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.
At SNCP we recognise that a child's development in all areas are necessary for a smooth transition to school and to that end we have purpose written a unique program based on current research into the importance of quality Early Childhood Education.
This program covers six core areas including literacy, numeracy, science, social development, speech and language and physical development. We offer supplementary subjects that guide a foundational view of history, geography, music and art.
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, Ethan 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 (First Half of 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.