ST CATHERINE’S Catholic College students have been getting their thinking caps on for a range of activities in recognition of National Literacy and Numeracy Week this week.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of National Literacy and Numeracy Week which runs from Monday, July 29 to Sunday, August 4.
The week aims to recognise the achievements of students, teachers, parents and members of the community who support young people to develop stronger literacy and numeracy skills.
The literacy ambassador is Kerry Argent, one of Australia’s finest children’s book illustrators and author of the international best seller One Woolly Wombat.
Numeracy ambassador, Simon Pampena, is a maths whizz and comedian who regularly features on ABC’s Catalyst and Ten’s Breakfast.
School principal Sharyn Bell said students have been participating in activities which highlight the importance and fun of developing literacy and numeracy skills.
“Activities such as a Poem in Your Pocket, Postcard Bandits and Mystery Readers have been taking place throughout the week,” she said.
Poem in Your Pocket encourages students to write a poem in their own time and put it in their pocket while at school.
Ms Bell said random students were asked at lunch and line-up times if they have a poem, and if they do, they read it aloud and receive a coupon for a free ice-cream.
On Monday, students had a blast while listening to maths songs during first lunch for Triple M day and enjoyed counting wrappers for Nude Food day on Wednesday.
The week will finish off with a group reading circle on Friday, where all 313 children on the junior campus will join together in the assembly area for 15 minutes of quiet reading.
For more information about events during the week, visit www.literacyandnumeracy.gov.au.
CREATIVE LEARNING: St Catherine’s students Jett Pannan, Charlize Spence and Kai Telford had a blast celebrating National Literacy and Numeracy Week at school this week.