Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

The Book Week Assembly AwardThis year the theme for Book Week was One World Many Stories.

Author Visit

Book Week started off this year with a visit from the children’s author, PC Green. PC entertained the students from R-7 with stories about his past as a surf journalist and also author. He also gave the students tips on how to write. Exposing children to author visits opens their eyes to the writing process and helps them to become more aware of the world in which they live. This is essential if they are to develop sound literacy skills, particularly in creative writing as most authors base their writing around real life experiences and the world as they know it.

Book Week Competition

During Book Week a competition was held around the theme One World Many Stories, for R-7 classes. Each class had to choose a country and then do a presentation that told a story from that country in some form. The story could be told in the form of a play, or a poem or a picture or a song etc. On Friday the 26th of August the classes presented their stories at the Junior School Assembly and a winner was chosen by a panel of judges made up by members of the Friend’s of the C.Y.P. Library. The Friend’s of the Library also donated the $100 first prize to the winning class. The presentations were superb. Those of us lucky enough to see them were blown away by the imagination and talent displayed by the students.

The wide range of topics for the presentations is obvious in the photos on these pages.

Unfortunately there can only be one winner and this year it was Ms Secombe’s year 5 class, who retold an Australian Dreaming Story using paper machete puppets that they had made. I would really like to thank and congratulate all the classes and their teachers for the effort they put into this competition.

Also during Book Week we had a Central Book Supplies, Book Fair. We held the same book fair last year and it was as successful again this year. The books represent very good value and they walk out the door. We were able to select nearly $300 worth of books in Commission. My thanks go to the Friend’s of the Library for helping out during lunch break while the fair was on.

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