Celebrating Jodi | St Andrews Preschool Graduation

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Today was a very special day for Jodi.  Today was her graduation from St Andrews Preschool!

Jodi and her family have been part of our centre community since Jodi was three years old.   Now it is time for her to go to primary school.


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At St Andrews Preschool we celebrate this milestone with a special graduation celebration.

We celebrate the child’s birthday and graduation together at mat time. Parents, grandparents and friends are most warmly welcomed to join us.1

The teachers share some of the special things about the child and goes through the child’s portfolio, following their preschool journey.  We all look at the self-portrait on their very first day and notice how they have changed over their time at preschool.  They also compare their handprint now against the size of the one in their portfolio on their first day or preschool. 

Finally, the child is presented with their very own children’s bible which has a special messages written on the inside cover from each of the teachers.


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Jodi, we have loved getting to know you.

BELC HeartSome things that we love about you are how you seem to make friends easily and you spend the day enjoying the company of others who make your creative ideas come to life. You are very caring and considerate of others and you often will seek help for your friends when you see they are in need. 


BELC HeartWe’ve noticed that you enjoy family play and pretending that you and your friends are mums, dads and babies. You love to dance, usually with your friends alongside you and you enjoy being active: swinging, sliding, jumping and running.



BELC HeartJodi, you are very interested in the movie Frozen and you often put on one of the capes so that you can pretend to be Ana or Elsa. You have quickly developed your writing skills and you enjoy showing us your new skills. You also value friendship Jodi and it has been wonderful to see how many children at preschool enjoy your company and your welcoming spirit. 


BELC HeartThe character virtues we have seen you develop are friendliness and caring for all of the children at preschool, gentleness and helpfulness towards your brother and other young children who needed help settling into preschool and generosity with sharing toys, dress-ups and sharing your ideas with your friends.



BELC HeartJodi, this is our prayer for you as you transition to school: We pray that you will continue to shine for Jesus through your friendly nature and acceptance of others. We pray that school will be a time of joy and excitement as you find friends who will encourage you in your interests and that others will follow your example of kindness and friendliness.


May you continue to know the joy of exploring and being inquisitive. Never forget that you are special and precious.

Jodi, it was our pleasure to celebrate YOU today!

We are sad to say goodbye to you, but we proudly send you off to your new adventure at school with our love, support and blessing ♡

Anne Campbell (Head Teacher) & the St Andrews Preschool Teaching Team



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