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Primary Book Week  2018

Primary Book Week 2018

To quote Roald Dahl ‘If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books’. At the British International School, Ho Chi Minh City, we know that there are not many things as important as fostering a love of reading in our students. This is the aim of Book Week – to celebrate books, show children that books are most definitely fun and to continue to build positive experiences of reading for the children.

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Book Week also provides our students with an opportunity to work with world-class authors. This year, we were lucky enough to be visited by Adam Bushnell - a professional story-teller and children’s author. Each year group worked with Adam and his workshops were closely linked to our English learning in school. Adam had the children entertained from the moment they walked in through the door! The children were engaged and inspired throughout the sessions and we’re sure they will remember working with Adam for years to come. Adam also held a workshop with parents which was attended by many – thank you parents for coming and we hope you enjoyed the session.

On Wednesday, both the Early Years and Infant Campus and the Junior Campus were filled with some weird and wonderful characters! Children and teachers came to school dressed as their favourite book character (or their favourite BOOK in the case of the Year 5 team!) The effort that was put in to costumes was amazing and it was lovely to see the children engaging with all sorts of different books.

The English team had a hard time choosing the best costumes but eventually managed to award one child from each year group at the Junior Campus with the top prize of a certificate and a Fahasa voucher. Congratulations to Ryan Kim (Year 3), Arthur Kenyon-Butler (Year 4), Ingrid Mah (Year 5) and Samaira Gupta (Year 6) – your costumes were outstanding!

For the Early Years and Infant Campus, winners will be announced next Friday and prizes presented.

Our main Book Week competition ‘Bushnell’s Bookmarks’ invited the children to design a character that Adam could use in his next story and design a bookmark using this character. The winning children from EY&IC will  be announced next Friday and they will win a certificate and a Fahasa voucher as well as the possibility that Adam will use one of these characters in his future books!

At the Junior Campus the decision was a tough one but Adam has chosen: Lara Smith (Year 3), Hoai An Pham (Year 4), Sushi Le (Year 5) and KangMin Kim (Year 6) as the lucky winners. In addition, Adam chose Sushi’s bookmark as the overall winner and he has promised that her character will appear in one of his future books! Congratulations Sushi – we will have to keep an eye out for that!

If that wasn’t enough, then over the past week we have seen classes buddying up for ‘snuggle up and read sessions’, cuddly reading, purchases from the Fahasa book sale, getting Adam to sign copies of his books, children taking part in our ‘We’re Going on a Book Hunt’ competition, teachers hiding behind books, and story time. The fun continues next week with ‘Blind Date with a Book’ happening in the Junior Campus library. If only every week could be this fun! We’re looking forward to next year already!

Ms Alicia West, Ms Kirstine Sargent and Ms Gemma Gotting, English Leaders

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