Whyalla High School has recently joined in the Book Week celebrations by dressing up as famous literary characters and getting their students involved.
The school’s literacy coordinator Emma Green is excited about what the week brings to the school and its students.
“Here at Whyalla High we love it. We pump it up for weeks on end and try to get the kids involved. Throughout the week we have a whole bunch of literacy and numeracy style activities,” she said.
“The kids get involved, the teachers love it.”
Ms Green says ‘literacy is everybody’s business.’
“If you are not reading it is really detrimental to so many areas of your life. By reading you can reduce stress, put yourself to sleep and develop your vocabulary,” she said.
“It allows you to empathize with others because you put yourself in another’s shoes.”
Although Ms Green acknowledges it’s problematic that less kids are reading in general, she is pleased at the effort schools are making to ensure this does not continue.
“As a site we are really pushing that reading is important. It has become a real focus for us in Whyalla,” she said.
Throughout the week, students at Whyalla High have been getting involved in many activites aimed at improving their literacy and numeracy skills.
“We do some poetry, so all the kids today will be walking around with a poem in their pocket. There is a short story competition where the kids have to think of a inatimate object and bring it to life” Ms Green said.
Ms Green said students were tasked with spending a million dollars only using catalogues in their letterboxes.
“(It) is a bit of fun for them but it also gets them involved in the day,” she said.