The year begins with much excitement as 48 new Prep boys arrive for their first days at MBBC. There are many new friends to be made and the boys are always eager to engage in as many new experiences as possible!
Term 1 enables the boys to settle into their new surroundings and explore the Prep area. The shared lunches become a daily focus for catching up with old friends and getting to know new ones from the other class. Term 1 is based on the establishment of Prep routines and the boys begin learning more about themselves and their amazing personalities. The boys rotate between our three distinct areas – play-based, structured, and outdoor activities. This enables them to have a wide range of experiences and explore a stimulating and challenging environment.
Early mathematical skills are introduced through songs and rhymes as well as purposeful counting activities. The boys play with a variety of mathematical equipment and soon become budding mathematical geniuses. As the year progresses, boys have a range of opportunities to extend their learning and knowledge.
Highlights of Term 1 include fruit-tasting, a Teddy Bears’ Picnic complete with honey sandwiches, Grandparents’ Day, and pizza-making.
Term 2 begins with a bang as we venture off to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to get up close and personal with a variety of native animals. The unit of inquiry for the term is “The Environment”. The boys have the opportunity to learn about the local plants and animals while gaining an appreciation of how they can make a positive difference to the world.
Under 8’s Week is always a great success. The celebrations kick-off with Mad Muffin Monday. The boys always love to play host to the MBC Prep girls as well as sharing a morning of creative activities with Years 1, 2 and 3.
The term ends with the athletics carnival when the boys run their socks off for their Houses and show their rapidly developing spirit of competition and good sportsmanship. The “House loyalty” grows rapidly as the boys take pride in gaining points for their houses.
After the relaxing winter break, the boys return to Prep ready to rise to the challenge of learning about people who help us in our community. There is a strong focus on the emergency services and, visits from an ambulance officer and police officer, together with their vehicles, truly bring the unit to life for the boys. Once again, our parents always play an active role in the education of our boys. The term has numerous highlights with inter-house soccer, science week, book week and the grand finale, carnival day.
Our final term sees the boys maturing into students who are ready for new College challenges. We study a unit of inquiry on Communication and move towards our year end celebrations and Christmas.
The Prep year is an action-packed journey, with all boys rising to challenges, eagerly supported by committed and enthusiastic parents. The level of on-going support and involvement from many parents is exceptional. All boys have an amazing start to their educational journey and develop in all aspects of their personality and character.