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Book Week – Reading is my Super PowerPosted in Literacy,Whole College on Friday, 21 June, 2019

Walking into the College this morning, students, parents and staff were greeted by the fantastical sight of the entire Primary School dressed up as their favourite book character! Inspired by this year’s Book Week theme ‘reading is my super power’, there were plenty of superhero costumes and super cute looks amongst the students and also the Primary School staff!

The Primary School Relax and Read afternoon was a popular event with many families heading over to the Library to connect through reading. The event was event more popular this time with fun activities and Year 10 students providing face painting for the younger ones, highlighting their inner superhero.

Book Week was truly a Whole College event with activities impacting and connecting students from all corners of the College. The Buddy-Reading sessions in particular sought to connect students through stories, with different classes teaming up to enjoy reading together. Amongst the groups bonding were Year 7 students reading to the 3M class, Year 8s reading to Pre-Primary M and Year 10 students reading to their ‘buddies’ in Year 4. Watching the students laugh and smile and interact over a shared literature experience highlights just how special reading can be in bringing people together.

Renowned children’s author, Mr Norman Jorgensen, proved to be a wonderful author-in-residence. Author of The Smuggler’s Curse and The Last Viking books, Mr Jorgensen was in the College library all week (see post titled Author in Residence sure to be a hit for Book Week, 14 June). He conducted inspirational and fun sessions with all Primary school students as well as groups of Secondary students, who all thoroughly enjoyed the creative experience. Mr Jorgensen said that he was blown away with the innovation and talent that the Year 7 creative writing workshop yielded. “There is a whole group of potential authors right there,” he said. “In through the Bat-doors to a wonderful library full of warm, friendly and energetic library staff who really know how to look after a visiting author, including my own pirate mug, coffee machine, freshly baked biscuits, techies to make sure the whiteboards connect, photocopying and anything I seem to ask for. I love too how everyone, including the Principal and all the teachers, are reading this week. What a great College with a lovely, caring feeling. And God bless yoooo,ooo,ooo,ooo, as the kids say each session.”

A new initiative this year was the addition of a Homeroom quiz for the Secondary students, with new literature questions to answer each morning. Congratulations to winning Homerooms St Patrick’s 3 in the Middle School (Mrs Anjulee May) and St Monica’s 10 in the Senior School (Jeff O’Neill), who will be treated to a Dominos pizza lunch this week.

The Friday morning costume parade was a Book Week highlight, with students excitedly straining to catch a glimpse of the colourful and creative array of outfits on offer. As always, the special highlight was the unveiling of Mrs Love’s kooky costume for the year, this time a full body suit and gigantic underpants helping her get into character as Captain Underpants. The Dads’ Reading Challenge held after today’s parade, which is always a much anticipated aspect of Book Week, was again a resounding success. Today’s fun provided a fitting finale to a memorable week of activities.

Head of Information Services and Teacher Librarian of the Year for 2018 Mrs Sarah Love was thrilled with the week’s events and how the whole College came together to make reading their super power. “Children who read for just 20 minutes per day, read 1,800,000 words per school year and are predicted to score in the top 10% across all academic standardised tests. Not only is Book Week the most exciting and fun week of the school year, but it provides all with a timely reminder of just how impactful reading can be and how much it can shape, not only who we are as people, but how much we can achieve.”


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