Spreading a love of reading

June 02, 2017

Special story: Cobram Anglican Grammar students listen to teacher Mary Swoffer read in her special moon hat.

Testing: Barooga Public School's Aden Modderkolk prepares his catapult to launch the cow over the moon.

Storytime: Barooga Public School students listen to The Cow Tripped Over the Moon.

Creating: Hawraa AlRekabey and Fatima Al Nusairi with their Cow Tripped Over the Moon art.

Concentration: Cobram Primary School's Heba Al Rubayi and Jess Long.

Entertaining: Cobram Anglican Grammar students enjoyed the story.

Listening eagerly: Cobram and District Specialist School students listen to librarian Judy Taylor read The Cow Tripped Over the Moon at the Cobram Library.

Students from across the region joined hundreds of thousands across Australia as they sat down for a special story during National Simultaneous Storytime.

This year, students across Australia read The Cow Tripped Over the Moon by Tony Wilson and Laura Wood at 11am last Wednesday.

National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual campaign that aims to encourage young Australians to read and enjoy books.

Now in its 17th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children’s book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the Victorian Curriculum from Years 1 to 6 and the pre-school Early Learning Years Framework.

At Cobram Anglican Grammar, junior school students listened to head of Junior School Mary Swoffer, who had created a hat to replicate the story, before returning to class for themed activities.

The foil-covered moon hat prompted many intriguing conversations, Mrs Swoffer said.

‘‘National simultaneous reading day is a wonderful opportunity to give the students a sense of being part of something much larger,’’ she said.

‘‘To know that we are reading the same book at the same time with hundreds and thousands of children across Australia is fantastic.

‘‘Reading is an integral part of the academic journey our students are on and it was great to see the smiles on the children’s faces this year as they were told of a familiar story with a twist.’’

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