In Week 6, Foundation Phase students and staff celebrated Book Week to promote the importance and benefits of reading regularly. The theme, ‘Reading is my Secret Power’, enabled students to participate in daily lunch break activities, such as making superhero masks, colouring bookmarks for books, making paddle pop stick heroes and using rainbow scratch cards to design their own bookmarks. Foundation students were also visited by special guests who read some exciting stories, ‘Wombat Stew’, ‘The Gruffalo’, The Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly’, ‘There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake’, ‘Nog and the Land of Noses’ and many other books which engaged students in different adventures. There were also some guest book characters found around various play areas interacting with students during their break time. ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ was definitely a favourite character who was warmly welcomed by our Prep students in Nature Zone play area.
On Friday of Book Week, Foundation students, staff and families gathered in the MPC for the Book Week Parade, where all students and teachers showed off their amazing and creative costumes while they walked on the red carpet. The Foundation staff acted out a skit based on the story, ‘Superhero Swamp’ by John Trent. The best swamp in the story was the home of all animal characters who lived harmoniously together. However, things started to change and the animals’ behaviour began to decline. Luckily, Mary Poppins visited the swamp to help the animals out by giving them superhero masks to help them be kind to one another. The animals soon realised that the masks were not required as they had super abilities already gifted by God to be super-helpers, super-listeners, super-carers, and other super skills. The swamp returned back to being the best swamp on the land. Another favourite part of the special Parade was when all staff danced to the tune of ‘Baby Shark’ and students joined in with enthusiasm. Book Week was a great opportunity for students to understand that books can be fun as they can take readers on an adventure. Our staff at Groves encouraged Foundation students to keep reading, shared their favourite book and elaborated on why they like to read through colourful speech bubbles which can be found in the Foundation Library area for students to read.
Head of Foundation Phase