Banksia 2’s Visit from AWCH
This Term we are learning about community helpers. On Monday 6th May we had Nurse Jo from the Association for the Welfare of Children in Hospital WA Inc (AWCH) come to our classroom to teach us all about hospitals. Nurse Jo showed us the equipment the doctors and nurses use at a hospital and how they help their patients to feel better. We had a wonderful time pretending learning through discussion and play!
Bull Creek Raised Garden Beds
Over the holiday period our wonderful teachers, education assistants and their families came to school to install three raised garden beds, kindly donated by the P&C. This term the children in Banksia 1, 2 and 3 have used their ‘green thumbs’ to plant a variety of seeds to grow fruit, vegetables and plants. With a lot of care, our seeds are beginning to grow! We can’t wait to taste some of the products of our hard work.
Mother’s Day in Banksia 2
On Friday 10th May we hosted a pamper afternoon to treat our wonderful mums and grandmas. The boys and girls in B2 had a great time spoiling the amazing women in our lives!
Yarns ‘R’ Us
The Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework is identified as a priority in the Department’s Strategic Plan for WA Schools 2016-2019 and Focus 2019 documents. Part of our everyday focus at school is to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, the history associated with it and the significance of Indigenous people in our community. At school we learn about words in the local Noongar language, games, stories, traditions and artwork. Ron Bradfield from Yarns ‘R’ Us visited us on Friday. He taught us all about freshwater, saltwater and desert animals that live in Western Australia, where we find them and their significance in Aboriginal culture. Ron spoke about the importance of telling our story and why hearing everyone’s story matters. The students participated in an art session, creating an individual piece of art of their favourite animal or story. These will be proudly displayed at our assembly in Week 6.
National Simultaneous Storytime
On Wednesday 22nd May, we celebrated National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) which is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in schools around the country. This year’s story was ‘Alpacas with Maracas’, written and illustrated by Matt Cosgrove. Mrs Owen read the story to the entire school. NSS aims to:
- promote the value of reading and literacy,
- promote the value and fun of books,
- promote an Australian writer and publisher, and
- promote storytime activities in communities around the country
We had lots of fun mixing into groups with our friends in Banksia 1, 2 and 3. The children participated in a range of activities including making some maracas just like in the story!