Today Willmot Public School were declared WINNERS of the 2015 University of Western Sydney and Books in Homes Australia ‘Best Book GIving Assembly Competition’ for ‘A Huntsman Spider In My House’. Great school, fantastic teaching staff, amazing children!
For many children, owning books is a privilege.
Earlier this year the University of Western Sydney and Books in Homes launched its Best Book Giving Assembly Competition, at the university’s 23 sponsored primary schools.
The focus on both the competition and program was Reading is Fun so pupils, teachers, parents and the UWS representative and role model were asked to be creative in how they presented reading, focusing on either a book, writing an original novel, or expressing how a book could engage emotions.
Willmot Public School was the first to win the perpetual trophy for the Best Book Giving Assembly Competition with teachers bringing 166 students to laughter over their interpretation of Michelle Ray’s children’s story, A Huntsman Spider In My House.
Principal Anne Denham said the teachers put on quite a show for the children as they acted out the story.
“It was great to see how reading and telling a story could be interpreted to the children in such a creative and engaging way,” she said.
The award was presented at a school assembly yesterday, with Ray as a guest.
Alan Beckley, acting director for widening participation, said research has shown a child that is read to and has plenty of books within the home are two of the most important indicators towards future academic success.
“Outreach programs that help shine a bright light onto pathways leading to future learning and personal achievement for our youth should always be supported.”
The program also offers primary pupils the opportunity to see how tertiary studies can be a realistic goal.