VISITING AUTHOR – Tristan Bancks

Each Year 3 class participated in a writing workshop today with Tristan Bancks (recent Children’s Book Council of Australia Shortlisted Books Younger Readers nominee  for ‘Two Wolves’).  The students learnt new writing skills and were engrossed in the stories Tristan shared.

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Some Year 6 & 7 students (a part of the Readers Cup) were also very fortunate to meet with him at lunchtime and sit in on a writing session.

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Students shared their thoughts about the day on a padlet. Some of these are below.

“Tristan Bancks used past experiences to write stories.”

“Tristan Bancks was very funny and inspiring. He showed us many ways to develop our ideas for writing.”

“You are awesome and I am really excited about reading some of your books.”

“Mr Bancks is an incredible writer. Clever, funny and appealing to all.”

“I learnt how to be a better writer by practising a lot. Always put the main character in. I liked how he made funny stories and funny jokes. I will share his jokes and made up stories to my brother, Dad, Mum and friend in the street.”

“Tristan gave us tips to write a book. He showed us some of his books. Tristan told us how to plan a book. I liked it when he read us bits of his books.”



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Using the iPad to create a background  for a story.


One way to allow students to write for a purpose is through the creation of stories and the publishing of them. In the Junior School, I am supporting students to become ‘published’ through the use of apps and ICT tools in order to easily distribute their writing, motivating them and allowing for a wider audience to share in their work.



WANTED: Student stories

Step 1:

Email me the original story

  • Any age, any topic

Step 2:

Production and publishing of the story

  • We (the soon to be author and I) will decide on the best tool to publish the story.

Step 3:

Sharing the product – publishing for an audience

The story will then become available in the JS library, accessible via QR codes located on the shelves or through the promotion of Featured Writers.

The stories will be classified as Fiction or Non-Fiction and ‘shelved’ accordingly.


Featured Reader Scan Me

Choose your stories by browsing the shelves and looking for the QR codes.

Use a QR code app on a smart device to scan the code.

1) Load the webpage and ‘read’ the story, ‘hear’ the music and narration, or ‘see’ the illustrations and storytelling.


This year’s stories are HERE.