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.
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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!
October is Walk to School Month at Pender's Grove PS!
We are encouraging students to walk, ride or scoot to school as often as possible during October. Classrooms are keeping a tally of this and there will be special certificates at the end of the month.
Today we had a special Walk to School Day where we encouraged as many people as possible to walk, scoot or ride to school. We understand that some students at our school have to come by car and today lots of those students were able to get their families to park a little further away and walk part of the way to school. Darebin Council and Vic Health provided muffins and fruit that the students enjoyed at recess and there were special stickers for all students to celebrate the day.
Thanks to all the students and families for participating so enthusiastically today. Thanks also to Kasia,from Darebin Council who came along to celebrate with us.
Last term, Junior School Council organised an end of term event which was a games day.
We got split into groups with people from other grades and year levels and we played games like 3-legged race, balloon race, number soccer, egg and spoon race, tunnel ball and bean bag race.
It was fun to be together as a whole school, everyone had a good time. We would like to thank everyone for participating in the activities and the teachers for helping to organise it.
Junior School Council
It has been great to see everyone back at school so motivated and ready to learn for another term during the last two weeks.
We have a very busy term with lots of fantastic learning experiences planned as we head into the end of our school year.
Check back every now and then for updates on some of the activities that will happen each week at Pender's Grove PS!
Thanks so much to the parents, friends and students who came along to our mini working bee on Saturday to help Alan prepare our school veggie patch for planting in Term Four. We are looking forward to being able to plant early in the term and watch our veggies grow throughout October, November and December. Have a look below for some images of the work completed.
Over 40 of our Grade 5/6 students are currently attending our yearly Grade 5/6 camp to Wombat Corner in Emerald. The camp is running for three days and they will return to school on Friday afternoon. Activities have included archery, low ropes, initiative games, trampolining, mini golf and canoeing. Luckily the weather has been reasonably kind and it hasn't rained too much! We will have more reports from the campers when they return to school.
What a great night we have had at the Grade 2 sleepover - Alan, Mel, Wendy, Jo, Douglas, Nick, Amy and 38 Grade 2 students all ready for fantastic fun in the F-2 building! A night walk, games and a HUGE chicken and salad dinner were just some of the great activities that students have participated in. Parents are carers will be back tomorrow at 8.30am to collect the children and we are sure that are bound to be a few students AND adults that will need to go home for a rest! Thanks to Alan for his great organisation of the night.
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