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29/08/2017

​Book Week 2017

This year is the first year that Benowa State High School has celebrated Book Week; and what a week it was! Based on the Children's Book Council of Australia’s theme of ‘Escape to Everywhere’, the Library hosted a range of activities for student participation each day, providing bookmarks to acknowledge those involved.

To launch Book Week, a guest speaker from the local Southport Council Library gave an informative presentation about research sources on offer at our local library, along with a slideshow exploring author techniques for creative writing and tips on how to select books. Students were invited to enter a writing competition based on the book week theme.

‘Teacher Book Raves’ proved popular with students who were enthralled by the anecdotes that staff gave about their favourite genre, what inspired them to read and books that have impacted their lives. Throughout the week, a small team of English teachers helped run a ‘Print to Screen’ lunchtime viewing of the extremely popular novel series, ‘Goosebumps’, enabling students to soak up the hilarity of this novel as depicted on the big screen. For Harry Potter fans, there was a quiz based on the book series and student entrants pondered the questions based on characters, spells and plot features. Senior students had the opportunity to present their English soliloquies based on challenging book characters from their English lessons. Setting the ‘Book Week’ theme for whole school, our Office staff dressed up as Pirates for the entire week and really engaged in the spirit of Book Week, which was incredibly inspiring for students and teachers alike.

The finale for Book Week was the character costume parade. Staff and students filled the library in a colourful array of literary attire, based on the criteria of being creative or authentic to the book character; with participation certificates for costume entrants. An exciting guest book character was our Principal, Mr Mark Rickard, who delighted students and teachers alike as the Mad Hatter, supported by our school Deputy Principals also dressed in the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ themed costumes which definitely will have inspired students with a life-long love of reading!