Recently, thirteen Year 8 and 9 teams from the Brisbane North Region competed in the Interschool Readers Cup Competition for the honour of representing our region at the State Readers Cup Competition.  This will be held during the Brisbane Writers Festival in Term 3, and the winning teams from regional competitions all around Queensland will be competing.

The competition was again held at BGS in the Forum, and our Quiz Master on the night was local author, Kate Hunter.  Her first book, Mosquito Advertising: The Parfizz Pitch, set in Brisbane, was used as one of the titles for the competition. Other titles used were: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore; Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman; American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang; and Noah’s Law by Randa Abdel-Fattah.

The Readers Cup competition is an example of collaborative reading and team effort. Four team members must read five or six books between them, then answer questions about the books on the night. They have 30 seconds per question where they can discuss their answers before submitting them to the judges.

CBC-Qld sponsors the competition, and the books for the State competition are donated by the respective publishers. Holding the competition during the Brisbane Writers Festival means that teams from all around Queensland can attend the Word Play schools program at the Festival, and this gives students the sense of being part of a much larger community of writers and readers.

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Each year hundreds of schools around Australia celebrate Children’s Book Week during August, and to tie in with this year’s theme, ‘Across the Story Bridge’, the CBCA organised for any Readers’ Cup team members to climb Brisbane’s very own Story Bridge. Last Friday Mrs Oxley, Mr Hill and 4 of our Year 8 and 9 students enthusiastically took up the offer!! The bridge was named after J.D.Story, a passionate advocate for education, who was himself a student at Brisbane Grammar School from 1883-1886.

A very important part of the Book Week celebrations is the CBCA Book of the Year Awards for the best books published for children and young adults during the previous year. The announcement of this year’s winners was held last Friday at Brisbane’s Customs House, overlooking the Story Bridge. All Readers’ Cup teams were also invited to attend this special event, where they had the opportunity to mingle with many of Australia’s best authors and illustrators. Two of our Year 6 boys were photographed with local author and illustrator, Gregory Rogers.  The winning book for older readers was David Metzenthen’s Jarvis 24, and this book is available from our Senior Library.



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