St Andrew’s School

We value our ELC being part of St Andrew’s school and embrace opportunities to be a part of the school community. Our children very quickly gain a sense of belonging through the wearing of their uniform, proudly displaying the St Andrew’s crest and recognising the same on the uniform of children throughout the school. This crest is a visual significance of being part of the St Andrew’s community and the children enjoy spotting it throughout the school environment.

The Collaboratory has been designed for even our smallest learners to thrive, allowing access to a range of tools and equipment to enrich their thinking and designs. The opportunity to take part in a whole school project in Term 2 was a highlight for the year and we were very impressed with the skills our ELC children demonstrated.

Mrs Billington in the library welcomes our ELC learners each week and in times of rainy weather, is more than happy to bring over a basket of books to further enhance our already literacy rich environments within the ELC. Miss Ryan and Ms Puckridge also visit the ELC each week to lead Music and Art experiences respectively. Reverend Rachel shares stories regularly within classrooms and at special times of the year, such as Christmas and Easter, the ELC children journey to St Andrew’s Church for an even deeper connection to the stories.

At least once per term, the ELC children join the whole school for special assemblies, where they love to sing with the older children and enjoy seeing their siblings in the crowd. The children from Habich ELC attend Junior Primary Assemblies more regularly and some children have even recently been presented with an award.

The ELC children are also very fortunate to have opportunities to play on the various playgrounds throughout the school, including the new and exciting Treehouse and the closely located Reception playspace where the sand pit and secret garden are a particular hit.

Visits to various places around the school contribute to the informal part of the transition between ELC and Reception, ensuring that children have a strong sense of belonging and feel comfortable and confident within ‘their’ St Andrew’s School environment.

Alicia Flowers
Assistant Director of Early Learning