Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

Our 2012 Book Week Assembly was held in the Performing Arts Centre on Friday, August 24. Each R-7 class had prepared a presentation promoting a favourite book, and like each year, there was keen competition.

Students and parents were welcomed by Librarian Deirdre Moloney who introduced the  Book Week theme - 'Champions Read' (very fitting in this Olympic year!) - and our two judges Caroline Brown and Loren Mills.

Award Winning Books

The Year 6/7T class introduced the shortlisted and winning books in each category of the annual awards. Students read short summaries of each book's plot.

Class Presentations

Year 3/4 Norman

Year 3/4MN started proceedings with their film promotion of Roald Dahl's 'BFG'. The DVD had been filmed in the classroom and down the main street.

Despite a few technical hitches the film showed off the Year 3/4s acting skills with great use made of masks.

Reception Edginton

The Reception class's book was 'Scary Bear'. Earlier in the week the students had made scary bear masks and attended a Teddy Bears' Picnic.

For their presentation the students sang 'Going On a Bear Hunt' which had a very scary ending!

5 Gubbin

The Year 5 class had a busy week filming 'Wombat Stew'.

They used live news reporters and puppets to retell the classic story of the Dingo who traps a Wombat but is tricked when the Wombat's friends all ad 'useful' items to the stew.

Well done to Anna Gubbin and the students for a beautifully made film.

6/7 Salmon

The Year 6/7S students presented three books, including 'Commotion in the Ocean' - a very funny live puppet play, a PowerPoint and iPod presentation of the book 'Farmyward Hullabaloo'.

Year 1/2 Atkins

The Year 1/2 class re-enacted the story 'A Surprise for Mrs. O'Malley.'

The surprise? Find alligators in the alley!

There were lots of masks and giggles in this story, especially at the end when the alligator eggs hatched.

Year 6/7T

Year 6/7 Tuck decided that their favourite book was 'A Very Hungry Caterpillar'.

They began their presentation with Charles' movie that saw famous people promoting the book. The students then sang an original song 'Caterpillar, Caterpillar' and used puppets, and singing to illustrate the life-cycle of the caterpillar.


Judges Caroline Brown and Loren Mills were faced with a hard decision after such a varied program, but eventually the Year 1/2A class was announced runner up and the Receptions the winner of the $100.

Lots of thanks to Deirdre Moloney for organising the competition, to Caroline and Loren for judging and to the Friends of the Library for their prize donation.

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