Reading, coding and our favourite books in the Library

It’s been a big year for Library – thousands of books borrowed (with some clear favourites on high rotation); Book Week and the Premier’s Reading Challenge. But that’s not all that happened in the Library – Ruth Woolven reports.

This term we have celebrated our reading achievements across the school. All students completed the Premiers’ Reading Challenge and received a certificate.  Books are logged that students read at home, read in class and read in library. Sometimes the students complete the reading and logging themselves and sometimes the reading is shared and the books are logged by staff.  The end result is that all students have experienced many, many stories. In fact a total of 20807 books were read between March and September – this is a huge achievement. One benefit in participating in the challenge is that students are required to read a certain number of books from the challenge list – these books are recognised as being quality literature. Continue reading

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Book Week 2018

I had to laugh last week when I saw a post on Twitter that read “It’s un-Australian to have two leadership challenges during the week that parents are trying to prepare Book Week parade outfits”. Clearly politics didn’t get in the way of Kew Primary parents – Ruth Woolven reports on Book Week and our wonderful parade.

As we close the book on another Book Week, let’s look at what the students have been doing. Continue reading

Book Week Parade (advance warning!)

*to be read in the voice of a Junior School student*

Dear Mum and Dad,

You know the Book Week Parade* is coming up, right? Well, I really have to get my costume sorted out.

I’ve been scouring Pinterest for weeks. Did you know that there are loads of great costume ideas on Pinterest? I’ve made a shortlist of thirty and I’ll probably have narrowed it down to ten by next week. I can hear you saying that there’s not much time to make an elaborate costume but rest assured that I will have picked my favourite by the night before the Parade. At the latest. Continue reading

Preps in the library

If you’ve got a few minutes spare at school pick-up time, pop into the library to see the Prep work on display.

Thank you to Ruth Woolven for this week’s post –

Each week in Library lessons we read a picture story book together. Sometimes we follow up with an activity. Continue reading

The Library Top Ten

Thank you to Ruth Woolven for this week’s blog post –

Recently some classes have completed a library survey sharing what they have enjoyed in library this year. Many students stated they liked reading and borrowing books with Eva in 34K explaining further:

“That you are not forced to read a particular book.” Continue reading

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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Look it up (the forgotten pleasure of encyclopedias)

When I was in primary school, we would work on a project each term. The project topics varied – natural disasters, animals, medieval history, flags of the world, weather patterns, the Olympics and so on. Regardless of the topic, the projects all followed the same format: weeks of furious research in the library, followed by the painstaking process of ruling lines on your poster, creating a spectacular heading using The Lettering Book, inexpert use of tracing paper to press maps and pictures onto your masterpiece and finally, the addition of your text.

My memories of these projects are a mix of satisfaction and frustration – the right layout or a misspelt heading or once, a spectacularly bad portrait of Captain Cook, seemed to separate the great projects from the ordinary. But what of the actual content? Continue reading