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Book Week at Blockhouse Bay Intermediate

June 18th, 2015 By Janice Rodrigues
Dan Bowden reading a Roald Dahl Book to children.
Dan Bowden reads aloud to children at Blockhouse Bay Intermediate. Used with the permission of Blockhouse Bay Intermediate. All rights reserved

Blockhouse Bay Intermediate celebrated their Annual Book Week in the first week of June - the perfect time to promote reading and keep children warm and cuddled up with a good read!

Parents, teachers, librarians, and National Library's Services to Schools staff were just some of the readers who spent time reading to classes of year 7 and 8 students. Students from secondary schools including Green Bay High School and Mt Albert Grammar also came along as guest readers.

This is what the school librarian Donna Le Marquand had to say in her school newsletter:

"Our 12th Annual Book Week was fantastic; the week was jam packed with visiting readers, book week activities, book fairs, and ending with our infamous BBI Book Character Parade. We were lucky enough to have authors visit to inspire our students, parents to share their love of reading, ex-students to remind us why reading is so important, librarians to share their favourite books, and rugby legends Kevin Mealamu, Jerome Kaino and other blues players read and talk about life on and off the rugby field."

The following morning tea was a beehive of discussions around the fabulous opportunity, the sharing of ideas, and enthusiasm including the personal satisfaction guest readers felt promoting and creating readers.

Students also enjoyed other activities such as creating book covers, making a Guinness Book of Records for the school, writing 6 word book reviews, drawing their own graphic novels, narrative writing competition, reading bingo and lucky tickets for lucky readers. The week ended with an exciting and entertaining Book Character parade in which the whole school participated.

Congratulations to the Principal, the Librarian and the whole school for such a well-planned initiative to get readers engaged!

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