This year, as with previous years, many exciting things have been happening to celebrate book week 2018. This year’s theme for book week was ‘Find your Treasure.’ Classes shared this year’s short listed books in their reading sessions throughout the week.
Each year we hold a book week parade, where students from K to six and staff are invited to dress up as one of their favourite book week characters. Families and the wider school community are invited to attend to watch our parade. This year’s book parade was held on Monday the 27th of August and surely didn’t disappoint – students went to great lengths to share with the school community some of their favourite story book characters, with prizes being awarded for the best dress student in each grade. The parade was a great success for our school community as a whole, and was enjoyed by all!
Throughout book week, students participate in buddy reading activities across years K – 6. Each grade is given a buddy grade to work with in a buddy activity that celebrates reading and utilizes different activities incorporating the year’s short listed books. The students love the opportunity to work with different grades across the school.
Our book week celebrations culminate with the Dallas Brooks CPS annual ‘Writer’s Guild.’ Students across years Prep to six work hard throughout the term to develop their writing skills and their ability to use the 6+1 writing traits. Students complete a piece of writing around the theme of book week, in a genre of their choice. On Friday the 31st August each class hosts an open afternoon inviting the school community to come in and share some writing pieces the students have been working on. The guild gives students the opportunity to share the work of other students and to celebrate their own learning in writing. Prizes are awarded in each grade for the student that best uses each of the 6+1 writing traits.
Book week 2018 culminated in an outstanding performance by Perform! Education. The ‘TREASURE HUNT’ performance featured a selection of the Children’s Book Council 2018 shortlisted books. The performance explored issues of sustainability and our relationships with the natural environment, as well as celebrated how books & reading can create understanding and bring people of different backgrounds together. The performance was once again enjoyed by all that attended.