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ISSUE 64 | March 2020
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HELLO FROM THE OFFICE
There's one topic that has occupied the airwaves, as well as our conversations, behaviours and actions for the last six weeks and that is the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Books in Homes Australia is not immune (no pun intended!) to this phenomena. We have  been liaising with our schools, Sponsors, Role Models and our greater community to help implement government regulations and Department of Education guidelines to ensure that we stay safe and healthy in delivering Books in Homes. As a consequence, many of the schools on our Programs had to rearrange their Term 1, 2020 Book Giving Assemblies, and in the process we postponed the visits of Sponsors' representatives and Role Models to these schools. Some schools were able to go ahead because they had scheduled their assemblies to occur early well before the lock down period came into effect, or because their numbers were small with fewer than a dozen students, or they were located in remote and isolated communities.  Everyone we spoke with was gracious and understanding of the situation and we thank you for your positive attitude and mindfulness in these challenging times.

With concerns surrounding COVID-19 growing daily over recent weeks, our focus turned to Term 2, 2020. Last week, in consultation with our book distribution partner Scholastic, we made a decision to postpone the Books in Homes Program that was scheduled to go ahead in Term 2, 2020 to our non-operating period in Term 3, which runs from July to September. We are hopeful of schools and communities returning to some normality by then. This means that the Preview Packs will not be sent out to schools until the beginning of July, at which time we roll out the planned Term 2 Program. The only thing that will change will be the deadline dates for the Role Model Competition, as well as the order dates. We must mention that this plan is contingent on schools and communities resuming and government regulations permitting. And remember you read it first here in The Bridge—email notices will be going out over the next 24 hours to inform our schools, preschools and early childhood centres, as well as our Sponsors, Role Models and supporters. 
As things develop over coming months and more information becomes available, we will keep you up-to-date through The Bridge, the News section of our website, email, and our social media platforms.
 
In postponing Term 2, we feel for all the people who have put in the hard work and planning for the Rotary 9810 District Governor Project in Melbourne. This project, led by District Governor Shia Smart, has been in train for 12 months, fundraising and planning for delivery to a number of schools in Melbourne in Term 2, 2020. That project is now on hold as we wait and see when conditions return suitable for its implementation.

And speaking of Melbourne, Broadmeadows Primary School was one of the few aforementioned schools that proceeded with their Book Giving Assembly in Term 1, as it was scheduled earlier in March than normal. It was great that it went ahead because we are proud to announce that Broadmeadows Primary School was the inaugural winner of the Mainfreight Best Book Giving Assembly Competition in 2019 and the winner's trophy was awarded to the school on that occasion. Well done, Broadmeadows Primary School! (You can read the story below.)

We also want to say a big THANK YOU to Emanuel School in Randwick, NSW. Their librarian Tracey Kluck collected 12 boxes of children's books from the library and donated them to Books in Homes so they can be distributed to students and schools on our Program in our wider community.  We also appreciate the generosity of Grand Days Books, Records & Collectibles at Woolloomooloo for donating 100+ boxes of vintage books to us, many of which are kids' books that will find a new home. 

If you have a few extra dollars in your pocket, even in these difficult times, perhaps you can support these book distribution initiatives by donating to our Postage Fund, which has been set up specifically for this purpose.

Talk again soon. Stay safe and healthy!
Peter Large
Chief Executive Officer &
Chairperson of the Board of Trustees

 
FEATURE ARTICLE:
BROADMEADOWS PRIMARY SCHOOL WINS MAINFREIGHT BEST BOOK GIVING ASSEMBLY COMPETITION!
Books in Homes Australia, in partnership with Mainfreight, launched its inaugural Mainfreight Best Book Giving Assembly Competition in Term 2, 2019, and now we're proud to announce the winner... Broadmeadows Primary School in Melbourne, Victoria.

Nine Mainfreight-sponsored schools were automatic entrants into this competition, which recognised the best effort for organising Book Giving Assemblies over two terms in 2019. Mainfreight representatives, as well as  Books in Homes Role Models, were the judges and awarded points across multiple criteria. On the presentation day in mid March (prior to the coronavirus lock down) Mainfreight representatives awarded Broadmeadows Primary School with a perpetual trophy and a smaller trophy in recognition of their excellent achievement and for emphasising the Books in Homes theme, which is "Read to Succeed".

