14 December 2021

Kindergarten Superstars Dianella

Where has the year gone? It is so hard to believe that we are now moving through our final weeks of term 4, 2021. We have observed our students display determination, persistence, and diligence in their learning. They are curious about the world around them and delight in talking about it, as well as sharing information of interest to them. They have developed positive friendships with one another, and most times are caring, kind and empathic towards each other. We love seeing Islamic values shining through our students’ personalities and behaviours.

On the 15th and 16th September 2021, the Better Beginnings packs were delivered to our school by Rachel Tatarynowicz, from Dianella public library. She read story books to the students, explained how the library works and engaged them in songs and rhymes. The children enjoyed her visit and were especially excited about receiving their Better Beginnings packs at the end of the day. Better Beginnings is a state-wide program for kindergarten which aims to support and involve parents in their children’s early literacy learning by providing free books and reading packs to every Kindergarten child in Western Australia. It is an initiative of the State Library of Western Australia. The program is delivered through local libraries and funded by the State Government of Western Australia, Royalties for Regions, Western Australian Local Governments and Rio Tinto. There was no cost to our school for being involved in the program.

Early years research shows that reading to children is an important factor in school success and that early exposure to books and stories substantially contributes to success in early literacy. In developing Better Beginnings, the State Library of Western Australia recognises this early year’s research and best practice and focuses on working in partnership with families and communities to support children’s early literacy and learning.

A glimpse of our learning this term included an exploration of outer space. For our STEM project we made paper and straw rockets. Students explored how they could propel their rockets using their breath. The children were very excited to test their rockets.

As the end of the school year draws near, teachers and students have begun reflecting on the year that was. Kindergarten 2021 at Australian Islamic College Dianella has been a wonderful learning experience for all. Students have shown wonderful growth and development throughout the year. The kindergarten team would like to thank all the families for their help and support throughout the year. The partnership between teachers and families is invaluable for building the strong community we have at AIC Dianella. We are delighted to have taught our beautiful students and wish them happiness and success for the future. Keep shining Dianella Kindergarten Superstars!