Term 2, 2018

National Simultaneous Storytime

Amanda Graham Visit

This year we were lucky enough to have the famous Australian author/illustrator Amanda Graham visit our school. She is the author of books like ‘Picasso the Green Tree Frog’ and the ‘Arthur’ series.

Amanda ran a wonderful illustration masterclass for as many classes as we could fit in the gym and inspired the students to read, read, read! She had the students eating out of her hands as she illustrated a shark and had them following her very useful steps. Here are some of the results: (We’d have more, but all the kids wanted to take them home!)

Hickory Dickory Dash

Year 7 National Simultaneous Storytime Reader’s Theatre

In case having a famous author/illustrator wasn’t enough excitement for one week, students from our amazing Year 7 classes each presented a play to rousing applause in the gym for all classes on National Simultaneous Storytime Day, Wednesday 23rd May.

The idea is that around the country, every school reads the same book at the same time. This year’s book was ‘Hickory Dickory Dash’, written by Tony Wilson and illustrated by Laura Wood, which is an adaptation of the ‘Hickory, Dickory, Dock’ song of course. Our Year 7s truly shone as stars of the show.

Thank you so much Year 7s who worked extremely hard in preparation for the play, taking a lot of their play time to rehearse and being dedicated, enthusiastic and giving their all. Thanks also to Carey, our amazing face-painter extraordinaire who put the finishing touches on what were great costumes.

Thanks as well as Miss Chong-Tenn who came to almost every rehearsal and helped greatly with direction and enthusiasm. Our biggest thanks of course go to the wonderful Tsam who was the guiding light of the performance and everything in the library. Below is each performance in full – we hope you enjoy!

Room 27

Hickory Dickory Dash Room 27

The file for Room 27 is in a different format to Room 28 and can’t be displayed in the browser – just click on the link above to download the video of the performance

Room 28


Year 3 – Australia and our Neighbours

Year 3s this term are looking at the similarities and differences between Australia and its neighbouring countries.

Recently we did some Mystery Skypes with a class from Parnell District School in Auckland, New Zealand and Bandung Alliance International School in Java, Indonesia!

A Mystery Skype is a video call to another school where students ask questions they have developed to try and find out where another class is from. Students developed these questions based on concepts of geography from the Australian Curriculum with teachers before the day and then asked them taking turns with their international buddies.

We learned a lot about everyday life, the cultural practices of other countries and that no matter where you are, ‘Flossing’ (the dance craze of the decade) truly has gone viral.

Here’s a snippet of one of our Mystery Skype calls below:


Term 1, 2018



The Reception team worked extremely hard this term learning about “What makes a successful learner?”

Students inquired into the many qualities of successful learners and the routines and expectations that were needed to be successful.

Then we looked at how success made us feel:

We investigated how emotions can affect how successful we are and who can help us to be successful at school.

And finally, we made a video summing up some of our learning from the term. Try not to giggle too much at their gorgeous responses!!





Library Lovers Day is an annual event supported by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) which is held on February 14. Library Lovers’ Day is an opportunity for everyone to reconnect with the library and share their love of books.

This year we celebrated Library Lovers day by having our fabulous Library Crew read and share their favourite stories in various areas around the school grounds. They were dressed as the official Library Town Criers and they had a great time reading to the students.


Our dedicated (and awesome) parent volunteers, Pip, Linda & Bec selected books from the library which were superbly wrapped for each class to come in on the day and select a ‘surprise book’. Each ‘surprise book’ had a blank note, envelope & stamp for the class to mail it back to the library through our special mailbox.

Come in and read their love letters to the library.

A huge thank you to our wonderful and amazing leadership team, teachers’, SSOs’ and students for supporting EMPS Library.


This year the library is introducing Scholastic Book Club to EAST MARDEN PRIMARY
SCHOOL. Up to twice a term, during the school year Library staff will send home a Club catalogue
with a different selection of books offered for all ages. You’ll find award-winning books and
bestsellers, as well as old and new favourites.

To place an order with the Book Club, you will need to use the LOOP platform which is set up for
parents/caregivers to pay by credit card. Your child’s order is sent directly to the school, safe and sound.
The books will be delivered to your child’s class by our Library staff. Your child’s order can be done via or using the LOOP app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or
Google Play. We advise that we will not be accepting cash as a payment, so please do not send orders
to school with money payments as they cannot be processed.