continue to build our community of readers. As teacher and author Donalyn Miller wrote in The Book Whisperer: "Anyone who calls herself or himself a reader can tell you that it starts with encountering great books, heartfelt recommendations and a community of readers who share this passion."
The ceremony was held at the National Gallery of Australia and while we waited for the ceremony to start we were able to spend some time looking at some of the wonderful sculptures and artwork around the gallery.
All the children did so well at the Reading Challenge. Southern Cross Early Childhood School was one of the winners for the preschool to Year 2 section of the competition! We were presented with a beautiful certificate and a $150 voucher from the sponsors of the Challenge, Paperchain Bookstore in Manuka. I wonder what books we will be able to buy. But the most exciting part of the day was meeting the Chief Minister, Ms Katy Gallagher MLA as she presented the winning certificate.14 Nov 2014
In recognition of the important role Grandparent's and other special people play in young children's lives, Southern Cross Early Childhood School held an Open Classroom Morning for Grandparent's and Grandfriend's to attend.
We had an overwhelming response with more than 90 people visiting our school to see what their special little person did on a usual school day.
Many of our visitors even had temporary additional grandchildren for the morning.
Thank you for coming along.28 Oct 2014
Children's Week Extravaganza
On Wednesday 22 October, Southern Cross Early Childhood School along with Anglicare Southern Cross and Cranleigh School joined together to host an Extravaganza to celebrate Children's Week.
Children participated in a rotation of events including a jumping castle, face painting, egg and spoon races, musical games, and dancing.
Even lunch was a special treat, sausage sandwiches and an icy pole!27 Oct 2014
On Monday and Friday this week the Preschool to Year 2 classes met the author of The Little Shell, Leonie Pye. Leonie and her guide dog Franklin visited each class and read The Little Shell which tells the story of a sea shell that was washed up and broken on a beach. The little shell becomes a treasured possession of a blind woman. In the process, the shell learns a valuable lesson. The story is a metaphor for life, for appreciating the beauty of ourselves and others with all our differences and imperfections. The children enjoyed meeting Leonie and Franklin and listening to the story.22 Oct 2014
Ready Made Orchestra
Jim visited our school on Friday 26 October with his show 'Ready Made Orchestra'. Jim used everyday objects that you can find at home to create beautiful music.
Items such as plastic pipes, balloons, cardboard tubes, drinking straws, foam boxes and vacuum cleaner hoses.
Clearly the Year One & Year Two children were having a great time!
What music can you make at home?14 Oct 2014
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