This year the whole Junior School participated in the Book Week parade as part of our Book Week celebrations. It was wonderful to see most students as well as teachers and support staff dressed up as their favourite book character. It was certainly a tough decision for the two judges to select a boy from each class.
National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) at Brisbane Boys College was celebrated at 11am on Wednesday 19th May by all of the Junior School Boys. We had a number of storytellers this year with Yerik and Albert our Academic Student Leaders paving the way. Yerik and Albert made a variety of space helmets to entice the Preps and enthralled the Year 2 students with their reading of the book “Give Me Some Space” by Phillip Bunting. Our Preps giggled through Headmaster Mr Damon Emtage’s reading of the book in the library. Ms Raymond presented a lovely reading to the Year Ones. Dr Leigh Hobart captivated the Year 3 boys while Matthew Bennett, Vice-Captain, was our Story Time Leader for the Year 6 boys in College Hall. Matthew also exposed the virtues of reading, encouraging our boys to pick up a book and widen their knowledge of the world through words. Mrs Warwick’s Math boys did a hilarious enactment of the book for the Year 4 and 5 boys, with Matthew stealing the show with his depiction of Una the main character.
NSS is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. Now in its 21st successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.
By facilitating NSS we aim to:
NSS receives positive media coverage, generates a great deal of community interest and is held annually as part of Library and Information Week. 2020 was the biggest and most successful NSS to date with over 1,297,000 participants at over 14,469 locations, including participants from New Zealand, Thailand, UK, Canada, Singapore, Vietnam and Hong Kong.
Days such as NSS are part of our school strategy to promote reading amongst our boys. Male mentors such as Matthew, one of our Vice-Captains and our Academic School leaders, Yerik and Albert help to develop a culture of reading.
Note for Audio books
To celebrate Book Week this year we will be hosting two Brisbane based authors.
Our visiting authors this year are:
Years Prep, 1, 2 & 3
Dr Cameron Stelzer - 19 August
Years 4, 5 & 6
Dee White – 18 August
Cameron Stelzer is an Australian author and illustrator with a passion for creating exciting children's books and fostering a love of reading, writing and creativity in young people. He is one of Australia's favourite children's authors with books that engage, inspire and excite children. Cameron's books include the internationally award-winning Pie Rats series, the fun and zany Scallywags series, how-to-draw publications, and the Stroogle picture book series. Cameron's books have won many awards.
Unfortunately Nick Earls is unable to join us but we are very excited to have Dee White present to the boys instead.
Dee White is the award-winning author of more than 20 books for children and young adults. Beyond Belief, inspired by the true story of Muslims at a Paris mosque who saved Jewish children was a CBCA Notable and a finalist from 1400 entries in the Screencraft 2021 Cinematic Book competition.
Dee has presented workshops and talks to primary and secondary students and adults throughout Australia and overseas including the SCBWI Europolitan Conference in Amsterdam and the 2018 Sharjah International Book Fair. She runs online classes and activities for writers of all ages, all over the world and her international students come from USA, UK, Canada, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, New Zealand, Indonesia, India, China and Malaysia.
Dee is passionate about working with students to help them develop their writing skills, and inspiring them to enjoy books and share their own stories.
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