Eastmont Newsletter

Issue 4, May 2019

President's Report

Thanks to everyone who attended the April working bee to help neaten up the kinder. Byron, Melissa, Joe, Bronwyn, Yew Chin, Margi, John and all our little helpers kept warm on the cold and rainy morning by sweeping sand, redistributing tanbark, removing agapanthus and generally tidying up.  Our next working bee will be held in July.

We are looking forward to Eastmont’s Open Day for prospective families on Saturday 25th May from 10am - 1pm. If you can spare some time, we would love it if a few current families could come along for a short time. A big thanks to the staff and committee members who have given up their time to get everything ready for the day - organising ads in local paper and primary school newsletters, organising the advertising board at the front of the kinder, translating and updating documents and helping on the day. Open Day is an important part of our year and it couldn’t run without the support of the staff and committee. Please pass on the below flyer or tell any prospective families to come along. 

The staff and children have been busy and had a very productive term so far! Please read Sonya and Kim’s reports for more details.  

We have had some new solar lights installed at the gate to make it safer for our staff and the Eastmont community. Thanks to Jeoff Cuberes from Leadsun for donating and installing it.

We are just finishing the pictureplates (and other items) fundraiser.  This fundraiser is a great opportunity for your child to create something that they will be very proud to use.  

The Kids Movie Night will be held on Friday 14th June in the Community Centre at St James Primary School. The money raised from this event will to go towards improving the kinder and fixing the roof. Make sure you save the date! More information coming soon.

 - Cassie

Dates for your Diary

4yo Report

The children have been enjoying playing in the Autumn leaves outside as well as using them in lots of art activities including pasting, printing and sticking them between clear contact.

We have been singing some new songs including Four Golden Autumn Leaves, Upsy Down Town, Three Cheeky Monkeys, lots of songs about dinosaurs and playing Musical Bobs, Doggy Doggy, and Elephants Balancing.

We are recycling old plastic buckets from the sand pit to plant a variety of drought tolerant succulents. This is a good way for the children to be involved with reusing/re purposing items so that they won’t be added to landfill.

This week a dentist from Carrington Health will be visiting kinder to present information sessions and conduct free dental checks for the children. In early June a speech therapist from Box Hill Speech Pathology will be carrying out low cost speech screenings for the children in the 4yo groups. Please speak to me if you have any questions.

A very big thank you to Megan Clarke, Eloise’s mum (Wombats) for organising such a lovely Mother’s Day morning. There were drinks, scones with jam and cream and a lovely special activity that mums were able to do with their children. Thank you also to all the families that came to the working bee.

The kinder was closed today (Friday 17th May,) as all staff attended the annual Early Learning Association Australia’s conference.


3yo Report

Livia has commenced in Wombats this term and has settled well into the group. We welcome her and her family into the preschool

The children were very good at keeping a secret. The Mother’s Day present was kept very quiet by a lot of the children. We hope your Mums Treat jar, made with love by the children, will be used for special treats. The children thoroughly enjoyed making the Rocky Road and throwing the lollies onto the melted chocolate. Mother’s Day is a lovely day and we hope you all had a special time.

The children have noticed the Autumn leaves in our yard, so we incorporated this into our art activities, sticking leaves on trees, printing on leaf stencils, making fresh leaf bouquets to take home to Mum, picking up leaves into baskets and having fun throwing them around.

Mat time we have been singing Autumn songs and have included movement songs such as Stamp Your Feet, Dingle Dangle Scarecrow, Clap Your Hands, Freeze song. Now the children have the ability to sit and participate in songs we can include songs that they can move to. They have enjoyed theses movement songs.

- Kim

Our 2019 Teachers

Spotlight on...


I have enjoyed working at Eastmont for over 20 years. My association with Eastmont began way back in 1996 when the first of my two children attended the 3 year old program.

In my spare time I enjoy catching up with family and friends, going to the movies, supporting the Richmond Tigers and playing with my puppy Frankie. 

Our 2019 Management Committee

Director: Sonya Skok - eastmont.kin@kindergarten.vic.gov.au 

President: Cassie - president@eastmont.org.au

Vice President: Melissa - vicepresident@eastmont.org.au

Treasurer:  Kath - treasurer@eastmont.org.au

Secretary: Carole - secreatary@eastmont.org.au

Minutes Secretary: Singrid -minutessecretary@eastmont.org.au

Enrolment Officer (3yo): Xiao (Maggie) - enrolment3yo@eastmont.org.au

Enrolment Officer (4yo): Katie - enrolment4yo@eastmont.org.au

Social/Fundraising Coordinator: Megan - fundraising@eastmont.org.au

Grants/Policy/OHS: Sarah - grantspolicyohs@eastmont.org.au

Projects/Maintenance: Jawad - projects@eastmont.org.au

Communications Officer: Bronwyn - communications@eastmont.org.au

Administrative Officer: Lynette Ellis - admin@eastmont.org.au

Social & Fundraising Update

It is hard to believe that it is already so far into Term 2. I am hoping everyone had lovely relaxing holidays and a fun family filled Easter. Thank you to all the families who generously sold our Eastmont Eggs. We managed to raise over $1,300!

Thank you also to those who ordered bulbs through the Tesselaars fundraising. I hope that your bulbs are starting to shoot and will be a beautiful display in your garden this spring. 

The Social and Fundraising team held the first every Mother’s Day morning Tea, last Saturday. It was a great morning. Thank you to all who attended, I hope that you all had as much fun as what we did. Thank you also to Sue and Nithi for helping us run this fabulous event for the special Mums and Grandmothers who attended. The children enjoyed doing a special handprint activity with their Mum/Grandmother, which was then framed and given as a Mother’s Day gift. As well as the fun activities inside and the outside play, everyone enjoyed Scones with Jam and Cream. Thank you to “Rise and Grind- 3133 Cafe” for allowing us to order the scones through their supplier and helping us cook 90 scones!

The Pictureproducts are in full swing, the Pictureplates remain the most popular but there are a few other templates being handed out and brought back. Please ensure that you return your templates to the kinder by Monday 20th May (at the latest). We look forward to seeing all the beautiful artwork. Thanks for supporting the Kinder again.

Don't forget the Mum's Night Out is tonight, 7pm at Mitcham Social. I am very much looking forward to getting to know more people. Thank you to Reneé for orgainising.

The next big social event is the ever popular ‘Kids Movie Night’ which will be held next on Friday 14th June. More details to follow, but I know from previous years it has been thoroughly enjoyed by the families. So save the date!!!!

- Megan

Enrolments Update

2020 3yo & 4yo offers

In early June, Katie and Maggie (our enrolment officers) will be emailing out our offers to the 3yo and 4yo families for 2020. 

This email will container an offer letter, proposed 2020 timetable, confirmation of enrolment form and group selection form. To secure a place for next year, the two forms together with the deposit will be due on Friday 14th June.  For those families returning or joining Eastmont in 2020, keep a look out for this email.  


At Eastmont Pre-School we offer a play-based, child centred-curriculum that is guided by the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and the Early Years Learning Framework. Click here to read more about the Eastmont Philosophy.