Book Week 2015 at Cabra


Cabra Library Staff

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Last Wednesday Cabra went all out to help celebrate the 70th Annual Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Week. Years 6-8 and many staff came dressed inspired by a book that lights up their world.

As always both teaching and non-teaching staff got into the spirit of the week with an excellent array of book inspired costumes. The overall staff winner as voted by staff at the Book Week Morning Tea was Fiona Graff, or should I say “Princess Fiona”. Runners-up were Sarah Russell and Bec Jasper.

The winner of the Year 6-8 Book Week Dress-Up were as follows: Year 6; Morgan P as Harry Stiles, Runner-Up Joe as The Joker. Year 7; Mikayla N as The Chimney Sweep from Mary Poppins, 2nd place went to Leala T with honourable mentions to Keenan M and Sophie M. The Year 8 winner was Hanna B for her excellent Saddle Club costume, with Ruby E claiming 2nd prize as Tinkerbell.

A huge thank you to the Library Staff, teaching and non-teaching staff and all the students for putting in such a tremendous effort. The enthusiasm for books and reading really did light up our world this week.

2015 Celebrating 70 Years of CBCA Book Weeks

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Cabra College Book Week 2015 gets off to a great start this week with many activities for both staff and students. Today (Sunday) 15 dedicated writers and illustrators are writing a book in a day. This annual competition is run to raise money and support The Kids Cancer Project. 2015 is the 70th anniversary of Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Week and the theme this year is, “Books Light Up Our World”. Be sure to drop down to either library to borrow a great book to light up your world this week.

Years 6-8, remember this Wednesday is Book Week Dress-Up day. What book or character lights up your world?

Check out the links below for the list of Children’s Book Council of Australia Books of the Year for 2015

Books Light up Our World Fiction List

Year 8 Create their own Book Week ‘Books into Film’ Posters

Year 8 students researched their favourite Books to film connections to create a poster. Why don’t you make your own using the template below.

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reading connection word Poster Template

If you’re stuck for ideas visit our Books into Film page here.

Our bigger Film page has hundreds more film resources to explore.

Book Week 2014 Celebrated This Week at Cabra

Miss Steller and Ms Rossi

Miss Steller and Ms Rossi

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Cabra College Book Week 2014 got off to a great start this week with many activities for both staff and students. Each morning students have had a two question quiz and we’ve been displaying Book Week posters created by staff representing their favourite films that were adapted from books.

As is traditional staff were treated to an excellent Book Week Morning Tea in the Senior School Library. Some of the best dressed staff were photographed joining in with the 2014 Book Week theme, ‘Connect to Reading’.

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Vote on Cabra Staff Best Reads

Now’s your chance to cast your vote on our 2013 Book Week Staff Best Reads List. Tell us which of these books you would take if you went into deep space with nothing else for entertainment.

Read Around the Universe. Cabra Staff Reading List Announced.

To help celebrate this year’s Book Week, we asked all Cabra College staff to nominate 10 books they’d take with them on a long space journey. We had dozens of responses and after collating the results we came up with the list below.

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Image by Kennie Louie

Check the list below to see the most popular titles from several hundred staff picks, organised in order of popularity.

Title Author
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
We Need to Talk about Kevin Lionel Shriver
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas  Adams
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Tess of the D’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy
The Bible Various   Artists
1984 George Orwell
Catch-22 Joseph Heller
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Suskind
Ice Station Matthew Reilly
The Book Thief Marcus Zusak
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg  Larsson
The Fellowship of the Ring J.R.R.  Tolkien
The Thorn Birds Colleen  McCullough
The story of Tom Brennan J. C. Burke


Book Week 2013 Celebrations

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Cabra College Book Week 2013 got off to a great start this week with many activities for both staff and students. Each morning students have had a five question quiz and we’ve had some very inventive bookmark competition entries. Year 8 Black presented themselves as a huge human walking, talking bookmark. Each member of the class stepped forward to recite a quote from a book of their choice, identifying the title and the author. All due credit to Miss Becker for the idea and the execution.

Today staff were treated to an excellent Book Week Morning Tea in the Senior School Library. Some of the best dressed staff were photographed getting into the spirit of the 2013 Book Week theme, Read Around the Universe.

Check out the links below for the list of Children’s Book Council of Australia Books of the Year for 2013

Skulduggery Pleasant Author Derek Landy Visit a Huge Success

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Acclaimed Irish children’s author Derek Landy ‘s first visit to Adelaide was a resounding success. After brief signing stops in Norwood and Rundle Mall, the Skulduggery Pleasant  author arrived at Cabra College to a rapturous welcome. Around 250 people of all ages packed the newly completed St. Dominic’s Hall to hear Derek talk about his books, his cats and dogs and life in general. His darkly humorous monologue had the audience spellbound resulting in a huge queue snaking through the hall to have a book signed. Hundreds of children and adults alike chatted with the amiable Irish author and posed for photographs while he signed their books, posters, arms and anything else to hand.

Derek  also happily signed a stack of copies of his first novel which will be up for grabs as prizes in our Book Week Champion’s Read dress-up competition this Thursday. Derek rushed from Cabra to the airport to catch a flight to Perth in order  to complete the  Australia and New Zealand leg of his current tour. His welcome visit to South Australia for this exclusive event was thanks to Pages and More Bookshop, Glenelg, his Australian publishers Harper Collins and the Cabra Library and Drama Department Staff.

The event went off without a hitch and both Cabra College and Pages and More hope this is just the first in a long series of similar author events to be held here. It was simply a fantastic start to Book Week in this our National Year of Reading and so brilliant to see this many enthusiastic readers on a Saturday at the School.

Author Derek Landy Visits Cabra to Kick Off Book Week 2012

 Acclaimed Irish children’s author Derek Landy will visit Cabra College on Saturday 18th August to help celebrate CBCA Book Week for 2012. The Children’s Book Council of Australia coordinates this celebration of books and reading which in its 67th year is the longest running children’s festival in Australia.

Derek is best know for his fabulously popular and darkly humorous Skulduggery Pleasant series. He will be at the College for a much anticipated talk and book signing. Tickets, though free are I’m afraid all totally gone. If you have yet to secure one you will just have to read about the event on this blog. Sorry.

Derek is touring Australia and New Zealand at present and makes a welcome detour to South Australia for this exclusive event thanks to Pages and More Bookshop Glenelg and his most excellent publishers Harper Collins.