Book Week 2019 saw Phoenix P-12 Community College once again dive deep into the world of books. Across the week, students engaged in a range of activities, tested their book knowledge, and channelled their favourite characters. This year’s theme of ‘Reading is my Secret Power’ inspired many students to dress up, book swap, answer trivia questions and write in celebration of literature.

On Monday 12th August, students used their creativity to make their bookmarks for themselves and friends during a craft session at lunchtime. Tuesday, the Book Swap enabled students to bring their pre-loved books and swap them for new and exciting reads. The Dramatic Readings held in the LRC on Wednesday saw students reading excerpts from their favourite texts with a flare. The Ultimate Book Kahoot in Picton become the peak of competitiveness on Thursday lunchtime in a bid to win the 50 question Kahoot. With the annual dress-up competition on Friday, it wasn’t unusual to see characters from Toy Story walking the halls of Phoenix, Dalmatians collecting coin donations, or Maleficent teaching English. The gold coin donations collected for the dress up day raised an incredible $434.65 to go towards the Phoenix Family Assistance Program, which will help to provide essential learning supplies to students within our school.

There were a number of entries submitted for the Writing Competition this year, with many wonderful stories, poems, and memoirs inspired by the theme of ‘Reading is my Secret Power’. The winner of the Middle School writing competition was Rane Cando (Year 9) with her poem entitled ‘Superhero’. The Senior School winner was Chantelle Moffett-Darcy (Year 12), with her poem ‘A Soliloquy to the Authors and Books I’ve grown to love and know’, while Miss McDonald’s untitled poem about the busyness of life took out the staff category. The student winners of the writing competitions both received a Kobo ebook for their wonderful writing and creativity!

A massive congratulations to all students and staff who participated across the week, and a big thank you to the staff in the English department, LRC and IT for helping the week to run smoothly. Book Week is a great time to discuss and connect with literature, and it was wonderful to see so many people explore and share the treasures that they find in poetry, novels, plays and more.

Ms Clare Key— English Learning Leader Assistant