Book Week 2019 – Reading is my Secret Power

Next week is Book Week, a celebration of the joy of reading, Aussie authors and awesome books. The 2019 Book Week theme is Reading is my Secret Powerand we will be celebrating on Wednesday 21 August.

Dress up or wear a t-shirt

On Wednesday, students can dress up or even just wear a fun t-shirt for a gold coin donation.

What to wear: Students can dress up as their favourite Superhero/Book Character or they may just like to wear a superhero/book character t-shirt.

Donation: Students are asked to bring a gold coin donation. Funds raised will go to our sister school – St Francis Xavier Primary School in Lake Cargelligo, NSW.

Activities

To celebrate we will be hosting a range of fun activities during lunchtime.

Epic Marvel Kahoot Smack Down

Harry Potter Trivia & Games

What: BYO device to compete

When: Lunchtime 21/08/2019

Where: The Lounge

Prizes to be won

What: Show off your wizarding knowledge

When: Lunchtime 21/08/2019

Where: The Gallery

Prizes to be won

   

Disney Karaoke

Green Screen Photo Booth

What: Sing along to your favourite Disney songs

When: Lunchtime 21/08/2019

Where: KSM

What: Back by popular demand! Bring your tribe for a ‘shelfie’

When: Lunchtime 21/08/2019

Where: The Resource Centre

 

Book Sale

A big thank you to everyone that has donated pre-loved books for the Book Fair. Books will be sold for a gold coin donation from Monday 19 August until sold out. Funds raised will go to our sister school – St Francis Xavier Primary School in Lake Cargelligo, NSW.

Reading is my Secret Power

But how is it a Secret Power you might ask? Well, did you know…

  • Reading narrative fiction develops a reader’s sense of empathy. 1
  • Reading enjoyment is the best predictor of university entrance, regardless of socio-economic status. 2
  • Engaged reading can overcome traditional barriers to reading achievement, including gender, parental education & income. 3
  • Just six minutes a day can reduce stress by 68%. 4
  • Reading has positive cognitive benefits beyond just comprehension. Reading improves vocabulary, verbal intelligence and general knowledge. 5
  • More readers volunteer for non-profit organisations (42%) than non-readers (25%). 6
  • Children who have a positive attitude to reading are significantly less likely to report mental health problems. 7

Where we got our facts

  1. Matthijs,B. P. & Veltkamp , M. (2013) How does fiction reading influence empathy? An experimental investigation on the role of emotional transportation. PloS one vol. 8,1 (2013): e55341. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0055341
  2. Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, (2002) Reading For Change Performance And Engagement Across Countries – Results From PISA 2000. OECD Publishing, Paris, Accessed from http://www.oecd.org/education/school/programmeforinternationalstudentassessmentpisa/33690904.pdf
  3. Guthrie, J. (2004) Engaged reading can overcome traditional barriers to reading achievement, including gender, parental education and income; Engaging Adolescents in Reading. Corwin, Thousand Oaks.
  4. Lewis, D. (2009) Galaxy Stress Research, Mindlab International. Sussex University, UK.
  5. Cunningham, A. & Stanovich, K. (2001) “What reading does for the mind”. American Educator. 22.Accessed from https://www.researchgate.net/publica;on/237109087_What_reading_does_for_the_mind
  6. Hill Strategies, (2008). Social Effects of Culture: Exploratory Statistical Evidence and Detailed Statistical Models. Accessed from https://hillstrategies.com/2008/09/08/social-effects-of-book-reading/
  7. Clark, C. & Teravainen-Goff, A. (2018) Wellbeing, Reading and Writing report, National Literacy Trust.
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