Our Students - PrePrimary

EC 1 Miss Chloe Thorpe                                                            Speaking and Listening Program
EC 2 Miss Sarah Welsford
EC 3 Miss Jess Fraser
EC 4 Miss Lauren Ace
 
 
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. 
 
Morning Tea PrePrimary children will have their own individual morning tea at recess time each day. Skills of indepenence and the ability to manage your own food are taught by the teachers. Children are encouraged to only bring fruit or vegetables for the morning tea snack. Please place the snack in your child's lunchbox as teachers will help children identify how to select a small snack and save their remaining food for lunch. If you would like assistance please see your child's classroom teacher.
 
 
On Entry Assessment Program
During Weeks 3 – 6 of Term 1 your child will be participating in the Department of Education’s state-wide On-entry Assessment Program. The main purpose of the program is to provide teachers with an opportunity, early in the year, to collect information on the essential literacy and numeracy skills and understandings of each child in their class. This will assist your child’s teacher to develop informed and intentional teaching for play-based programs, designed to foster each child’s learning, reflective of individual needs. Information sheets have been made to help parents understand the testing.
Please see the PrePrimary OnEntry Testing Parent Information and the key messages sheet for more information. Additional information can also be found by accessing the On-entry Assessment Program  website.  
 
 
 
To assist parents in understanding the results of the On-entry Assessment program at O'Connor Primary, a parent meeting will be arranged and parents will be informed as soon as information becomes available. For more information see your child's classroom teacher.
 
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' Parent and Citizens Association. This indicates the P & C’s commitment to improving literacy within all students. For more information please see the parent letter.   
 
 
Education Assistants work with the classroom teachers in the classrooms and playground to ensure positive outcomes for all students in PrePrimary. The Education Assistants go with the children to the specialist classes. The assistants prepare resources, work alongside children and support the teacher where needed. The Education Assistants in PrePrimary are - Mrs Sue Tagliaferri, Mrs Maureen Hartley, Mrs Elizabeth Paterson, Mrs Toni Gregory, Mrs Ngaire Hall, Ms Fiona Kelly and Ms Rhonda Murphy.
 
     

 EC 1 Miss Chloe Thorpe  
About the teacher-
 
Welcome to EC1!

My name is Chloe Thorpe and I am very excited to be teaching your child in Pre Primary. This is my third year as a Pre Primary teacher and I feel very privileged to work at O’Connor Primary School.  I made the move from south of Perth to Kalgoorlie in 2015 and believe the Goldfields has provided me with many rich opportunities on teaching and country living.   

Outside of school, I enjoy seeking adventure with my Shar Pei puppy, reading a good book, cooking and entertaining with friends. I am passionate about providing children with a ‘hands on’ learning approach, where students are able to learn and develop through the engagement of play and enquiry to solve problems, develop their thinking skills and collaborate. I look forward to working closely with your child in order to assist them in reaching their full potential throughout 2018. 

 
If you have any questions I would love to answer them. I am available via email and appointments can be arranged for a more formal meeting at a suitable time, if required.   
 
 
Homework 
We encourage students in PrePrimary 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
 
 

EC 2 Sarah Welsford
About the teacher -

Hello and Welcome to EC2!   

My name is Miss Sarah Welsford and I am delighted to be your child’s teacher for Pre Primary this year.  

This is my third year teaching at O’Connor Primary School. I have previously taught Year Ones for two years and this is my first year teaching Pre Primary. I moved from Perth to Kalgoorlie at the beginning of 2016 and I love living in this great community. In my spare time (although it is limited!), I enjoy going to the gym, cooking, playing netball, watching the West Coast Eagles, travelling and spending time with friends. As an early childhood teacher, nothing gives me more joy than to see young children make progress and grow in independence. I am passionate about providing young children with engaging learning experiences within a safe and supportive environment. I love to make learning fun!

I am really excited for the year ahead and cannot wait to get to know the children and families in EC2.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am available before and after school most days. If you would like more time, you are welcome to make an appointment. Parent/teacher meetings can be arranged by phoning or emailing the school to make an appointment.

 
Homework 
We encourage students in PrePrimary 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
 

 
 

EC 3 Miss Jess Fraser 
 
About the teacher -
Hello and welcome to Pre-primary! My name is Jess Fraser and I’ll be your child’s teacher for 2018.
 
I made the move from Perth to Kalgoorlie last year and have enjoyed being welcomed into such a friendly community. Outside of school I enjoy cooking, spending time with friends and family, playing netball and reading a good book.
 
I am extremely excited to be teaching Pre-primary this year and strive to provide my students with a fun, interactive and memorable learning experience at school. I am passionate in providing a ‘hands on’ learning approach, where children have the opportunity to learn and develop through engagement in play and inquiry. This allows them to solve problems, build upon their sense of identity and independence, and to communicate and collaborate with others. I am eager to get to know you and your child and look forward to working together to be their guide in exploring this new world they have just stepped into. 
 
I am very excited for the year ahead!​ If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am available before and after school for a quick chat. If you would like more time, you are welcome to make an appointment. Parent/teacher meetings can be arranged by phoning or
emailing the school to make an appointment.
 
 
 
Homework 
We encourage students in PrePrimary 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
 
 

 
EC 4 Mrs Lauren Ace
 
About the teacher -
 
Welcome! My name is Lauren Ace and I am thrilled to be teaching Pre-Primary here at O’Connor Primary School again this year. I have seven years teaching experience and cannot explain the satisfaction and joy I gain from my students each and every day.
 
The development and progress children make in their early years of school is quite amazing and I feel very honoured to guide your child through their first year of full time schooling. Whilst teaching keeps me busy, I also enjoy cooking, catching up with friends and spending time with my family in my spare time. I look forward to watching my students grow, learn and strive to be the best that that can be. I’m sure that 2018 will be a fantastic year and I cannot wait to get to know each and every one of you. 
 
Open communication is always encouraged. You are more than welcome to have a quick word with me before or after school, however if you feel that you would like a little more time please feel free to arrange an appointment by emailing the school. I look forward to the year ahead.
Parent/teacher meetings can be arranged by phoning or emailing the school to make an appointment.  
 
 
Homework 
We encourage students in PrePrimary 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