Run by the City of Charles Sturt Council, the annual Mayoral Make-A-Book Literacy Challenge invites students to tap into their creativity and produce their own masterpiece.
Entries are judged on originality of ideas and themes as well as language creativity. Appeal of design and illustrations, and overall presentation are other critical elements.
This year 627 entries were received, with 61 individual and three class prizes awarded.
IHM Year 2 student Charliese Corolis received an individual award for her book The Wholesome Alphabet, while the school’s Year 3 class took out a prize for its contribution, Magic Beach Poems.
Principal Pauline Kinsman said the students were thrilled that they’d won and were very proud of their books.
“We have a strong focus on literacy and want children to see themselves as authors and illustrators,” she said.
“Having this acknowledgement of their efforts is wonderful!”
Individual winners were presented their awards by Mayor Angela Evans during a ceremony at the Woodville Town Hall, while the Year 3 class received its certificate from City of Charles Sturt Literacy and Learning officer, Kerryn McDonald, who visited the school in September.
Running for the past 42 years, the competition is open to any pre-school or primary school aged children who live or study in the council area.
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