Education and Curriculum
We are guided at St Nics' by the contemporary theories and research informed by the Reggio Emilia approach recognising the value of the environment as a ‘third teacher’. We see that behind educators and families, physical spaces hold the potential to influence what and how children learn. At St Nics' careful planning and decisions about our environments are designed to foster discovery, in the goal to prepare children for school and teach children Christian values.
School readiness is about preparing your child for formal schooling. This often includes helping children to build social relationships with peers, following routines and being independent with their self help skills. We also run a thorough paper-based program with significant evidence of children’s learning for the purpose of tracking development. All children leave with a special St Nics’ folder full of their learning and artwork.
Our school readiness program consists of three pillars:
Social and emotional readiness
Being able to be away from parents or main caregivers for a school day’s worth of time
Being able to relate to different personalities in peers and teachers
Being able to seek help when they need it
Being able to verbalise their needs and desires
The development of resilience and independence
Socially acceptable behaviour
Taking turns and sharing
Practical and logistical readiness
Being able to sit and listen during group times
Being able to concentrate on a task and finish it
Being able to follow complex instructions
Being able to know where their possessions belong and take responsibility for them
Being able to follow routines
Evidence of learning
Reading and writing first and last name
Reading or recognising all letters in the alphabet (for those capable they will to write all letters in the alphabet)
Writing up to ten
Counting up to twenty
Basic sequencing patterns
Time telling skills
Basic addition and subtraction
Basic money recognition (within the context of exchange, purchasing and equal value)
Basic shape recognition
Sorting and categorising skills
Our Smartie Room
The Smartie Room is our dedicated 2 - 3 year old space. Lucena, Regina and Annie do the bulk of the teaching in this room and keep the program interesting and educationally appropriate for the younger ones. The Smartie Room is our bigger classroom, flooded with light and leading out to the garden.
Our Cookie Room
The Cookie Room is our 'Big Kids' space with our School Ready children, aged mostly 4 - 5. Natalie, Shannon and Bri are our teachers in this room and are passionate about preparing our Preschoolers for the rest of their educational lives. The Cookie Room also has some lovely, relaxing ocean views!
Extra Curricular Activities and Events (2019)
St Nics’ prides itself on having a variety of extra curricular activities and events throughout our calendar year. Please take a look at the announcements below for more information (current SNCP families will be notified via monthly newsletters):
Chifunese Classes: Learning Mandarin in a fun and engaging way! When: Tuesday mornings, term times, 10:00am for Smarties, 10:30am and 11:00am for Cookies.
Community BBQ: join us for a barbecue after school on Friday evening just to celebrate summer in Coogee! Bring a gold coin for a sausage roll (youth group kids will be manning the barbecue!), drinks, nibbles to share and a picnic blanket for the garden! When: 6pm, Friday, February 22nd, Preschool Garden.
Pancake Tuesday: Celebrate Pancake Tuesday on your way to work, the children will be handing out pancakes to Mum, Dad or whoever is doing the drop-off! This is to celebrate the Christian tradition of Shrove Tuesday. When: Tuesday, March 5th.
Zoo-Mobile: Taronga Zoo is paying us a visit! When: Monday, March 11th, 10:30am. (Latter week families: we will be re-booking the Zoomobile for a Thursday morning later in the year so everyone gets a turn!)
Pupil Free Day: The Preschool is closed for one day per quarter for staff training and for a revamp of our facilities. Our Autumnal Pupil Free Day is Thursday the 4th of April.
Easter Season with SNCP: We will be celebrating Easter with our community during the week of 15th of April with a variety of activities and (just a little…) chocolate!
Mother’s Day Breakfast: Mums, aunties, grandmothers and everyone in between deserve a special morning tea! When: Friday, May 10th at 9:30am.
Healthy Harold: is paying us a visit to speak about the importance of making healthy choices! When: Thursday May 23rd, 10:30am.
School Photos: are on the 17th and 20th of June, make sure you put on your glad rags!
Duckling Hatching Program: where do ducks come from and how do eggs hatch? Let’s find out together! When: June 24th to July 5th, the hutch will be in the Smartie Classroom.
Visit from Randwick Fire Department: Following our interests in community workers we will get to see a real fire engine and brave firefighters from Randwick! When: 31st of July.
Coogee Village Excursion: The children will be visiting our local village for a trip to the post office and a stop in at Tropicana for a babycino! 16th of August (Cookies Only).
Father’s Day Celebration: Monday, 2nd September (TBD details!).
Family Day: Please join us and our families for a Preschool service at the church followed by a picnic, a jumping castle, face painting and a sunny afternoon with the wider St Nics’ community! Anyone welcome. When: Sunday 20th October, from 10am till 2pm.
Healthy Harold - Water Safety: In time for the summer beach season we will be speaking with the children about water safety! When: Wednesday 13th November.
Christmas Season will include our Carols by the Sea annual performance followed by the graduation of our Cookies to ‘big school’ and the Christmas concert and party. All in December, dates TBD!