Literacy Celebrations

International Literacy Day Friday 7th September 2017

Year 7 had a wonderful day celebrating International Literacy Day. The theme this year was in digital literacy. Our learning focus was on Literacy, communication and e-safety. They completed a cross- curricular literacy and numeracy project which was informative and challenging.

Students started the day learning about the Penny Black Stamp and ended the day learning about e-safety. Students completed a range of tasks throughout the day:

  • the Penny Black stamp – students explored how this invention revolutionised the way the world communicates;
  • analysed stamps from around the world;
  • read biography of Rowland Hill and the postal reform act;
  • discussed how citizens of the Victorian era communicated compared with the technology we use to communicate today;
  • completed a mental maths activity using mobile phones as a stimulus;
  • debated the pros and cons of mobile phones and the reasons why mobile phones are left in lockers at St. John Bosco Arts College;
  • considered e-safety and how to keep safe online: how to use the internet and mobile phones to communicate responsibly and effectively.

Roald Dahl Day Thursday 13th September

On Thursday 13th September students had a wonderful learning experience: we celebrated Roald Dahl day at St. John Bosco Arts College.

In English lessons, Year 7 have been analysing the short story ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’. “Lamb to the Slaughter” is a story written by British novelist Roald Dahl and published in the book Someone Like You in the Collective stories of Roald Dahl, 1991. The story showcases great use of irony and reflects the sudden change that happens in human behaviour according to their changing circumstances. It’s a recommended read.

At lunch time the LRC was a hive of activity and students were extremely keen to complete the LRC Roald Dahl Day reading challenge which involved critical thinking around some of Roald Dahl’s most well -known texts.