- Thursday, August 23, 2018
- Daryl English
What a very special week it has been this week… why you ask???
Well, aside from our Year 9 students heading off to the city for their Melbourne Experience, it is Book Week!
It was amazing to see our year 9 students representing our school respectfully and safely this week during the ME experience. The nerves of students quickly dissipated upon arrival to the city when all the hard work falls into place and makes sense. Well done to all involved and we are looking forward to hearing all about it next Tuesday, when year 9’s are back at school.
Each year across Australia, the CBCA brings people and books together celebrating CBCA Book Week. During this time schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children celebrate Australian children's literature. For us adults and for our secondary students very special week in the year where we reminisce and revisit some of our favourite children’s books and share these memories with others…
In today’s newsletter, I am going to share some of my favourite books. I am hoping you will take this lead and spend some time talking about, or better yet reading, your favourites with your children at home. Here I have linked some of my favourites to our expected behaviours.
We are learners
In the Graeme Base classic, The Eleventh Hour, a mystery arises when someone has eaten the birthday feast. As a child, this mystery had me perplexed and I had to learn how to carefully look for clues.
We are responsible
If there was ever a book to encourage someone to take responsibility for their lives, this is it. Oh the Places You’ll Go, by Dr Seuss, shares an amazing message about the possibilities of life and how the only person in control is you!
We are respectful
The Rabbits, by John Marsden, is beautifully illustrated by Shaun Tan and is a heart wrenching account of what happens when we are not respectful. This story has some powerful parallels with the history of Australia, great way to learn how we can be more respectful to others who are different.
We are safe
The Red Tree by Shaun Tan explores feelings and emotions, with a focus on how optimism and hope can bring us out of feelings sadness and loneliness.
Other things happening across 7-9:
QVM Excursion (Year 7s) - Tuesday September 4th (Payment Due 31st Aug)
Year 7 Camp upcoming in Week 2 Term 4 (more details to come)
Stay tuned for more details…