During Literacy Celebrations Week we will be participating in many literacy activities designed to engage, challenge and promote the value of literacy.

Some classes  collaborating with other Junior School classes and in some cases with Senior School students.  Other classes have connected their Units of Inquiry with literacy experiences.

We would like to share some of these experiences with you (stay tuned) in Week 9.

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Literacy Celebrations Week @SALC

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National Simultaneous Storytime

Tomorrow is National Simultaneous Storytime where students around Australia read/listen to the same book.

The book is Too Many Elephants (shortlisted last year). We have three hard copies if you would like to borrow one to read to your students tomorrow. Alternatively watch the video below or the view book trailer. ALSO, the book is also translated into other languages – including Japanese (perfect!).

Book being read in Japanese

Book Trailer

Too  Many Elephants being read Jane Kennedy (scroll down to the video)

Audio books will be available in the following languages courtesy of SBS Radio.

• Arabic
• Cantonese
• French
• Hindi
• Italian
• Japanese
• Mandarin
• Punjabi
• Swahili
• Vietnamese

Have fun!

Supporting reading @SALC – ideas for parents

Sometimes it is hard to know where to get ideas to help your child with their reading.

Luckily there are many resources and books to give you ideas about how to do this.


We have many books in the Parent Library that give ideas and support for promoting reading. One of these is Mem Fox’s Reading Magic. Please let us know if you would like to become a member of the Parent Library and borrow books from the Parent Library.


The following websites have great advice for parents.




Recently recommended by James Nelson (Director of Student Development) is the FOR THE TEACHERS site.

This excellent graphic (also downloadable as a PDF) suggests WAYS A PARENT CAN HELP A CHILD WITH READING (select this link for their blog post).

Here you will find a link to a Early Reader and Older Reader version of this resource (scroll to the bottom of the post).

The image is reproduced with permission from For the Teacher blog.

For the Teachers [online], Ways a Parent Can Help a Child with Reading, < ;>;

DOGO Book Reviews and online classroom

Do you like to keep up with what others are currently reading? Do you get excited about sharing what you read with others?

Dogo may be the online community you are after. It was voted one of the “Fifty of the best ed-tech products for schools

We have a class page (JS Library) where I am adding reviews, recommendations and articles for SALC students.

See Mrs Boulton if you would like to join this community.


READER FEATURE – iRe@d at SALC The Light Between the Oceans



At this time of year, we reflect upon the sacrifices made by the diggers for our freedom. I personally love the many picture books that have been produced in the past few years that allow us to teach about ANZAC DAY with deeper meaning for younger students.

As a young adult I was introduced to Fly Away Peter by David Malouf. It is one that still invokes powerful memories for me. I suspect that this week’s READER FEATURE will be similar.

This week’s READER FEATURE has been written from the perspective of a returned solider.

iRe@d – READER FEATURE this week – The Light Between the Oceans by M. L. Stedman

The main character in this Australian novel is Tom Sherbourne, a returned solider who takes a job as a lighthouse keeper in WA.

The Light Between the Oceans was a Good Reads Choice 2012 Winner.

It also seems to be popular with Book Clubs and was reviewed by The First Tuesday Book Club.

This READER FEATURE is recommended by Lisa Roper (teacher).

“A decorated, but world weary war hero returns to Australia at the end of the First World War. All he hopes for is a quiet existence as far from the traumas of war as possible. A job as a light house keeper seems ideal, and he is satisfied – almost at peace.

And then life becomes more complicated. At first for the better, with a loving wife, and eventually a child on the way. But challenges, and difficult questions on what is right and wrong follow.

This book is evocative of the era and the place – a lighthouse off the coast of Western Australia. The pace moves along deceptively well, and the style is smooth. The reader’s connection with the characters is patiently and well developed, and the reader is swept up into the emotional ambiguity of the circumstances.” Review by Miles Roper.