With our 6th National Conference on next week, you only have a few days to go to register. So use the links to the right, to take you straight to the registration page!
And whilst everyone is preparing for the Conference, the Aboriginal Elders in Shoalhaven NSW have been busy giving their mascot egg to the children, supported by Mayor Amanda Findley. Children in Moree NSW are also reading with their egg and Parker Pelican in the Parks and Gardens in Adelaide has celebrated his first birthday, with a huge party of about 400 people, where there was lots of singing and families reading together in the local community park.
Paint the Town REAd’s Reading Bug has had a busy time in Moree. She brought a magical mascot egg to the children in Moree East’s Playgroup, delivered the first book for the Books for Newborn Bubs in Moree Hospital and received a very generous cheque from the Commonwealth Bank to keep reading with children from birth in Moree.
Through the creative genius of La Salle teacher, Danielle Calleja, and Paint the Swan Coordinator, Fiona Lee, students from La Salle College, wrote, designed and created children’s books, which they then read with children at a recent Paint the Swan REaD event.
Danielle then presented the outcomes of this project at the Australian Literacy Educators Conference in Adelaide recently.
La Salle College is a co-educational Catholic secondary school situated in the Swan Valley, Perth. The College caters for 1400 students in Years 7 – 12.
This is a terrific example of how High School students can support the early literacy development of young children in their community.
Paint D’Bay REaD launched in March with the arrival of the magical black egg. Queensland Minister for Science and Innovation, Leeanne Enoch, was the first to read to the egg, followed by the Chris Whiting, MP for Murrumba and then various other dignitaries, including the children!
Paint D’Day REaD is a partnership led by local residents, including the Aboriginal community Elders and families and workers, Queensland’s First Five Forever and Communities for Children workers.
We can’t wait to see what will hatch out of the egg!
The 2016 ZEST Awards saw Paint Penrith REaD’s community champion, Graham Fitzpatrick, and Paint the Blue REaD’s 2015 REaDing Week, nominated for awards. Although they were not winners this year, Rooby Roo, the mascot from Penrith, still managed to steal the show!
Congratulations, Graham, for the amazing work you do for Paint Penrith REaD, promoting Rooby and her message in Penrith through Vintage FM, raising funds, holding business events and including Rooby in just about everything you do. And congratulations to the Blue Mountains team, led by Judith Hawkes from MOCS, for staging a 2015 Reading Week, delivering 15 events in 8 villages , coordinating 37 agencies and businesses to reach nearly 300 children.
Paint the Town REaD is delighted to announce that Lady Cosgrove has become its Patron.
Lady Cosgrove, wife of His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), invited Rhonda Brain OAM, Chair of the PTTR Board, and Barbie Bates, its Executive Director, to afternoon tea at Government House in Canberra, to celebrate the new partnership.
‘We were thrilled to meet Lady Cosgrove, and to learn that she has such a strong commitment to giving Australia’s children the best start in life,’ said Rhonda Brain after the meeting.
‘We talked about the importance of reading, talking, singing with our babies from birth, and shared photos of the little ones in our lives. We’re looking forward to seeing more photos of Grandma and Grandpa Cosgrove reading with their grandson.’
With the spread of PTTR across five States, and Lady Cosgrove’s commitment to family and children, PTTR considers her an ideal national Patron.