In the St Thomas' Library, we are counting down the days until, the best week of the school year…. "Book Week"! You may have heard that officially, Book Week is celebrated nationally this week, 16th- 22nd August. On occasion, we choose to be flexible with our timed celebration of Book Week, so that we can fit in best with the school calendar, and most importantly so that we can make the most out of this special week! As previously advertised, the St Thomas' Book Week will be held in Week 9 (8th–12th September). Only 19 more sleeps.
We believe that Book Week is a wonderful opportunity to encourage and reinforce our reading culture at St Thomas'. We know that it inspires conversations about our favourite stories and reading materials; that it sparks interest in varied genres of books and new ways of exploring literature; it engages children in shared and connected experiences with literacy and importantly, it supports the Australian Curriculum general capability of literacy and recognises it as an essential skill for students in becoming successful learners and as a foundation for success in all learning areas. In this context, we know that our community will help to support our very important and special week.
What to expect this year!
~ Monday – Drop by the library to check out our special Book Week Displays and to see The Children's Book Council of Australia's, short-listed books.
~ Tuesday – Exciting Book Week themed activities during library lessons
~ Wednesday – Perform Educational Musicals presents "Worlds Apart" a musical show about connecting to reading across the ages.
~ Thursday – The annual, 'Traditional St Thomas' Book Week Parade'* followed by more exciting Book Week Themed Activities in library lessons. A display of the winners and honour books will be available to peruse.
~ Friday – take home a special 'Connect to Reading' Souvenir.
In line with our Book Week theme, "Connect to Reading" we invite the children to dress up for the day, as any book character (or book) they 'connect' with. We hope this 'theme' is fairly open-ended and easy to address. Please ensure that your child wears something that they feel comfortable in all day, and that their costume conforms to safety standards – i.e. closed shoes, sun safe.
P & F NEWS
This years P&F Meeting Dates are available here, or via the Important Dates section, in the left hand column, of this web page. If you would like something tabled at a P&F meeting, please ensure that you contact us at least two weeks prior so that it can be added to the agenda. If you have any questions about the P&F we can always be contacted through the email account email@example.com.
Father's Day Stall Help - Father's Day Stall donations are needed – we have only filled half our quota!!! It's creeping up on us very quickly, and donations are coming in slowly! Please don't forget to purchase a gift to donate to the Father's Day Stall to ensure we have enough for every child. Donations can be made at the school office.
Current Altar Server Training
Altar Server training will be held for current and new altar servers in the Church following 8.30am Mass on Sunday, 17th August. Please contact Lisa McKerr on 3398 1154 if you have further questions.
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