This book is absolutely brilliant. I think that this is one of the best books I have read. It is a story about discovering new things and losing people close to you heart. Even though it might sound sad it is actually a really happy story with a bit of sadness. The words describe scenes and the characters very well so you can easily imagine what happens. This book will take you on a rollercoaster ride about the preciousness and brilliance of life. It is aimed at 10-13 year-olds but adults can read it too!
National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual celebration reading and sharing a picture book by an Australian author, which takes place across the nation at 11am on the designated day.
This year the chosen title is Alpacas With Maracas by Matt Cosgrove, and we celebrated across the school and within our local community.
Given the nature of school programs and accessibility, some of the readings were either a little before 11am or a while later, but the main event, described first, took place at the official time!
The Student Representative Council at the Junior School ran an event with a mystery reader.
Our very own Mrs Kelvy was the dramatic figure behind the mask.
She read with flair, pleasing all who were there!
The event was well received and much fun. Thanks to Mrs Callinan and the SRC for their organisation.
The Prep students, in their alpaca head dresses headed over to share the fun with the Early Learning Centre 3 year old group.
Early Learning Centre 3 Year old group took a very different angle as can be seen in the photograph below!
A little after 11am the Senior School attendees participated in the Library.
They had to listen to me, but they soon became part of the performance.
Thanks to Miss Hodge, Mrs Bradbeer and Ms Couchman for bringing their classes, and Ms Couchman for taking the photos. The Year 9 English classes returned to their classroom with a tub of 20 picture fiction titles and enjoyed sharing books with each other.
The Final event in the day took place at lunchtime. A group who regularly visit The Birches, a local aged care facility, to read to and talk with the residents, took Alpacas with Maracas to read and donate to their audience.
Here is the report from Mrs Bernadette Milich, our Deputy Head of Junior School.
“We had fun sharing Alpacas with Maracas at The Birches (an aged care facility adjacent to the hospital). We even borrowed maracas from Mrs Christie (our Music teacher) to play at the appropriate time. We also gave them to most of the residents who played them throughout the story.
Tom Templeton was our reader and he did a great job.
He also wrote a little message in the book we gave them.
The students were from Years 2, 3 and 4.
It is lovely to see the younger students interacting with older members of their community. They have really embraced this opportunity and every time we go I have to leave many volunteers at school. They are so keen but numbers are limited.
After the group reading of the story, there was still time for our usual story and conversation time where quite a few residents had the story reread to them.”
What will next year’s title be – and how will we celebrate?