Congratulations to Cycle 3 students Maddie and Amelia who were shortlisted in the Refugee Week Student Poster awards. The Australian Migrant Resource Centre has for the past 10 years hosted the poster competition which is a aimed at providing students from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions the opportunity through art making, to raise awareness about issues affecting refugees and the valuable contributions of refugees to Australia’s social, cultural and economic development. The project also educates young people on themes such as multiculturalism, human rights and cultural diversity. The Poster Exhibition will be officially launched on Monday 2 November in the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery and posters will be on display until 25 November.
Celebrating Children's Australian literature
We celebrate story books every day, however Book Week gives us the opportunity to look at new Australian books, authors and illustrators who are being acknowledged in the Book Week awards. Established in 1945, the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) was founded at a time when Australian children’s books were few, and Australian authors and illustrators were virtually unknown. In 1946 the CBCA established annual book awards to promote books of high literary and artistic quality. These awards are now the most influential and highly respected in Australia.
Book Week also allows students, teachers and staff to share some of their favourite children's stories as events take place across the week. On Monday students arrived at school to be greeted by our annual book week installations, which this year included scenes from the following books: The BFG, Mr McGee and the Big Bag of Bread, The Magic Faraway Tree, Thelma the Unicorn, and Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas.
On Wednesday our annual Book Week Parade in the courtyard celebrated our favourite story book characters, and there were a lot of characters on show! A very special thanks to the wonderful group of parents led by staff member Lisa Goodwin, who put in considerable time and energy in creating the Book Week installations this year which looked fantastic!
Staff enjoyed swapping classes three times over the week after lunch, to read some of their favourite stories to different classes .
The 2020 CBCA Shortlist is a treasure trove of some of the best Australian children's books published over the past year and I would encourage you to peruse the Winners and Honours List when you have time (books also make great Christmas presents!) : https://www.cbca.org.au/winners-2020
Book Week was a wonderful week of celebrating the joy of reading and books!