Here is a report from our roving reporter Zoe Helme-King, the Books in Homes Coordinator at Broadmeadows Primary School, who was on the scene:

"Broadmeadows Primary School thoroughly enjoyed their Books in Homes Book Giving Assembly and were excited to find out they had won the 2019 Mainfreight Best Book Giving Assembly Competition! The Representatives of the Student Representative Council (SRC) accepted the award and spoke about how much Broadmeadows Primary School appreciates everything Mainfreight does and how much the students love receiving their new books. Our special guest speaker was Matt Davis, a firefighter, who spoke about being a firefighter and his journey to becoming one. The students enjoyed the opportunity to ask many questions, and share how as a school we have been raising money for the firefighters. The students wore their pyjamas to celebrate the theme ‘Reading in Bed’. Thank you Books in Homes and Mainfreight for making all of this possible!"

A mighty CONGRATULATIONS to Broadmeadows Primary School for a stellar effort!


[EDITOR'S NOTE: The Mainfreight Best Book Giving Assembly Competition is on again in 2020!]
CAPTION: (Top) Trophy presentation from Mainfreight representatives to members of the Broadmeadows SRC.
(Bottom) Broadmeadows Primary School students celebrating receiving their books-of-choice.
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT
Sponsor: Adani Australia
Location: Brisbane, with regional offices in Townsville and Rockhampton (Qld)
Website: www.adaniaustralia.com


What does Adani Australia do?
Adani Australia is a multi-dimensional energy and infrastructure company, dedicated to delivering energy solutions for an advancing world. Adani’s operations across Queensland are providing jobs and opportunities that empower communities at home and abroad. Through the Carmichael Mine, which is under construction, and the operating Rugby Run solar farm, Adani is investing in both renewable and thermal energy to help meet increasing demand for electricity in our region while also transitioning to a lower carbon future.

How long has Adani Australia been supporting Books in Homes Australia? 
Adani Australia is a new Sponsor and began supporting Books in Homes in Term 1, 2020.

What school does Adani Australia sponsor?
The organisation supports Townsville West State School in Townsville, Qld.


Thanks, Adani Australia!

CAPTION: Students from Townsville West State School enjoying their books-of-choice during Term 1, 2020, courtesy of their Sponsor Adani Australia.
ROLE MODEL CORNER
Name: Stephan Rochecouste
Location: Sydney, NSW
Job: Wheelchair Rugby League Player
What part of your work most interests you?
Definitely getting out to the schools and teaching kids the basics of rugby league and wheelchair rugby league. Another part is being able to teach kids the varying types of disabilities there are in the world.

How did you choose your career path?
The love that I have for rugby league is enormous and so when I found out that there was such a sport called wheelchair rugby league I took the opportunity with both hands like I do with a rugby league ball.


Who has inspired you most in life? Why?
I would definitely say Cristiano Ronaldo. His work ethic in wanting to be the best in the world at whatever he does is second to no one.

What did you most enjoy about school?
Recess and lunch breaks. I also loved PDHPE (Personal Development, Health and Physical Education). It was my favourite subject from Year 7 to Year 12.

What did you hate most about school?
Homework and exams. I was never someone who could sit still and do those things. I would always be found with some sort of sporting equipment in my hand.

What advice would you give your 10-year old self?
Every time you fail there will always be people around you to get you back up again.

What three children’s books were your favourites when you were at school?
Where the Wild Things Are, The Adventures of Tintin, and Dragon Ball Z.

What three things would you take to a desert island?
Food, clothes, and a battery-powered radio to listen to rugby league.

And just for fun, choose your preference below:

Lions, tigers or bears (oh my!)? Being a West Tigers fan, I have to go with the tigers.
Jelly babies or jelly snakes? I love lollies in general... can I choose them all?
Spring, summer, autumn or winter? Who doesn't love going to the beach and having fun with friends and family during the Christmas season. Definitely have to go with summer!
Tennis or cricket? Cricket.
Passionfruit or mangoes? Both, yum.
Ghosts or goblins? Ghosts.
Planes, trains or automobiles? Automobiles.
Harry Potter, Hermione Granger or Ron Weasley? Ron Weasley.
Fantasy or sci-fi? Sci-fi.

