Dear Parents / Carers,
Today it is recognised that to be truly well educated one must not only learn to appreciate the arts, but must have rich opportunities to actively participate in creative work. The arts are languages that most people speak, cutting through individual differences in culture, educational background and ability. Tonight and on Thursday night our students will collaborate to bring a story entitled, High School Musical JR. to life. They will transform an abstract concept into concrete reality. Participating in projects such as this creates a blur between the academic and non-academic. This is because engagement through the arts often results in greater academic achievement and higher test scores. On Thursday night we will be joined by many special guests including: Hon. Kim Wells MP and his daughter Tahnee, Justin Butler, Department of Education Senior Education Improvement Leader North East Region and his daughter Ava , Julie Kennedy, Principal Rowville Secondary College, Reiha Ternes, Rowville Primary School, School Council President and Tammie Western FORPS President.
A big congratulations to our eight Year 2 students who had their artwork selected to be part of “Imagine” - A State-Wide Exhibition of Student Art 2018. The exhibition was held last Saturday in North Melbourne. The Exhibition had the dual purpose of highlighting our students’ art while raising awareness and funds for disadvantaged children in Cambodia. www.haveaheartforcambodia.org. All artwork selected for the Exhibition was silently auctioned on Saturday. The money raised through this event will go to supporting disadvantaged children in Cambodia by giving them opportunities to go to school, to learn English and begin to dream of a future.
The vision for involving our students in this project was so that they would empathise with children whose lives are so different to their own. We want to inspire and empower our students to see, through their own actions that they can make a difference. I acknowledge our brilliant art teacher, Ms Andrea Durward for making this valuable learning opportunity possible for our students.
Late last year, we embarked on a project to transform our library into a 21st century learning space. The vision was to transform it into a playground for imagination and creativity - a 21st century learning space. Students are now able to access a different lunchtime program on every day of the week. This includes: author studies, movie moments, chess, story time, building and coding. Book borrowing is available every day at recess and after school. We ask all children to bring their book bags. Our staff will be undergoing special training in the last week of this term on how to support our students to access the many online children’s books that are part of the new borrowing system. We will continue to expand the programs from this centre.
The achievement of our students continues both in and out of school. Jemma, our Rowville Primary School Swimming Captain, was recently awarded the prestigious Swimming Diploma. To be a recipient of this award Jemma completed all the swimming levels from pink to charcoal: the 1 km and 3km swims, the open water swim, and completed a50 metre freestyle swim in under 40 seconds. Jemma, now 12 years of age, has been swimming at Paul Sadler Swim land since she was a few months old. Her persistence, perseverance and hard work over many years has paid off! Congratulations Jemma on such a remarkable achievement!
Lacey and Lily , two of our Year 6 leaders who play for the Rowville Netball Club, are members of the U13 team which recently won the Best Junior Club Team. Lacey also won the Best and Fairest award and Lily won the Coaches Award. Congratulations girls on a great season!
We congratulate Jessie who participated in the Children's Competition at the Mount Waverley Community Centre Camellia, Garden & Floral Art Show. The joint organisers of this iconic annual event aim to engage the young in horticultural activities and introduce them to gardening. The theme was "I Made It" using any horticultural produce. Jessie created a "Cantaloupe Bunny" using just a few produce items. Competition was very high in this category and Jessie took the Second Prize. We congratulate Jessie on her achievement.