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    Celebrating a Love for Reading across YCIS


    01 Dec, 2017

    10 : 00

    • Book Week is an annual event at YCIS Chongqing and this year was livelier than ever with widespread and diverse activities on all corners of the campus.

      Primary students not only studied authors in their classrooms, but listened to Mystery Readers and had visits from the Gruffalo himself. Matthew Borengasser introduced classes to his experiences with children’s stories and the art work that accompanies them. The library hosted literary quizzes for staff and students with themed reading and activity sessions.

      Following the excitement of Language Week, our Lower Secondary students kept busy creating Author Museums while students in Upper Secondary prepared performances for recess times, recreating scenes from famous stories for their fellow classmates to enjoy. In order to foster creative writing in our students, Year 1 teacher Gavin Williams introduced our Year 10s and 13s to his journey as a writer and the writer’s process as he pursues plans to publish his own work.

      Our campus was fortunate enough to have some outside visitors as the professional actors from The White Horse Theatre put on workshops and performances for our students. This was a chance for all to learn a little more about theatre and ask questions to the performers the art of acting. In the Great Hall, students were able to visit the Book Fair and purchase personal reading books, activity books and additional study material.

      Friday brought the grand finale for the week as parents were invited to visit Author Museums and take part in Show-and-Tell activities in the classrooms. The whole-school Character Parade allowed parents, staff and students to showcase their love of reading by dressing up in costume as one of their favourite book characters.

      Students had multiple opportunities to explore writing, drama and art this week, all inspired by reading. A special thanks to Robyn McBurney in the library for facilitating our campus activities that allowed for a tremendously successful Book Week. There is no doubt that each student was inspired once again by the tales and characters we encounter in the stories we love to read.