Term 4 Newsletter

September/October 2019

Welcome back for Term 4

We are thrilled to welcome back our families for the final term of 2019.  Term 4 is always busy, full of fun, celebrations and sunshine.

On the first Friday of Term, the 18th October, we will be hosting a disco to celebrate our 50 years at Lett Street, Katoomba.  Further information is below, we would love you all to attend.  

We will also be enjoying a Funathon on Wednesday 30th October which coincides with Grandparent's week.  We would love as many Grandparents as are able to attend, enjoy a morning tea in the sunshine and sponsor your child to take part in the obstacle course.

A little later in the term there will be school photos and StEPs Eye Screening for our families.   Our final day of term will be Thursday 18th December and there is much fun to be had before then!

We also hope that everyone pops into our garden to see the wonderful work Black Cockatoo Ecological Solutions have done in our playground.  The beautiful, natural stone seating area and firepit gives us a gorgeous  space to celebrate how truly fortunate we are to have such a place to share. 

As the days warm and become longer, we ask that you join us in celebrating the natural beauty surrounding us, enjoy our gardens at your leisure and immerse yourself in the final term of 2019.

Disco fun

Eye Screening Programme

The StEPS program is an initiative of NSW Health and offers all 4 years old children free vision screening. NSW Health advises all children to have their vision screened before they start school and strongly recommends that all four year old children participate in the vision screening program. 

Why would my child need their vision screened?

• Children rarely complain of eye problems or realise that they can’t see well. The only way to tell if a child has a vision problem is to have the child’s vision tested one eye at a time. 

Did you know?

• If a child has a ‘lazy eye’ it may lead to severe vision loss or blindness in that eye if not treated• If a child has a vision problem, the earlier the problem is detected and treated the better the vision outcome

• If parents wear glasses or had vision problems as a child their children are more likely to have vision problems too

• After a certain age, some childhood vision problems cannot be treated and the child will have poor vision for the rest of their life - glasses won’t help

• Low birth weight babies and children with neurological problems are at a greater risk of developing eye problems 

StEPS will be coming to Katoomba Leura Preschool on Thursday 14th November 2019 from 9.30am onwards.

A permission form will be circulated to families soon. If you would like your child to participate in the eye screening process and they are aged 4 years of age and have not had participated in this program before, just return the form prior to the screening date.


Introducing Kate

Sunscreen Station

What has been happening in the Bilby room?

Thoughts from the BowerBird room

A little something from the Lilli Pilli room

Our Vision for Reconciliation

Our vision is to teach our children an accurate history of this beautiful country.  We aim to encourage trust, respect and acceptance between all Australians and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We aspire to move forward from our harsh past, learn important lessons and evolve into a more respectful and empowered Australia. Our goal is to create opportunities to build meaningful and profound relationships between Katoomba Leura Preschool and our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, build trust, openness and truth in order to contribute to a united Australia.  Through knowledge and education, we hope to create positivity, kindness and mutual respect. We aim to create reciprocal relationships that empower our children towards a united future. 

We at Katoomba Leura Preschool are committed to this Reconciliation Action plan while understanding that resolution is a long journey in which we must all have a voice.  We commit to embedding the culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples into our daily routines, educational programs and preschool environment. We ensure that all those involved are committed to ongoing professional development and collaboration with our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, organisations and families.  We aspire to lend a voice to lore, culture and knowledge passed down throughout millennia whilst being respectful and collaborative with our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan is a living document which we encourage our entire community to embrace.  It will continue to grow, improve and evolve as we do, as we strive to achieve these outcomes for the mutual benefit of all Australians.

Preschool Photos

Photo week will begin this year on Monday 11th November. Further details regarding orders and pricing will be forwarded to families in the near future to allow you plenty of time to choose the photo pack that suits you. If you have a preferred day on which  you would like your child photographed, please let your teacher know.

Music lessons