Winners Of The Books Over The Break Summer Reading Competition Announced
23 Mar 2023
The winners of the Catherine McAuley summer reading competition ‘Books Over the Break’ were announced at the school assembly on Wednesday.
Ms Refalo, School Principal, invited all students to participate over the recent summer holidays. Students were asked to read fiction, non-fiction or media and prepare a review in a form of their choice. Students could write a review, design a bookmark or make a video.
Congratulations to the following winners:
Non Fiction Category:
- 1st Place Adut K. 9 Veritas for her ‘48 Laws of Power’ by Robert Greene review
- Runner Up Majerin P. 9 Caritas for her ‘Malala’ by Malala Yousafzai bookmark
Junior Fiction Category:
- 1st Place Brinda S. 10 Clare for her video on ‘It Ends With Us’ by Colleen Hoover
- Runner Up Evie H. 8 Ryan for her ‘The Giver’ by Lois Lowry review
Senior Fiction Category:
- 1st Place Sophia P. 12 Clare for her ‘Sixty Lights’ by Gail Jones bookmark
- Runner Up Claudia N. 12 Coolock for her ‘Daisy Jones and the Six’ by Taylor Reid review
First place winners were awarded a $50 Westfields gift card and Runners Up a $30 gift card. All bookmarks which were made in the competition are available at the school library.
Ms Refalo told students at the assembly that “one of the things I love most about reading is that it makes us more intelligent people by stretching out thinking, our language and our understanding of complex concepts.
Reading shows us how to write deeply about interesting topics and how to use complex language to convey an intelligent message”.
Ms Refalo added that “not only does reading help us become better writers and intelligent women, it is also a great way to unwind and relax, so it’s good for our mental health too”.
Ms Refalo encourages all students to read regularly, either fiction, non-fiction or media, as it is good for us!
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