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Early Childhood students enjoy Under 8s day


​On green lawns under bright sunshine at St Monica’s Under 8s Day on May 25, Early Childhood students from Oakey High had a rare  opportunity to explore their ‘inner child’ when they joined other volunteers  to supervise activities for inquisitive youngsters.

The Oakey High students engaged the children in parachute games, bubble blowing, and building with plastic blocks. Beautiful necklaces were ‘handcrafted’ from a variety of coloured materials that our students prepared earlier from macaroni to plastic straws. Under the experienced eyes of Oakey High teacher aide, Mrs Kaye Harth, useful wooden letter racks were assembled using hammers and nails for those so inclined. Sand play proved popular with young boys who found plenty of sand toys, trucks and earthmoving equipment in the pit.

Making shapes from coloured playdough, and blowing shiny bubbles added to the variety of activities offered by the high school students.  To many visiting adults it was difficult to see who was having the most fun on the day.

As the Oakey High students supervised the under 8 year old visitors, they were supervised by their  class teacher, Mrs Dianah Ray.

“Prior to the day, our students were required to prepare the necessary resources for their activities, as part of their Early Childhood studies. On the day, our girls welcomed and encouraged their young visitors, and we certainly appreciated the opportunity to be part of St Monica’s School event”,  Mrs  Ray said.

In the following week, Oakey High School students spent time in outdoor play at the C & K Oakey Community Kindergarten facility as part of a unit on Sun Safety.  The Kindy children enjoyed the visit, capturing images of Oakey High School visitors in their paintings.    

“The children enjoyed the interaction with the high school students very much. Kindy staff advised me that the children enquired after our departure as to where our students had gone and when they might return to play another day,” Mrs Ray said proudly.

“In addition to the great reception we received at the Kindy, we sincerely thank Mrs Rhondda Lawrie for assisting with transport to and from the venue,” Mrs Ray added.