Prep boys celebrate Book Week through stories from around the world
The Preparatory School celebrated Children’s Book Week with a programme packed full of activities based around this year’s theme – One World, Many Stories. The week kicked off with the annual Book Week Parade on Monday. The boys took to the event with great enthusiasm as they dressed up as their favourite book character or someone from around the world.
In the afternoon, it was the staffs’ turn to perform for the boys in the annual Book Week Staff Play. This year, the staff performed The Tall Man and the Twelve Babies, by Tom Niland Champion, Kilmeny Niland and Deborah Niland, which is one of the shortlisted 2011 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year. The performance, directed by Year 4 teacher Maria Hodges, included nappies and all.
On Tuesday, boys represented Christ Church at the annual Readers’ Cup Competition, this year held at Loreto Primary School. Matthew Joynson (6GM), Oliver Terry (5AL) and Oscar McMath (6GM) took part in the competition, in which teams must read eight books selected by their teacher librarian and compete against other schools in a series of heats.
Also at the Reader’s Cup, a group of boys from 6TG performed their own version of another 2011 shortlisted book, My Donkey’s Uncle. Teacher Librarian Mary Hookey said the boys, who came up with the idea for the performance themselves, did a fantastic job and were well received by the audience.
Other activities throughout the week included the ‘decorate your classroom door’ competition, judged by Prep School Headmaster Richard Wright; classroom and individual prizes for the WA Young Readers’ Book Awards; as well as lots of lunchtime activities in the Library such as 3D bookmark competition, matching flags to countries competition and creating a travel book with art teacher Paula Boxall.