The Grove Primary’s annual Readathon Assembly to close off their 3 week reading competition was held on Friday the 18th of May. This year’s theme was Reading… An extreme sport.
Mrs White – Phillips, the librarian, challenged the Grovites to read half a million pages, and as always Grove Primary outdid themselves by reading 745 876 pages.
The winning Grove Kids Lit team flew to Pretoria on Saturday to enter the South African National Kids’ Lit competition. The day was very exciting, the weather was stiflingly hot but our team did us proud by placing 3rd overall.
Well done to:
Hannah McDougall, Isobel Evans, Joshua Peterson and Nathan Nadler-Nir.
Author, Edyth Bulbring, visited Grove and shared with the Grade 7 pupils about writing and books. See the attached photos.
Our library is a vibrant, busy and exciting place at The Grove. We have a well stocked library bursting with wonderful books. The learners love reading. There are often queues of children wanting to swap and get the latest books at the issue desk before school, during breaks and after school. Literacy and information skills are taught during library lessons. Homework class is held in the library every Monday to Thursday from 2.35pm - 3.35pm.
Our former librarian, Carol Ryan, has moved out of the library to start her own book company called "Book Mark". Our library is now run by Bernadette White-Phillips and part-time assistant Rolinda Moolman. There is also a team of ten Grade 7 library monitors who help to run the library.
Each year, The Grove has a Readathon. The purpose of the Readathon is to inspire the children to read as much as they can in the weeks of the event. Readathon is also a school fundraising event and readers are sponsored.
The theme for Readathon 2010 was "I Get a Kick Out of Reading". Our art teacher (Anne Liebenberg/Foale) and Technology teacher (Hayley Alford) decorated the school and library with soccer art and models. The kick off was in the second term at a special Readathon assembly. Using genres of stories as their theme, Theatre Sports entertained the children with their brilliant impromptu acting skills. Our Grade 5 learners, wearing their macarapas made in Technology lessons, cheered the school into reading. The library monitors blew the vuvuzelas and our very own praise singers chanted: "We're going to read, read, read!" Every class in the school was given a World Cup country to learn about and there was a door competition. The classes that best decorated their doors with symbols and pictures of their country, won prizes. The classes responded with enthusiasm and a healthy competition arose between readers and classes.
The learners earned 15 minutes extra break when our principal, Sally Shield, missed 3 shots at goal- 5 minutes per missed goal! The Readathon ended with an exciting prize-giving assembly. The teachers danced the Diski Dance for the learners. Our Grade 2 learners read a book that they had written and illustrated as a class. The top readers and special effort readers all received prizes, as well as the top reading classes. Readathon raised more than R60 000 for our school. Hooray for Readathon!
The EarlyAct Rotary service club was launced at the end of the first term. It is run by ten Grade 6 learners and supported by Bernadette White-Phillips (Librarian) and Nicolette Holden (Grade 4). Newlands Rotary links us with the community in need.
Projects in 2010 so far: