Finding treasure in books

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Primary School

​The children at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Darra were very excited to show off their library books.,

STUDENTS found their treasure as they dressed up as their favourite book characters, held parades and plays and filled libraries with creative displays made from recycled materials to celebrate Book Week.

CBCA Book Week is a time to celebrate reading, learning, having fun and, as many parents can attest, the ability to cobble together a costume at the 11th hour.

This year's theme “Find Your Treasure" inspired schools, libraries and communities across the country to celebrate Australian children's books and reading.

All Saints School, Albany Creek, partnered with Reverse Garbage to build a city made entirely from recycled materials, with greenery, flowers, insects, flying creatures and animals all made with re-usable materials. 

Teacher-Librarians Rachael Hill and Suellen Cotter said they focussed on a particular book about the value of green spaces and chose the theme the 'World is our Treasure' as a way of interpreting this year's Book Week theme. 

Using the shortlisted picture book, Florette as inspiration, a large area of the school library was transformed into a green oasis with contributions from every child in the school.

Rachael said every class attended a one-hour workshop and contributed a vine to add to the space with written prayers, poetry and thoughts on the environment.

The library was open to the school community across the week so that families could visit before and after school. 

A time-lapse video of the project also was created and shared with families. 

Other highlights of the week included a dress up day and buddy class shared morning tea; a dramatic performance by the library and administration staff of the shortlisted book Hark, it's me, Ruby Lee! for the whole school and a Musica Viva performance. 

At Unity College, Caloundra they took Book Week to a whole new level with a magical “Find your Treasure" themed display.

Students were taken on a journey through a pirate ship, walking the plank and arriving at their treasured destination of “Neverland".

Contributions from Prep to Year 6 students ensured the display was a collaboration of activities culminating in a spectacular collection of colour and art that took many a parent's breath away.

Most of the items used in the display were either donated or recycled.

Unity College Teacher- Librarian, Jennifer Wilson said Book Week was a favourite week of the year for the college community.

“Book week gives us a chance to showcase the library in a way that entices students in to experience the different ways in which we can be of assistance.

“We absolutely love seeing the smiles on the children's faces which shows us how much our library is appreciated and needed in our fast-paced world of technology."

St Columba's School, Wilston, were delighted to welcome special guests including former student Auxiliary Bishop Ken Howell, Children's author Deborah Abela, and former newsreader Bill McDonald who inspired students to use their imaginations as they read from their favourite books.

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St Columba's School, Wilston, welcomed special guests, former newsreader Bill McDonald, children's author Deborah Abela and Auxiliary
Bishop Ken Howell​

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