Our Students - Kindergarten

EC 5 Miss Charlotte Bett
EC 6 Mrs Mary Genovese/Ms Jessica Dobson
EC 7  Miss Tayla Deakin/Ms Hayley Burston
  
 
 
To assist parents and families of Kindy students the Department of Education produce a booklet to help parents know what to expect when their children start school. 
 
 
Shared Fruit children in Kindergarten will share fruit for morning tea. Parents are requested to send in one piece of fruit or vegetable each day of attendance. The fruit/vegetable will be cut and shared.
 
 
Education Assistants work with the classroom teachers in the classrooms and playground to ensure positive outcomes for all students in Kindy. The assistants prepare resources, work alongside children and support the teacher where needed. The Education Assistants in Kindy are - Mrs Julie Chiarenza, Mrs Lynden Close, Mrs Di Binet and Mrs Noelene Gallo. 
 
Parents are requested to fill in a Student Profile sheet to assist the teachers in getting to know your child and planning relevant learning activities in the classrooms. Teachers will hand these forms out early in the year. 
 

Speaking and Listening are important skills a child needs to learn before they learn to read. The following program has been put together to help your child develop these very important skills. The books required for this program have been bought for your child’s use by O’Connor Schools' Parents and Citizens Association. This indicates the P & C’s commitment to improving literacy within all students. For more information please see the parent letter. Kindy students will start this program in Term Two.

Kindy Yearly Planner -2018 with Kindy days for each group
 
 

EC 6 Mrs Genovese/Ms Dobson

 
About Mrs Genovese - My name is Mary Genovese. I am a kindergarten teacher. I have taught both kindergarten, pre-primary and have done relief work and am on the way to becoming an institution as I have been teaching here at this wonderful school for many years.
I have been teaching for nearly 18 years. Initially I taught for 4 years and then I had a break from teaching - I am married and together my husband and I have 3 boys and 1 girl.   I come from a big family and have strong roots in the Goldfields.
 
I enjoy working with children; I get a thrill with each spurt of maturity and achievement I see. I firmly believe in building strong positive relationships to establish a positive learning environment. Parent help is encouraged and welcomed in our classroom. This helps supplement the strong structure and support our Education assistants provide.
 
Play is a valuable tool to enable learning-it helps develop children’s self confidence, social development and their language skills. This all helps to develop their literacy and numeracy skills. Kindergarten is a rich learning environment that provides children with a chance to explore and discover how they fit in the world about them. We provide that rich learning environment using a variety of experiences that can be teacher directed and/or child centred including music, stories, poems, dramatic play, role play, various games, craft activities, art activities, experiments, cooking, sand play, water play, outside play, incursions, excursions, technology and we even try and utilize parent talents when we can. Come and play with us. Please see My Philosophy about teaching and My Behaviour Management Policy for more information.
 
Parent/teacher meetings can be arranged by phoning or emailing the school to make an appointment.
 

About Ms Dobson

My name is Jessica Dobson and I am an Early Childhood Educator. I have been living and teaching in the Goldfields since 2004. During this time I have taught Kindy/Pre-primary, Year 1 and Year 2/3. In 2012 I took Maternity Leave to have my first child. I now have 2 daughters (aged 4 and 2). During my Parental Leave I also completed relief teaching roles across the school ranging from Kindy to Year 3.
 
My Beliefs -
Children are active learners and learn from the ‘doing’ process; therefore learning should have a “hands on” approach where possible. After all children remember 90% of what they have learnt from ‘doing’. Children need to be given the opportunity to interact and collaborate in their learning.
 
My Aims –
  • Work closely with your child’s classroom teacher to achieve continuity in the classroom. In particular: procedures, routines, rules and behaviour management.
  • Increase the current level of skills in all students.
  • Cater for children’s physical and emotional needs
  • Provide a stimulating and challenging environment.

 

Parent/teacher meetings can be arranged by phoning or emailing the school to make an appointment.
 
