There was a buzz of excitement and anticipation in the library on Friday as an eager group of readers waited to see if their name would be selected to win the AFL indigenous football or if they would be announced as the winner of our coveted Yeo-Low Medal for Reading for 2017.
Congratulations to the 57 students from P – 6 who completed the reading challenge during Term Three by reading nine books based on the Book Week theme ‘Escape to Everywhere’ and also completed a creative response about one of the books. Your enthusiasm for reading and amazing creativity make teacher librarian my heart sing!
This is the third year we have held our Yeo-Low Medal Reading Challenge that was started by our author friend Adrian Beck in 2015. The Yeo-Low Medal combines our love of reading and AFL football and you can read about how it started here. Adrian has supported our Yeo-Low Medal readers each year and for the past two years we have been very lucky to have both Adrian and author friend Felice Arena host our Yeo-Low Medal award ceremonies which have been such a fun celebration of reading. This year Adrian and Felice outdid themselves….
A big congratulations to our winners and to everyone who participated in the Yeo-Low Medal Reading Challenge this year!
We had lots of fun celebrating Book Week and it’s theme ‘Escape to Everywhere’…The joy of reading is alive and well at St Martin’s!
Book Week Parade
You never quite know what the weather will be like in August in Melbourne and it was a relief to have a sunny Wednesday morning for our Book Week Parade. Top Yard was a riot of colour and noise before school and it looked as though hundreds of book characters had escaped from our library! The whole school gathered together on Top Yard dressed as favourite book characters and everyone cheered as each year level walked around in their creative costumes…
Escape to Everywhere with Stories night
It was a wet and wintery Melbourne evening for our Story Night, but that didn’t stop nearly 400 parents and children from braving the weather to come to school for an evening of stories. The excitement was palpable as students arrived under cover of darkness dressed in their pyjamas, carrying cushions and cuddly toys, eager to listen to teachers read stories in cosy classrooms. A big thank you to families for coming along and to the 17 teachers who volunteered their time to read stories and ensure everyone moved safely to their story locations.
An author visit from Anna Walker
Friday brought our much anticipated visit from talented author and illustrator, Anna Walker. This term the Year P-2 students have been reading Anna’s books, watching her stop motion animated book trailers and doing art work in response to her stories. Today was the day they would finally met Anna! Our students hung on every word as they listened to Anna talk about her writing and illustrating and had lots of fun drawing with her. You can read more about Anna’s visit on our slideshow below…
The Yeo-Low Medal for Best and Fairest Reader is back in 2017!
This is the third year for our Yeo-Low Medal Reading Challenge that was started by our author friend Adrian Beck. You can read how it all started here. Adrian has supported and encouraged our Yeo-Low Medal readers each year including last year when he organised a surprise message for our readers. Adrian also brings lots of fun to our Yeo-Low Medal Award Ceremony as you can see in 2015 and with Felice Arena in 2016.
Reading for our Yeo-Low Medal is held in Term Three. It is a Reading Challenge that combines our love of Australian Rules Footy and reading. The Yeo-Low Medal is almost as coveted as the Brownlow Medal! Everyone who successfully completes the Reading Challenge receives a certificate and a chance to go in the draw to win our Indigenous football (a yellow one this year). Each reader is also in contention to win our prestigious Yeo-Low Medal for Best and Fairest Reader.
Students from Prep- Year 6 can participate in the Yeo-Low Medal by reading the books in the challenge based on the Book Week theme and completing a creative response to one of the books.
Enjoy participating in our Yeo-Low Medal Reading Challenge and have fun escaping to everywhere with books…
At the beginning of the year this little person started borrowing at our library when his big sister started in Prep. He was three and a half years old.
You will see him borrowing in our library most mornings before school. He has his own little routine where he posts his library book in the Returns chute and then comes around and takes it out of the box and hands it to me and has a little chat. (I love it!) Then off he goes to find a book.
Recently he has been borrowing information books about sea animals. Our happy reader lines up with the big kids and knows to turn his book to the back so he can scan the barcode. He then puts his book in his library bag and happily wanders out to meet his mum. He has borrowed 22 books so far this year and he isn’t even at officially at our school yet!
The other week our little reader popped into the library at the end of the day instead and I was teaching a Year 6 class. That didn’t worry him! He returned his book and went over ready to scan his new book. The Year 6s were watching in awe. When I asked if he had enjoyed the octopus book he explained that an octopus has suction cups on its legs. You could hear the jaws of the Year 6 students drop! He confidently scanned his book and went on his way…a happy little reader who feels at home in our library.
Today is our School Photo day and our book characters decided they would have a ‘Library photo’…smile if you like reading!