Jungle Safari Promotes Reading
The Prep School was full of jungle colour last week as boys and teachers got into the spirit of ‘Book Safari’ Book Week.
Readers’ Cup kicked off the week with Christ Church finishing equal third in the event, which was held between seven primary schools in the School Chapel. Christ Church Teacher Librarian Mary Hookey started the event four years ago and it is now supported by the Children’s Book Council of Australia (WA).
Mrs Hookey and her library team of Kate Marshall, Christine Hindmarsh and Peta Sawyer organised a wide variety of other interesting activities during the week, including visiting a local library for sessions with authors, lunchtime activities in the Library and a competition in which each class decorated their door.
The staff play was a highlight, with teachers dressing up and performing for their students in the Chapel on Thursday. “The boys loved it and there were many laughs all round,” Mrs Hookey said. “At the end the staff did a jungle dance and the boys got up and joined in. It was great.”
Another highlight was the book safari, which involved boys moving between classrooms and older boys reading to the younger boys.
And topping off the week was the book parade during assembly on Friday. Harry Potter, Peter Pan, Yoda, wizards, pirates and animals were just some of the characters filling the pews and parading around the Chapel. Mrs Hookey said it was great to see more Year 6 and 7 boys participate than in previous years.
“It was just a great week all round and I hope it will motivate the boys to want to read more,” Mrs Hookey said.