The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

Junior School Resource Centre


This week Scotch College will be celebrating Book Week. This celebration of children's literature began in 1946 (just after the end of World War II) and has shed its special magic on Australian schools and public libraries ever since. This year's list of shortlisted books has been exceptional and I urge parents to check out the titles and share them with their children. (CBCA 2018 winners)

The theme this year is Find your Treasure and whilst our minds automatically think of pirates and their treasure the theme is far richer than this. It urges us to find books that are hidden treasures to us, characters that we relate to and who "speak to us". Byron Bay author Tristan Bancks sums this up beautifully, "An incredible story can feel like treasure when it speaks to you and understands the way you think and feel. But not every book is perfect for everyone. I put down just as many books as I finish, but I never give up the hunt for my next great read"

Throughout the week there will be themed activities each lunchtime in the library culminating with a Trash and Treasure on Thursday. Boys are asked to bring in a book they have finished with and swap it for a new treasure. On Wednesday morning at 9.00am the ELC will host a parade and dress-up day and on Friday the Year 1 to 5 boys will celebrate the annual Book Week parade and pantomime. Parents are very welcome at both events.

I would also like to congratulate our two Year 5 Readers Challenge teams for the way they conducted themselves at the annual competition at MLC last Wednesday. Scotch was represented by Jetlen Egerton-Warburton, Jarrod Hutchison, James Vaughan, Alexander Fine, William Arundel and Heath Arbuckle ably supported by two Year 4 reserves; Logan Herbert and Thomas Lovegrove.

Book Week at Scotch happens due to the tireless work of our Library Services Specialist and I would like to acknowledge the hard work of Mrs Kendra Mewett and Mrs Emma Murdoch for creating the magic for our students.

Happy Reading


Mrs Kathryn Salt
Information and Research Specialist