Book Week at St Helena

The theme for this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book Week was ‘Escape to Everywhere’. This theme sparks lots of ideas! It invites wonder about the world and the wide variety of inhabitants who live here. The theme also captures why you may like to read – to escape – to live inside someone else’s mind for a while and to see and feel what they do. We honoured Book Week at St Helena with a week full of literary celebrations.

Our Student Library Leaders Club demonstrated excellent leadership and organisational skills throughout our celebrations. They assisted in creating a captivating ‘Escape to Everywhere’ display in our library foyer and managed events throughout the week.

The week kicked off with a lunchtime literary Trivia competition, hosted by our Student Library Leaders Club. Congratulations to students in the winning year 8 team (Milly B, Sienna L, Jess M, Alyssa B and Nikola K), who all demonstrated excellent literary knowledge!

Our year 7 students and staff ‘escaped into book characters’ for the day on Tuesday the 22nd and dressed up as book characters. It was wonderful to see so many year 7 students put such enthusiasm, creative thought and effort into their dress up characters for the day. Prizes for best dressed students were presented at a special year 7 Book Week Assembly.

A Book Week fundraising BBQ was also held and funds raised went to the Cathy Freeman Foundation to support literacy initiatives in indigenous communities in Australia. Sausages and bread sold out in-record time and the Student Library Leaders Club raised $200 to donate.

The ‘Guess the Number of Escape Lollies in the Jar’ competition created great interest in the library. Hundreds of students and staff entered with the hope of taking home the whole tub of lollies. Congratulations to Sean S. from 7D who had the closest guess!

All of the CBCA young adult award winning novels for 2017 are available for borrowing from our library.


Ms Sophie Blake
Resource Centre Manager