Despite the challenges that the ACT lockdown has brought us, our Senior School were still able to celebrate Book Week during remote learning. Throughout the week students and staff engaged in several initiatives, organised by the Library and English faculty.
On Tuesday, students and staff were encouraged to dress as their favourite book character and attend their classes for the day in their costume. As you will find in the photo gallery below, there were some wonderful costumes on display.
On Wednesday, the students were encouraged to complete a Harry Potter escape room during their lunchbreak. The room included riddles from the popular book series,
On Thursday and Friday, the students were tasked with building a poem from books on their bookshelf, called ‘spine poetry’, and were asked to submit their poem to Library staff for a chance at winning a prize. They were also sent several puzzles to complete, the answers being the books from this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) books of the year list. The challenges were enthusiastically embraced by the students. A special mention to Rosie (Y9) and Tess Norton (Y9), whose spine poetry submission was particularly impressive.
Throughout the week, our students competed in the 2021 Coutts Cup for Creative Writing. The Coutts Cup was donated by former Principal Ms Anne Coutts, who wanted to encourage students to participate in creative writing. All senior school students were invited to submit a story engaging with this year’s theme, “Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds”. Congratulations to winner, Elyssia Heckmann (8R) whose story, “World of Memory”, was selected as the standout entry by the English faculty for its imaginative approach and thoughtful engagement with the theme, combined with a strong command of creative expression. Congratulations also to Ingrid Stening (9R) and Zida Chang (7R), who receive Highly Commended awards for their entries, which the English faculty wished to acknowledge as deserving of special praise. The Coutts Cup and prizes will be presented to the winners at assembly on their return to school.
As well as encouraging students to read and participate in Book Week, the Library continues to provide access to resources and information, even when our students are learning remotely. All students have access to a diverse range of fiction eBooks and audiobooks through our Wheelers platform, which is accessible here. If students are unsure of the details, password and login information are available on the Library’s Canvas page.
It has also been wonderful to see students taking advantage of the Library’s non-fiction resources, including the many databases that can be accessed through the Library’s homepage. We strongly recommend Britannica as an excellent place to start for an understanding of any topic. We encourage students to think of and use Britannica every time they think of accessing Wikipedia!
The Library is committed to helping with research and referencing questions. Students are encouraged to email the teacher Librarians at SS library with any questions that they may have.
Top Picture: Library staff Book Week dress up.
Bottom: Book Week dress ups, book 'spine poetry'