Today teachers and students at Pender's spent time togther talking about how important it is to look after our environment and keep it clean. We discussed ways to minmise our rubbish at school and making sure any we do make goes into the bin or the recycling. After lunch the whole school spent some time outside cleaning up our school yard and maiing it lok fantastic!
Our special lunchtime activities have started again for the year. This week we have seen students participating in Lego Building, outdoor chess and the Construction Club. See below for some photos of their amazing efforts!
Well done to all of the 18 students who particpated on the day. Fantastic efforts all around! Noted results are listed below:
*9/10 girls - Ella - 2nd in breastroke
*11 girls - Rylie - 3rd in breastroke
*12/13 girls - Maya - 3rd in backstroke
*11 girls - Kayla - 4th in freestyle & 5th in backstroke
Good luck to Ella who represents Northcote district in the Darebin Division next week.
Thanks to all the parents who came & supported today and for Terri & Arna for driving. A BIG THANKS to Paula and James for organising the teams.
What a great few weeks we have had at Pender's so far this term. Students spent the first two weeks working hard on our school Startup Program and we had some fantastic presentations at a special Friday assembly focussing on our school's values, Respect, Integrity, Curiosity and Determination, and how we demonstrate these every day at school.
We have also had students participating in Circus Skills sessions each Thursday as part of our whole school Phys. Ed. program. These sessions will continue for most of this term.
Our large chess pieces and new chess board having been getting a workout during a few lunchtimes each week and it has been great to see some of our older students teaching the younger ones the rules and strategy of the game.
School uniform ordered at the end of 2014 has arrived at the school today. Enquiries about orders can be made at the school on Wednesday 28th between 2.30-4.00pm.
School starts again for 2015 on the following dates:
Foundation year students: Friday January 30th
Year 1-6 students: Thursday January 29th
We look forward to seeing you all back at school and excited for the challenges of a new year.
Please note that the school office will be open on Wednesday January 28th from 9am. Phone enquiries can be made to the school on Tuesday January 27th from 9am-2pm.
What a year we have had in 2014!
It does not seem that long since we were starting the year and getting ourselves organised for Term One. So many fantastic events and achievements for the school this year – the 90th celebration, lots of excursions and camps, the Art Show, NAIDOC Week activities, Education Week and always lots of interesting and purposeful classroom learning!
Our thanks to our supportive parents and carers and hardworking staff for working together to achieve great outcomes for the students at our school in 2015. Thanks also to our terrific students for their efforts and congratulations and good luck to our Grade Sixes as they move on to Secondary Schools in 2015.
School starts again on Thursday January 29th (Grade 1-6) and Friday January 30th (Foundation students).
We would like to wish you all a happy and safe holiday and we look forward to seeing you all back at school in 2015!
Douglas and Dayle
Earlier this week our 2014 Junior School Councillors, Amy and some parent helpers headed into the Melbourne Botanic Gardens for a special end of year celbration. Our Junior School Councillors have doen a terrifc job this year representing the students in their class and giving their views about the school and ways we can improve it. We thank them and Amy and Dubravka for their hard work and commitment to "student voice" at Pender's Grove.
At last week's 2015 Foundation Transition morning students spent some time experiencing our three Specialist Programs: Italian, Music and Art. It was a great morning and our new 2015 Foundation students are experiencing more each week of our wonderful school and it will be like to be at school next year. Our Transition program still has two sessions to go, Tuesday December 2nd and Thursday December 4th.
Last night some of our Grade Six parents came along to hear from Ianthe from Family Planning Victoria about the Grade Six sexuality program that will be run over the next three weeks on a Wednesday . Sexuality Education is a part of the Victorian school curriculum and this year we are teaching it in partnership with Family Planning Victoria who are one of the organisations recommended to assist in the implementation of this program by our Department of Education. Please see Amy, Dayle or Douglas for more information about this if it is required.
Please also see below for a link to the Family Planning Victoria (FPV) website: