Wednesday July 12, 2017
Tawa student wins first prize at nationwide book awards Book Discussion Scheme representative Sallie Hill was delighted to visit Redwood School in Tawa and present 8-year-old Shaia Stowers with first prize for Book Night 2017. PHOTO: Justin Blakie
Local primary school student Shaia Stowers won the first prize at a nationwide reading event last month. At the Book Night 2017, run by Book Discussion Scheme, the eight-year-old Redwood School student from Tawa was awarded $150 worth of book vouchers sponsored by business software company Chreos Business Solutions. Local Book Discussion Scheme member Sallie Hill had the honour of visiting Redwood School and presenting Shaia with her prize. “She is shy but delightful,” Sallie said. Shaia’s name was drawn at random from 2222 registrations from readers of all ages across the country. “Shaia told me she came home from school on Book Night and read over 130 pages; she spent some of the time reading to her younger sister,” Sallie said. Shaia’s father, Hillary Stowers, and teacher and school librarian Rachel Gargan also attended the informal prize giving, which
took place in the school library beside a wall covered in a collage of photos from Book Night. About 60 families from Redwood School took part. The school integrated the event with its own week-long celebration of reading and books. A total of 17 schools, 16 public libraries and seven other organisations across New Zealand ran community-based Book Night activities, as a way to promote the benefits of regular reading. More than 1200 book groups across the country borrow books and discussion notes from Book Discussion Scheme. The organisation caters to adults, high school and tertiary students, and ESOL (Educational Services Overseas Limited, an English language certificate) readers. It is based in the Christchurch suburb of Sydenham, where it houses about 45,000 fiction and non-fiction books. It launched the inaugural Book Night last year.
Art award for Marsden Samuel Marsden Collegiate School’s artwork Matariki – Māori New Year has won the prestigious 2017 Saatchi Gallery (London) Art Prize for Schools. It is one of the most significant student art awards globally and was chosen from more than 24,000 entries from 66 countries. The
artwork was created by Year 6-8 students at Marsden’s Artist in Residence Workshop and through specialist classes led by artist Michel Tuffery. Invited students from Clyde Quay, Kilbirnie, Khandallah, St Mark’s, Hataitai and Northland Schools also contributed to the work.
Independent Herald 12-07-17