What’s On in the Library?

New Library Days

This term, Miss Bull will be bringing each Prep to Yr 6 class to the library. Most classes will be coming either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday morning. Please check with your child’s teacher and homeroom notes regarding which day your class will be coming to the library so that they can return/ borrow on the correct day.

Premier’s Reading Challenge

The Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) is an annual state-wide initiative for Queensland state, non-state schools, and home-educated students from Prep to Year 9. This Challenge aims to improve literacy and encourage children to read for pleasure and learning.

At our College, only Prep – Year 6 participates. For students to successfully complete the challenge they must read or experience an allocated number of books based upon their year level during the reading period.

There are a few changes this year to the challenge:

  1. The reading period will be shorter – only 6 weeks! (Tuesday 7th May till Friday 21st June – end of Term 2)
  2. Students no longer need consent forms to participate
  3. Students will only complete one page (P-4 20 books; Yr 5-6 15 books)
  4. There will be no award/medal for the most read books, as we no longer record names, but all students who participate will receive a Certificate of Achievement in October.

How do I encourage my child to read?

Parents, guardians, teachers, aides, siblings, student buddies and classmates play an important role in encouraging students to develop a love of reading. Here are some ideas to help:

  • make time to read aloud to your child every day, even for a few minutes
  • show the importance of reading in your daily life and let your child see you read—not only books but recipes, newspapers and text messages for example
  • browse a bookstore together
  • ensure reading time is fun and exciting
  • visit the local library and let your child choose some books to borrow
  • for younger children, let them hold the book and turn the pages.

Please remember to check your emails and class home pages for more information.

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) Wednesday 22nd May

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, family day cares, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.

Now in its 24th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children’s book that explores age-appropriate themes and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.

This year the book that will be read is called “Bowerbird Blues” by Aura Parker. Make sure you stop by the library in the coming weeks to see our Bowerbird display.

Rowena Gamborg