Issue 2 | April 2022

Diwali Celebrations at Preschool

Whether we were at home enjoying distance learning or at Preschool in our ‘bubble,’ our teachers continue to provide our Preschool community with a varied and interesting learning programme.

With Diwali falling in the first week of November, the stage was set to spend the week immersed in just some of the many traditions associated with the ‘Festival of Lights.’ From exploring Rangoli patters, making delicious sweets, experiencing Indian dancing to the lighting of candles in beautifully decorated salt dough lanterns, all the Preschool children had opportunities to learn about this cultural celebration so dear to some of our teachers and their families.

Collective familiarity with digital platforms such as Teams and Storypark allow children and teachers to maintain meaningful connections with one another. Our early childhood curriculum advocates for children to experience the stories and symbols of their own and other cultures, along with presenting children with opportunities to re-tell and create them. These learning experiences also lend themselves to fostering literacy through exposure to print and symbols along with mathematical concepts such as number, pattern and geometry. It is safe to say that children and teachers alike immensely enjoyed the week’s festivities proving that ‘distance’ is no barrier for us to come together as a community.

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  • 6 MAY 2022 Boys’ School Celtic Day
  • 6 MAY College Cross Country
  • 10, 11 & 12 MAY Girls’ School syndicate visit to new school on Shore Road
  • 15 MAY (7PM) College Chalmers House Chapel
  • 16 MAY College Prefects Commissioning
  • 17 MAY College Parent & Friends Social & Info evening
  • 15 MAY Girls’ School ‘Open School’ for families of existing students
  • 18 MAY College Campus Tour
  • 22 MAY (7PM) College Hamilton House Chapel
  • 23, 30 MAY & 13 JUNE Boys’ School Mother and Son event
  • 25 MAY College Foodbank
  • 29 MAY (7PM) College Cargill House Chapel
  • 8 JUNE Move to new Girls’ School on Shore Road
  • 7 JUNE College Chamber Showcase
  • 10 JUNE College Rock Showcase
  • 12 JUNE College Choral Showcase
  • 12 JUNE (7PM) College Wilson House Chapel
  • 15 JUNE College Campus Tour
  • 18 JUNE Boys’ School Quiz Night
  • 19 JUNE (7PM) College Stark House Chapel
  • 29 JUNE College Campus Tour
  • 29 JUNE Girls’ School and Boys’ School Cross Country
  • 29 JUNE College Middle School Music Evening
  • 3 JULY (7PM) College Wishart House Chapel
  • 5 JULY (7PM) College House Music
  • 7 & 8 JULY College Dance Showcase