ST MONICA’S Catholic Primary School in Richmond raised a huge $10,000 through its walkathon fundraiser held in June.
Ninety families got involved, walking from the school to Richmond Park where they enjoyed a picnic, all in the name of raising funds for technology for the classrooms.
The students and teachers celebrated their ‘superhero efforts’ with a superheroes dress-up day on Friday, August 3.
The children wore superhero outfits all day, and there were indoor superhero activities after lunch.
Leanne Duval, Year 2 teacher and coordinator of special projects, said $5000 would be put towards robotics and the other half would be used to increase the school’s literary resources, including levelled readers for K-6 and high interest novels for stage three.
“Good quality literature is very important to expand the children's knowledge and vocabulary and give them exposure to many different genres and authors,” Ms Duval said.
Robotics purchased with the funds will will include Bee-Bots, Ozobots and Spheroes for classes K-6.
These are small, programmable mini robots that help promote creativity and teach children skills needed for employment in the future, such as coding and programming.
“Learning how to build and program a robot can be a complex and difficult process, however using a small, bright colourful robot is engaging and develops the children's problem solving strategies,” said Ms Duval.
“The children work collaboratively in a team learning skills such as inclusivity, communicating, questioning, explaining, taking turns and reasoning.”