Tooborac Primary students have it made in the shade

December 21, 2017

Tooborac Primary School principal James Tenison-Woods has welcomed a Cancer Council grant to shade its outdoor playgrounds.

AS THE summer sun continues to swelter, parents of Tooborac Primary School students can rest easy, with the school receiving a $25,000 shade grant from the Cancer Council.

The school will use the grant to cover all playgrounds in shady play areas.

And this is just one recent development for the school, with Tooborac also gaining a $15,000 SmartyGrant.

The grant will allow the school to source a research-backed resource to back up the school’s reading program.

‘‘This is an incredible windfall for our school which [will] provide levelled literacy support with a reading recovery-trained teacher at our school,’’ principal James Tenison-Woods said.

‘‘We’re very excited about the boost this will give our reading program. We can’t wait to get working on it and see the results.’’

But wait, there’s more.

Students also enjoyed coding and robotics classes, courtesy of Mitchell Shire Council.

A teacher, visiting once a week for four weeks, has been training students on how to program robots to avoid obstacles, respond to light and have robo-sumo battles.

‘‘Students decorate their individual robot with lego and then have battles in the different categories,’’ Mr Tenison-Woods said.

‘‘All the students collaborated to construct the maze for the robots to navigate. Students have also started coding.

Mr Tenison-Woods said it was an exciting time for the school.

‘‘Teachers are really enthused working on implementing the same teaching strategies, assessments and interventions,’’ he said.

‘‘We have also received funding to support our reading program so we are really excited about the quality of education that we can offer our students.’’

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