Book Week is the longest running children’s festival in Australia. It was first established in 1945. Each year along with many libraries in Australia we spend this week celebrating books and Australian authors and illustrators. At our school we work towards Book Week by reading and discussing some of the Short-listed books which have been chosen by the Children’s Book Council of Australia as being the best books published during the previous year. We then wait in anticipation for the announcement of the ‘Book of the Year Awards’ for each of the categories.
Our Book Week celebrations usually include creative and colourful library displays constructed by teachers and students around the Book Week theme, an Author or Story-teller visit and competitions related to the theme. There are also activities for students during the lunch break in the library presented by special guests and a most interesting and colourful parade where students and teachers dress up as their favourite book character.
Children's Book Council of Australia website for more information.
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Distance education boost and intervention project
We are delighted to have sixty students participating each week in a variety of online learning opportunities. One activity has Year Seven students working on design projects. Their reflections follow.
Nine ACSS students were chosen to be part of this fun and educational event in 2011. During our third lesson our teacher, David Saunders, gave us the assignment of designing and building a lunchbox. It had to weigh less than 5kg, be able to hold a water bottle, and had to have a handle. The materials and utensils used included balsa wood, PVA glue, shoeboxes, alfoil, hinges, locks, latches, blue paint, drills, nails and Styrofoam.
The task was to design the lunch box. Much to our delight, the students demonstrated incredible application by applying their design skills to construct their lunch boxes. Mr Saunders will conduct their next lesson from the annex and link to electrical engineers via the internet to introduce the next design project. This is an exciting way to learn.
Brisbane North District Mathematics Tournament
Each year Albany Creek prepares a team of Year Seven students to participate in the Brisbane North District Mathematics Tournament.
Most years there can be as many fifty teams from surrounding schools eager to demonstrate their mathematical prowess. In Term Three each year our team of diligent students work hard to prepare for the event. The tournament requires the students to work cooperatively to solve a number of challenging mathematical problems.
Our teachers, parents and caregivers are extremely proud of the students’ achievements and their levels of cooperation.
Opti-MINDS is a process of PREVENTION – rather than a damage control; it instils a PROACTIVE mindset of:
Capability - 'Can Do!'.
- Responsibility - 'If not me - then who?'.
- Creativity and Innovation.
- Unashamed EXCELLENCE.
within participants; encouraging them to realise their own capacity and responsibility to ‘Make the difference’ for themselves – and to come from an “If not, why not?” stance.
The Albany Creek State School speaking competition has a long and proud history. It was introduced in 1976 by the Principal of the day, Mr Ivan Stegman, who enlisted the help of two talented Toastmistresses, Mrs Jill Muir and Mrs Helen Robertson to help develop the program and encourage and train the speakers for the inaugural event.
The competition is a highlight of our cultural calendar and is open to students from Years 5 and 6. To reach the final, each student presents their speech to their class as part of their program of learning within their classroom and later participates in a year level semi-final. From the semi-final, five year level finalists are chosen to represent their grade on competition night.
The Year 5 and 6 students prepare a speech on a topic or subject of their choice that has duration of 2 to 4 minutes.
Our final is held each year in Grayson Hall on the fourth Wednesday night in term 4. The date will be advertised in the Creek Weekly. The judges for the night are recruited from local speaking clubs, the Albany Creek High School and talented speakers within our community.
Many of our past finalists have achieved successful careers that have utilised many of the talents and skills displayed on competition night. One such finalist, Dr Tim Trudgian, went on to attend Oxford University and is now lecturing as a postdoctoral research fellow in Canada.