What a brilliant day we had for Italian Day on March 21st. Thanks to LeeAnn for organising such great activities, performances and food on the day! We will have stories from the students about Italian Day next term.
Foundation-2 have been learning about how artists use proportional lines to design faces. Here's their end of term project.
This term 3/4s have been studying paintings of the sea. They have explored different ways to create various blues. They are now constructing a collage using their paintings of waves and sky to create their own seascapes.
This term grades 5/6 have been studying forms of coral. They've designed sculptures and are currently making them out of magic clay. Such intricate work!
Our Foundation students have started at the school fulltime from this week. It will be great to see their smiling and enthusiastic faces every day.
We have had a very busy first few weeks at school. With our Healthy Minds and Bodies incursion last week, organising our new school fish, district swimming sports, classroom startup programs and parent-teacher interviews just to name a few events it now won't be long before we are heading into the end of term and school holidays!
See below for some images from our first few weeks.
We hope you have all had a terrific holiday so far. A reminder that school starts for 2016 on the following dates:
Grade 1-6 students: Friday January 29th at 9am
Foundation students: Monday February 1st at 9am
Foundation students will attend on 4 days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) until the end of February. Wednesday will be used by Foundation staff for our testing program; parent and carers will be notified when their child needs to attend.
Our school office is open for any queries prior to this on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th of February from 8.30am until 4.30pm. Students do not attend on these days as they are Curriculum Days (student free days).
Term One finishes on Thursday March 24th (The Good Friday public holiday is on Friday March 25th).
2015 has been another fantastic year at Pender’s Grove! It does not seem that long since the year was starting out and we were all looking forward to a great year of exciting learning and fun.
Our thanks as always to our fantastically supportive parents and carers and our always hardworking staff for working together to achieve wonderful outcomes for Pender’s Grove students in 2015. Thanks to our amazing students for their hard work and determination and good luck to our Grade Sixes as they move on to Secondary Schools and a new chapter of their schooling in 2016. A big thankyou also to all the members of our School Council in 2015. We have greatly appreciated their support, hard work and commitment.
Our school office will open from 9am on Wednesday January 27th. For any enrolment inquiries prior to this please email us on:
We would like to wish you all a happy and safe holiday and we look forward
to seeing you all in the new year.
Check back here soon for some stories and photos about Term Four at Pender's!
Douglas and Dayle
Thanks so much to the parents that came along to our last working bee for 2015 yesterday. Unfortunately we didn't get through all of the jobs on our list as we didn't have as many attendees as last time but those that were here worked tirelessly to complete a number of tasks that have once again really lifted our outside play spaces. Check out the photos below of improvements to the Indigenous Garden, oval, south end of the car park and completion of our outdoor blackboard. We also had a good clean up of the schoolyard that involved a lot of sweeping, weeding and pruning!
JSC did some reflection on Remembrance Day today. Here are their thoughts:
Remembrance Day: On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month every year we have a minute’s silence.
We do this because World War 1 was ended at the ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
We pay tribute to the soldiers that have fought in any war: World War 1, World War 2, Boer War, Vietnam War, Afghanistan
Why is it important to us?
Amelia- They fought for our freedom
Ali- “They gave up their tomorrow, for our today”
Adam- It’s important because a lot of people died and they thought they were doing it for their country but lots of the time it was political.
People we will remember today
Chani- My great great grandpa went to World War 1 but died in World War 2 after he was badly injured.
Jarvis- My great grandpa survived World War 2 but three weeks after the war ended he died from his injuries. He flew in a fighter jet.
Mel- My grandfather trained people to be pilots in war.
Ali- My uncle fought in religious wars, he got shot and died. My dad was also shot but he is still alive.
Amelia- My great grandfather was in a prisoner of war camp. He wasn’t alive for very long when he got out.
Congratulations to students in Years 3-6 who completed their last eSmart lesson this week.
eSmart is a behaviour change initiative that is run in over 2,200 schools in Australia and has been running at Pender's Grove since 2013. The eSmart program is designed to help schools improve cybersafety and reduce cyberbullying and bullying.
For more information have a look at:
What a fantastic couple of weeks we have had with our Pender’s Grove 2015 Writer’s Festival! Author visits from Anna Branford, Bernard Caleo and Nicki Greenberg were a tremendous experience for our students and the staff and have proven to be a great motivator for some fabulous writing and illustrating over the last two weeks.
We are looking forward to seeing our school book that will be based on some of this writing produced over the next few weeks. Thanks to all of the parents, carers, family members and friends that were able to come to our reading afternoon on Wednesday. It was great to see so many people coming along to the school to share their favourite books and love of literature.
In addition thanks to all of the students that were able to dress up for our Literary Dress Up Parade (and thanks also to everyone who helped at home!). It was evident that a huge amount of work had gone into those costumes and is was a great way to finish our Writer’s Festival and celebrate our favourite stories.
Our JSC reflected on Writer's Festival and here are their thoughts:
Check back soon on our Writers' Festival page for more stories and images from the festival. Our Writers' Festival will be back again in 2017!
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