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The Power of Pictures Books

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Week 3, Term Three, 2018

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The mark of any great programme is its ability to make time disappear – and these cooler Tuesday mornings have been definitely made all the warmer by the Little KIP. Every Tuesday morning from 8.15am to 8.30am since Week 9 of Term Two, a group of Senior School students have been walking down to the Early Learning Precinct to read to and chat with our Year 1 and 2 students.

Their smiles tell us everything we need to know – that the Little KIP programme has had a brilliant start, and it will be incredibly worthwhile to keep it going; which is exactly what we plan to do.

Mid last term the Bibliotheca Committee announced the start-up of Little KIP at the Senior School assembly. We explained that our goal for Little KIP was to nurture a love of reading in our younger students and to provide a great CAS opportunity for Senior School students while we were at it.

But Little KIP has surpassed our expectations. It has become a truly enjoyable and relaxing experience for everyone involved. Who knew that a picture book could create such an amazing connection between those who are young and love reading them, and those who had thought they had outgrown them?

Little KIP is a bridge between Senior and Junior School students, one that would be a shame not to expand and develop further in the months and even years to come.

Now that we know Little KIP has such potential for success it would be amazing to see more Senior School students get up a little earlier on Tuesday mornings and join us.

If you are interested, please email Joanne Joe or meet us in the KIP at 8.00am on a Tuesday morning.

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