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Monday, August 29th 2016

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Book Week Highlights

Book Week was celebrated last week at Newman College. All students from both Marian and Lavalla Campuses participated in dress-up parades and enjoyed visits from several local Western Australian children’s authors. The theme this year was Australia: Story Country.
As a lead up to Book Week, the students at Marian Campus enjoyed a visit from local author Dianne Wolfer. Dianne explained to the children that she draws on the real life experiences of herself and others for ideas when writing her stories. She explained the creative process of writing, illustrating and publishing a children’s book and she told the children that anyone can be an author and encouraged them to keep writing their own stories. Dianne also read some of her fantastic stories such as Granny Grommet, Annie’s Snails and the The Kid Whose Mum Kept Possums in Her Bra.
On Monday 22 August, the students and staff at Lavalla Campus dressed up as their favourite story book characters and took part in a special parade to celebrate their love of literature. Our students wore some fabulous and very creative costumes this year and examples were, Captain Underpants, the BFG, the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz and a crayon from the story, The Day the Crayons Quit. The staff were equally creative and many came along dressed up as Australian book characters such as Sunday Chutney, The Man from Snowy River, Grandma Poss and The Gumnut Babies.
Students at Lavalla went on to enjoy a visit by award winning author Norman Jorgensen. He enthralled students with his stories of how he was inspired by the real-life wartime experiences of his father, as a boy living on Rottnest Island, which stimulated him to write his novel Jack’s Island. This novel won the Western Australian Young Readers Award in 2008.
The students in Pre-Primary, Year 1 and Year 2 participated in their dress-up parade at Marian Campus on Wednesday 24 August. All students looked amazing dressed up as their favourite Book Week characters and there were so many wonderful, creative ideas. We saw several green sheep from Mem Fox’s, where is the Green Sheep, the Character Grug, Tashi the Genie and Tough Boris who is the main character from another of Mem Fox’s great stories. The staff at Marian Campus looked fantastic dressed up as characters such as Koala Lou and her mother, Mulga Bill, the Green Sheep and characters from the story Wilfred Gordon MacDonald Partridge, also by Australian author Mem Fox.
The children in both Pre-Kindy classes took part in their own special informal parade also on Wednesday 24 August. Every student looked impressive dressed up as the book characters they had chosen and had to explain who their character was and showed the book from which their character was from.
On Thursday 25 August, the Kindy students had their Book Week parade and they looked impressive in their costumes as they paraded with their teachers and friends. The wonderfully creative Kindy staff embraced the theme of Book Week this year as they all dressed up as characters and foods from the classic Mem Fox story, Possum Magic.
Author Dianne Wolfer visited the Lavalla Campus on Thursday 25 August and history was brought to life for the students as Dianne talked about her award winning books, The Light Horse Boy and the Lighthouse Girl.
Also on Thursday 25 August, the students at Marian enjoyed a visit by Norman Jorgensen. He explained to the students how he carried out research to enable him to write his picture book, The Last Viking, which is about courage and using your imagination. He also discussed how he collaborated with the book’s illustrator James Foley to develop the magical Viking characters in the story.
During their library lesson on Friday 26 August, the Year 3 students were lucky to be visited by author Sally Murphy. Sally asked the students to discuss where they thought her ideas might come from. They provided some excellent responses such as, research, dreams, imagination and being inspired by nature. She explained her ideas for the characters, settings and problems in her exciting new chapter book series, Sage Cookson.
Alison Le Dan, Teacher Librarian

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