Fan­tas­tic learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences

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Ber­ri­gan Public School con­tin­ues to move for­ward pro­vid­ing lots of fan­tas­tic teach­ing and learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences to de­velop the learn­ing out­comes of all our stu­dents.

This week we celebrate Ed­u­ca­tion Week, and the 2015 theme is ‘Cel­e­brat­ing Lo­cal He­roes’.

Schools have been en­cour­aged to de­velop their alumni net­works and celebrate their lo­cal he­roes.

Alumni means a for­mer pupil who is a grad­u­ate of a par­tic­u­lar school.

So when think­ing of lo­cal he­roes, we can be think­ing of past stu­dents who have gone on to be some­one spe­cial or do some­thing spe­cial.

Of course there is no one more spe­cial, or more of a hero to our stu­dents, than the par­ents and grand­par­ents of our stu­dents who have also gone through Ber­ri­gan Public School.

Our timetable for Ed­u­ca­tion Week is as al­ways, rep­re­sents another busy week.

Break­down of our busy Ed­u­ca­tion Week:

Mon­day: The School Public Speak­ing com­pe­ti­tion be­gan. It ran in con­junc­tion with the Lions Club Public Speak­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Stu­dents from Years 3/4 present speeches on ‘ Our Helpers’ — the peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who help oth­ers.

Year 5/6 stu­dents pre­sented talks on ‘ A Ma­jor Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter’. They were asked to speak as a mem­ber of the United Na­tions Dis­as­ter Com­mit­tee, re­port­ing on the dis­as­ter.

Tues­day: The school held it ath­let­ics car­ni­val.

The stu­dents had been very busy prac­tis­ing their skills ev­ery Tues­day for the past seven weeks with Ken and Rick Gar­diner.

It was another great day with stiff com­pe­ti­tion be­tween the two sport­ing houses, Mo­ma­long and Al­gudgerie. These houses have been ri­vals for many, many years.

On Tues­day evening, a spe­cial P&C meet­ing was held to show­case our stu­dents’ ICT skills with pre­sen­ta­tions from across the school.

Our two school ICT co-or­di­na­tors, Bec Ware and Jenny Fru­end, spoke to the P&C about our ICT learn­ing jour­ney – where we are and where we want to go.

Wed­nes­day: To­day, the school lead­ers and prin­ci­pal have been in­vited to an Ed­u­ca­tion Week lun­cheon at Fin­ley High School.

They will meet with other school lead­ers and par­tic­i­pate in some lead­er­ship ac­tiv­i­ties, fol­lowed by lunch with Rive­rina re­gion school ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor Vicki Kemp­ton. The day will have a theme of ‘Lo­cal He­roes, Lo­cal Lead­ers’.

Thurs­day: To­mor­row, three of our stu­dents are off to De­niliquin to par­tic­i­pate in the As­pire Me Dance Camp.

This camp is part of the As­pire Me pro­gram that en­ables stu­dents from across the De­niliquin net­work to par­tic­i­pate in a va­ri­ety of spe­cialised camps.

Oth­ers that are of­fered to our stu­dents in­clude a drama camp, an art camp, a sports camp and the cul­mi­na­tion of the pro­gram is an ex­cur­sion to Syd­ney to see the Schools Spec­tac­u­lar per­for­mance.

Fri­day: Ber­ri­gan Public School’s Open Day.

All par­ents, car­ers and friends are in­vited to school to visit our book fair, visit our class­rooms to see the stu­dents learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment and to look at their work.

Af­ter re­cess there will be a Prin­ci­pal Awards assem­bly, fol­lowed by a dress-up pa­rade fea­tur­ing stu­dents dressed as their lo­cal he­roes.

Another busy week at Ber­ri­gan Public School!

Ber­ri­gan Public School wel­comed a visit from Healthy Harold and the Life Ed­u­ca­tion Van this year.

Mitchell Spun­ner, Is­abel Alexan­der, Annabel Mid­dle­ton and Max Cameron vis­ited the graves of ex-ser­vice­men and women on An­zac Day.

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