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Now Enrolling for 2023!

Posted on 05 May 2022

Does your child turn four before 30 April 2023? IF YES, they are eligible for enrolment in an ACT Education Directorate Preschool program.

Preschool, Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 enrolments are now open for 2023.

Please visit education.act.gov.au to enrol.



Term 2 School Tours

Posted on 08 Apr 2022

We are holding 2023 Preschool Information tours for our new families to enable you to see our lovely learning environment and to give you a chance to ask any questions you may have about enrolling at Southern Cross Early Childhood School. These sessions will be held mainly outside to ensure we are following current ACT Health guidelines. We will also keep the groups to a minimum where possible.

Tour times:

  • 4.00-4.30pm              Thursday 28 April        2022
  • 4.30-5.00pm              Monday 2 May            2022
  • 4.00-4.30pm              Tuesday 24 May          2022

To register your interest please email Nicole on nicole.emerton@ed.act.edu.au



Harmony Week Community Gathering

Posted on 04 Apr 2022

Our Community Gathering was a big success.  Seeing everyone make connections, sharing craft and warming up with coffee was a fantastic way to re-engage. The Smoking Ceremony led by Wiradjuri Echoes was a powerful way to cleanse and start anew. Our Year 2 leaders worked alongside Elder Duncan Smith OAM and his daughter Jakida in our Reconciliation Courtyard – they handed over custodianship of this significant place and championed us to get smarter about traditional ways of knowing and being. We are hopeful that this learning over time will create ceremony, interconnectedness and deep understanding across our community.

Thanks to all of the families and educators that made the extra efforts come along to play – we are grateful for the time shared together.



Enrolments 2023

Posted on 15 Mar 2022

If your child turns 4 years old before 30 April 2023 they are eligible for enrolment in an ACT Education Directorate Preschool.

Applications for Enrolment for the 2023 school year are available online from Tuesday 26 April 2022.

Forms are available online at https://www.education.act.gov.au/public-school-life/enrolling-in-a-public-school

We are holding 2023 Preschool Information tours for our new families to enable you to see our lovely learning environment and to give you a chance to ask any questions you may have. These sessions will be held mainly outside to ensure we are following current ACT Health guidelines. We will also keep the groups to a minimum where possible. If you are unable to make one of these sessions, we will be holding more early in term 2 – keep an eye out on our website for these times. 

Tour times:

· 4.00-4.30pm              Monday 28 March        2022

· 4.00-4.30pm              Tuesday 5 April            2022

Further dates to be advised

To register your interest please email Nicole on nicole.emerton@ed.act.edu.au



Welcome back!

Posted on 29 Oct 2021

Welcome back to school!!!
We have had such a lovely week. It has been wonderful to see all of the children's smiling faces and to watch them reconnect with their peers after such a long time at home.



Family Board Games Night – Wednesday 12 May 2021

Posted on 25 May 2021

How wonderful it was to see so many families attend our Family Board Games Night. The hall was buzzing with excitement as families played familiar games and discovered new ones. The school has a large number of board games in the library for borrowing. Please see Nicole at the front desk if you would like to take a game home to play with your family.



CampOUT! 2021

Posted on 28 Apr 2021

Our school community had a brilliant family picnic and CampOUT this year. Thank you to all of the families who were able to make it for part or all of the evening. We had over 50 tents on our grounds and lots of happy (and a little tired) campers this morning.
A massive thanks to Jason our Community Coordinator for collaborating with our fabulous P&C to pull this event off. Thank you 🙏
Congratulations to Patty and Katherine (P&C presidents) and their helpers for all they did in the lead up and on the day.


Enrolments for 2022

Posted on 12 Feb 2021

If your child turns 4 years old before 30 April 2022 they are eligible for enrolment in an ACT Education Directorate Preschool.

Applications for Enrolment for the 2022 school year are available online from Tuesday 27 April 2021.

Forms are available online at: https://form.act.gov.au/smartforms/servlet/SmartForm.html?formCode=1087

We are holding 2022 Preschool Information tours before enrolment opens to enable you to view our preschool sessions in action and give you a chance to ask any questions you may have.

