Mike Lucas came to our school recently and gave inspiring talks about poetry writing. His lucky ambassadors, Bella, Sophie, Caitlin, Gargee, Rhys and Isabella received a surprise in the post, "Olivia's Voice", his stunning picture book, illustrated by Jennifer Harrison.
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
― Stephen King
Writer’s Weeks connect our students with published children’s authors and enable them to be instructed in the craft of writing by enthusiastic experts.
Visiting authors Adam Cece, Marianne Musgrove and Mike Lucas all gave insights into their writing backgrounds, some seeing themselves as writers when they were young children, while others didn’t begin to write until adulthood.
Adam shared his ideas on how to develop characters in stories through an interview process.
Marianne gave insights into writing historical novels by researching information using photos, everyday items and even the music of the time. Using puppets, she demonstrated how she constructed her story “The Worry Tree”, which dealt with anxiety and fear.
Mike gave an entertaining step by step lesson on constructing a poem using different techniques and the students created their own poems during his session.
Our “Writer’s Festival” was split into two parts this year with rooms 7, 8, 9,10,18, 21,22, 24, 30 and 31 being the first to be involved, while the rest of the school will have their sessions in August.
Our visiting authors and illustrators are always impressed by our “ambassadors”, students who do a wonderful job looking after our visitors.
Thank you to our student ambassadors, Makaela 9, Rhys, 24, Chelsea F 30, Zoey 31, Jude, 24, Emily N 22, Jaxon 9, Hudson G 8, Levi 10, Tammy 18, Claire 31, Evie 18, Gargee 8, Sophie M 9, Bella 10, Kaitlyn 31, Isabella 22 and Rhys L 7.
Adam Cece stated that it was one positive teacher comment that set him on the path to becoming a professional writer. At Ardtornish Primary School, we want all our students to be successful writers and have their stories published for others to read and enjoy at school. One day we hope to see some of our students as successful published authors too.
Mandy is having great fun helping the "Elf on the Shelf" set up book characters for the students to find and guess.
Students are selected by their teachers to be "Star Readers" due to their love of books, improved reading or great book borrowing. They were invited to the library on Friday December 6th, to look at new publications and choose a book they would like the library to buy. A book plate is added to the book to indicate which student selected it and they will be the first borrower.
The many library monitors are invited to the library for a thank you luncheon on the same day. A great day for celebrating books and the library!
Miss Emma's Foundation students have been participating in a special library time where they have been enjoying books and creating art and craft based on the stories they have heard. They painted cats from "Maya and Cat" and made pom poms after noticing that Maya used a pom pom on a stick to attract cat. They used their pom pom skills to make the little mouse from "Red House, Blue House, Green House, Tree House!" Finally they created their own toys based on their favourite book character.
Students at Ardtornish Primary School all contributed to the writer's display in the library. Every student either made a book of their own or contributed to a collection of stories. These were very popular stories to read in the library. After multiple student requests we are now going to publish collections of student written short stories for borrowing.
Book Week has started and this year we are decorating the library as scenes from Aladdin (the play students will be performing in term 4).
It was a busy 3 days setting up the displays and I give thanks to Mandy Ascott ( and her Mum), Judy and Steve Luckas and Geoff Moore for all your help.
The old marquee frame makes a great Jasmine's tent and another unwanted item, a pop up beach tent became the "Cave of Wonders."
Lunch time activities were busy and the library was full.
In lesson time JP's had a quest to find the 6 genie magic lamps that contained the shortlisted early childhood books that had escaped as "magic smoke" and older students had an Aladdin or Superhero Kahoots to play. Some of the actors from our Aladdin play dressed up in costume and had their photos taken with other students.
Three children's illustrators visited Ardtornish Primary School in weeks 2 and 3 of term 3. Sally Heinrich, Lauren Mullinder and Georgina Chadderton talked to our students about illustrating text and creating graphic novels.
Students applied to be ambassadors for our visitors and were responsible for making sure they were taken to each class and helped with carrying their tools and ordering lunch etc. All students were excellent representatives of our school and enjoyed their time as ambassadors.
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.