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St Virgil’s boys’ active learning

TERM 1 has been a busy time for St Virgil’s College Kindergarten students, with an action-packed nine weeks full of excursions and learning, tailor-made for boys.

Early Years Learning (Kindergarten to Year 2) at St Virgil’s College is led by a favourite teacher to many Hobart families, Sandra Mazengarb, who brought a weath of experience to the role of Early Years director when it was founded in 2021.

Offering an array of open-ended learning experiences, the school’s spacious, purpose-designed Early Learning Centre lets students inquire, problem-solve and nurture their joy of learning.

The in-class activity stations are a sensory wonderland where the natural environment is intertwined with learning. Boys can use rocks to learn to count; draw artistic inspiration from shells and other beach treasures; and use clay and a mirror to create sculptures of their own face.

The outdoor space includes a sandpit with an excavator, an area to ride trikes, sturdy artificial grass and a creek bed, all of which support authentic play experiences and the St Virgil’s Early Learning Philosophy.

Cooking has been a feature of the program since week one this year.Bread, pikelets and savoury toast have all been on the menu, with the boys developing their motor skills and numeracy as they measured, cut and grated the ingredients.

A recent trip to Bellerive Beach gave students a chance to dig their toes into the sand (and visit the adjoining playground) – a continuation of the sea-themed activities which have been so popular with the boys this year.

Bush Kinder is a staple of the Early Years program, with the Patrick Street campus offering plenty of garden and bush space for the boys to explore.

Term 1 saw Bush Kinder expand to the College’s Austins Ferry campus, where the boys could explore the 70 acres of land with St Virgil’s Aboriginal Perspectives Officer Jamie Graham-Blair – an invaluable learning experience teaching them about Aboriginal history, flora and fauna.Bush Kinder was complemented by the Early Years garden, where the students rolled up their sleeves to plant seedlings and tend to their vegetable patch.

Prospective families are welcome to book a tour of Kindergarten and Prep at 102 Patrick Street, Hobart on Monday May 1. Bookings are required at www.stvirgils.tas.edu.au/enrolments

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