Congratulations to the following Year 3-6 students who achieved outstanding results on the Literacy Pro program in Semester 1. Their achievements were recently recognised at an Assembly where students received a LitPro Principal’s Award. Many students have read over and above their expected goals and continue to soar by reading consistently at home and school, with a number achieving Dream Team status by earning 125 or more Lexile points.
|Highest Lexile growth per class
|Highest Lexile points earned per class
|High Lexile points earned per year level
Book Fair – Helpers Needed
Our ‘Reading Rainforest’ Book Fair will take place during Book Week in Week 7 and will run from Monday 21 August – Thursday 25 August. Our annual Book Fair is the perfect opportunity for students, Parents, Caregivers and Grandparents to purchase a wide range of Scholastic titles. We are currently looking for volunteers to assist from Friday 18 August – Friday 26 August with tasks including Book Fair brochure preparation, set-up/pack-down and Wish List writing. Please contact Vanessa McKellar at email@example.com if you are able to assist by Friday 4 August. Volunteers will be contacted with timetable details in the lead up to Book Fair.
MS Readathon 2017 – Get ready to Read!
Registrations are now open for this year’s MS Readathon at www.msreadathon.org.au The MS Readathon was launched 38 years ago in Australia and over the years thousands of students have picked up their books and raised over $40 million – all to support Australians living with MS.
Everyone can take part and enjoy reading their favourite books whilst helping others. Fundraise just $50 and you will make a world of difference to those newly diagnosed with MS, by enabling them to attend an information session where they get much needed support. Certificates of Appreciation will be awarded to all students and schools and all those raising funds will be included in our online Honour Role. For more information call 1300 677 323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Voices on the Coast
On Thursday 21 July, 60 students from Year 5-11 attended the Voices on the Coast Youth Literature Festival, presented by Immanuel Lutheran College in association with the University of the Sunshine Coast. Voices on the Coast aims to inspire readers and emerging writers to continue to pursue their love of reading/writing. This year, an excited busload of our GCC students participated in a varied selection of some of the amazing 130 talks and workshops on offer. Our students connected with authors, illustrators and guest presenters, gathered some great ideas to incorporate into their own writing or heard about what inspires authors to spend months or even years writing a new book.
It was a wonderful opportunity for our students to be in a context that celebrates words, images and the power of the spoken and written word. They were captivated as authors shared their excitement and passion about writing and life. Attending the Literature Festival was a special opportunity for staff and students alike and the feedback from the day highlights the value of the festival across all age groups. Thank you to our wonderful parent helpers who assisted us with supporting small groups to attend the various venues across the University campus.
The comments from our students say it all:
It was a great day! I found it really interesting listening to Justin D’Ath and have already borrowed one of his books. Amelie Year 5
It definitely changed my view on writing narratives and I loved listening to Justin D’Ath. Josiah Year 6
I loved the play ‘The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, The Bard’ by Shake & Stir. Thomas Year 6
I can’t wait to go home and keep on writing the story that we planned out in the workshop session! I’m really excited about this. Lara Year 8
I loved Tim Harris’ session on ‘Exploding endings because it was so fun’. Patrick Year 8
Just being at the University was great … Tim Harris’ session was the best! Cara Year 7
It’s inspiring for young writers especially to hear about the story of people who have succeeded in their careers. Zoe Year 10
Shake & Stir’s ‘Will-i-am’ was so clever…how they manipulate Shakespeare’s work so it’s funny and easier to understand. Erin Year 11
We are already looking forward to next year’s festival but in the meantime… Book Week 2017 is on its way… get ready for ‘Escape to Everywhere’ – the Book Week 2017 theme. More exciting news to come!
See you in the library.
Vanessa McKellar and Beryl Morris, Teacher Librarians