DEC Scan Journal : Volume 34 Issue 2
2015 Volume 34, Issue 2 42 Contents Editorial Reflections Teaching & learning Research Curriculum support Share this Resource reviews to the students. They were very generous providing a book voucher for each student representative. Their sponsorship, combined with merchandise and promotional materials from the CBCA, gave the event a professional look thus lifting the students level of performance and creative works. Promotion The last item to organize was promotion and attendance. The local newspapers were contacted and subsequently an article was published promoting literature and public education. Our final guest list included Mrs Tanya Davies MP, State Member for Mulgoa; Ms Deb Summerhayes, Director of Public Schools, Penrith; Heike Boughton, the sponsor from Dymocks Book Shop in Penrith Plaza; Honor White and Jackie Hawkes, as well as other representatives from the Children’s Book Council of Australia and STEPS school Principals. This high level of community support was very encouraging for students and emphasized to them the importance of reading and appreciating quality literature. The event felt authentic and was a valuable experience for everyone. Preparing the students Preparation of the students was seen as essential to the success of the forum. The following instruction, outlined in the proposal, was given to staff to use as a guide in preparing students for the forum discussion. Participants will read and examine each of the picture books on the 2014 CBCA shortlist. This examination will include text features, connection and language, story events and theme, as well as illustrations and visual elements.The group/class should also make a judgement about the book in relation to its merit as Book of the Year, compared to the other shortlisted titles. Schools used a range of strategies to explore the picture books and some excellent student work was produced including this book trailer made by students at James Erskine Public School. James Erskine Public School book trailer- Parachute by Danny Parker and Matt Ottley Experiences of some of the feeder schools are recorded here. All schools agreed that the preparation they did was extremely valuable for the students involved. Blackwell Public School We were thrilled with the high level of performance and depth of discussion that was demonstrated by the children. We felt that being involved with the Book Forum helped students at Blackwell Public School, to engage more deeply with appreciating literature and positive messages around books and reading. Each class focused on one book in-depth and created artwork or a response which was then displayed around the school. To help the Year 6 students prepare for the inter-school forum, a group of Year 4 children become involved in a school- based forum to give Year 6 an opportunity to practice their skills in answering open- ended questions. This was extremely valuable for building confidence and broadened the number of students involved in the event. Overall, participation in the Book Forum was of great benefit to our school and we are looking forward to being involved in 2015. Stephanie Coard, Blackwell Public School Book Forum student representatives from Erskine Park High School Art work produced by students from Erskine Park High School.
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