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To cap off an amazing Term 3 at Gardenvale Primary School, students were asked to forgo their school uniform for the day and come dressed in their favourite football team’s colours to celebrate the end of the football season. Students on both the Junior and Senior campuses participated a series of tabloid football related games, that included handball and kick to kick, and they moved from station to station after a period of time.

After recess, the whole school met together under the COLA and each team came out to the main stage to sing their club’s song. A fabulous morning in the brilliant sunshine and good luck to all the AFL teams that are still in the competition!


This year, Book Week was celebrated on the Senior Campus underneath the COLA. Students from the Junior School walked up from their campus to join the Year 3 - 6 classes. All students and teachers dressed as their favourite book character and parents also came along to join in the fun. Each class was given the opportunity to come out to the centre and form a parade while everyone clapped and cheered. The Children's Book Council of Australia annual shortlisted books were on display in the school library for classes to read during their library sessions and the winners of these awards were announced in late August.


The Respectful Relationships program currently being undertaken at Gardenvale Primary School, is about embedding a culture of respect and equality across our entire community, from our classrooms to staffrooms, sporting fields, fetes and social events. The Respectful Relationships program supports schools to promote and model respect, positive attitudes and behaviours and teaches our students how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence.


On Tuesday June 14, a whole school, multi-age event took place on both campuses as part of our annual Herrrby Week celebrations and Respectful Relationships Program. Herrrby, our school values mascot, is an acronym for Honesty, Empathy, Resilience, Respect, Responsibilty and Being Yourself.  Throughout the week, a variety of activities were planned, including a fun whole school homework task, a staff verses student netball match, a whole school in-house performance and a 'Dance Off"under the COLA to name a few.


Working in mixed aged groups, our students were asked to create and decorate a Gardenvale student character, to be displayed around the school, who depicted their own personal strengths.


During Visual Arts sessions, students also decorated a pebble with their name and face, as well as writing one of their strengths on it. Over 630 pebbles were used to create a "Strength Garden" on the Junior School Campus. 


At 10am this morning, Tuesday 26th April, a whole school commemorative Anzac Day ceremony was held under the COLA on the Senior Campus. In the school’s Centenary year, our neighbour, Jim, an army veteran who also turned 100 earlier this year, was our special guest of honour.

The Flanders poppy has long been a part of Remembrance Day, the ritual that marks the Armistice of 11 November 1918, but it is also being used as part of Anzac Day observances. During the First World War, red poppies were among the first plants to spring up in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium. In soldiers' folklore, the vivid red of the poppy came from the blood of their comrades soaking the ground. The sight of poppies on the battlefield at Ypres in 1915 moved Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae to write the famous poem “In Flanders fields”.

Today during the ceremony, every child in the school held a paper Flanders poppy in memory of all the lives lost in wars, past and present, while our Year 6 students recited part of the poem, “In Flanders Fields” by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae.

Hopefully it was a very memorable day for Jim and it gave our school the opportunity to reflect and be thankful for the quality of life that we have today.