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The Ickabog – New online book by J.K. Rowling

The Ickabog – New online book by J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, has a new book available online called The Ickabog.  Chapters are being added regularly – Chapters 1-5 are available now if you go to:

The website has a link to a competition for children aged from 7 to 12 years old to design illustrations for the hard copy of the book which is due to be published in November 2020.

Students from Australia can send their illustrations to the UK publisher.


We have been busy in the library!

We have been busy in the library!

When you come back to school you may notice a few changes in the library…
We have expanded and moved the favourite series shelves to include some book boxes by popular authors. Wimpy Kids books have moved to these shelves as have other books by your favourite authors…take the time to have a look next time you visit.
We have been very busy purchasing new books and getting them ready to borrow.
Have a look at the photos – you will see just some of the books we have added to the library in the last few weeks.

Book Fair

Book Fair

This week there has been a lot of excitement around HT with the Book Fair taking place in the library.

There was multiple choices of books for different ages. Everyone was very generous with their purchasing and we made over $5000 which is an amazing result. A big thank you must go out to a generous father who donated almost $250 worth of books for our school library. As a result of all the great sales Mrs. Taylor will be able to purchase a lot of new books for our school library for 2020 and beyond.

Thank you to all the parents and staff who helped out and of course to Mrs. Taylor for all of her fabulous work to make the book fair available to our school community.

By Amelia and Jarvis

Book Fair time again!

Book Fair time again!

Our library has turned into a book store for our annual Scholastic Book Fair!

Students are able to visit before and after school on Monday 12/11, Tuesday 13/11 and Wednesday 14/11.

Parents are welcome anytime!  Books start at $5 and suit a wide range of ages and  interests.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Look out for these great new books in the library

Look out for these great new books in the library

We have been adding to our fiction book collection so make sure you check out the new book display stands when you visit the library.

Included in our new books are several copies of The 104-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths.  We were lucky enough to  have an autographed copy of this book donated to the library by Zach Davy from 5/6D.  A big thank you goes to Zach! Will you be lucky enough to borrow this copy?

For Adrian Beck fans (there are many at HT and St Mary’s since his visit in July) look out for  Speccy-Tacular AFL stories – short stories about footy by Adrian and other fabulous authors. We also have several new copies of Alien Zoo … Good as New! – the second Alien Zoo book. Don’t forget you can reserve a copy if they are all out on loan?


Adrian Beck, author, is coming to Holy Trinity on 19 July!

Adrian Beck, author, is coming to Holy Trinity on 19 July!

We are very excited to have Adrian Beck visit our school in July to talk to students in years 1-6.

Adrian Beck writes funny, action-packed adventure stories for kids. Adrian is the author of the  Alien Zoo series and the co-author of the best-selling kids’ series Kick it to Nick, with AFL Hall of Fame inductee Shane Crawford. He has also written Stuff Happens – Dale. All of Adrian’s stories are fun to read – even for kids who struggle to get interested in books.

His latest series of books – Champion Charlies ‘The Mix-Up’ and ‘Boot It’ have been developed in partnership with the Football Federation Australia to coincide with the 2018 Soccer World Cup.

Adrian can be found interviewing fellow authors  on YouTube in his Adrian Becks Author Hangout series – follow the links on his website to see him interview Felice Arena, Sally Rippin, Tristan Bancks, Tim Harris and others.

Besides being an author Adrian is also a part-time TV producer having worked on The Footy Show, The Logie Awards, Prank Patrol and Kids’ WB. He  uses the skills from both parts of his busy life  to deliver entertaining school visits with lively, humorous and interactive sessions on writing, working in television and sport.

Our book supplier, Lamont Books, is offering our students the chance to pre-purchase Champion Charlies and Alien Zoo books so that Adrian can autograph them when he visits. Order forms are being sent home today and need to be returned by 9am Tuesday 26 June at the latest to ensure delivery to school in time for Adrian’s visit.


Are you taking on the Premiers’ Reading Challenge this year?

Are you taking on the Premiers’ Reading Challenge this year?

Some statistics for you:

  • We so far have 60 students who have gone online and listed books in the Premiers’  Reading Challenge student portal.
  • Three magnificent readers have listed the maximum number of 100 books – a really great effort!
  • 1393 books have been recorded by students so far.

It is not too late to join the Reading Challenge. If you took part last year you can start reading straight away – your card details are the same.

There are enrolment forms on the circulation desk if you would like to take part for the first time. Anyone who wants their name in the online honour roll at the end of the challenge needs to have one of these forms signed by a parent and returned to school.

Anyone who completes the challenge gets a special certificate and book mark at assembly. These fabulous readers also have the chance at winning one of 4 Book Club $25 book vouchers to use in Book Club or at our annual Book Fair in November.

Let’s read about Diversity!

Let’s read about Diversity!

On the 23rd of November, 5/6 W, 1/2MC and 1/2C gathered together in the library to share books that show Diversity. The 5’s and 6’s each got assigned to a couple of the 1/ 2’s each and shared our thoughts on diversity in our library books. The 1’s and 2’s listened to what the 5/ 6’s had to say and they answered questions they asked. The next activity was to find a book on the shelves that showed diversity. The 1/ 2’s task was to show the older students where the diversity was and to prove it using the text or illustrations. The 1/ 2’s did very well answering the questions and proved their thoughts about diversity in picture books quite well. They showed deep thinking and were well behaved. The 5/6s enjoyed sharing their learning and spending their afternoon with the 1/2s.

By Chloe and Rosh (5/6W)

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Book Fair has arrived!

Book Fair has arrived!

Opens for sales on Monday 7 November at 8.30. A special pupil free session for parents follows Monday morning assembly.

Selling days:

Monday 7/11 8.30-9.00am and 3.30-4.00pm

Tuesday 8/11 8.30-9.00am and 3.30-4.00pm

Wednesday 9/11 8.30-9.00am and 3.30-4.00pm

Families of our 2017 Prep parents are welcome during the second Prep orientation session on Wednesday!


Book Week art displays in the library

Book Week art displays in the library

We have been looking at all of the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year nominated books in the library.

In art class Mrs Laming used the book My Dead Bunny as inspiration for students in Grades 3/4 to become illustrators too!

Zombie illustrations








The students in 5/6W were inspired to explore Aboriginal Art by the Book Week theme of Australia: Story Country.


story country 56W display

Visit the library and have a look at these fabulous works of art!