Students participated in a range of activities responding to the book Stepping Stones by Margriet Ruurs. The pictures in the book were inspired by the stone artwork of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr. The story tells the journey of a family fleeing their home because of conflict. Our children were exposed to the harsh realities that many children their age face every day. The students responded to the book and similar stories with compassion, respect and appreciation for the value of home and family.
Within our primary school, each year group participated in different activities that looked at the journey of refugees. Students participated in creative dramas about the themes presented in the book. Other classes created pictures of their own family using natural materials. Some grade levels created story continuations about similar issues in the book. Students also participated in the Global Campus Writing Challenge. This writing challenge was also connected to the book, Stepping Stones. Students had to respond to the theme of ‘What is the meaning of home?’ Some students wrote diary entries from the perspective of refugees, other students wrote about the meaning of home to themselves, while some students wrote letters to the characters in the book.
Students also continued the tradition of the Leman Photography Challenge. The challenge for the students was to take photos under the theme of ‘Community’ and to show the community we have here at Leman. The favourite shots from each class have been submitted to the Challenge Week Committee and we are eagerly awaiting the results! Don’t forget to look out for the Challenge Week display board which will showcase some of the amazing learning that happened throughout the week.