Dominic College launches into learning

DOMINIC College’s pre-kindergarten program ‘Launch into Learning’ is becoming part of the curriculum in 2019.

There will be four Launch into Learning classes, two on Thursdays and two on Fridays during school terms.

One of Dominic College’s most experienced kindergarten teachers, Linda Douglas, will be taking the Launch into Learning classes, as well as continuing to teach her kindergarten class.

Mrs Douglas, who has more than 25 years’ experience in early years teaching, was recently awarded a KOALA scholarship by the Catholic Principals’ Association of Tasmania to support her professional learning in early childhood, which included visits to mainland early childhood centres.

At Dominic College, children attend Launch into Learning with a parent or close family member and this model enables families to establish relationships with each other.

Mrs Douglas said for the past two years, the program had been highly successful.

“Children have time and space to play, talk and form friendships,” she said.

“The classes are a great way for children to get ready for school and families now find the transition to kindergarten at Dominic College seamless.”

Dominic College principal Beth Gilligan said Launch into Learning was a key factor in families becoming very familiar with early literacy and numeracy strategies.

She said the development of foundational social skills for the children had been excellent.

Highlights of the program include regular play and fine and gross motor skill development.

There are also opportunities to interact with the college’s Animal Husbandry Program, including with ducks, rabbits and lambs.

Parents in the program indicated that the most memorable activities of 2018 included the Easter Egg Hunt on the college lawns, the creation of a collaborative artwork for the College Art exhibition at Salamanca and the excursion to TMAG.

Mrs Douglas said these would be scheduled again in 2019

Launch into Learning sessions at Dominic College run from 14 February on Thursdays and Fridays during school terms and you can choose between sessions from 9am-10.15am or 11am-12.15pm.

Classes are free, but you must register to attend.

For registration enquiries, please contact college registrar Leesa Harrison on 6274 6010 or email enrol@dominic.tas.edu.au.

For more information, visit www.dominic.tas.edu.au/programs/launch-into-learning-pre-kinder.

Caption: A Launch into Learning family enjoying fine motor skill activities.