Tour times:

· 9.30-10.30am         Monday 15 March        2021

· 9.30-10.30am         Wednesday 24 March      2021

· 9.30- 10.30am        Wednesday 5 May       2021

· 9.30-10.30am         Thursday 27 May         2021

To register your interest please contact reception on 6142 0020 or email Nicole on nicole.emerton@ed.act.edu.au



Canberra Region Local Business Awards

Posted on 02 Feb 2021

Southern Cross Early Childhood School was thrilled to be nominated for a Canberra Region Local Business Award in 2020.
“The Local Business Awards acknowledge outstanding local businesses and their people who go above and beyond – providing an exceptional customer service experience.” - thebusinessawards.com.au
We are proud to announce the we were named the winner in the Education Service category.
#actpublicschools


Outdoor Learning Day and NAIDOC Week

Posted on 20 Nov 2020

What a fabulous day we had last Wednesday celebrating both Outdoor Learning Day and NAIDOC Week. As children, teachers and educators were learning on Country, I felt such a strong connection to the land and had an overwhelming feeling of gratitude throughout the whole day. A big thank you to Lyndall who came to visit us and officially opened Slide Mountain. This was a popular play area for much of the day. 

Book Week 2020

Posted on 06 Nov 2020

Our Book Week celebrations may have looked a little different this year, but we still had fun! Anglicare and P-2 children joined together for a Book Week parade on Thursday 22 October. We enjoyed seeing everyone’s costumes, along with their chosen book. Many thanks to our families who supported the children in their quest to dress up.

Other activities during the week included a Green Sheep hunt, using clues which had been carefully crafted by Karen, Hayley and Nicole. Our Reading in the Wild competition, $20 Scholastic Book Club lucky draw prize went to Ella in Kindergarten. Thank you to all the entrants, we loved seeing your pictures. 



Welcome Kelly!

Posted on 09 Oct 2020

I am delighted to be appointed as Principal of Southern Cross Early Childhood School from the start of term 4. I feel honoured and fortunate to be leading such a wonderful and involved community. I know the school well and believe that Southern Cross Early Childhood School is a very special place that provides endless learning opportunities for children to show how capable and creative each child is in our supportive environment. I look forward to spending time with the children and staff and to become involved in learning.

As I settle in over the first few weeks, I look forward to getting to know your children and our expert teaching team. I also look forward to meeting all the wonderful families in our community.  I welcome informal chats, so please come and say hello. I am also happy to make a mutually convenient time for us to meet.

I look forward to getting to know you and your child and being a part of the learning that ensures that from little things, big things grow.

Kelly Booker
Principal
Southern Cross Early Childhood School



Slide Mountain UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Posted on 09 Sep 2020

Construction of this playground installation is well and truly underway with progress every day. The preschool children have enjoyed the construction activity and marvel at the ‘lovely dirt pile’ that the digger has created.

Construction and landscape plans of Slide Mountain have been positioned by Nicole at the school’s front entrance and at the school’s back gate, for viewing by families and the children.

With Children’s Week approaching in October, we are working towards having an ‘official opening’ of Slide Mountain in partnership with Anglicare. Southern Cross children will participate in an outdoor learning day to acknowledge Children’s Week 2020. 



Virtual Preschool Tour 2020

Posted on 11 May 2020

 

Please select the video to have a virtual tour of our Preschool. Once we are able to recommence our Preschool Information tours we will let you know through our newsletter and social media. We cannot wait to show our future families around so that they can see our preschool sessions in action and give them a chance to ask any questions they may have.



Enrolments for 2021

Posted on 10 Feb 2020

 

If your child turns 4 years old before 30 April 2021 they are eligible for enrolment in an ACT Education Directorate Preschool.

Applications for Enrolment for the 2021 school year are available online from 28 April 2020.

Forms are available online at: https://form.act.gov.au/smartforms/servlet/SmartForm.html?formCode=1087

We are holding Preschool Information tours before enrolment opens to enable you to view our preschool sessions in action and give you a chance to ask any questions you may have.

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Tour times:

· 9.30-10.30am         Monday 16 March        2020

· 9.30-10.30am         Thursday 19 March      2020

· 1.30-2.30pm           Tuesday 31 March       2020

· 9.30-10.30am         Wednesday 13 May     2020

To register your interest once tours have been rescheduled please contact reception on 6142 0020 or email Nicole on nicole.emerton@ed.act.edu.au