Last term the middle/upper primary students had a Writers’ Festival and learnt valuable writing skills from leading SA authors, Rosanne Hawke and Phil Cummings.
This week the JP students meet several writers and illustrators who came to our school.
Janeen Brian, Jane Jolly, Mandy Foot and Andrew Joyner are all South Australian published authors or illustrators. Janeen Brian has produced over 100 titles and Janeen, Jane and Andrew have all been selected as “Notable”, or “Shortlisted” books by the reputable Children’s Book Council of Australia. Mandy is a new and enthusiastic illustrator who has recently began to write books for children as well.
Why have these people come to the school?
Each author, illustrator is a skilled and successful writer or artist. Their knowledge and insight into their craft is beyond most people’s experiences. They talk about their processes and give students an understanding of the skills they need to make their work better and at times exceptional.
Each child is an author or illustrator in their daily lives at school. Teachers strive to make them the best they can be and using experts in their fields is a successful way to push each student’s capabilities.
After meeting each author/ illustrator children become inspired by their books and this encourages them to read even more.
Who knows, your child might be a future published author or illustrator too.
I would like to thank the year 7 students who are “ambassadors” or official hosts/ caretakers of each author/illustrator. The volunteer students make sure each visitor is well cared for and help them get to each class with all the work samples they bring to show the students. All authors and illustrators have been delighted about their treatment.
Thank you to Ashlee, Matthew, Hayley, Kyle, Nina, Katey, Dillan and Aliyah for being great representatives of our school.
Well done to the 2 teams who represented Ardtornish Primary School in the 2017 Book Cup competition this week. This is the first time APS has entered a team, so although we didn't win, we did learn a lot more about how the competition works. Surrey Downs Primary School were the hosts and the winning schools were Tea Tree Gully PS and Surrey Downs PS.
Phil Cummings visited rooms 7,8,9,10,11,22,24,30 and 31 to talk about his stories and how he writes. Phil is a celebrated South Australian children's author who has now expanded his repertoire to include writing musicals. He is a gifted storyteller and had each audience entranced with his words and books.
Phil was very impressed with his "ambassadors" Brooke, Zodee, Will and Tamara, who guided him around the school and were there to help him with any queries.
Rooms 7,8,9,10 and 11 enjoyed the visit from Rosanne Hawke on Tuesday. She is a well known, award winning author of children's literature and her recent book "Daughter of the Nomad" was included in the notables books for children this year.
Rosanne was delighted with her "ambassadors" for the day, Mia, Skye and Aman from year 7. She presented each student with a gift of one of her signed books.
Not only did she talk about her experiences in Pakistan and the impact it had on her writing but generously informed the students of the steps she takes in writing a book or story. It is of great benefit for the students to hear from a master in their craft and will impact on their writing and reading.
Jacinta and Jordan from room 24 were the lucky enough to be invited to the Children's Book Council of Australia's launch of the shortlisted books for 2017. They were able to meet South Australian authors Rosanne Hawke and Mike Dumbleton. Mike read his latest story, Eve and Elly to the students present at the launch. St Peter's library was the venue and BTN came to interview students, including Jacinta and Jordan about the event. The shortlisted books were announced by the SA judges at the event at exactly 11.30.
The Premier's Reading Challenge is up and running for 2017. We have had many students return their forms after completing the 12 books needed to complete the challenge. Of course we aim for 40 books a year at Ardtornish Primary School and many students read much more.
Congratulations to the Nairne family for being numbers 1, 2 and 3 in the list of children who completed the challenge.
The year 6/7's from rooms 8, 6 and 11 created book trailers based on the short listed picture books and early childhood books for 2015. Students voted for their favourite trailers. Congratulations to Kelsey, Ella, Caitlin, Hailie, Azel and Emmanuela for creating the winning 3 movies.
Pig the Pug by Kelsey http://webplayer.clickview.com.au/?p=IjHz2
Go to Sleep Jessie by Caitlin, Ella and Hailie http://webplayer.clickview.com.au/?p=yadjC
I am the teacher librarian at Ardtornish Primary School. I have been teaching in South Australia for many years and have a passion for children's literature.