Savannah Primary students embrace reading activities

The Year 1 team performs during the dance competition on Friday.

Youngsters at Savannah Primary School enjoyed immersing themselves in literacy activities during a week focused on reading.

Even during gym class, students took part in Drop Everything and Read.
Even during gym class, students took part in Drop Everything and Read.

Dr. Seuss’s “Oh! The Places You’ll Go” ignited inspiration for the theme “Up and Away: Where will reading take you today?” for a schoolwide literacy week from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2.

The literacy team worked diligently to ensure the week was filled with inspirational activities, competitions and opportunities for staff to engage in reading, a press release states.

The literacy coordinator for the school, Mary Callaghan, said she was extremely pleased with the increased student engagement and creativity displayed throughout the school.

“Every member of staff along with the students embraced the week’s activities,” she said.

She noted that the activities began with an assembly, where students shared, on a bulletin board display, the most unusual places they had read a book.

Throughout the week, “Drop Everything and Read” took place each day for 20 minutes, when all staff and students stopped what they were doing to do some reading. A classroom door-decorating competition involved each class collaborating to share their representation of the theme of a chosen book, and one evening, teachers shared their favorite stories with students during Pajama Story Time.

Students had lots of fun at the pajama story time.
Students had lots of fun at the pajama story time.

A dance competition was well received by students and staff.

“This year, rather than each class participating in the competition, each year group assembled a dance team to compete against their assigned year group,” said Ms. Callaghan. “This was truly the highlight of the entire week.”

The success of literacy week at Savannah Primary School follows on the school’s first Partners in Literacy Night in October.

“Our aim is to equip parents with increased knowledge and skills to improve literacy at home,” said Ms. Callaghan.

“The partnership between home and school will increase the opportunity for greater academic success.

“Our first night was a huge success with close to 200 parents in attendance, and on our next event, scheduled for February, we hope to double the number of parents in attendance.”


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