‘All Kids can be Readers’ - Glasshouse Christian College

‘All Kids can be Readers’



  • February 15, 2024

‘All Kids can be Readers’

Last week, author Sally Rippin, was announced as the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2024 and 2025. Sally’s theme as Laureate for the next two years is ‘All kids can be readers’. Sally loves to write stories with heart and with characters that resonate with children, parents, and educators. She is Australia’s highest selling female author of more than 100 books, with ten million books in print globally. Her hope as Laureate is to ensure that all children can be supported to access reading in the way that suits them best.

As we celebrate Queensland School Library Week (QSLW) and the 2024 theme ‘Our Heart, Our Stories’ it’s the perfect time to acknowledge the transformational power of reading, creativity, and story. We are thankful for the amazing library spaces we enjoy that offer a welcoming environment for our community to read, study, and learn in. This term students are reading in many formats across P-12; from our print collection, eBook, and audiobook platforms to the wide array of educational databases we subscribe to that provide rich, rigorous resources that are scaffolded to suit the abilities of every student. Classes across the College are engaged in literacy rotations, reading groups, novel studies, literature circles, and book clubs.

We thank families for partnering with us as we look for ways to encourage a lifelong love of learning and reading. We acknowledge our fabulous library team who go above and beyond to connect with and grow readers at GCC and we look forward to being part of Sally’s online launch as the new Australian Children’s Laureate.

As part of Queensland School Library Week, students are encouraged to participate in the following Primary and Secondary competitions noted below.

PRIMARY COMPETITION

The Primary Competitions include the following:

Prep – Year 2:

What is your favourite story? Draw or paint a picture to illustrate this. Your picture should be on an A4 sheet. Add a caption if you like.

Year 3 – Year: There are two categories:

  • Produce an artwork to reflect the theme Our Heart, Our Stories
  • Write a short story to reflect the theme Our Heart, Our Stories. There is a word limit of 150 – 300 words

SECONDARY COMPETITIONS

The Secondary Competitions include the following:

Year 7 – 12: There are two categories.

  • Produce an artwork or take a photograph to reflect the theme Our Heart, Our Stories
  • Write a short story to reflect the theme Our Heart, Our Stories. There is a word limit of 300 – 600 words.

From the entries received, we will select Primary and Secondary GCC winners whose work will be forwarded on to the Queensland School Library Association for the statewide competition. State winners will each receive a $50 book voucher and their school will receive a $100 book voucher.

Send your Secondary entries via email to library@glasshouse.qld.edu.au OR Mrs Morris – beryl.morris@glasshouse.qld.edu.au

Entries will be accepted from Monday 12 February until Monday 26 February.

Vanessa McKellar, Head of Library Services

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