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Week 6, Term Two, 2020

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This week saw Somerset once again participate in National Simultaneous Storytime. What better way to participate in this year’s event than a live reading and performance of the book in our first week back on campus.

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. Now in its 20th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.

The book selected for this year’s event was Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas written and illustrated by Lucinda Gifford. Our Prep friends enjoyed a performance firsthand that brought this gorgeous book to life in the brand-new Yarning Circle located in the Moses Plaza. Squeals of laughter and delight filled the fresh autumn air when Whitney, Britney and Dora von Dooze dazzled the audience with their extraordinary acting skills and dance moves.

In order to allow all students in the Junior School to partake in this literary celebration, Mr Grant Peel organised for the show to be live streamed via Zoom to all classrooms. Students and staff, many adorned in their best sequins, tiaras and feather boas, from Pre-Prep to Year 6 not only enjoyed the story enthusiastically narrated by Ms Rebecca Collie, they also helped to conclude the session with the classic ‘chicken dance.’ It would be fair to say that there were smiles all around.

What a way to welcome back all of the Junior School students after the Somerset@Home experience!

Since Wednesday, many students have asked to listen to this charming story once again. To watch this again, click here.

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