Southern Cross Early Childhood School

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.

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Latest News at Southern Cross Early Childhood School

Painting Presentation

Posted on 03 Jul 2015

Great Fish Goodoo

How the Great Fish Goodoo Created the Murray River was gifted to our school by Yorta Yorta Man and Aboriginal artist Mr Francis Firebrace who is the great grandfather of one of our children at our school. 


If you were not able to make the Gathering you can follow this link to hear Mr Firebrace speak and learn about the story behind the painting. 


On behalf of the school I would like to thank Mr Francis Firebrace, his daughter Terry Harney, his grand-daughter Bec Harney and his great-grandson, Seth Hastedt for their gift to our school and for coming to the school to share their story.   


Red Nose Day

Posted on 03 Jul 2015

Red Nose Day @ SCECS

Friday 26 June was Red Nose Day!

Southern Cross Early Childhood School raised funds for SIDS and Kids last Friday by dressing in all things red!

Funds raised through Red Nose Day activities assist SIDS and Kids in providing vital services and programs to the Australian community. SIDS and Kids is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood and to supporting bereaved families.

Red Nose Day is the major fundraiser for SIDS and Kids and together, we raised $246 to donate to this important research and development.

Thank you so much for your support J


Posted on 28 May 2015

Jasper the Jelly Baby

If you were in the school last Friday you may have been thinking all the children and educators were being lazy by staying in their and pyjamas all day  but you would have been mistaken. The entire school was hard at work raising awareness and fund for Type 1 Diabetes.

The day started with a spirited gathering in the foyer and library, where we all got to meet Jasper the Giant Jelly Baby. Then as the bell rang, the educators made a guard of honour down the corridor as the children paraded their onesies off towards their classrooms.

A little later in the day we continued the festivities with an impromptu gathering in the hall, where our amazing Alison Oakleigh and her husband Dan (Imogen and Liam's parents) taught us the song they had written in support of the day, "If You're Wearing a Onesie Put Your Hands in the Air". Let's just say there was a lot of hand waving and fun had by all. Massive thank you to the Oakleigh family for their contribution towards the success of the day!

In total our wonderful school raised a whopping $350, which will go directly to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). Thank you to everyone who donated, participated and got behind this day.

Kind regards, Kat Jeffress

Visit from Year 2 2014 Students!

Posted on 27 Mar 2015

Year 2 2014

We invited our Year 2 children from last year to come back for afternoon tea and a chat with our current Year 2 children about their new schools. It was fantastic catching up with them and hearing all about life in year 3. Thank you to all the families and educators that came along  for a chat, it was wonderful to see so many familiar faces back together at Southern Cross Early Childhood School.

This has been a great first step in the transition process for the Year 2 children of 2015. Take a look at the Kidsmatter display board for the Year 3 children's photos, drawings and reflections on their new schools.

Chinese Study Tour

Posted on 13 Mar 2015

Chinese Study Tour

This week,  our school hosted five families from Xi'an, China, for four days. The families came to experience  Australian schooling, learning about the ways we educate our students. 

The Chinese students were buddied up with five of our lovely Year 2 students - Amelia , Leo, Lizzie, Jack and Niti.  Together they excitedly participated in a variety of classes including our very hands on investigation time, English,  history and library time.

The Chinese families taught us how to make  rather yummy dumplings  and gave us a demonstration of how to play Jianzi - or Chinese 'hacks sack'. They experienced a BBQ with Lamingtons for lunch.

Lots of fun, laughter and patience was displayed we all tried and learnt different ways to communicate with each other.

Thank you to all of year two and year one for being very welcoming. Particular appreciation goes to our five SCECS buddies for showing great leadership skills in mentoring our Chinese friends and to the parents who came to join in. 

Xie Xie - Thankyou!

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