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Dear Parents

Book Week is the longest running children's festival in Australia and the theme in 2013 is Read across the universe. Each year we spend a week celebrating books and Australian authors and illustrators. Our teachers and teacher librarians develop activities, offer competitions and tell stories related to the theme to highlight the importance of reading. Our students also had the opportunity to meet visiting authors, Phillip Gwynne and Wendy Binks and next week they will view the Book Week play, 'Space Jump'.

I hope you find the following 10 tips useful to promote the love of reading with your children.

PARENT READING TIPS

READING TIP - No 1

Reading to your children doesn't have to be just a bedtime task. Try reading to your children after breakfast or at some other time of the day - reading is a great stress buster and a good time to snuggle together!

READING TIP - No 2

Reading on the go!

Look for and point out words in signs, catchy words in advertising, interesting street names and other words and messages when you are walking or travelling in a car, bus or train.

READING TIP - No 3

Don't forget that magazines, newspapers, game directions or any printed material can motivate your child and add variety to their reading experience.

READING TIP - No 4

During your next outing or gathering, take action-packed photos, then have your child create captions to go with each picture. Assemble the pictures and captions in a picture book or album, and add speech and thought bubbles to create a personalized and probably hysterical graphic novel

READING TIP - No 5

Take time to read comic strips together. Share favourites from your own childhood and have your child put his favourites on the fridge. Read them aloud, often repetition is a great way to build reading skills.

READING TIP - No 6

Sport Search

Sport inspires not only health and fitness, but also reading! Encourage kids to keep track of favourite teams by reading news stories in the newspaper. Get them searching for facts within the text e.g. how many points did the Eagles win?

READING TIP - No 7

Get a new board game for the family and have children read the instructions and explain to everyone how to play it.

READING TIP - No 8

Be a reading detective!

Museums are fun places to see, learn and read. When visiting a museum, an aquarium or a zoo, be sure to read all of the signs with your children!

PARENT TIP - No 9

Who doesn't like to laugh? Joke books, cartoon strips and humorous stories are all great things to read with your children. Cut them out of newspapers and make a book. Read a joke a night over dinner!

PARENT TIP - No 10

Song Lyrics

Songs make great reading texts! Encourage kids to read the lyrics of the songs they like (and that you approve of) Also, look for books based on songs to read and use for sing-a-longs. Great fun!

On Tuesday afternoon students form Years 3-6 took part in our annual Cross-Country Carnival. The students participated wholeheartedly and with great enthusiasm.

Well done to all our primary runners. Congratulations to the following students who will be representing our school at the Interschool Cross Country Carnival next Tuesday. Parents are welcome to come along from 10 am to support the runners.

Next Friday, 30th August we are having a Primary School Mass to thank God for the gift of Fathers. We look forward to seeing many Dads at this special Mass in Roncalli Hall at 9 am.

Kind regards

Antoinette De Pinto

Head of Primary


Dates to Remember:

Monday 26th August

  • Pupil Free Day

Tuesday 27th August

  • Years 3-6 IPSHA Cross Country Carnival, Hosted by John XXIII College

Wednesday 28th August

  • 'Space Jump' Incursion (PP-6)

Thursday 29th August

  • Year 1's Excursion to AQUA

Friday 30th August

  • Fathers' Day Mass following by morning tea in the Thomas More Ex Centre, 9 am Roncalli Hall


Click here to see pictures from John XXIII Day.

Click Here to see pictures from Cross Country.