In March, the children celebrated Harmony Week by coming to pre-Kindy dressed in orange or in their national costume. Miss Rachel showed the children how to make Pilipino macaroons (yum!), and the children walked their colourful cultural happy feet all over the paper for a community art project.  

In April, the cooler weather provided opportunities to prepare the garden bed for planting. Kodomo children enjoyed digging and planting seeds, watering and weeding in our veggie garden and making a scarecrow. Our scarecrow looks like quite a character! She is a combination of a soccer ball, broomsticks, wool for hair and surgical gloves for hands. After rest time, we took Sally the scarecrow out to the garden to set her up. Mrs Hurley posed the question, “Why do we need a scarecrow?” Tobias looked with amusement at me and said, “To scare away crows!” 

Easter was a highlight for the children with lots of singing, dancing, and sharing the Gospel Story through art and craft. The children made paper crosses and butterflies, symbolising the new life that Jesus purchased us by His death and resurrection. There was lots of fun and excitement as the children enjoyed an Easter egg hunt and jumped like bunnies about the room. 

Anzac Day was also celebrated by the children who made paper poppies, cooked Anzac biscuits, and helped Miss Rachel to make giant Poppy Wreaths for the Centre. 

Mother’s Day was celebrated with children making bead necklaces and cards and baking biscuits for their mums. We love having our mums (and dads and grandparents) back in the centre to drop off and collect the children after all this time.  

Thank you to all the Childcare team and especially Miss Holly, Miss Rachel, and Miss Joy for helping me settle into Kodomo group and SCBC. I am enjoying this wonderful, friendly, and caring environment, and the children are absolute treasures. One of my favourite parables in scripture is the Pearl of Great Price, 

'Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. (Matthew 13: 45-46)

Even though I feel as though I have left “all behind” in Victoria, I believe God is already rewarding me with these “little pearls of great price.” Thank you, Kodomo children, for welcoming me too. 

Mrs Hurley.

Kodomo Pre-Kindy Teacher