Library News 26 June 2015

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Term 2 Primary Winners

We have enjoyed another busy term in the Library. Our Library and Information Week celebrations at the end of May, along with National Simultaneous Storytime certainly created plenty of excitement and opportunities for students to connect to reading. Large numbers of students streamed in at break times and many were keen to enter the competitions we ran. Special thanks to our Primary Book Club team who were instrumental in assisting with the activities. They helped create and run the Bingo Board competition and loved helping judge the entries. Prizes have been awarded to a number of our prize winners. Final prizes will be handed out at the start of next term.

Primary Library Prize Winners
Share-a-Shelfie Prep – Year 2 Dylan Bradley 2W
Year 3 – 6 Jasmine O’Brien 5G
Bingo Board Winners Prep Brent Tomokino PM
Year 1 Eva Smith 1M
Year 2 Saskia Hallink 2W
Year 3 Kaitlin Morris 3G
Year 4 Breeanna Robinson 4M
Year 5 Jasmine O’Brien 5G
Year 6 Samson Coumi 6M
Mystery Book – Guess the number of pages Prep – Year 2 Brent Tomokino PM
Year 3 – 6 Macauley King 4M
Read More in MayReading Minutes Prep – Year 2 Caitlin Mare 2G
Year 3 – 6 Molly McCaughey 5G
Most Reading Minutes P-6 Year 5G
Kim-Michelle Toft Colouring Competition Prep – Year 2 Robert Parkes 2W
Year 3 – 6 Alex Parker 4G

Author Visit with Kim-Michelle Toft

Kim-Michelle Toft ( visited GCC last week for our annual Primary Author Visit. Kim’s passion and exuberance for storytelling enthralled students, staff and parents. Her inspirational artwork filled the library with the colours and creatures of the sea and classes were fortunate enough to watch her paint a new fish each session. As a full time marine artist and publisher of environmental children’s books, Kim’s knowledge of sea creatures was impressive. Her amazing silk painted illustrations form the backdrop of her work and bring to life the vibrant underwater worlds she writes about. Kim ran sessions across both days working with classes across Prep – Year 6 and led a break-out writing session with students. Lainey Grieve from 4W was one of the students chosen to attend the writing session, which focused on alliteration. Her work Turtles (below) was selected to be published in the newsletter.

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Below are photos from Kim Michelle Toft’s visit:


Our Year 8 Readers’ Cup team represented us at the recent Regional Competition held at Readers CypMaroochydore State High School on the evening of 9 June.  The main motivation behind the Readers’ Cup is to encourage students in their reading and to provide enthusiastic readers an opportunity to shine.  The State Finals for the Readers’ Cup are held each year during the Brisbane Writers Festival and this year, 20 teams from schools across the region vied for the opportunity to represent our region in the upcoming State Final.  We commend our team consisting of Kirra Dodwell, Sarah Mens, Lachlan Rosenberg and Nikita Perro for their teamwork and positive attitude in representing our College on the night.

The Year 9 Interschool Competition for Readers’ Cup will be held on 25 August, during this year’s Book Week celebrations. This competition is an excellent opportunity to build team skills, creative and critical thinking and also a time to have some fun discussing a selection of great books. The growing enthusiasm from the Year 9 team was evident at the recent ‘Great Unwrap’ where the 6 titles to be read for the competition were revealed.  The forthcoming holidays will be a great opportunity to get lost in a fantastic story in preparation for a challenging night at the regional competition, to be held next term at Immanuel Lutheran College.


During Library and Information Week held at the end of May, Secondary students had the Imagine library articleopportunity to share their creativity and enter a short story, a poem or a book cover re-design in the IMAGINE competition. Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Amelia King – Short story winner for Middle School
  • Billie Sandes – Short story winner for Senior School
  • Sophie Kossens – Book Cover Redesign Winner
  • Ella McCoy – Commendation for Book Cover Redesign

Thank you to all the students who inspired us through their stories and book cover redesigns and well done to the winners who each receive Book Club vouchers for their winning entries.


 July is ‘teenReadmonth’ and the Sunshine Coast Libraries have a great competition open to all 12 – 18 year olds.  Some fantastic prizes are on offer and if students nominate our school, then GCC Teen read monthcould win some great prizes too!  It’s simple to enter – teens just need to read 5 titles to go in the draw to win a gift voucher.  Register online via the teen section on the Sunshine Coast Libraries website from June 27.


Holidays will soon be here, so at the end of a busy term reward yourself with some time to read – just for the sheer pleasure of a fantastic new adventure or learning about your favourite hobby!

Vanessa McKellar and Beryl Morris, Teacher Librarians