Published on: 24 August 2017

Boys in our Preparatory School have been celebrating Book Week with a variety of events and activities dedicated to fostering and encouraging a love for good quality Australian children’s literature.

The annual event is promoted by The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA), a not for profit, volunteer run organisation which aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians. The CBCA presents annual awards to books of literary merit, for outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature.

It’s an occasion the boys look forward to each year, particularly the annual Dress Up Day and Book Week assembly. This week the boys had the opportunity to dress up as a favourite book character or as something related to the Book Week theme, ‘Escape to Everywhere’. The Book Week Parade was another key highlight where boys got to show off their amazing and creative costumes.

Earlier in the week, two teams of Christ Church Prep boys competed in the ‘Readers’ Challenge’ held at Methodist Ladies’ College. There was stiff competition from the six other teams representing other participating schools and our boys did extremely well to finish 2nd and 5th place. Well done and thank you to Alex Molyneux, Max Pearse, Sam Hurworth, Aaron Goh, Luke Arnason and Jeremiah Wang.

Preparatory School Teacher Librarian Kate Marshall said “The library is a busy place throughout the year but during Book Week it becomes even busier, particularly at lunchtimes.”

“This year’s activities have included taking photos, making sea gull paper planes, creating pictures out of the ABC and making models of mechanical insects using recycled materials. There has also been a ‘Who’s who?’ photo competition. The boys have had great fun guessing the staff members hidden behind the books. It has been an actioned-packed and fabulous week.”

The winning ‘Books of the Year’ in four categories were also announced and the boys got to enjoy the amazing acting talents of the Preparatory School staff in the Book Week play, their version of ‘Go Home Cheeky Animals,’ one of this year’s prize winners.

A recording of the performance can be enjoyed below.