International Games Week
Last week we saw students participating in the International Games Week. This meant we had brand new games to play and of course the Wii out so students could book a turn and race Mario and his friends around a track. The library was full of excited noise and the favourite new game has been Hungry dinos. Students also brought in their favourite games to share with their friends during their lunch break. It was a busy week but full of laughter and cheering and friendly competition.
K.O.A.L.A. (Kids Own Australian Literature Awards)
Last Thursday Stage 2 and 3 co-curricular book clubs had the opportunity to attend the awards day at Cranbrook Junior School. We travelled by train and ferry in the glorious sunshine, had crunch and sip on real grass before having first go at the bookshop and merchandise stall.
The Winners this year were:
Picture book: “Do not open this book again” by Andy Lee
Younger readers: “Weirdo 8” by Anh Do
Older readers: “The 91-storey treehouse” by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Years 7-9: “The fall” by Tristan Bancks
This year’s legend (someone who is nominated year after year but hasn’t necessarily won) was Belinda Murrell.
Students had this to say about the day:
“… the autographs were very exciting as well. I got my sheet signed by every author and illustrator and I got my book signed by Morris Gleitzman even though there were at least 40 people in the line.” – Daniel (Year 5)
“I liked KOALA 2018 because we got to get our books signed.” – Jun (Year 5)
“… the awards started and every writer and illustrator spoke and they said who won the awards. My favourite was when we got to go to the bookstore.” – Selina (Year 6)
“The Kids Own Australian Literature Awards was the best! It was great to see so many authors and illustrators get recognised for their amazing work!” – Andrew (Year 6)
“My favourite thing about the KOALA awards was getting an autograph from Tim Harris.” – Sean (Year 3)
“The KOALA awards were very exciting. Hearing the stories of the authors and the mini play was quite funny. Meeting the authors and getting their signatures was an absolute thrill for everyone.” – Flynn (Year 5)
“My favourite part of the day was getting signatures and having my book signed. I loved this part because I got to talk and laugh with the authors.” – Erin (Year 5)
“Being my first time at KOALA I thought it was just a book signing but it was so much more, with a whole book shop and a huge talk from all the book creators and a book signing!” – Alexander (Year 4)
“Kids Own Australian Literature Awards was awesome! Can’t wait until next year. At the end I got a photo with R.A. Spratt (she’s lovely).” – Cydney (Year 5)
“K.O.A.L.A. was great this year with lots of different authors going. My favourite was there, R.A. Spratt!” – Danielle yr5
“My favourite part about KOALA was the debate that Tim Harris did, it was so fun. It was about which side of the room was the best and we were on the left which won.” – Eric (Year 4)
“The KOALA awards event was amazing and so well run. I loved being in an environment where everyone loved books as much as I do.” – Jamie (Year 5)
“KOALA was amazing! We got to meet authors and illustrators and have books signed. In the hall we listened to all the authors and illustrators. The authors were George Ivanoff, R.A. Spratt, Tim Harris, Morris Gleitzman, Belinda Murrell and the illustrators were Aura Parker, Jules Faber, James Hart and Danielle McDonald. I loved KOALA. I’m definitely doing book club next year.” – Ilia (Year 5)
“My favourite part of KOALA was the signing. I liked it because we got to meet the authors and I got to get my books signed.” – Hayla (Year 4)
“Aura Parker was the illustrator who was doing the drawings on the day, she drew an adorable meerkat and a beautiful caterpillar turning into a butterfly. All the authors gave speeches about ‘what books make us…’ and they were all good.” – Rishita (Year 5)
“The Kids Own Australian Literature Awards was fabulous, we had a great time meeting authors and illustrators like Megan Jacobson, James Hart and Belinda Murrell (this year’s legend). She has a great story based on her uncle from WWII.” – Oscar (Year 5)
“My favourite thing about K.O.A.L.A. was page wars in real life by my favourite author Tim Harris.” – Lawson (Year 4)
All the students represented SACS so well and had a brilliant day. Think about joining us in book club for 2019!
“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax all you need is a book!” – Dr. Seuss
Junior School and Gawura Teacher Librarian