What a load of Wallies…
Early on a Monday morning, the delicious smell of popcorn wafted out the library door, shrieks of delight and peals of laughter were heard across the courtyard. It was the beginning of Book Week 2016 and our first author, Anna Theed, was reading her new book “Juicy the Peach and the Popcorn Palaver” to groups of rapt year one and two students.
Our older students were very fortunate to have Coromandel based author Des Hunt “Cool Nukes” for the day. Des is a former science teacher and weaves science into his books and school presentations. He held his audience of year five, six and intermediate students, captive from beginning to end with a nuclear reactor, magnetism and chemical reactions firing up imaginations. He certainly demonstrated the power of make believe.
Melinda Syzmanik spoke to our year three and four students incorporating her story of The Were-Nana within our book week theme. Our students were also privileged to enjoy a sneak preview of her fantastic new book Fuzzy Doodle which was illustrated by the talented Donovan Bixley.
Donovan also spent time with our intermediate students providing insights into Shakespeare with his new book Much Ado About Shakespeare. As our intermediates had been studying Shakespeare, including a visit to the Globe Theatre, they were an engaged audience, so much so that Donovan stayed way over his scheduled time frame!
Our final day of Book Week was jam-packed with book-related activities. Our annual Parade started off the morning with our students dressed as their favourite character or in international costume. Harry Potters, Pippi Longstockings and Wallies abounded. The judging was very tough for our guest judges Mr and Mrs Twit — they were quite befuddled by the fantastic costumes and marching of students around the courtyard. The middle of the day saw the entire school enjoy the traditional “Literacy Walk” written and performed by our talented Intermediate Students. The students had adapted traditional stories from across the globe into mini-plays.
We finished book week with a splendid performance of “Legends of the Sun” by Flaxwork Theatre. Their innovative interpretation of these universal stories was informative and well appreciated by our audience of five to 12 year olds. With only two actors, they kept everyone enthralled as they changed roles and engaged the children with their clever tactics.