Illalong News

  • 8th September, 2017

Junior Library News

Junior School has been celebrating Book Week with visits from special guest authors. 

Years 1 and 2 enjoyed interactive performances from Chris Collin, who used puppetry, storytelling and dancing to create a fun, literary experience for students. Chris’s message is to encourage students to “read for the joy of reading”. Students loved the adventures of ‘Funky Chicken’ and ‘Crocodile’, who became friends in the end.

Prep students were treated to an exciting presentation of storytelling, musical comedy and singing from Dean O’Brien (Mr Yipadee). Dean had the number one selling children’s CD in England and a best-selling Christmas book. Antics such as students putting out the ‘fire’ on teachers’ heads was relished by students and participating staff. 

Dean presented a humorous and highly energetic, creative writing session for Year 6 students. With suggestions from students, Dean crafted a ‘best seller’ in 30 minutes. Dean spoke about how to find inspiration, the creative mindset, the importance of ‘getting started’; and the on-going development of book writing. 

Years 3, 4 and 5 participated in illustration workshops from celebrated Australian author and illustrator, Peter Carnavas. Peter is the illustrator of many well-loved picture books: Jessica's Box, Last Tree in the City, The Great Expedition, The Children Who Loved Books; and his latest chapter book, The Elephant. During his workshop, students learnt how visual literacy could convey character, conflict, and solutions to make a story. The workshop included cartooning, storytelling tips and illustration techniques. All students had a finished illustration at the end of the workshop. 

Books from these authors are available from the College Libraries.

This is not the end of the Book Week celebrations – Prep to Year 3 are having their Book Character parade on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 September.

Happy Reading from all our Library Staff!

Melinda Parkinson – Junior School Teacher Librarian

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