Published on: 28 August 2015

The Preparatory School celebrated Book Week in style this year, with teachers performing a very creative adaption of the book Scary Night, and students showcasing their exceptional costumes at the Book Week parade and dance off.

This year’s theme, ‘Books light up our World,’ inspired imaginative costumes, colourful artwork in the poster competition, attractive doors in the decorate your classroom door competition, and a lot of fun in the Library.

On Wednesday morning, Sean Morgan (Year 5), who read 23 out of the 36 books nominated for the book award, Christian Wong (Year 6) and Nicholas Tan (Year 6) were commended for their reading efforts in the WA Young Readers’ challenge, 6PW were congratulated for their success in reading the most books collectively for the competition (109 books), and winners of the Book Week poster competition were announced.

During the annual Readers’ Challenge at Methodist Ladies’ College, two teams enjoyed the chance to test their knowledge of the 12 books they had read from the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Awards. Mary Hookey, CCGS Teacher Librarian said the competition was tremendous.

“One of our teams, made up of Stuart Everett, Gaius Gould and Michael Flint, came a creditable fourth place out of eight schools and 14 teams. A great effort was made by both teams,” she said.

The Year 2 and 4 boys had the opportunity to meet Australian author, Norman Jorgensen, who Ms Hookey described as one of Australia’s friendliest authors. Author of Jack’s Island, The Last Viking, In Flanders’ Fields and many more, Norman spoke to the boys about the characters in his books and their antics throughout the stories. His passion for literature was an inspiration for the boys and teachers alike, with laughter heard from the corridors outside. 

“It was an exciting week and the boys were very industrious in making their costumes and participating in the lunchtime activities. There were lights in every shape and form around the School,” Ms Hookey said.

“The parade and dance on the oval was a highlight of the week, as was the amazing staff pantomime. One boy said he “loved the freedom to dance and play”. The Prep School has been a place of fun for our boys this week and has hopefully inspired them to keep reading and develop the joy that literature brings.”