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A Month To Celebrate All Things Reading

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Week 8,
Term Three, 2016

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As we say goodbye to winter and August, it is a great time to reflect on the many activities that have encouraged students’ love of reading this month. From the Book Fair, to the Onesie Party, to Book Character Day and the Premier’s Reading Challenge, Junior School students have been so enthusiastic.

Part of the reason why August has such a focus on literacy is that it is the month when we celebrate Book Week. A traditional part of Book Week celebrations in the Junior School is the Book Character Parade for our Pre-Prep to Year 2 students and what a fantastic parade it was.

It was wonderful to see the diversity of characters that students chose to be for the Book Character Parade that really does reflect the wide range of books for children and characters that children can identify with. The students showed a great understanding of the PYP Learner Profile as they chose the characteristic that they felt best aligned with their chosen character and explained why. It was great to see the genuine thought that had gone into this activity, as well as the fantastic costumes. It was certainly a great day to be a child and their smiles said it all. This is one of the favourite events in the Junior School and it really isn’t hard to see why.

In Book Week, the Children’s Book Council of Australia announce their annual awards. Many amazing books won awards this year and you can find the list here. The KIP always aims to add any additional award winning books to our collection as these awards are a great recognition of quality literature for children.

The Premier's Reading Challenge has also been happening over the past few months. Entries are now closed but we have had an amazing response from students in Prep through to Year 9. Certificates will be handed out to students who successfully completed the challenge in Term Four.

We would like to acknowledge all the parent support and participation at all of these events, including those that attended our wonderful Onesie Party for the National Reading Hour. One of the key messages of Book Week is of the importance of reading but also the importance of parents. Ten minutes each day reading adds up to a significant amount over time and has been shown to have an impact on a child’s confidence and love of reading. But my personal favourite is a quote from Emilie Buchwald - “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” As parents we should never forget how valuable we are in creating lifelong readers and children that will grow up into adults that love books.

Keep on reading everyone!

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