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With secret powers, capes and costumes on hand, over 600 students showcased how they see reading as their secret power during Book Week and Grandparents’ Day celebrations at Coomera Anglican College

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With secret powers, capes and costumes on hand over 600 students showcased how they see reading as their secret power during Book Week and Grandparents’ Day celebrations at Coomera Anglican College this week.

Each year across Australia, schools and libraries spend a week celebrating books, and Australian authors and illustrators, as part of Book Week Celebrations. This year Book Week celebrated the theme ‘Reading is my Secret Power’ and Coomera Anglican College combined this with their annual Grandparents’ Day on Friday 16 August.

Head of Primary, Lisa Kraft knows that Book Week is one event each year that students and parents particularity look forward to, and this year she asked the students to think about things a little differently.

“Book Week has become an important event in the life of primary schools around Australia. What better way to share both a love of Australian literature and a love of reading than spending the morning sharing this with grandparents and special friends,” Ms Kraft said.

“This year we have asked our parents and students to look at it a little differently. Traditionally Book Week is about dressing up as your favourite character. But with the theme of ‘reading is my secret power’, we asked students to take a look at their favourite book characters and showcase the character strengths that make these characters unique.”

Isla Quinn from Year 3P with her grandmother in class doing some activities for Grandparents’ Day, with Isla dressing up as ‘Mal’ from Disney Descendants

Students have been asked to design a cape, adding elements to the cape that reflect the character strengths their favourite character might exhibit.

The idea is to encourage students to start looking at character strengths within their chosen book and reflect on themselves as individuals.

“Our hope with this, is that the students will look at their favourite character, look at the character strengths they have that make them special and unique, and how they can connect these character strengths to their own everyday lives.

“Combining this with Grandparents’ Day serves to strengthen relationships within our families and others in our local community, and the community is at the heart of all that we do at Coomera Anglican College.”

Year 2 student Jonny Bemrose said that the strengths he and his sisters picked were unique to them as individuals.

“When I was making my cape, we just thought about what I am good at. It was about my character strengths. My sisters’ capes were different because their strengths are different to mine.”

Year 2 Coomera Anglican College student Jonny Bemrose with his special secret powers cape

Year 5 student Matilda Woolcott said that she picked a character from the Thea Stilton book series who is known for her kindness.

“The book was Thea Stilton and the character was Collette. Her character strength was kindness and it inspired me because she helped people when they were hurt or stuck and that was really kind.”

Year 5 Coomera Anglican College student Matilda Woolcott ‘s ‘kindness cape’

For more information about Coomera Anglican College, visit their College’s website.

The Preparatory Teaching Team AKA “The Incredibles” joining in on the fun of Book Week at Coomera Anglican College (L-R): Ms Fiona Melhem (teaching assistant), Mrs Kelly Adam (teacher), Mrs Karla Hayhoe (teacher) and Mrs Brea Bloomfield (teaching assistant)

Byron Rieck from Year 3B, dressed up as Willy Wonka, enjoying Grandparents’ Day with his grandfather

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