Words by Kendall Mundy & Heidi Barden
The school yard came alive for National Book Week with princes and princesses, regal queens, superheroes that saved the day and a Grouch or two as the primary school celebrated Book Week 2021. The theme was ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds’.
The activities started on Tuesday with Danny Snell, a local illustrator, visiting the Grade 1-6 classes. He told the students how the process of book publishing works, introducing the author, illustrator, publisher, designer and printer. He described the process he uses for illustrations and read ‘Fire Wombat’ by Jackie French. Danny was the illustrator for this text and then showed the students (and teachers!) how they could draw their own wombat. We definitely have some budding illustrators in our primary school and we can’t wait to see how they use their God-given talents to create their own books in the future!
The week continued with an amazing Book Fair, where students came to browse new books in the library. The sales from this benefit the school and so we thank you for your support!
Lunchtime activities had plenty of interest. On Wednesday the shortlisted book ‘Anemone is Not the Enemy’ was read and then storytelling pop stick puppets were made. On Friday the book ‘Hold on! Saving the Spotted Handfish’ was read and students created some fish using their hand outline.
On Wednesday, we celebrated the creativity of book characters and our community through our dress up day and parade. The costumes were truly outstanding! Three blind mice, Oscar the grouch featuring Oscar, brand new book characters hot off the press from student authors and our own Where’s Wally puzzle.
Throughout the term, Mrs Barden ran a ‘Bookface’ competition and these were announced at our parade. Congratulations to all our entries! They were fantastic! Congratulations to Jonny, Rebekah, Charlotte & Emily who won prizes! A special shout out to Mr De Kok, Mr Hore and Mr Franklin for your own creative entries.
Thank you to all the staff, students and parents who helped make Book Week a success!