In the Classroom

Pre-school

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The St Andrew’s College Pre-school provides a welcoming, safe environment where parents feel comfortable entrusting the care of their child. It offers a boutique environment where creativity and imagination sit alongside skill building. Children are provided the richest possible experience across multiple curriculum areas with the aim of celebrating their current progress, while preparing them for Preparatory School.

Introduction to the Pre-school

Our team of fully-qualified teachers actively observes and listens to each child so we can meet their unique needs. We ensure an appropriate balance of learning and play, and set problem-solving and creative challenges. Children spend part of the morning with a key teacher.  This is a valuable time for children to work in small groups engaged in enquiry based learning.
Our teachers plan carefully to integrate a broad range of curriculum areas and to extend each child’s experiences and learning. The younger children tend to make discoveries through art, construction and story-telling, while the older children learn through collaboration, research, creative writing, measurement, plan making, drama and dance

Our team of fully-qualified teachers actively observes and listens to each child so we can meet their unique needs. We ensure an appropriate balance of learning and play, and set problem-solving and creative challenges. Children spend part of the morning with a key teacher.  This is a valuable time for children to work in small groups engaged in enquiry based learning.

Our teachers plan carefully to integrate a broad range of curriculum areas and to extend each child’s experiences and learning. The younger children tend to make discoveries through art, construction and story-telling, while the older children learn through collaboration, research, creative writing, measurement, plan making, drama and dance.

ERO Report 2015

To read the the Pre-school ERO Report please refer to the side bar, the report covers the following:

• Evaluation of St Andrews College Preschool

• Information about the Early Childhood Service

• General Information about Early Childhood Reviews

Virtual Tour - Pre-school

Use your mouse to scroll through the below virtual tour of the Pre-school. Simply drag your mouse in the direction you want to move, or to advance to the next room or further away, click on the white directional arrows centred at the bottom of the screen. 

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Term Dates, Hours and Location

We are located at the St Andrew's College grounds, Normans Road off Papanui Road, Christchurch.

Our hours of operation are 7.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday.

Our dates for 2017 are as follows:

Monday 23 January 2017 to Friday 15 December 2017.

We continue to operate during school holidays.

Age

We accept children aged from two years.

We are delighted to introduce 20 free hours for 2017. To view the full fee schedule for 2017 please refer to the side bar.

Please contact Amanda Jack Head of Pre-school if you have any questions or require further information on 03 940 2030 or preschool@stac.school.nz 

Curriculum

St Andrew's College Pre-school is a well-resourced specifically designed environment set within the wider St Andrew's community. Children at St Andrew's College Pre-school participate in whole school events and have access to the resources provided by the wider school. 

In a curriculum that balances learning with play and mixes problem solving and perseverance with creativity and joy each child is nurtured yet challenged and their developmental and spiritual needs are met.

Within a prepared environment each child is able to choose freely from the following curriculum areas;

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Transition to school
  • Environmental Studies
  • Mathematics;
  • Language;
  • Art, Practical and Art Appreciation;
  • Music;
  • Cultural studies
  • Drama;
  • Yoga
  • Physical Education;
  • Construction & Design.

The curriculum has been developed in collaboration with the Head of the Preparatory School and the Head of the Junior School to ensure that each child is optimally prepared for their Primary School experience.

Parent Participation.

St Andrew's College Pre-school values the role of parents as first teachers. We aim to work collaboratively with you to achieve optimum outcomes for children.

In addition to the many opportunities each term for parents to participate in Pre-school activities, e.g. Sports Day, Art Exhibitions, Science Fairs and Performances, parents are warmly welcomed at any time during the Pre-school day.

Staff

All our staff are fully qualified in early childhood education.

Amanda Jack (Head of Pre-school)
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)

Jan Marshall
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)

Joanna Gregg
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning, Diploma of Teaching (ECE), Certificate of Management (ECE)

Lisa Quane
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning, Diploma of Teaching (ECE)

Emma Richards
Bachelor of Performing Arts, Diploma of Teaching (ECE)

St Andrew’s College Pre-school Operations Manual (containing all policies and procedures) and Recent ERO Reviews are available in The Parent Library.

Communication with Parents

Notice Board

A parent’s notice board is prominently displayed in the entrance to the Pre-school. Displayed here is general information for parents; information about the Pre-school programmes e.g. topic plans, special events and financial reports.

Daily News

A diary is written each day to inform parents about the events of the day. This is located on the table in the foyer.

Operations Manual

The St Andrew’s College Pre-school Operations Manual is available at all times in the Parent Library. This contains the Philosophical Statement and Policies and Procedures. Policies and procedures are continually being reviewed and updated. Your comments and suggestions are valued.

Parent Evenings / Parent Participation

Parent evenings are held during Terms 1, 2, and 3. Each Term parents are invited to celebrate children’s’ learning. For example, Sports Day, Art Exhibition, Music Festival, Science Fair and a Nativity Play. The Pre-school is also involved in the celebrations of the wider school.

Parents are encouraged to spend time with their child in the Pre-school, to contribute to our programme and to be involved in decision making concerning their child.

Weekly Routine

Download the pre-school routine from the sidebar to see the diverse range of activities the children are engaged with.  

Contact Us

Please contact us for an information pack or if you wish to book an appointment to visit our Pre-school. Please contact Amanda Jack, Head of Pre-school on 03 940 2030 or preschool@stac.school.nz .

StAC100 Commemorative Issue Magazine

StAC100 Cover

StAC100 is a special edition magazine that celebrates the magic and community of our Centenary year. Click here to view more images of the weekend, and to view the magainze itself. 

From The Rector

CLT On Strowan CMO

“...we can reflect upon a myriad of student achievements across sporting, cultural and academic pursuits.”

Regulus Magazine

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The Rector's magazine, Regulus, is an important part of the College’s communication with our whole-school community.

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