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Villanova Writers' Festival | August 2016

This year's Festival is set to be another exciting opportunity for students to come together and share their love of both reading and writing.  Registrations are due by Monday 22 August.  On registration, students will receive a Festival Pack containing a drafting book, pen and 2016 VWF badge.

The Festival will kick off on Tuesday 23 August at morning tea in the Library.  Students are asked to come straight from their Period 3 class to commence the Masterclass with our Author-in-Residence, Philip Wilcox.  Philip is Australia's 2016 Slam Poet Champion and he will help students turn their ideas into a poem.

Students will then return to the Library on Friday 26 August to once again work with Philip on how to bring their poem to life.  The remainder of the Festival will be devoted to students using technology to produce a completed production of their poetry.

THE SCHEDULE

Tuesday 11.25 - 11.55, 23 August - Masterclass with Philip Wilcox (Morning Tea Supplied) Students to bring an idea for a poem along with their Festival Pack.  

Friday 3.15 - 7.00pm, 26 August - Festival launch and sessions commence (Afternoon Tea and Dinner Supplied).

Saturday 9.15 - 2.00, 27 August - Festival continues (Morning Tea and Lunch Supplied).

Saturday 2.00 - 3.30 (approx) - Parents are invited to the Library to watch their son's digital poetry pieces.

Readers Cup | 2016

The Readers Cup is organised by the Queensland Branch of the Children's Book Council of Australia.  It is a state-wide competition for young readers.  Teams of four students together read a set of books, and then compete with other school or public library teams to answer quiz questions from the books.

The Readers Cup competitions challenge students to read widely, work collaboratively in a team and continue developing a love of reading.  It allows readers to compete at a regional and state level similar to sporting competitions and to meet other students with an equal passion for books.

Regional competitions are held near the end of Term 2.  Reading of the set books will commence at the beginning of Term 2.

We will be entering two teams in the Year 5/6 competition.  They will compete Wednesday at Hilder Road State School on Wednesday 8 June from 9.00am.

These are the books for the Year 5/6 competition:

 

We will be entering one team in the Year 7/8 competition.  They will compete Wednesday 15 June at 6.00pm at the Lilley Centre, Brisbane Grammar School.

These are the books for the Year 7/8 competition:

Winning teams from each region will compete in the state finals to be held the evenings of 7 September 2016 for Year 7-8 and 8 September 2016 for Year 5-6.

Click the Readers Cup logo above to be directed to the Readers Cup website.

Villanova's First Kids' Literature Teams Compete! | 11 March, 2016


On Friday 11 March, we took nine students to Moreton Bay Boys’ College where they participated in the Brisbane Heats of the 2016 Kids’ Lit Quiz against 39 other teams.  Villanova Team 1 comprised Fiachra , Callum , Ethan  and Liam  with Andrew , Gabriel , Gabriel  and Tobey  in Team 2 and our Reserve, Nicholas. 

The Quiz was conducted over ten rounds with ten questions in each round and one round contributing double points.  The teams collaborated on their answers and at the end of each round, a winner was declared.  Villanova Team 2 were joint winners with three other schools in Round 3.  A tie-breaker question was asked and our team was the first with a hand in the air and the correct answer.  Andrew, Gabriel, Tobey and Gabriel were then invited to choose a book from the prize pool.

Overall, we were placed equal 12th on the day with both our teams scoring 61.5 out of a possible 110.  The winning school, Moreton Bay Boys’ College scored 79 and will be off to the Australian Finals in Sydney. 

This competition is an International competition which celebrates and rewards reading.  The final is scheduled for later in the year in Auckland, New Zealand.  Congratulations to both our teams, they performed very well!  We look forward to the 2017 competition … keep reading!

Kid's Literature Quiz | March 11, 2016