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Year 6 Loreto students - Isabelle, Sophia and Sienna-Rose - conducting a Harry Potter Book Quiz to younger primary school studen

Year 6 Loreto students Isabelle, Sophia and Sienna-Rose conducting a Harry Potter Book Quiz of younger primary school students

Book Week is a staple event on the school calendar. Loreto Mandeville Hall and Glen Eira College were just two of the Victorian schools to celebrate the week, conducted by the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

The Head of Library at Glen Eira College, Karys McEwan, said activities at the school included a book display on this year’s theme, a Drop Everything and Read Day, and daily lunchtime activities run by library monitors.

 ‘These student-run activities included a bookmark-making workshop, book trivia, dress-ups, a book hunt and a book cover-making competition,” she said.

Three authors – Sammy J, Nova Weetman and Cath Crowley – visited the school and staff held a morning tea of book-themed treats, including a treasure chest piñata.

‘I am really fortunate to work at a school that values their school library, and supports the work we do in creating a reading culture throughout our school community,’ said Karys.

‘The library is a bustling hub of the school. It’s  a multipurpose space that is used for everything from wider reading classes, a lunchtime book club, students doing research, school functions, board games, staff meetings and our Homework Help program,’ she said.
Loreto Mandeville Hall in Toorak also had a range of activities to engage students during Book Week.

The Director of Rathfarnham (Early Years to Year 6), Catherine Maimone Crowhurst, said the week was an important part of the school year.

‘This year’s theme “Find your Treasure” captured the hearts and minds of our girls as they engaged with the many experiences organised for them,’ she said.

Activities included a writing competition, buddy reading time where older students were paired with younger students and invited to read their favourite books to each other, classroom door displays and library activities including a Harry Potter quiz and the most well-known of Book Week events, a dress-up day.

‘Book Week is a long-standing school tradition and the older girls reminisce with great fondness about the many activities they were involved in over the years,’ said Catherine.

‘Opening the doors to a child’s imagination through literature is a profound gift. I enjoy seeing the delight on the girls’ faces as they take part in these experiences.

‘We believe that helping a child develop their love for reading and literature is a life-long gift so we have a special saying here at school: “a Loreto girl always carries a book”,’ Catherine said.

Author visits were also an important part of Book Week, with Kylie Dunstan, Alex Miles Years, and Susannah McFarlane presenting to students.

Jacqueline Moore, English Curriculum Manager at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, said Children’s Book Week helps learners develop an informed appreciation of literature.

‘We welcome the celebration of Book Week because Literature is one of the three key strands within the Victorian Curriculum F–10 English,’ Jacqueline said.