Through play kids learn to en­gage

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE / EDUCATION -

UN­DER 8’s Day this year will be held at the Pri­mary cam­pus of Kawana Wa­ters State Col­lege on Wed­nes­day, May 30 in the grassed ar­eas and sur­round­ing the new nat­u­ral prep play­ground.

All fam­i­lies with stu­dents in prep, years one and two as well as fam­i­lies with chil­dren who are not yet at school are all wel­come to join in the fun.

The theme this year is “Won­der­ful: I won­der, I play, I learn”.

Play al­lows chil­dren to use their cre­ativ­ity while de­vel­op­ing their imag­i­na­tion and en­quiry skills to pro­mote learn­ing.

Play­ing, such as in the new nat­u­ral play­ground, pro­motes phys­i­cal, cog­ni­tive, and emo­tional strength. Play is im­por­tant to healthy brain devel­op­ment. It is through play that chil­dren at a very early age en­gage and in­ter­act in the world around them.

This year SKITTLES (drama stu­dents in Years 3 to 6) will per­form a play adapted from Alice in Won­der­land. The fun in­cludes face paint­ing from the Sec­ondary Col­lege stu­dents, Old Mac­Don­ald’s animal farm will re­turn and of course the new play­ground will be open for the lit­tle ones to en­joy.

There will be singing, danc­ing, mu­sic, games, pup­pets as well as a sausage siz­zle and you will have the op­por­tu­nity to find out about the 2019 prep pro­gram at the col­lege.

The col­lege’s early year teach­ers will be part­ner­ing with sev­eral lo­cal com­mu­nity groups and Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tres on the day.

Pri­mary prin­ci­pal Bren­dan Smith said re­search demon­strates that ef­fec­tive schools have high lev­els of parental and com­mu­nity in­volve­ment.

“Un­der 8’s day is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for our Col­lege to open its gates to the young chil­dren, par­ents, busi­nesses and all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“We want you to ex­pe­ri­ence a won­der­ful time.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BIG DAY: Is­abella Ais­bett en­joyed the an­i­mals.

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