It was a cold and frosty morning on PJ Day at Assumption Catholic Primary School as the pyjama-clad students and families arrived at school, amazed at what had occurred at overnight. A mysterious rocket: NASA 6210 had crashed landed in their Nature Playground.
On the netting was a spacesuit, abandoned boots, gas mask, googles and debris from the crash. Mrs Merritt, the Principal, had called ARMSEC security to guard the area and ensure that it was safe for the students and staff.
The scene was set for a whole school Big Write!
Each class visited the site to try to figure out how and why the rocket had crashed at the school. They looked for clues throughout the school and made many varied conclusions. The whole school spent the morning writing their stories, and in the afternoon the stories were shared with their buddy classes.
The enthusiasm of the students was amazing. Their stories were creative as their imagination soared.
The rocket had 6210 on it…was it destined for Mandurah? Where was the astronaut? So many students found clues, including footprints and mysterious snippets of debris that were surely from the rocket. Was the astronaut wearing PJs as well? Was Mrs Merritt the astronaut?
At Assumption Catholic Primary School this year, the focus for writing is to nurture the love of writing, rather than focusing solely on the semantics and rules of writing. The visit from the mystery rocket created a whole school excitement and vibrancy. The whole school came together to write and share their stories.
The students wear their pyjamas to school each year to fundraise for Cancer Research in memory of a past staff member Mrs Jenny Scaffardi.