It was fantastic to see so many students dressing up today for our Book Week Dress Up Day as their favourite book characters. The P/1, 2/3/4 and 5/6 Areas held their own costume parades and reading activities across the day and it was great that many parents and carers were able to come along to see the fun.
A reminder that tomorrow we are holding a special dress up day for Book Week. If students choose not to dress up they do need to come in their normal school uniform.
What a fantastic time our campers are having at Doxa Camp at Malmsbury! It has been a little bit chilly but luckily the rain has stayed away and students have been participating in a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities. See below for some images. Our campers are due back at school before the end of the school day on Wednesday.
Over 40 of our 3/4 students will be packing their winter woolies ready for the Doxa Camp this week. The group is looking forward to three days of fantastic activities and adventure and will return to school on Wednesday afternoon. Doxa Camp is in Malmsbury and some of the activities will include cooking, archery, a ropes course and trampolining! Students will travel to and from the camp by bus.
What a fantastic community we have here at Pender's Grove! Today a huge number of parents, carers, staff and students braved the cold and rain and turned out to help continue the ongoing work to regenerate our Indigenous Garden.
Weeds and rubbish were removed, new plants planted and paths and a dry creek bed set out. Another group completed the task of raking and topping up our playground softfall.
We would not have such wonderful outdoor spaces without such terrific efforts! We look forward to soon seeing students using the Indigenous Garden as an invigorating and engaging learning space.
The Prep/One Investigations Inquiry for this term focuses on the concept of interdependence, how a community functions effectively and what part each individual plays in it. Students will develop an understanding about ‘What is a Community?’ and ‘Who works in our Community to help us? ‘
Students will explore who they are, where they live, who is important to them and the role they can play to support their community.
Today we were extremely lucky to have Lucy from Fitzroy Vet Hospital come and visit us and explain the role a Vet nurse and Veterinary doctor has in looking after our animals.
The students had written inquiry questions such as ‘What are the different ways a Vet helps animals?’ Which Lucy answered with expert knowledge!!
If you would like to know more about our visitors please go to http://fitzroyvet.com.au
NAIDOC Week 2014 was a huge success with a number of activities and celebrations being held across the week.
Activities began on Monday with a performance of Indigenous dance by the Gindan Djalbu Dance Group which our audience of students, staff and parents absolutely loved! It was also great to have Aunty Connie with us to begin our NAIDOC week with a Welcome to Country.
Activities continued on Wednesday with students watching the film Dust Echoes and on Thursday afternoon a Long Walk recognition was held as well the beginning of the process to create a Bunjil's Nest here at Pender's Grove.
On Friday the week concluded with a 3 on 3 basketball competition and BBQ. Thank you to all the families who assisted us with the organisation of the week.
We hope you have all had a good holiday and are ready and raring for lots of fun and learning during Term Three! School begins for the term on Monday July 14th at 9am.
A note for parents and carers that there will be no school assembly on Monday 14th. Our first assembly for Term Three will be held on Monday July 21st at 3pm in the school hall.
A reminder that student reports and parent teacher interview confirmations will sent home this Wednesday (July 17th). Parent - Teacher interviews will be held on the afternoon of Tuesday July 22nd.
Year 5/6 students have been learning about the jobs geologists do. Geologists often take core samples of the Earth to work out the type of rock that is present or to investigate if there are valuable minerals present in the rock. Just like geologists, the students took core samples of cupcakes to investigate their different layers or colours. We predicted the structure of our cupcake layers from three core samples. Then we cut a cross-section to see how accurate our predictions were.
In this Peer Support session two students are involved in an active listening challenge. Students sit back-to-back, each with a set of straws. One student makes a straw pattern while the other student listens carefully to the description and tries to create the same pattern. This lesson highlighted the differences between hearing and listening.
The Prep/One Investigations Inquiry for Term 2 was “What is my history and how do I know?”