Lit­er­acy cel­e­brated

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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