Library News | Preparatory School

Library News | Preparatory School

Home Languages Event

On Thursday of Book Week, we gathered all the students from Kindergarten to Year 6 in the Gym for our special Home Languages Event. We began the session by listening to Baby Business by Jasmine Seymour that unpacks how Indigenous people share their culture and language with the new generation. This was followed by a chance to listen to Possum Magic by Mem Fox, which was read to us from a variety of guest speakers in different languages. This highlighted to us as a school community just how many languages and experiences we can all offer when given the chance to share with others. We would like to publicly thank the following people for sharing their language with us:

  • Amita Sinha (parent) – Hindi
  • August Li (student) – Mandarin
  • Dinal Perera (student) – Sinhalese
  • Henry Huang (student) – Cantonese
  • Loredana Brown (parent) – Italian
  • Nicole Zabaras (teacher) – Greek
  • Rosie Obaid (parent) – French and Arabic
  • Ryan You (student) – Korean
  • Sam Mako (teacher) – Maori

Library and Information Week Winners

Thank you to all the students who entered our Rewrite, Renew and Reimagine competitions held for Library and Information Week. We received very imaginative and creative ideas, below are the winners.

Announcing the 2022 CBCA Book of the Year Award Winners


  • Book of the Year: Older Readers- Tiger Daughter by Rebecca Lim
  • Book of the Year: Younger Readers- A Glasshouse of Stars by Shirley Marr
  • Book of the Year: Early Childhood – Jetty Jumping by Andrea Rowe
  • Picture Book of the Year- Iceberg by Jess Racklyeft
  • Eve Pownall Award- Still Alive, Notes from Australia’s Immigration Detention System
  • CBCA Award for New Illustrator- The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name by Michelle Pereira


Book Review by Jenny Bruscino- Lost in NYC by Nadia Spiegleman

I love this graphic novel! It is an easy and fun read for primary aged children, it also has information at the end of the book regarding the New York City subway system and the Empire State Building that are depicted in the graphic novel. There is also a fun activity to spot two characters on each page throughout the story! If you love New York, this graphic novel is for you!

Abigail Nel | Inquiry Learning Integrator

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