“A picture is worth a thousand words” – This is not often heard through the lips of librarians; who are lovers of all things alphabetic and phonemic. However, the evidence is plentiful when looking at the beautiful photographs taken at the A.B. Paterson College Book Week 2018 celebrations, and on show in both this week’s and last week’s Illalong newsletter. Find Your Treasure, the Children’s Book Council Australia theme for 2018, is exactly what our Junior School accomplished. Students were able to experience books as they were meant to – treasured, loved, explored and adored.
Junior School students were able to rub shoulders (and ask many inquisitive questions) to Australian literary greats – Natalie Jane Prior and Chris Collin. Our Years 4-6 students were inspired by the works of JK Rowling and entered the wonderful world of Harry Potter, with a special visit from Professor Frankie Falconette (celebrated Australian theatre artist Nadia Sunde). Her show brought to life characters, creatures and adventures from the favourite magical series. It was fun for dedicated fans and newcomers alike! We were so excited about our magical visitor that our Year 4 and Year 5 students built Hogwarts City and House banners for displays in the CLC, in our Makerspace sessions at lunchtime.
Our lower Junior School students were on show in fine form for our annual Character Parades – dressed in character from books they treasured. It was a wonderful event that brought our community together. Our young MCs called them the paparazzi and A.B. Paterson College would like to thank these camera-happy families for supporting Book Week and making it as spectacular as it was!
Students were able to take part in several activities throughout the week, including a classroom door decorating contest, celebrity readers in the Gumnut Gardens and ‘Read in the Funniest Way’. Prep to Year 3 students are still encouraged to bring in a photo of themselves reading in a funny and/or creative way. These photos will be on display in the Lilly Pilly Learning Centre for the rest of Term 3. Also, do not forget to hand in your completed Premier’s Reading Challenge forms to one of our libraries by Friday 24 August, 2018.
The A.B. Paterson College Book Week 2018 came to a close exactly as it should – READING! Our entire Junior School met on the Taylor-Dostal Oval to read together in the beautiful Queensland winter sunshine. As teacher-librarians, we might be a little biased, but we could not think of a better way to wrap up a fantastic week. We hope students felt inspired to read and we hope to see many of them in our libraries soon to ‘find their treasure’.
Melinda Parkinson and Stephanne Siberry – Teacher Librarians