Old worlds, new worlds, other worlds

Posted 2 September 2021 4:00pm

Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds

This year, students celebrated Book Week from their homes, where they were able to dress up as their favourite book character and share a photo of their costume via social media. What a modern phenomenon this is!

We are so fortunate in the Senior School to have a well-resourced library with one of the biggest physical collections of fiction books that I have seen in a school library for a long time. Every genre is available and the modern twist on some old classics are treasures to be discovered. Being transported out of our homes and into a magical universe seems like it might be the only holiday we will travel on this year during lockdown. This mental travel passport has a beautiful synergy with the 2021 Book Week theme ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds’.

Losing oneself in a book is one of life’s most simple and decadent pleasures. Engaging with the characters, imagining yourself amongst the plot, painting mental images of each of the characters and building a virtual city in the mind allows the reader to be transported for a period of time. Whether it’s sci-fi, steam punk, anime, graphic novels, fairy tales, classic literature, crime/thriller or any other genre, books provide a passport to a new world for the reader. I hope that each of our students enjoyed Book Week followed by our Languages Week celebrations being held this week. Thank you to our Library staff, English Faculty, Book Club Captain Phoebe Budd and Creative Writing Captain Iris Leach Dowe for creating magical videos to celebrate and highlight the joys of reading and Book Week activities to our students. Also to our Languages Captains Amélie Munro and Cara Schultz for the fun videos and activities they created to celebrate Languages Week. Sehr Gut!

Some of the Senior Council members have shared their favourite books, giving us an insight into what they love to read:

School Captain – Isabella

Everything to Live For by Turia Pitt and Libby Harkness.

This is my favourite book as it is a real story about an inspiring woman who lived despite the severity of her injury and was able to rebuild her life. She is living proof that you can overcome any challenge with a strong sense of purpose and vision for your life, determination, and hard work. This is a message that I think is very important for everyone as challenges are a part of life but it is how you deal with the challenges that is important and I believe Turia's story motivates inner strength to overcome any challenge. 

School Vice Captain – Georgia

Ready Player One By Ernist Cline 

This book gets me so excited about the future. Very well written and a very funny reflection on our world. 

Boarding House Co-Captain – Amy

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay.

I love this book as it teaches the audience that one's true power and resilience comes from depending on and allowing the people that surround you to help you when needed. 

Glebe House Captain – Bethany

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

I love this book because it's an action-packed, rapid, river ride adventure, but has such a deep and meaningful racial commentary underneath its surface.

Kilburn House Captain – Brooke

Akarnae by Lynette Noni.

This book is a great fantasy escape with a lot of lovable characters (ideal for some light lockdown reading).

Robertson House Captain – Zeina

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green.

I love this book because it addresses the challenges of mental illness and the loss of important people in our lives. I also love this book as the main character is a teenage girl, and the story follows her journey trying to uncover a mystery before the cops do, while struggling with her secret illness.

Charlotte – SRC Chair

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

It has a really fantastic magical setting. The second half of the book is incredibly suspenseful and nearly impossible to put down!

Music Captain – Ella

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

It's about falling in love in the Italian countryside and makes you feel as if you are really there. The movie is also great!


Ms Julie Jorritsma

Deputy Principal (Head of Senior School)