Book Week

Book Week is one of my favourite weeks of the year. It gives children the opportunity to celebrate literature by dressing up as their favourite book character. It brings so much conversation amongst the children when they are talking to each other about who they are and why they choose to be that character. This year was no different! The smiles on the children's faces when they came in and then when you spoke to them about what book they had chosen is what we want to see every day when we are talking to children about reading. This can only be developed through a love of literature.

On Friday we were lucky to end the week with a visit from author Dannika Paterson. She spoke to the students about how she started writing, where she got her ideas from and what it takes to write a story. The Prep to Year 3 children then were able to paint their own piece of a Jacaranda Tree and make this into a character that they could write about. Year 4 -6 had to create their own character, writing a description of what they are like, a meaning for their name, if they had any powers and if they had any big or little accomplishments. The students were then encouraged to write a story with their character either at home or school.

This year our annual goal is for all children at St James to improve in their reading. This is not only done through the great work that is happening every day in the classrooms but through experiences like last week. A love of reading is one of the best ways to improve your child's reading ability but can also be one of the hardest things to overcome when it doesn't come naturally.

Please check out our Facebook page and school newsletter for photos of our Book Week celebrations.​


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