In 2013 and 14, the Rotary Club of Rosebud Rye presented books to every Yr3 student in six local schools, from Rosebud to Rye. In October 2014, students and their teachers were invited to participate in a survey to determine the validity and value of this project. 427 students and 11 teachers completed the survey.
In tallying up the results, we noted the following...
323 (75% of students) continue to read their book;
- 104 read it on a regular basis,
- 219 read it when they need or want to, and
- 243 commented positively about how the book had helped them
A snapshot of comments from Yr 3 & 4 students
What have you learned about yourself from reading A for Attitude?
- "it helps me with my anger problem – thank you so much!"
- "it makes me feel like I can do something right"
- "don't think about what anyone says to hurt your feelings, and think what you want to think."
- "animals give you love, so you should love them back."
- "that if you're not honest, people won't trust you."
- "I learned new things and I really like this book!"
Read the full list here
"A for Attitude is an extremely suitable resource for grade 3 children... continued Kate Emry, Yr 3 teacher at Red Hill Consolidated School
"The children would often read their individual copies during silent reading times and enjoyed sharing their thoughts." – Robyn Ross, Y3 teacher, Rosebud P.S.
"It is a great resource for social skills lessons and goal setting. We also make use of the digital activity pack (FabFirst5) in conjunction with..." continued here
– Natalie Greer Yr3 teacher Eastbourne P.S.
"It should form part of our booklist and be given out in the first week of school"
"Teaching children resilience and persistence can be very challenging. It's very helpful to have such an appealing resource to refer to..." read more here
– Belinda Coggin, Grade 3 teacher, Our Lady of Fatima
"The book was used to shape class discussions. The activity booklet..." continued
– Christine Young, SEL teacher Tootgarook P.S.
"We need to follow up on this book and activities in grade 4."
– Dan Koole, Grade 4 teacher at Our Lady of Fatima
Deputy Principals' comments
"At the end of last year we purchased a copy of A for Attitude for each staff member. I know that staff value this resource. For some it is kept at school and used regularly with their class, for others it is a resource used for them at home personally.
It is often used during staff prayer or reflection before meeting times.
I am fortunate to have a son in Year 3 who was given a copy through the great Rotary initiative. My son usually keeps his copy in his school bag so he can access it at home and school. Just the other night he was sent to his room for making a poor behavioural choice. When I went a couple of minutes later to check on him, he was sitting on his bed with his A for Attitude book open. I felt quite comfortable leaving him there as I knew he had in a sense turned to this wonderful resource for guidance and wisdom.
A wonderful resource for all!!"
– Marita O'Sullivan, Deputy principal,Our Lady of Fatima P.S.
"Such a great initiative, students mention it often, have used it as a strategy when dealing with issues" – Tina Coumbe, Assistant Principal, Rye P.S.