Last Monday, March 7th, Primary students celebrated World Book Day. All classes, including the English Support ones, decorated their door with their favourite book cover. Students and teachers voted on the best door, and the Year 1 class won with 'There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly' by Mark Carthew and Michael Rosen. The Year 2 class prepared the play 'The Paper Bag Princess' by Robert Munsch and acted as travelling minstrels performing for all the other year groups. Many students dressed up their favourite book character and the day ended with a whole Primary assembly where Miss Gail told a story for the students. To celebrate books and reading, Miss Maria has been organizing activities in the library for each year level based around Dr Zeuss' birthday, which fell on March 2nd.
On the same day we had the Years 5 and 6 Speech Contest Finals in the Conference Hall. Students in Years 5 and 6 prepared speeches on a topic of their interest and presented it in front of their classmates and teachers; four students made it into the finals: Anatola Gilbert and Leea Lindholm in Year 5, and Kylie Mangan and Matilda West in Year 6. Miss Vanessa, Miss Gail and myself were the jury and after listening to their speeches, we proclaimed Kylie Mangan as the winner. Students were graded on verbal skills (enthusiasm and elocution), non-verbal skills (eye contact, body language and poise, and content (subject knowledge and organization of information). They all did a great job, and it was really hard to choose the winner!