Year 3-6 Principal’s Awards – Literacy Pro:
We recently celebrated the amazing Semester 1 Literacy Pro achievements of our Year 3-6 classes. Students have been reading diligently across the year to work towards set goals to improve their reading and comprehension skills. In doing so, they have read an impressive 60,016,166 words and completed 14276 quizzes! It’s important to note that these totals also include the reading achievements of our Year 7-9 students. Special thanks to the many staff members, parents and caregivers who support the program and encourage students to read consistently. Primary students have been reminded to borrow Lexile titles for the holidays as they continue completing quizzes over the break.
All Year 3-6 students received a treat for the LitPro certificate level they attained in Semester 1. The following students also received a Principal’s Literacy Award at Assembly for achieving the highest growth or points earned for their class and year level.
|Highest Lexile Growth per Class|
|Highest Lexile Points per Class|
|Highest Lexel Points earned per Year Level|
|Yr 3||Annabelle Greig|
|Yr 4||Jarrett Coulson|
|Yr 5||Aimee Cullen|
|Yr 6||Dominique Doolan|
Read More in May Winners
During the month of May students had the opportunity to practice their reading skills by taking part in the Read More in May Competition. To participate students had to read daily and track their progress by colouring a book. Participants were also encouraged to enter the National competition via the Scholastic website to enter the drawer to win some impressive prizes. While we didn’t manage to receive any National prizes, the following students were awarded book prizes for handing in their Reading Record at school. Reading Records are currently on display in the library until the end of July. Congratulations to the following GCC winners:
Prep M Tex Arkinstall
1G Olly Kelly
3G Archie Cruise
4W Lotty Kelly
5M Caitlin Mare
6M Grace Palmer
Premier’s Reading Challenge Update
Who doesn’t love a beautiful children’s picture book? The Premier’s Reading Challenge is currently running in Queensland and is an annual initiative, offering the perfect opportunity to promote reading. This year the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Queensland was commissioned by the Department of Education and Training to help source and to provide details for children’s books in Chinese, French, German and Japanese to be included in the Premier’s Reading Challenge Booklists. College families are encouraged to explore these new additions and include them on the 2018 PRC Reading Records. Titles have been provided for Years Prep to 3, however, children of all ages will enjoy many of the print books and eBooks listed. To view the list click on these links:
2018 booklist – Additional languages Prep to Year 1
2018 booklist – Additional languages Years 1 to 3
Families can view the eBooks included in the booklists from the hyperlinks provided on the booklists (scroll down the PDF until you see hyperlinks on the right). When the eBooks are viewed/read online, the audio component will support students in Prep-Year 3 as they build their literacy in an additional language. A PDF of the eBook can also be downloaded, but the audio component is not available for this format. The booklist titles for hard copy books can be borrowed from the Languages Library.
International Women in Engineering Day
QUT with the support of Betchel are celebrating International Women in Engineering Day on Saturday 23 June from 2pm, with a premier of the ‘Dream Big Movie’ on the Cube. Hosted by Engineers Australia, the session will include the movie, Q&A with engineers and workshop activities and is aimed at Grade 3 – 8 students and their parents. For further details go to: Dream Big: Engineering our World
Book Week 2018 – Find Your Treasure
It’s almost Term 3 and Book Week is just around the corner! The CBCA Book Week theme for 2018 is Find Your Treasure. Book Week will run in Week 6 next term, from Monday 20 August – 24 August. We will be running our annual Book Fair during Book Week. Our Secondary Character Day will be held on Tuesday 21 August, and the Primary Parade on Thursday 23 August. Book Week competitions will run from Week 1-4 next term, but here are three Primary competitions students may like to start during the holidays:
Treasure Map Competition (Prep-Year 6)
Design a treasure map about a story you’ve read or one you’ve written that includes some of the following story elements: the characters, the setting, the plot, the conflict, and the resolution. These elements keep a story running smoothly, engage the readers and allow the action to develop in a logical and exciting way. Include your name/class and the title of your story on the front of Treasure Map.
Treasure Jar Competition (Prep-Year 6)
Option 1: “Treasure a Great Book”
Your quest is to fill a jar with treasures about a story you’ve read! Treasures can include words, artifacts, illustrations and items that celebrate the story. Recycle a jam jar or similar for this activity. Remember to add the title of your story, your name and class somewhere on the jar.
Option 2: “I am Treasured”
Fill a treasure jar with items that celebrate you… your favourite places, Bible Verse, positive experiences, things you love to do, read and dream about. Recycle a jam jar or similar for this activity. Add your name and class on the top of your jar.
Have a wonderful holiday and enjoying some relaxing reading moments over the break.
See you next term.
Vanessa McKellar and Beryl Morris, Teacher Librarians