“Good times come to an end…” It all started in Term 1, we began drafting letters for this big experience given to us by Mr. H (Our School Principal). We then got a short notice that our letters would be handed in very shortly! The stress we all had gave us a nervous feeling but the whole point was to build and gain confidence! And there our letters took off! Oh, what a feeling!
Oh, did I forget to introduce my buddy? Oh, his name is Brad! The rad one in the buddy system… Just receiving his amazing letters and writing back to him made me love and feel joy which made me a heap more desprate to meet him! But sadly we had to wait another 3 terms filled with suspense! “The effort you give is the effort you recieve”
One afternoon Miss Jones walks in with a black envelope… “What is it?” I asked my friends puzzled with curiousity… Not shortly after a silence occured, our letters were handed out one by one each with curiousity. We traded our letters one by one reading and observing the effort that they really put in! “One of the best moments in my life.”
5J had the opportunity to write letters to some big buddies from company called “Cuscal”. We were to write letters to each other. My buddies name was Natasha, she was a kind and a wonderful buddy. We wrote letters to each other 2 to 3 times a term and we improved our writting skills significantly. We didn’t type our letters because it helps us improve our handwriting and it makes us think more creatively. I was really lucky because my buddy let her childeren write letters to me and their letters were fantastic. Finally on Thursday the 27th of October, 5J went to meet our buddies face to face. When we got there, I got to talk to my buddy and we had a tour around the offices. My buddy Natasha gave me a present and I gave her mine, then we took a group photo. Unforntenly after the photo we had to go back to school.That was my amazing experience with the my buddy and I hope it wont be the end.
A trial literacy buddy program has arrived at GPS and 5J took the opportunity to become “Little Buddy’s” to a corporate company known as Cuscal. The program consists of sending 2 screened letters per term (similar to the ‘penpal’ system) to professionals within the workforce. Students plan, draft and publish their letters in accordance with their classes writing cycle, drawing upon critical thinking, varied language and creativity.
Their letters include:
* Deeper level questions for their buddies. For example- What are the most important things to you and why?
* Information about who they are.
* Personal touches such as pictures and drawings, individual interests and favourite things.
They were very surprised at how much they had in common with their “Big Buddy’s” and look forward to continuing their communication throughout the year.