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2017 National Simultaneous Storytime – NSS

St Martin’s has participated in the NSS for the past 4 years and will do so again in 2017. The event is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Last year saw over 500,000 participants across Australia read the same picture book at the same time in over 3,500 locations.

According to the website

“National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. Now in its 17th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.”

The official story for 2017 NSS is The Cow Tripped Over the Moon by Tony Wilson and Laura Wood. We look forward to reading this very funny story along with other schools across Australia at 11am AEST on Wednesday 24 May.

Readers Cup Competition

The Queensland branch of the Children’s Book Council Australia (CBCA) is again organising the Readers Cup Competition. 2017 marks the 12th year that St Martin’s has participated. A team of 5 students will represent our school in the competition to be held on Thursday 15 June at Redeemer Lutheran College at Rochedale. At this stage there are 30 schools registered to participate. The competition involves each team reading the same 5 books and then answering timed questions for each of the titles. The winning team will then participate in the state finals to be held in September. The following students have been chosen to participate. We wish them all the best for the competition later this term.

  • %EF%82%B7 Jessica Buckley 6M
  • %EF%82%B7 Jessica Clarke 6D
  • %EF%82%B7 Helena Felix 6G
  • %EF%82%B7 Trinity Marenjak 6G
  • %EF%82%B7 Thomas McGarry 6G

Scholastic Australia: Read Aloud More in May

Families are invited to participate in “Read Aloud More in May”. Matt Cosgrove, author of the Epic Fail Tales series is the official ambassador and illustrator for National Family Reading Month 2017. According to the website

This year our focus is on families reading aloud together. May is the perfect time to set aside time each day to experience stories shared aloud. Why not enter the Read Aloud More in May Challenge by reading aloud with your family & friends EVERY DAY in May. $10,000 in prizes to be won.

“Books are Lighthouses in the sea of time” E.P. Whipple

With kind regards

Madonna Johnston