Running or yoga? Football, always football.
SHOUT OUT
Congratulations to Role Model, teacher, children's author and educational consultant Louise Park for the publication of her new book 7 Steps to Get Your Child Reading, which was published by Allen & Unwin.
Congratulations to Role Model and author Kate Forsyth for the publication of Snow White Rose Red and Other Tales of Kind Young Women, which is Book 3 of the Long Lost Fairy Tales Collection. The book is illustrated by Lorena Carrington and published by Serenity Press. 
Congratulations to Role Model and illustrator Yvonne Low and author Ashling Kwok whose new book Lola and Grandpa will be published in May 2020 by Little Pink Dog Books!
FUN BOOK FACTS WITH RACHEL
Michael Bond bought Paddington Bear in 1956 because he felt sad for the bear as it was the only toy left on the shop’s shelves on Christmas Eve.
Fun Book Facts have been contributed by Role Model and emerging author, Rachel Armstrong, who is located in Townsville, Qld. You can read more about Rachel here: www.rachelarmstrongauthor.com.au
BEAUTIFUL YUMMY FOOD COMPETITION WINNERS
Thank you to all the individuals who entered the BEAUTIFUL YUMMY FOOD COMPETITION that was published in last month's edition of The Bridge. The answer to the question was: Tanya Nagy.

Congratulation to the five winners. They are:  
  1. Amy Adeney, Glen Iris, Vic
  2. Milo Nowlan, Taree Public School, NSW
  3. Hayley Till, Taree Public School, NSW
  4. Ruby Veitch, Taree Public School, NSW
  5. Reg Bungie, Taree Public School, NSW
Keep an eye out for further exciting competitions in this edition, as well as future editions of The Bridge.
MAINFREIGHT CALENDAR – MARCH 2020
The March 2020 image was illustrated by Alex Timis
(Age 9) from Majella Catholic School (WA).

CLICK on the image above to download the calendar page.
Provided courtesy of Mainfreight.

IN THIS ISSUE
– HELLO FROM THE OFFICE
– FEATURE ARTICLE:
Broadmeadows Primary School Wins Mainfreight Best Book Giving Assembly Competition!
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: 

Adani Australia
ROLE MODEL CORNER: Stephan Rochecouste
SHOUT OUT!
FUN BOOK FACTS WITH RACHEL

BEAUTIFUL YUMMY FOOD COMPETITION WINNERS
MAINFREIGHT CALENDAR: April 2020
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FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGNS
Do you know it only costs $82 for a children to participate in the Books in Homes Primary Program for a year?
Please help Rotary raise funds in the Books in Homes, Rotary District 9810 Books for Kids Campaign, which aims to identify and fund primary schools in Victoria’s South Eastern and Yarra Ranges suburbs, that will benefit from being on the program.
Please help us raise funds in the 
Books in Homes GIANTS Greater Western Sydney Campaign,
which aims to identify and fund primary schools in Western and South Western Sydney that would benefit from being on the Program. 
Help us raise $2,000 so we can send additional donated books, magazines and gifts to children on the Program.
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SCHOOL SPONSORS
As of 31 March 2020, the Sydney Sock Project has funded seven primary school children onto the Books in Homes Program.
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS PARTNERS
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS DONORS & SUPPORTERS
CALL OUT FOR STORIES!
CALLING SPONSORS
&
SCHOOLS
If you have a good news story about your Book Giving Assemblies and your partnership with Books in Homes Australia then please CLICK THIS LINK  to email THE BRIDGE editor for submission information.
CALLING ROLE MODELS
If you are a Books in Homes Role Model and you are celebrating a great coup like a book or product launch, an award, an anniversary or another achievement, and want to be included in the "SHOUT OUT!" column, then please CLICK THIS LINK to email THE BRIDGE editor for submission information.

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