Teachers Tell Simultaneous Stories to Promote Reading
On Wednesday 25 May, Year 7 English students joined 140,000 children across Australia in National Simultaneous Storytime – an event aimed at promoting the value of reading and literacy. However, instead of library or English staff reading to students, the Collaborative Learning Centre (CLC) lined up two teachers not often seen with a book in hand.
This is the first year Christ Church has taken part in National Simultaneous Storytime, an event held annually as part of Library and Information Week, in which children around the country read an Australian children’s book simultaneously. The boys gathered in the CLC at the designated time to hear Head of PE and Health Darren McPartland and PE teacher Tom Jerram read two Australian stories.
Library technician Glynis O’Neill, who organised the event, said she thought it would be good for the boys to see staff members, not normally associated with reading and literacy, take part in the event. Mr Jerram read an excerpt from Roald Dahl’s The BFG while Mr McPartland read My Mother’s Eyes: The Story of an Australian Boy Soldier by Mark Wilson. The Year 7s were all ears for the 15-minute storytime session.
The event, now in its 11th year, is co-ordinated by the Australian Library and Information Association as part of Library and Information Week.