Escape to Everywhere – Book Week 2017

The Book Week parade… Every year it thrills kids but sends a ripple of fear through parents, when elaborate costume plans are announced the night before the parade!

Despite the costume-making-mayhem that no doubt goes on, our Book Week parade is always brilliant and 2017 was no exception. Ruth Woolven recaps –

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Our treasured library and our valuable librarian

library-6Many things come to mind when I think about my primary school librarian – she was the first port of call when we had a project to do; she was recommender of new books that I might like (hello Judy Blume); she was maker of amazing displays (I never knew I wanted to learn so much about the solar system until I saw her arrangement of books, foam balls hanging from the ceiling to represent the planets and a paper black hole); she was auditor of the MS Read-a-thon; she was driver of the microfiche; and she was also keeper of Where Did I Come From? (a book that only the grade six students were allowed free access to!). Continue reading

Books Light Up Our World

This week’s post comes from Ruth Woolven, our school librarian (but it introduces some of my favourite events – Book Week and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation Book Swap – so expect to hear more about these things over the coming weeks).

childrens-book-week-2015Every week in the Library we recognise and encourage the joy of reading. In Term 3 the excitement escalates with the celebration of Book Week (Saturday 22 August – Friday 28 August) and the awarding of the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year. All classes will explore the nominated books in the coming weeks. Continue reading

Spilling the secrets on an author’s life

sue-g-4Last Sunday marked the end of the Melbourne Writers Festival for another year. The last few weeks in August are always an excellent time for keen readers and writers in Melbourne (and the world – it’s an international event) – there are all sorts of workshops, exhibitions, author talks and panel discussions. And the best part of it is that students get to be involved. This year, Kew Primary had visits from two authors, Sue deGennaro and Simon Mitchell, as well as a Grade 5 excursion to hear Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton speak.

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Book Week on Parade!

book-week-3Schools take different approaches to Book Week – some do nothing to mark the occasion, others have week-long extravaganzas. Despite the costume hoopla we go through each year,  I’m very pleased that Kew Primary is at the ‘hard-core Book Weekers’ end of the spectrum and that we end Book Week with a parade of characters. I really, really appreciate the fact that our teachers are always in costume (it’s a serious business and I love that they all go to great efforts).

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