Book Week 2017

A visit with our Year 7s from author Tristan Bancks kicked off Padua College’s Book Week celebrations for 2017. Tristan enthralled and entertained Year 7 students at all three campuses with stories from his much-loved ‘My Life…’ series, in which semi-autobiographical character Tom Weekly pours out “whatever is in his head”. Tristan also shared the back story to his newest release ‘The Fall’, a suspenseful thriller which hooks readers from the opening line.

The Library also ran various Book Week competitions, such as guess the ‘Book in a Jar’ and ‘Where in the World Are They?’ which, using holiday photos of staff members, challenged students to name the well-known landmarks that their teachers have visited. Locations as exotic as the Matterhorn, Machu Picchu and Angkor Wat tested students’ geographic knowledge, and bonus points were awarded if they could name the teacher who was photographed at each place.

Mornington Campus Library hosted its first-ever Living Library, where the ‘books’ are people with interesting stories to share. The living ‘books’ available for loan (including several multi-talented staff members) were:

* Local youth worker and shire councillor Sam Hearn

* Order of Australia Medal recipient Frank Colcott

* Children’s book author and illustrator Anna Pignataro

* CFA volunteer Steven Sosic

* Art therapist Catherine Blakeney

* Army reservist Stewart Irving

* Author (and Padua grandparent) Ian Higgins

* Parish priest Father Joel Peart

* Magician Cath Jamison

* Racehorse trainer Tony Noonan

* Cancer survivor Carole Irving

* …and our very own Principal Anthony Banks

Small groups of students from Years 7 to 9 ‘borrowed’ a living ‘book’ for about 20 minutes to hear about their lives and experiences and many commented on how much they enjoyed participating in this event.

The Living Library was followed by a visit from author Jack Heath, who shared the story behind his stories with our Year 8 students. Jack started writing his first book when he was just 13, was a published author by 19 and has since written more than 20 action books for kids and young adults. Jack’s high-energy presentation had many students chuckling.

On Wednesday 30 August, almost 80 keen writers and readers from Years 7 to 10 attended the Melbourne Writer’s Festival. The students, who attend the Lit / Book Clubs held at lunchtime in the Library at each campus on various days, attended presentations and workshops with authors Cally Black, Alison Evans and Randa Abdel-Fattah, and YA literature advocates Danielle Binks and Diem Nguyen.

An incursion with author Scot Gardner for our Year 9s this week rounded out our Book Week celebrations.

Happy reading everyone!