Annual Year 6 Market Day Success - College Community Spirit Displayed
Thursday December the 1st saw the annual Year 6 Market Day being held at the Christian College Bellarine Campus. It was a fantastic day, the culmination of so many rich learning tasks for the Year 6 cohort. The ideas that were brainstormed at the start of the term were discussed, developed and nurtured within small collaborative groups. Designing, advertising and planning were undertaken as well as market research and surveys. Held under the iconic Peppercorn Tree, on a magnificent sunny day the Year 6 students rose to the challenge of holding a market for the rest of the school community. The students were able to participate in a wide variety of games and purchase so many amazing small gifts, necklaces and stationary, just to name a few of the things on offer.
As amazing as Market Day was, the reason behind the day is what makes it so special. The curriculum areas that were covered and the authentic learning that took place are all very important, however, an outstanding experience the students will take out of the day, was the opportunity to help the community they belong to. Part of the learning for the Market Day Unit was looking at how the students can help those in the community around them, especially in the lead up to Christmas. This is the second year that the year 6 Market Day has supported the Drysdale Food Bank, run by the Drysdale Community Church. This is a locally supported charity that offers food parcels, emergency clothing and other support to families who are going through a difficult period. In the lead up to Market Day we found out how we can best help the Food Bank support families for Christmas. This year we will be able to provide a full Christmas lunch to 60 local families. A shopping list is sent through and following Market Day the students are part of the shopping trip to purchase food with the money raised. This year we have been blessed to buy everything on the shopping list for the full 60 families, from bonbons to plum puddings and mince tarts. In addition to the food being supplied, this year we will also be able to hand over a cheque for $2000, allowing the Drysdale Foodbank to help many more families into the new year.
We are so proud of the efforts of our young people and the attitude with which they undertook Market Day. The Year 6 students approached the whole term knowing that the deeper purpose of their learning was to serve others, and they have done this with a maturity far beyond their years.
We would like to sincerely thank our Bellarine students for their enthusiastic engagement in the spirit of Market Day. We also acknowledge the generous contribution of our College families, to achieve such an outcome for the Drysdale Food Bank and our friends in the local community, who will be beneficiaries of your generosity.
Claire Deretic & Ryan Healy
Year 6 Teachers