Reading on parade

St Kevin's Book Week (2)St Kevin’s Catholic Primary Eastwood students celebrated Book Week and the refurbishment of their school library – once the original parish church built in 1919 – with a parade and book fair.

A very hungry caterpillar, Rainbow Fish, and Angelina ballerina, joined minions, wizards, princesses, fairies, spiders, dinosaurs, Dr Seuss favourites and superheroes on an exuberant march through the school playground.

The event was watch by parents and followed by a book fair and book-themed quiz led by Year 6 students.

Principal Mandy Westgate said students would separate into peer groups that include a student from each grade for the trivia component.

“We have vertical peer groups at this school,” she said.

“We use them for our resilience program, which is focused on wellbeing, but when we have events like Book Week the children will work in these groups. The teachers train the Year 6 students who run the groups, and they teach the younger children. It has been a wonderful way to build relationships between children in Kindergarten to Year 6 in the school.”

The library has new shelves, carpet and breakout reading areas in the building’s former confessionals. It  was decorated with student-made  sea horses, crabs, snorkelling people, sea shells and swathes of blue tissue paper in keeping with the school’s book fair theme ‘Under the sea’.

Book Week is on August 22 to 28. It is the 70th anniversary of the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s annual event to promote children’s literature, reading and literacy. The 2015 theme is ‘Books light up our world’.


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