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Last Monday the Junior School held the annual book character parade, followed by a story reading event where parents and staff read to boys on our ovals.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions we broke tradition and paraded around Girdlestone Oval to enable our parents to socially distance. The parade was spectacular and felt more like a pageant. We would like to thank families for supporting the event and helping to create some wonderful costumes. We certainly did see some very curious creatures along with book characters who magically came to life.

The story reading event was just delightful. Boys engaged beautifully with parents and staff to listen to stories and it was great to see the power of the written word. There was such peace and reverence around the ovals as boys tuned in. The feedback provided around this event has been very positive and this event may well become a new tradition. We welcome further feedback concerning this event which will shape future book week planning. Feedback and comments can be sent to

On Tuesday this week the Honourable Steven Marshall MP, Premier of South Australia, visited the Junior School Library and read the shortlisted Early Childhood book Bat vs Poss by Alexa Moses to Reception and Year 2 students.  The Premier acknowledged the fantastic reading that boys have been doing this year and was very impressed that all boys had completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge. Samuel Dorman (Reception) was lucky enough to have his birthday acknowledged by the Premier. At the conclusion of his visit the Premier kindly donated What we’ll Build by Oliver Jeffers, which will shortly be available for borrowing.

Next week in rounding off our Book Week celebrations the boys will be treated to a performance titled The Greatest Discovery by the Perform theatre group.

Alison Winter and Sue Dansie