Homework 

We encourage students in Kindergarten to play outside, talk with their parents and friends, and have fun by exploring the world around them. Parents are encouraged to read to their children every night and practise basic maths skills such as counting.  Additional ideas and more information about homework can be found in the Parent Education/Advice section.  If you are worried about homework or would like advice, please see the classroom teacher or email the school.


   
 

EC 5 Miss Charlotte Bett

About Miss Bett-

Welcome to EC5! 

My name is Charlotte Bett and I will be your child’s teacher in Kindy this year! I am very excited to have a fantastic year with your child. I moved to Kalgoorlie from Perth at the beginning of the year and so far am really enjoying living here. This is my first year teaching at O’Connor Primary School, and my first year teaching Kindy, so I am excited to see how much your child grows and achieves during this year.  Outside of school I enjoy cooking, reading and spending time with family and friends.


As an early childhood teacher I am passionate about providing your child with a safe and engaging learning environment, filled with hands on and fun learning experiences. I believe in using “play-based learning” as a tool to help your child learn within the classroom. I believe communication between families and teachers is essential to the success of your child so please feel free to come and discuss this with me.

I look forward to getting to know your child throughout this year.

Please feel free to catch me for a quick chat to see how your child is going either before or after school. I am also happy to reply to emails or arrange a more suitable time to have a formal interview if required.Please email the school to make an appointment. 
  
 
Homework 
We encourage students in Kindergarten to play outside, talk with their parents and friends, and have fun by exploring the world around them. Parents are encouraged to read to their children every night and practise basic maths skills such as counting.  Additional ideas and more information about homework can be found in the Parent Education/Advice section.  If you are worried about homework or would like advice, please see the classroom teacher or email the school.
 
 
 

 

EC7 Miss Tayla Deakin/Ms Hayley Burston

About Miss Deakin-

Welcome to Kindy!

Hello! My name is Miss Tayla Deakin and I am delighted to be teaching Kindergarten in EC7 this year!  I am looking forward to getting to know your child as they progress through Kindergarten. This is my third year teaching at O'Connor Primary School and my third  year teaching Kindergarten. I moved from Perth to Kalgoorlie at the beginning of 2015 and have really enjoyed living in this welcoming and friendly community. Outside of school I enjoy cooking, travelling and spending time with friends and family. 

As an early childhood teacher, I am passionate about providing young children with fun and engaging learning experiences within a supportive classroom environment. I believe open communication between teachers and families is very important and encourage you to come and see me if you have any questions or concerns. If there is anything you would like to discuss in detail, scheduled appointments can be arranged by phoning or emailing the school.

I am very excited about the 2018 school year and I look forward to getting to know you and your child over the year.

Parent/teacher meetings can be arranged by phoning or emailing the school to make an appointment.
 
 
About Ms Burston-

Hello, my name is Hayley Burston. O’Connor Primary School has always held a very special place in my heart. As one of the original students when the school was first established, and having worked here for 7 years, it was only natural that I would send my three children to this wonderful school as well!

This year, in addition to teaching Junior Humanities and Social Sciences to the Year 2 and 3 students in the school, my other role will be as the Kindy DOTT teacher in EC7 on Wednesdays. I will be fortunate enough to teach both groups of Kindy students on alternating weeks.

On these days, we will be covering Speaking and Listening through news-telling, identifying sounds in the surrounding environment to further enable the identification of sounds in words, and the routine of going to the library to borrow books. As the year progresses and the children become more confident in the classroom, there will also be the possibility of teaming up and assigning the students with a ‘buddy’ from an upper primary class during a Wednesday lesson in EC7.

I look forward to helping the students follow their own unique journeys to learning more about themselves and the world around them.

 

Parent/teacher meetings can be arranged by phoning or emailing the school to make an appointment.

 

 
Homework 
We encourage students in Kindergarten to play outside, talk with their parents and friends, and have fun by exploring the world around them. Parents are encouraged to read to their children every night and practise basic maths skills such as counting.  Additional ideas and more information about homework can be found in the Parent Education/Advice section.  If you are worried about homework or would like advice, please see the classroom teacher or email the school.
 
Parent Letters 
Term 1