Well done to our students who yesterday raised nearly $300 to go towards relief efforts in Nepal after the recent earthquake there. Thankyou to the JSC, assisted by Amy, who came up with the idea for a "Splash of Red Day" where students could pay a gold coin donation to wear a red item of clothing that reminded us of the Nepalese flag. Read on for a report from JSC about the day.
Junior School Council at Pender's Grove was concerned with current events over in Nepal, where they have experienced two major earthquakes in the last month. They decided to organise a fundraising event to raise money for people in need in Nepal. The Nepalese flag is mainly red so a date was set, Thursday 28th May, when students in the school would be invited to bring a gold coin donation and wear a splash of red. It was fantastic to see so many students involved on the day and so much money raised for those in need.
Thanks to all those students, families and staff who participated.
Yesterday marked the start of National Reconciliation Week across the country. National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week are always extremely important for us to remember and students and staff will be doing this in various ways as part of classroom programs across the week. For information regarding special activities that are happening across the state please go to: www.reconciliation.org.au/nrw/
What a great time we had today with our activities and whole school book reading of "The Brothers Quibble" for National Simultaneous Storytime. Students participated in special activities focussed on the book in their own classes organised by our Grade Six students. Thanks to the parents and carers that came along to hear the story at our shared reading session in the hall. Read on for a report from Grade 6A.
Last Wednesday 27th May schools around Australia read 'The Brothers Quibble' by Aaron Blabey. At Pender's Grove, the Grade 6 students organised and ran activities in the F2 and 35 classrooms based on the story. There were origami crowns, friendship bracelets, mobiles and silly masks made as well as painting, sticker families and jigsaw puzzles. Each class showed fantastic responses to the book and focused on the themes of the story such as conflict, family and friendship.
What a fantastic turnout to our Education Week activities this week! On Tuesday around 30 parents and friends came along to our Open Afternoon - Share a Book event and over 50 came along to our Open Afternoon - Maths Activities event on Thursday.
We also had a number of visitors in our Specialist classes (Art, Music and Italian) across the week.
Comments from F2W:
"I played cover up with my Dad. You had to roll the dice and see what number they added up to"
"We played Addition Paths with our Mums. We enjoyed teaching our Mums the game"
"I won the game of Subtraction Lineup twice when I played with my Mum"
"I had a game of Number Bingo with my friend and her Grandma"
Thankyou parents, carers and grandparents for joining us to play the Maths Games that we have been learning to play.
We are planning a one off second-hand uniform sale, this will be held on Monday May 25th 2.30-4pm. All items will be between $2 - $5. It would be great if you can donate any unwanted good quality uniforms. Please bring them in washed and give to Andrea in the office. Proceed from sale will go to the school.
A note for parents of students in Grade 3 and 5 that the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students will be held on Tuesday 12 May, Wednesday 13 May and Thursday 14 May 2015. NAPLAN tests assess student knowledge and skills in Writing, Reading, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy. For more information about the tests, please visit the VCAA website at www.vcaa.vic.edu.au.
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