Reading Opens Doors

As part of our Reconciliation Week activities beginning 30 May, we are pleased to be holding a Great Book Swap, an initiative of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. This year the ILF are aiming to raise $150,000 to gift 15,000 new books to remote communities. The books are carefully chosen so they are culturally appropriate, and over 40% are by Indigenous authors or illustrators. Author Gregg Dreise, who our children enjoyed so much last year, and Andy Griffiths, another popular Australian children’s author, are both ambassadors for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.


The SJV Great Book Swap will be held Thursday 2 June for Years 3 – 6 and on Friday 3 June for Prep – 2. The process is simple; please assist your child in selecting one of their books to bring to school to swap for another book. The book should be in good condition, one your child thinks their classmates will enjoy and they are happy to donate. The book does not have to be new and should not be a special book that has an inscription in the front. We ask that along with a book, you send in a gold coin donation that will go directly to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

By swapping a book, we want to share our love of books and make reading possible for every Australian child, especially those living in very remote areas. By swapping a book and contributing a gold coin donation, it is a small but generous act of kindness, and a way for your child to see that together we can make a difference to another child’s life.

The Premier’s Reading Challenge started this Monday and reading continues until the 21 August. Many students will be keeping their reading record in their library bag, so please remind your child to record their books when they are finished. Those students participating in the Readers Cup are certainly keen, with groups reading and swapping books in the library this week. Well done, 3 more weeks to go!