05 Jun

National Simultaneous Storytime 2020 ‘sparkled’ its way to SPW last week with staff and students getting ‘in the swing with bling’ for the online event.

20 Years of National Simultaneous Storytime
National Simultaneous Storytime is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association.

This year they are celebrating their 20th successful year. Every year a picture book written and illustrated by an Australian author is chosen and read simultaneously across the country.

A digital event
At SPW, the event is usually coordinated to involve a mass reading across year levels. However, due to the impacts of COVID-19 it was made available using digital platforms to ensure the children could still join in the fun of this much loved event.

The book reading
This year’s book, Britney and Whitney Chicken Divas, by Lucinda Gifford, was read by Emma Watkins from The Wiggles. The students all gathered in their classrooms to watch the reading that tells a tale of two chickens who transform into cabaret stars at night.

A touch of sparkle
To add to the fun, the students and staff were invited to join in the theme of ‘in the swing with bling’ and add a bit of sparkle to their outfit.

It was great to see so many students and staff ‘blinged up’ for the day. A special mention must go to Mr Kennedy’s chook for her guest appearance and Mrs Elias’ sequinned trousers!

“My favourite part was when the fox dressed up as a boy to find out why her chickens were so puffed out.” – Annabel (Reception)

Fun activities and inventions
After the book reading, classes had the option to take part in activities or create artwork, based on the theme of the book.

One Year 2 class took this to a whole other level, incorporating a STEM activity where students designed and created their own egg-collecting devices. There were many imaginative solutions to the age-old problem of keeping eggs safe during the collection process.

Annie’s incredible egg-collection design.

We are so grateful that this wonderful event, that promotes the love of reading and literacy, could still go ahead and was so readily embraced by everyone.

Article by Annette & Emily, SPW Library Team