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Loving the Library with Anne

"Books break the shackles of time – proof that humans can work magic."

Reading really IS our Secret Power (one of them anyway!)

What a fantastic Book Week we had this term! A big thank you to all the students (not to mention their amazing parents) and staff members who made the effort to dress up and contribute to our annual day of celebrating all that is good about reading and children! A great day was had by all, especially at lunchtime when Grug’s 40th birthday activity proved to be extremely popular.

We also raised over $230 for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation with the proceeds from the Sausage Sizzle. We are very grateful to our Parent Group volunteers for running this lunch on the day.

Our Preps to Year 3s loved having local illustrator Jane Reiseger visit to show us how she approaches her work. With her guidance, we all contributed to a beautiful mural “From the bush to the sea” which now resides upstairs in the library and has many interested viewers each week. Jane was shortlisted for a CBCA award for best new talent in illustration for her work in Jane Godwin’s Red House, Green House, Blue House, Treehouse which we have enjoyed sharing in the library.

Author Tristan Bancks was a massive hit with the Year 4–6s when he visited, taking the students through his writing process and sharing his top tips of how to write for success. We particularly liked his idea of writing to a music soundtrack that matches the pace and style of our stories. In just five minutes of fast paced ‘chase music’ we were able to come up with some cracking story starters. Hannah and the Year 4s have already adopted Tristan’s idea for an ‘Anything Goes’ notebook and have been spending time each day getting into the “author flow” and writing in these!

Now that Book Week is over, we have launched into CREATE with gusto, and (not to give too much away…) the library is being inundated with requests for mythology stories and series – luckily we have a fantastic range! 

A real love of reading is alive and well amongst many of our students.

We are focusing on updating our collection with a heap of new texts that support our inquiry and help to illustrate other elements of the PYP including key concepts and the learner profile. Our students are extremely lucky to have access to so much recently published material and it’s terrific to see many of them reading regularly for pleasure and taking advantage of our book purchase request system. This term alone we have added over 200 titles to our catalogue.

Just a reminder that all student loans are for a period of two weeks and renewals can easily be requested. We will send out reminders for long overdue books once a term and any outstanding loans at the end of the year will be billed, but not until we’ve given families every opportunity to locate and return or replace the outstanding items.

Wishing you all a safe and restful term break!

Kind regards,

Anne Foster