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Voices on the Coast

31/07/2019

​What a privilege it was to accompany 38 of our Yr 04 - 06 students to the 'Voices on the Coast' youth literature festival at the USC campus last Thursday 18 July 2019.

The campus was buzzing with activity as there was so much on offer for people of all ages over the 4 day event.

The first of our three sessions was spent with Deano Yipadee who put on a very entertaining show as he ‘performed’ 3 of his bestselling picture books:

• Stink-o-Saurous

• NeeNaw the Fire-engine

• and Ron the Royal Guard.

It was a lively, hilarious and informative presentation as joked and sang and explained his way through his 3 books.

Our second session was with Thalia Kalkipsakis (introduced as Thalia ‘K’) author of the Go Girl! series.  She explained how she drew her inspiration for her stories from real life events and how she ‘adjusted’ the reality of those moments to create a good story.  She gave budding young writers lots of good ideas to consider.

During our short lunch break students were able to purchase books collect author’s signatures and satisfy their burning desire to try out a vending machine!

Our last session was with the very upbeat Professor Francesca Falconette – devotee and ‘official’ enthusiast of all things Harry Potter.  Professor Frankie entertained us with a very interactive session involving lots of audience participation as she ran a spell casting competition, an improvised game of quidditch, applied the ‘sorting hat’ to audience members, read excerpts, and conducted a quiz to test our knowledge.  It was very evident that the Harry Potter novels, which are now 22 years old, have lost none of their magic for young readers.

Thank-you to our accompanying parents Mrs Pauline Morrison and Mrs Kaori Baldwin.

Congratulations to all students who participated for being such great ambassadors for our school throughout what will be a very memorable day for us all.

A very big thank to our ever efficient librarian, Mrs Maree French.  Maree wasted no time in placing several photos of the day on our school Facebook page.

I can hardly wait to see what Voices on the Coast has to offer in 2020.

Chris Hewitt