Recap: An Action Packed 2020 Book Week!

What an incredible week we have had celebrating Book Week online!

We ran six assemblies, Mystery Reader and managed to bring the Primary together online for the much-loved Book Week Parade.

A big thank you to the Year 6 Library Leaders for their assistance in preparing the Kahoot quizzes, reciting the curious creature poem and co-hosting the Book Week assemblies.

Author Visit by Deborah Abela
Today we were also fortunate enough to welcome the amazing author Deborah Abela who visited us at AISHK via Zoom!

Students had the opportunity to learn from Deborah about the techniques and stages of storytelling, and to ask a wide range of questions! Deborah’s responses provided much insight for us all.

Reflecting on her trip to Africa, Deborah shared with our younger students that “…with authors, sometimes we use the things that happen to us in real life to write a story…

Deborah also referenced her book ‘Bear in Space’ and trip to Taronga Zoo, as she spoke to students of sources of inspiration; “sometimes we write our stories because we see something and we become really interested in it.”

Thank you Deborah for taking the time to read to our students and engage with us during Book Week!

Library Lessons & Book of The Year

As you may know, this term in Primary Library lessons, we read all of the shortlisted books as part of the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards. Last week the students voted for the book they felt should win Book of the Year, 2020! The results are as follows:

AISHK’s Early Childhood Book of the Year is… ‘When Billy was a Dog’ by Kirsty Murray and Karen Blair.

AISHK’s Picture book of the Year is ‘Three’ by Stephen Michael King.

We will have to wait until October to find out who the Australian judges chose for Book of the Year, 2020! I wonder if they will select the same book as AISHK? We’ll have to wait and see!

Nano Stories

This week, students and staff embraced the challenge of composing a nano story for Book Week 2020. A nano story must have exactly 50 words and, for the stories this year, needed to include the word ‘curious’.

Time was spent in class discussing the concept of curiosity, drafting stories and considering the power of word choice and punctuation. Students from Year 3 to Year 12 had fun with this challenge and composed some amazing, engaging stories.

Students had the opportunity to elect to share their stories below via Padlet. Please take the time to immerse yourself in the wonderful writing of our students:


Every contribution in Primary earned a house point. It was a very tight competition, but Waratah came out on top. Well done to everyone who contributed.


A big congratulations to Jasmine in Year 10 who won the Secondary section of the competition with her story:

Highly commended stories were from Jasim (Year 12), Karmen (Year 10) and Chiara (Year 12)

The staff were not to be left out and also produced some amazing nano stories. They can be viewed here.

Congratulations to Ms Karin Bennett who wrote the winning staff story.

We are born gods

Every child knows the beast under the bed.
Don’t be curious. Squeeze eyes shut! For what we don’t see can’t hurt. 
But sleep arrives unannounced. It’s rapid, askew. 
That limb, toppled over the side? The beast extends a Michelangelan hand and feasts. 
Gone innocence, gone dreams. Our divinity leaks, gone.

And congratulations to Ms Carini, Ms Craig and Ms O’Donnell who were highly commended for their contributions.

Thank you to our judges, Year 12 English Extension 2 students, Ashley Botfield and Emily McCauley.


Secodnary Book Week Assembly

Year 12 prefects, Ashley Botfield and Lizzy Kwok, made the most of the opportunity to discuss all things reading with the Senior School at Wednesday’s assembly. They invited Mrs Haymes and Mr Murphy to share with the community books that have been transformative. Mrs Haymes recalled how The BFG by Roald Dahl opened a new world of making personal connections in her reading. Mr Murphy shared his love of the autobiography, A Fortunate Life by A.B. Facey and how the gratitude explored in this story resonated with his own philosophy. Lizzy spoke about her selection, To Live by Yu Hua and about how reading this together with her family has provided precious moments of connection during the Covid- 19 pandemic.

The assembly finished with our prefects encouraging everyone to move away from the screen and ‘drop everything and read’.

Thank you to everyone who has participated in and supported what has been a fantastic 2020 Book Week!

Nicole Atkins | Primary Teacher Librarian






Janine Haymes | Head of English, Secondary