Garanga Bumarri, a beautiful Pelican mascot, hatched last Friday, with the support of the local children, parents, midwives, police, firies and pollies.
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.
It takes a village to raise a child.
Lady Cosgrove our Patron very generously opened Admiralty House to close to 100 supporters of Paint the Town REaD for a Reception on Monday night 9th May.
Lady Cosgrove spoke of her passion for reading with children from birth, and gave examples from her own life.
We have celebrated an inspiring Conference with 200 delegates from across Australia. Many delegates have already reported back on what they are planning and have already implemented from the Conference.
Conference highlights included a workshop for Mayors led by Wollongong’s Lord Mayor, Gordon Bradbery, inspiring keynote speakers, fun and thought provoking workshops, creative posters and many opportunities to network and share ideas and enjoy Wollongong’s warm hospitality.
Many many thanks to Paint the Gong REaD’s Conference Committee partners, led by the irrepressible Tracey Kirk-Downey, Wollongong City Council’s Children’s Services Manager, and the hardworking University of Wollongong and TAFE student volunteers.
You can now download Conference presentations from the 2015 Conference tab.
There are 9 more Paint the Ridge REaD family gatherings this year. It’s a great way to meet other parents with young children and a great way to spend a Saturday morning!
Paint the Gong REaD have delivered the first of their book boxes to the new Homeless Hub in Kenny St and then off to the Harbour St doctors surgery and to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. Know of a place where families have to wait with young children? Let us know and we’ll make sure they can read a book while they wait.
From east to west, Paint the Town REaD is celebrating Children’s Week with great early literacy events.
- Paint Holroyd REaD is holding a Big Reading Day
- Paint Campbelltown REaD and Paint Liverpool REaD are staging their inaugural REaDing Days.
- Paint Rouse Hill REaD is having its BIG Day Out.
- Paint Doveton REaD’s Mascot is hatching!
- Paint the Blue REaD took part in a big children’s event on Saturday.
- Paint the Swan REaD is holding a PTTR Conference and its Reading Day.
And there are lots more.