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.
Visit from Year 2 2014 Students!
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.27 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!
Term 1 2015 Community BreakfastWow! It was wonderful to see so many families attend our Community Breakfast last week. There was a lot of food for everyone to enjoy and it was great to see family and friends share the morning together. A big thank you to Sue and Bonnie for making banana bread and organising the food; San from Dream Café for supplying yummy coffee; Red Cross for providing the cereal and spreads; and the school staff for helping cook, clean and serve on the day. It was a great team effort. If you missed this breakfast, don’t worry we have another one planned for next term. 13 Mar 2015
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
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