Friday 16 June saw close to 100 children with their parents and carers Welcomed to Country by Auntie Barb on the steps of Moree Library, before they followed the local firies inside, who were carrying their reading egg.
There were calls of VICTORY when their new Reading Bug hatched, with the children eager to read, sing and touch their special friend. The morning finished with photos with the Bug, a red morning tea (healthy!) and a new book for each child attending. Fireman Adam was the last person to read to the egg before hatching and Marla Hosegood, the local Commonwealth Bank Manager, the first to read to the newborn.
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.
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.
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.
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.