K-6 Open Classroom afternoon for parents

On Wednesday 5 April, K-6 parents and guardians were invited to join their children at school. The afternoon had two purposes.

The first was to give K-6 parents another look inside their child’s classroom and have the opportunity to experience the learning activities that take place every day.

We had a wonderful response with classrooms bursting at the seams as parents and children squeezed around desks to complete a wide range of interesting learning activities from subjects across the curriculum.

The second goal was to set a new Dominic College record for the greatest number of people to simultaneously read outside at one time. This challenge is one of the initiatives developed by our Premier’s Reader Cup Ambassadors who have been working hard to promote a love of reading.

We all braved the smoke that was wafting down from the back burning, found a spot and settled down to read. Parents, children, teachers and friends all enjoyed a moment in their busy day to indulge in the joy of reading.

The children clearly loved welcoming you into the place they spend their days and sharing a story with you.

“Today was awesome because I had fun learning with my parents at school,” Charlotte Lacy-Jager, Year 1

“It was fun reading with our parents and was nice that they got to see us do our work,” Emarli Lovell, Year 4

“Our parents got an idea of what we do in the classroom. They could also help us,” Reese Cubit, Year 6

All parents, whether they were able to attend on Wednesday or not, are able to share in their child’s day with something as simple as a good question. Consider the impact we can have!

In 1944, the nuclear physicist, Isidor Isaac Rabi won the Nobel Prize for his work on atomic nuclei. After his acceptance speech, he was asked about some of the major influences in his life.

He told the story about how he grew up in Brooklyn. When his friends all came home from school, their parents always asked them, “What did you learn in school today?” However, when Isidor came home from school each day, his mother always asked him, “Izzy, did you ask a good question today?” Rabi told how that single question from his mother every day helped him develop the inquisitive mind necessary for academic success and his eventual scientific discoveries.

What kind of questions do you ask at the end of a school day?

Ms Sue Cunningham - Coordinator of T&L 3-6