October is Walk to School month at Pender's Grove. It has been great to see so many students walking, riding and scooting their way to school since the start of the term. Today we had a special morning tea of fruit and muffins provided by Darebin Council to celebrate. Thanks to everyone for supporting this great initiative!
There was great excitement at Pender's earlier this week as it was the first session of our Footsteps Dance program. All students from F-6 are participating in the program which is part of our Term 4 Physical Education program. Students attend a one hour session once a week on Mondays in our school hall. The program will run for 8 session and finishes later this term.
What a terrific term we have had! We will see you all back ready for a busy Term 4 on Monday October 3rd.
A reminder that our Foundation Transition program starts early next term so please contact us as soon as possible if you are planning on enrolling with us for 2017 as we still have places available.
See below for a sneak peak of students' work for our PGPS 2016 Art Show. 18th October is our opening night so please try to come along if you can!
We would love to see people dress up on the night. The theme will be: water or under the sea!
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A hardy group of parents, grandparents, students and staff braved the threatening rain today to do some more fantastic work in our playground.
We can't wait to see the students faces on Monday when they see our fantastic new sandpit located next to our F/1 classrooms. We also did some much needed preparation in our veggie path and also lots of weeding and pruning in our indigenous garden. All of these areas are now looking much refreshed and in some cases ready for brand new planting! As well as that there was lots of weeding, sweeping and tidying of other playground areas.
Thanks to everyone who came along to help today - as always we literally could not do it without you! Thanks also to our Community Events Committee who were on hand working hard on the BBQ to keep us all fed during the day!
Monday 22nd August: Darebin Library Visit
Staff from the Darebin library were at the school to discuss with classes the criteria and process for books receiving awards. Thanks to Fiona (PGPS parent and also from Darebin library) for organising this.
Stories around the School:
This year we conducted a number of short picture book readings staged around the school at recess and lunchtime across the week.. As the theme for Book Week this year wass Australia: Story Country, chosen books were written by Australian authors.
Friday 26th August: Book Character Dress Up Day
Students dressed up as characters from books by Australian authors or as Australian authors. We had a terrific parade with lots of parents and carers watching on in the hall.
We were delighted on Monday this week to host a visit by teachers and Assistant Principals from Doan Thi Diem Primary School in Hanoi, Vietnam. The teachers were very impressed with our students, staff and the school. Thanks to our fantastic senior student ambassadors who greeted them and helped to show them around the school. We were honoured to be presented with their school emblem which is on display on our front office counter.
As part of the ongoing celebration of NAIDOC Week on Tuesday 16th we hosted members of the Fitzroy Stars Football and Netball clubs, who will ran Football and Netball clinics with students from years 3 to 6. Also on the day the Victorian Aboriginal Healthy Lifestyle Team worked with our F-2 students playing indigenous games in the hall. It was a fantastic morning and our students had a tremendous time. It was also great that the weather was kind to us and it was the perfect day to be outdoors! Thanks to Ralph, our KESO, for organising the event and also to all the players for coming along and sharing their skills with us.
Congratulations to our Grade Six students that went along to the Basketball Round Robin earlier this week. The teams did not end up in the finals on the day but both the girls and boys teams had wins during the day that they were really happy with. Well done to them all for a great day representing Pender’s Grove. In addition to our staff that helped organise and went on the day, thanks also to Andrew for giving up his own time over the last few weeks to come in and train the teams during lunchtimes.
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