ISSUE 25 | December 2016
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A Word from the Office
We're heading towards the end of term and to the final week of Book Giving Assemblies in 2017. The team has had a wonderful time working with schools, sponsors, role models, and our distribution partner Scholastic Australia, and we're appreciative of all the hard work and goodwill you've extended towards our community as a whole. During this term, Books in Homes has distributed 54,000 books to 15,000 children and schools all across this amazing country. We've had some fantastic feedback. Enough to fill this ezine many times over, as well as our Term 1, 2017 catalogues, which are currently in production. We recently sat together in the office and reminded ourselves why this ezine is called The Bridge. If you don't know the story just click on the link in the right hand column. One of the themes that emerged out of our interpretation and understanding of the story is that bridges can be pathways to aspiration. They cross between now and tomorrow, between inaction and action, and between the ordinary world and the extraordinary world. In this issue, we're sharing one such inspirational story—that of how Year 6 at Auburn North Public School decided to write and publish a book. We truly believe that Project Manager Jaqui Lane, who was a previous Role Model at the school, has enabled those talented Year 6 children to truly cross the bridge towards fulfilling the first of many dreams and ambitions. Congratulations to all who participated in this great endeavour.

Peter Large
Chief Executive Officer &
Chairperson of the Board of Trustees

PS That's me smiling in the back row at the Auburn North Public School book launch!
The Adventures of Cleo the Clownfish at Pacific Primary
On 30 November 2016, a group of Year 6 students from Auburn North Public School launched a book they had planned, written, illustrated and published.
The idea for the book originated from Books in Homes Role Model, Jaqui Lane, who attended Auburn North Public School’s Book Giving Assembly in November 2015. After the Assembly, the school librarian, Cathy Clift, and a group of students met in the library. It was there the students hatched the idea to create their own book.
Once a fortnight throughout 2016, a group of students came together to create their book, with Jaqui taking them through each step of the planning, creative writing, illustration, and production process.

The book, The Adventures of Cleo the Clownfish at Pacific Primary, takes the reader on a journey through a day at school based on four key safety messages: Stranger Danger, Road Safety, Bullying, and We Are All. Targeted at primary school students aged between 6 and 10, the reader has options to choose from each of the scenarios—options that school children everywhere have to consider.

The Adventures of Cleo the Clownfish at Pacific Primary is available for $20 plus $7 postage and handling from the Auburn North Public School office at 100 Adderley Street, Auburn, NSW 2144, or by downloading an order form from the website:

Check out the book trailer below!
Some of you may not know that our great friends at the National Rugby League (NRL) have been INCREDIBLY supportive of Books in Homes in the past few years. Indeed, several NRL players have become Role Models and attended Book Giving Assemblies all over Australia. Usually it's the players handing out the books to children, but on this occasion, it's the NRL that has published a book—the latest edition of Footy Fables! It's chock full of player information and some snappy caricatures, and it's out just in time for Christmas. Click on the image below for more information.
There were over 300 entries in the Term 4, 2016 competition. Congratulations to the following students who submitted outstanding entries and won one of the 25 prize packs donated by Scholastic Australia! Your book packs and certificates will be sent to your school with the preview packs at the beginning of Term 1, 2017.

Charlotte G, Townview State School, Qld
Olivia M, Penshurst Primary School, Vic
Jimeal T, St Francis Xaviers School, Lake Cargellico, NSW
Bree L, Townsville South State School, Qld
Breana M, Townview State School, Qld
Brooklyn R, Sunset State School Qld
Pam M, Townsville South State School, Qld
Tate M, Queens Beach State School, Qld
Neo K, Christ the King Catholic School - Djarindjin Lombadina, WA
Ava C, Trinity Catholic School – Richmond North, Vic
Naqtalie M, Matraville Soldier's Settlement Public School, NSW
Reuben H, Townsville South State School, Qld
Bottrie W, Bowen State School, Qld
Adelia Grace V, Trinity Catholic School – Richmond North, Vic
Rory A, Queens Beach State School, Qld
Zaciary R, Sofala Public School, NSW
Natasha C, Townview State School, Qld
Declan M, Moree West Public School, NSW
Moana A, Whalan Public School, NSW
John N, Blackburn English Language School (Maroondah Campus), Vic
Zayne C, Wyoming Public School, NSW
Luke M, Matraville Soldier's Settlement Public School, NSW
Jorge N, Townview State School, Qld
An N, Trinity Catholic School – Richmond North, Vic
Danh N, Trinity Catholic School – Richmond North, Vic
The Story Behind

Books in Homes named its ezine THE BRIDGE after receiving a beautiful letter from Walgett Community College Primary School a few years ago. It tells a wonderful tale about a much loved mentor from town called Mrs Robyn Pearson. It is a story about being unable to read, getting lost, signs, levies and bridges. Want to read the full story? Then click the link below.
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