Hare Krishna Dear Parents,
“If you follow Krishna’s instruction, you’ll always be happy. And if you create your own plans, then you’ll be unhappy. This is the whole instruction. Sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja: (BG 18.66) ‘You give up your own plans, nonsense plan. You take My plan. You’ll be happy.’ This is the whole purpose of Bhagavad-gita. You take Krishna’s plan and you’ll be happy.” (Srila Prabhupada Conversation, April 22, 1976, Melbourne)
Term 3 – The Festival Term!
Term 3 has arrived! I always call this term the ‘Festival Term’ because it is brimming with transcendental festivals, such as Lord Balaram’s Appearance Day, Janmastami (The Birth of Lord Krishna), Srila Prabhupada’s Appearance day and Srimati Radharani’s Appearance Day (Radhastami). We are therefore centering a lot of our learning for the term around these important days.
Readathon Winners from Term 2
Great participation in the Readathon! Thanks to all the parent who read to, encouraged independent reading for those who are ready and read with those that need help. Your time was well spent. Research is clear that children immersed in books, become competent readers!
2nd Place Equal- Nadia and Lina
A visit From some ‘old students’!
At the end of term 2 we got a visit from two of my old and most favourite students, Jay Desai and Lakshya Oberoi. They worked so happily with the children in our class and were so happy and comfortable to be in their old class again! Jay is now studying business at Auckland Uni and Lakshya studies engineering.
Dipshika and Jessica Moving Up to Year 2!
Dipshika and Jessica have moved up to Krishna Balaram Class. We had a special appreciation celebration to wish them well in their next class. Of course they will be visiting us often as we do lots of learning together!
It’s very muddy on the school grounds as you have probably detected from the condition of your child’s school uniform! Therefore gumboots are great for this weather. We like the children to get outside during breaks as much as possible and only keep them inside when it is actually raining. Gumboots are great because they are easy to put on and off and can handle the puddles and mud that is everywhere during this season!
Term 3 Overview
This term we will be focusing our learning around the major festivals as mentioned above. Our value for the term is “Joy” and this will be integrated into all learning areas of the curriculum. In Literacy we will be following our Phonics and spelling program where children will learn their letters and sounds and how to blend their sounds into words as well as how to instantly recognise a range of commonly used words.
Our math program is targeted to the range of abilities we have in year one, including early Geometry concepts such as recognising 2D and 3D shapes in the world around us.
Our topic for the term is “Healthy Eating”. In this unit children will explore how what we eat affects us spiritually, physically and emotionally. With this information, children will learn what healthy choices are what we need to thrive in all the aspects of health and well-being.
Student led conferences will be held near the end of the term. You will get notified in good time to attend.
Rahini, Aryan (Aru) and Aditya
Welcome to Jagannath Class!
3 new students have started this term.
Fun and Games – Tug of War!
We were learning how Krishna and Balaram and his friends played in the forest. I lent the children my scarf to play tug of war. My scarf is now a bit longer than it was and the children had such great fun with this simple game!
Kids at Work!
Keshava re-reads a story to Aanya
Saranasri gets into her writing…
Amrita and Nadia are reading their story and designing and colouring in Krishna’s butter pot!
Saranasri and Revant working on their writing and reading.
Nanda creates a circus with magnets!