The celebrations for Literacy Week 2019 have shown the children of SIS the true joy and value of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Throughout the week the teachers and student created colourfully decorated doors, redesigned book covers, shared buddy reading time, listened to parents read books in their native languages as well as Drop Everything and Read sessions each day. Many students entered the Writing Competition and it was a pleasure to see the quality of writing across the year levels. Some proud students received a certificate during the Celebration of Learning for their winning entries, whilst others took home a certificate of participation to remind them of their effort and commitment to writing.
Our Book Fair tables were overflowing on Monday morning, stacked with the latest bestselling English titles. The books quickly started to sell as the students stopped to peruse the selections each day. Many children were caught in the corridor enjoying a quick browse on their way back from an errand! The books were chosen for their delightful language, impressive illustrations and thought-provoking content. We hope the children enjoy reading their books at home.
The Reading Challenge kept the students motivated to read and the totals that came in were wonderful! Congratulations to the Year 4 class who read a total of 8700 pages in 7 days! All of the classes reached their reading goal and the support from parents at home was greatly appreciated.
On Thursday morning as the students arrived the excitement was palpable! The children looked fantastic in their Book Character Costumes and enjoyed showcasing their creative designs during the Costume Parade. Congratulations to the students for demonstrating creativity, risk-taking skills, for taking action with their costumes and for making connections to their reading.
It is the hope of the teachers and staff at Shinagawa International School that through these events and experiences our children learn to love reading, sharing and talking about books and writing their own pieces. Literacy is a gift. It has been a joy to see the school filled with the love of literacy.