Pre-Kindergarten

Welcome to the Pre-Kindergarten Programme at Orana Catholic Primary School. We look forward to meeting you and your child.

The early years of school are very special. Pre-Kindergarten is the bridge between home and the more formal institution of school. It is a period when children enter the social world beyond their family. It is a time of steady growth, a time of exciting discoveries and a time to have fun. Our primary concern is the contentment and happiness of each child.

Pre-Kindergarten is a place where children can become creative thinkers and doers. Our number one goal is to guide the children towards developing an "I can do it" self-image. Our process-orientated format and open-ended activities allow creativity to blossom. At Orana, our focus for Pre-Kindergarten is on social development. Success in the early years of schooling depends upon the acquisition of social skills. These skills are acquired primarily through play. Through play children: The Play experiences in the formative years are one of the most important stages in a child's life as it is the foundation for future social and academic performances.

We look forward to a happy year ahead.

Mrs Caroline Mavrick 
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

A POEM TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR CHILD DOES AT PRE-KINDERGARTEN

WHEN YOU THOUGHT I WASN'T LOOKING

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator,
and I wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw you feed a stray cat,
and I thought it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw you make my favourite cake for me,
and I knew that little things are special things.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I heard you say a prayer,
and I believed that there was a God to talk to.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I felt you kiss me goodnight,
and I felt loved.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw tears come from your eyes,
and I learned that sometimes things hurt,
but it's alright to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw that you cared,
and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I looked....
and I wanted to say thanks for all the things
I saw when you thought I wasn't looking.

Mary Rita Schilke Korazan