Library News | Preparatory School

The Sydney Writers’ Festival by Ronak Biswas and Jayden Paskaranathan

On the 5th May, following a rather long wait for this momentous day, we reached school, marked the roll and we were off on the bus for a magnificent day at the Sydney Writers’ Festival at the Parramatta Riverside Theatre. When we reached there, we were welcomed along with a bunch of other school students.

After a quick morning tea, we entered the huge theatre and took our seats. At first, we were marvelled by Nat Amoore, the host of the show who got us all dancing in our seats and excited about the show ahead. The first talk was by renowned author Jessica Townsend, Author of the series Nevermore. She was hilarious with her anecdotes which highlighted her inspiration and motivation to create the book.

After a series of Q & A, we had the opportunity to attend an interactive discussion with Andrew McDonald and Ben Wood, authors of ‘Real Pigeons get Bready’ to suggest ideas for their next book. It was an exciting opportunity to share our thoughts with such experienced and well-known personalities.

Another interesting personality we met was Kirli Saunders, a popular Indigenous writer. It was fascinating to know about her childhood stories and interest in the field of arts which led her to be interested in storytelling. She guided us through meditation and even got us trying some yoga! Another author we met was Emily Rodda, who by the way has written over 100 books! We thought that was incredible!

It was a special day for us Trinity boys to represent our School and have the opportunity to meet few celebrated authors and be inspired by their life and books. Thank you to Mrs Nel for organising this event for us and thank you to Mrs Wills for accompanying us.

Ronak Biswas and Jayden Paskaranathan|, Year 5

Library and Information week, 17- 23rd May 2021

National Simultaneous Storytime is back for its 21st year!

On Wednesday 19 May 2021 at 11:00am we blast off into space in our gym!  “Give me some Space” by Philip Bunting is the NSS 2021 book and is being read by the astronauts from the International Space Station!

Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the Country. ALIA along with Scholastic, the Australian Space Agency and the Office of the Chief Scientists are sharing this intergalactic experience!

Join us next week when we celebrate Library & Information Week from 17 – 23 May! We have a number of lunchtime activities for the students to participate in to celebrate the Prep Library.

Prep Book Swap!

This year we will run our very first Prep Book Swap to help raise funds for Kunbarlanja Indigenous Community in Arnhem Land Northern Territory. This is one way we can share our love of reading with other students from across Australia.

How does it work? Students take a look at home to see if they have any old books that they don’t read anymore that are in good condition. Books can be brought to school and placed in the donation bins in the library up until the end of Week 5.

What happens when we swap books? On Thursday of Week 6, your son may bring a gold coin donation in return for one of the books we have collected through the boys very generous book donations in the previous week.

How many books can my son buy? As many as he likes! We may stop students if too many are taken as we want to ensure there are enough books left over for the other students.

Where does the money go? All of the money raised will go towards the Kunbarlanja Indigenous Community in Arnhem Land Northern Territory. This is a very worthwhile cause as it helps them to buy books for their own library.

How else are we helping? We are donating old books from the Prep library also to help them build up their collection.

Why are we doing this? We all know that one of the most significant ways we can improve student literacy is through a wide variety of quality literature. Plus, how great does it feel to get more books for your library?!

Spotlight on Philip Bunting

Philip Bunting

Philip Bunting is an author and illustrator, with a soft spot for creating picture books for sleep-deprived, time-poor, raisin-encrusted parents (and their children).

Philip’s work deliberately encourages playful interaction between the reader and child, allowing his books to create a platform for genuine intergenerational engagement, and fun. He believes that the more fun the child has during their early reading experiences, the more likely they will be to return to books, improve their emergent literacy skills, and later find joy in reading and learning.

Abigail Nel | Inquiry Learning Integrator


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