The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

Junior School Resource Centre

Last week we celebrated Book Week and the magic of children's books and the fabulous publishing we have in Australia. In a digital age where we have so much competition for our leisure time it is heart-warming to see the boys engage in the magic of books and use their creativity to create costumes for the annual Book Week parade based on a favourite character from a book that they have identified with. As always the Book Week parade and Staff Pantomime based on The Bunyip from Berkeley Creek by Jenny Wagner was well attended by parents and I thank them for taking time out of their busy schedules to enjoy this moment with their sons.

For the first time, we had a separate parade in the Early Learning Centre on Friday morning. This event had a magical feel and colossal cute factor as our littlest members of the Scotch community shared their favourite book characters with the large number of parents in attendance. The boys also enjoyed a special story reading from guest storyteller; our very own Mr Ledger.

To coincide with Book Week the Children's Book Council of Australia conduct a Make Your Own Storybook competition where Western Australian children from pre-primary to year 8 write, illustrate and self-publish their own book. This year we had a group of self-motivated students enter this competition and I am pleased to announce that Year 3 student Jack Mayo has won 1st Prize for Year 3 to 4 Storybook. What is exceptional is that Jack's entry was judged against Year 3 and 4. What the judges had to say about Jack's book titled Mistaken Identity:

Jack has written a well-sequenced story with a clever ending. He has included all the features of a storybook and his attention to detail is outstanding. The writing demonstrates creativity and an original approach to the topic.

Congratulations to Jack and all of the boys who entered the competition.

Mrs Kathryn Salt
Junior School Teacher-Librarian