Each year across Australia, National Book Week brings children and books together. During this time schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children celebrate Australian children’s literature. Book Week 2017 was held from 19 to 26 August, and to celebrate, St Michael’s hosted a number of exciting book-themed events and activities for students.

A visit from Australian Children’s Laureate 2016–2017, Leigh Hobbs.

Leigh Hobbs

A highlight of the week was having acclaimed children’s author, Leigh Hobbs, host three highly engaging and entertaining workshops for our Kindergarten to Year 5 students.

Assistant Head of Learning Systems, Emma Phillips, said, ‘It was wonderful to see all the children enjoying the workshop with the inspiring Leigh Hobbs today. What a great message he spread – we are all artists, we are all different and that difference is wonderful.’

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A bonus from the event; each student walked away with a couple of masterpieces from Leigh!

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Colour and fun-filled Book Parade

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As it is every year, the Book Parade was a huge success seeing children from Kindergarten all the way through to Year 6 (as well as some enthusiastic staff members!) dress up as their favourite book characters to celebrate reading and children’s literature.

Research and Literature Teacher, Amelia Otto, said, ‘What a joyful and fun-filled morning the Margaret Thomas House Kindergarten to Year 6 children and staff shared on Wednesday, celebrating books and reading at the Book Parade held in the sunshine on the Frances Newson Oval.’

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‘An incredible array of book characters were on display from Harry Potter favourites to Where’s Wally and even the entire cast of The Magic Faraway Tree. It was fabulous to see staff getting into the spirit of the day. Children were delighted to spot their teachers dressed as such iconic characters as Snow White, Thing 1 and Thing 2, a group of black cats and even a Mr Houlihan (Deputy Head of the School) as a very convincing pirate.’

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Of course, a big thank goes out to all the parents in our community for the effort they put into helping organise, create and prepare costumes for the day. It was great to see so many parents come along and take part in the fun.

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Another highlight was, ‘Storytime in the Atrium’, which was hosted in The Gipson Commons every recess for two weeks; where we invited staff and students to share their favourite stories. Guest readers included Gerard Houlihan, Deputy Head of the School and Annabelle Knight, Associate Head (Innovation and Learning). We’re pleased to say this was such a success and that Storytime will continue every Friday recess ongoing.

Other events included book shout outs – verbal book reviews by students and teachers, SMGS Story Shed where students created videos of themselves reading storybooks aloud, a poster competition, book pop-up creations and a competition to guess how many books we have in The Gipson Commons. The correct number is a whopping 25,633. Lucy White (8M) is the winner, with a very close guess of at 26,000! Well done Lucy!

Competition winner, Lucy White.

Competition winner, Lucy White.


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