Padbury CPS sings for Governor, promoting literacy

20 May 2024

The Padbury Catholic Primary School Choir performed for the Governor of Western Australia, Chris Dawson, and his guests at the 10th Anniversary of Paint the Town REaD WA (PTTR) on Thursday, 4 April.

Paint the Town REaD ’is a non-profit organisation that works with communities across Australia to encourage parents to talk, read, sing, rhyme, and play with their children from birth, so they start school ready to learn.

Special guest attendees included former Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts MP, WA Liberal Party Leader Libby Mettam MLA, Member for Mirrabooka Meredith Hammond MLA, Member for Swan Hills Jessica Shaw MLA, Member for Burns Beach Mark

Folkard MLA and Members for East Metropolitan region Lorna Harper MLC and Donna Faragher MLC.

Held in the Ballroom of Government House, the event included an inspiring Welcome to Country by Noongar Elder, Dianne Ryder before the Choir sang ‘Wanjoo’ by Gina Williams. Governor Dawson’s wife, Darrilyn Dawson and PTTR National Executive Director Barbie Bates OAM spoke at the event.

The Year 6 students read books that had simple words, pairing it with familiar tunes, with the aim of encouraging crowd participation. Mascots with different characters accompanied each performance.

Parents and staff who assisted the students in their preparations, also discussed the impact and influence parents have in a child’s learning journey and their school community.

Students shared their experiences, agreeing that performing for the Governor, his wife and guests for a good cause, was the highlight of the event.

Jessica said, “I learned that it is very important to read, sing, talk and play with children. I liked singing all the songs, but I enjoyed singing ‘Little Patrick Possum’ the most because the possums were singing and dancing along with us.”

“Nellie the Numbat was my favourite (song, because of its nice beat and tune,” said Charlie.

Isla commented’ “I loved the ballroom because there were chandeliers and pretty structures. Ella added that “it was big and fancy and amazing.”

“It was a wonderful opportunity to experience this historic building and to meet many important people in the Perth community.”

Music Teacher Roslyn Twine said,

“This experience has helped the Year 6 children and their families to learn about the work of Paint the Town REaD, which will help spread the message in the community. The children have learnt how much it can help a younger child when they read or sing with them, and it has also reinforced why they should keep reading and singing.”

“I assist PTTR when I can and strongly believe in the vital role of singing songs and doing actions, to complement reading books, rhyming and playing, with young children to promote brain development, language skills and early literacy in preparation for school readiness.

Unfortunately, research indicates that this still needs to be taught, implemented and encouraged across many communities in Australia. PTTR helps provide a consistent message across a whole community with visual paint splotches and key messages including ‘Have you read with your child today?”

Parent, Amanda Cross, who assisted during the event said it was a special experience to share with her daughter Eloise.

“We were amazed how many PTTR communities there are around Australia including regional places like Bunbury. We would love to see our City of Joondalup get involved too and help spread the joy (and educational benefits) of parents and children reading, rhyming and singing together.”

After the official speeches and cutting of the cake, the children were very excited to finally meet the PTTR mascots and to receive a medallion from the Governor.

To learn more about Paint the town REaD, go to  https://www.paintthetownread.info/

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