Genre Reading Awards: This year during our weekly Year 3 – 6 Book Club members were encouraged to read a range of genres to build their reading stamina and widen their reading experiences. Many students took on the challenge and together we shared ideas, explored genres and encouraged one another. To earn all of their genre stickers students had to not only read, but also post about the books they’d read, using SeeSaw. Seesaw is a digital platform that offered a collaborative space, where students could creatively share, engage, promote books and receive feedback. Congratulations to the following students who completed reading a novel from every genre! All Book Club participants have been given their cards and those who did not complete it are encouraged to keep reading and posting on SeeSaw to earn their genre stickers. There is no set time limit to complete the challenge, so we look forward to seeing more students complete it in 2019.
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
Did you know that when kids read over the school holidays they are more likely to leap ahead when they return to school? This is often called the ‘summer leap’ and our College has made it a priority to keep students’ skills sharp by encouraging them to read all summer long. Students are invited to participate in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, a free online reading program that invites children to read for at least 10 minutes every day. The idea is to choose from one of the fun reading challenges, hang it somewhere handy at home and read every day to complete the challenges to build up reading time. We are excited to share with you that the theme of this year’s program is Chill Out and Read, where children are encouraged to read for fun, and become immersed in books that interest them.
This year the challenge is an easy to enter draw, where all participants have an equal chance to win 1 of 30 SUMMER FUN prize packs! To help you add new reading choices for your child, Scholastic has given us a promotional code ‘SUMMER’ so you can take 50% OFF ALL BOOKS on The Scholastic Store (online only) these holidays. This offer is only available between 13 December 2018 and 28 January 2019 inclusive. Enjoy books from home or the local library or the Scholastic store and have a wonderful time reading over the holidays! For more information, book recommendations and free resources for parents, visit scholastic.com.au/summer.
Summer Reading Club
We are pleased to announce that the Summer Reading Club is another fantastic reading initiative taking place again over the Summer holidays! Last year the Summer Reading Club was a huge success. Over 43,000 children participated across Australia, and more than 360,000 books were read. Celebrating its eighth year as a national program, the Summer Reading Club could be even bigger and better this year. The theme for the 2018 Summer Reading Club is Curious Creatures and will run from 1 December 2018 to 31 January 2019. Registration is FREE! Register through the Summer Reading Club website at
www.summerreadingclub.org.au. National prizes are also up for grabs for online participants.
Sunny Kids Writing Workshops with Aleesah Darlison are back!
Sunny Kids Writing Camps with Aleesah Darlison help children with their writing and foster the authors of tomorrow.
January 2019 School Holidays:
ONE DATE ONLY: Wednesday 16 January
Alcooringa Youth & Community Centre, 176 Ballinger Road, Buderim, Sunshine Coast.
This awesome creative writing camp is run by Aleesah Darlison, award-winning and internationally published children’s author. Suits Ages 7 – 14 years. Hours: 8:30am – 4:00pm.
Venue: Alcooringa Youth & Community Centre, 176 Ballinger Road, Buderim. We have a comfortable, air-conditioned workshop room with a beautiful, secure outdoor play area for meal times.
Wednesday 16 January 2019, Topic: Turtle Dreaming – come on an ocean adventure as we learn all about turtles then write and illustrate a beautiful turtle-inspired picture book.
Tickets through Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2AjXjBs.
The workshop also includes fun games, activities and prize draws throughout the day.
Children will enjoy a full day writing camp with Aleesah Darlison in a tutorial/class environment with one-on-one time throughout the day plus instructions and advice on various writing skills and genres. Elements of writing and drawing are included in each program, with plenty of stimulating discussion, group and individual exercises and take home materials.
Tell your friends and bring them along! Price for each full-day workshop is $66. BYO food.
Book Returns Reminder
Thanks for your assistance with the end of year return requests. Prompt return of items is expected and assists the library team as we prepare resources for the start of next year. Please note that items lost or damaged beyond repair will incur a replacement cost. If items are paid for and later found we are happy to reimburse these costs. Letters for outstanding items are now being sent to families to assist with final returns prior to the end of term.
See you in the Library.
Vanessa McKellar and Beryl Morris, Teacher Librarians