What a busy term it was here at Pender's! So much excitement with our bi-annual Writer's Festival where we were had a visit from author Sue Lawson who discussed her writing process, her books and ways in which we could all improve our own writing. Combined with this was our yearly celebration of Book Week where students participated in a range of activities across the week culminating in our Book Parade in the hall with parents and carers. Students had made their book week costumes and presentations as part of our weekly cross age programs.
Another highlight of the term was our Grade 3/4 camp. In early September 55 intrepid campers including staff and parents headed off for three days in beautiful (but chilly!) Marysville. They participated a huge range of activities including the opes course, bike riding, cooking and the amazing rock climbing and abseiling walls!
A fantastic result for the school was the increasing of our Out of School Care program to 45 places each day. We have been working toward this over the last few months and it was great that our families will see the benefit of these extra places this year.
Of course the classroom learning was, as always amazing! Inquiry units focussing on Australian history (Grade 3-6) and the people who help us (Grade F-2) saw students present some fantastic work that was shared with other students and families at the culmination of the units.
Term 3 also saw the start of Spring and our beautiful gardens are looking better every year and are greatly enjoyed by our students and community. This year saw the start of our weekly garden party on Monday afternoon. A number of students and their families attend each Monday after assembly and undertake work in our gardens - planting, pruning, sweeping, planning new designs all whilst sharing delicious afternoon tea! It's yet another wonderful example of the tremendous sense of community we have here at Pender's!
We are looking forward to an even bigger and better Term 4!