Book Week celebrates Australia’s most influential children’s literary awards event, the CBCA Children’s Book of the Year Awards. On Friday 18 August the Book of the Year Winners will be announced in the lead up to Book Week. Fifteen tireless volunteer judges representing all States and Territories read over 440 entries for this year’s Book of the Year Awards. After careful deliberation they narrowed the entries down to to the 2017 Shortlist. Next the judges had the challenging task of selecting the Winner and Honour books.
Students have been busy rating and selecting their favourites from the Shortlist in the hope that they may win. Make sure you pop in to the Library next week to see the range of shortlisted and notable titles on display. The titles will be available for borrowing following Book Week. Our ‘Circle’ display is also a must see, created by some of our Primary students under the artistic expertise of Jenny Evans.
Students will be celebrating Book Week with the following events next week:
- Monday 21 August – Year 7 – 12 Character Day will feature at both Middle School and Senior School Assemblies.
- Next Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday – Secondary ‘Escape Rooms’ Venue: Library Media Suites at second break.
- Wednesday 23 August – Middle School Read and Relax Day Venue: Library Amphitheatre
- Thursday 24 August – Prep – Year 6 Book Week Parade: Time: 8:45am – 10am. Students are invited to take part in these events by dressing up as a favourite book character. Primary students need to bring the book along that inspired their costume.
- Thursday 24 August – Prep – Year 2 Author Visit with Jo the Storyteller from 11:30am -1:30pm
GO WILD FOR BOOKS AT BOOK FAIR
The College community is invited to visit our Book Fair from Monday 21 August – Thursday 24 August at the Secondary end of the Library. Book Fair will run daily from 8:00am – 3:30pm and cater for Prep – Year 9. This year we’re ‘going wild for books’ at our Reading Rainforest Book Fair. Book Fair Brochures were sent home to Prep – Year 9 families and included a Preview and Purchase Timetable. During these sessions, students are allowed to bring money along to purchase items in a clearly named envelope and fill out a wish list. Classes will also be able to borrow after their session.
Special thanks to the families that have signed up for the MS Readathon. We are now halfway through the MS Readathon, which means half the time to fundraise! Now’s a great time to encourage students to reach out to their sponsors, letting them know they are halfway through their challenge, to remind those that haven’t yet donated or thank those that have. It’s still not too late to get involved. Go to https://www.msreadathon.org.au or check out these amazing stories of students touched by MS. It truly is such a worthwhile cause.
The reading period for the Premier’s Reading Challenge finishes on Friday 25 August. Please ensure all Reading Record Forms are signed by class teachers and then returned to the Library by Friday 1 September. Extra Reading Records are available in the Library if the original has been misplaced. Certificates will be handed out to students who have returned their Reading Record Form. Certificates will be given out in Term 4.
Calling all ‘Nearly a Vets’!
Students in Prep – Year 6 are invited to attend a ‘Nearly a Vet Convention’ at Glasshouse Christian College on Monday 9 October from 4-5pm (Kit pick-up from 3:30pm). Book online via Eventbrite here. Rebecca Johnson is an award-winning Australian author and part-time primary school science teacher who’ll be speaking to our Prep – Year 3 students as our visiting author on Monday 9 October. The ‘Nearly a Vet Convention’ will be run after school on the day of her visit. The event will be open to College families as well as students from across the Sunshine Coast. Please note there is a cost of $25 per child to receive the Nearly a Vet Kit. Students are invited to bring a stuffed animal along and join Rebecca and other ‘Nearly Vets’ as they practise their vetting skills and learn about the things real vets do. Students will also get some tips on great story writing and character development.
See you at the Book Fair!
Vanessa McKellar and Beryl Morris, Teacher Librarians