SCHOOL CRE­ATES MAGIC

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Carly Cullen [email protected]­news.com.au

STEP­PING into the Unity Col­lege li­brary is like en­ter­ing into a com­pletely dif­fer­ent world.

Book Week’s ‘Find Your Trea­sure’ theme in­spired teach­ers and stu­dents to cre­ate a mag­i­cal won­der­land for chil­dren to ex­plore and en­cour­age more li­brary time and read­ing.

Be­fore en­ter­ing the make-be­lieve world stu­dents must walk the plank into a cur­tain.

Once in­side it’s dif­fi­cult to rest your eyes on just one place.

A shim­mer­ing wa­ter­fall acts as the back drop and plenty of nau­ti­cal items lit­tered the scene.

Unity Col­lege teacher li­brar­ian Jen­nifer Wil­son said the idea is en­com­passed by Nev­er­land.

“We took a bit of a leap with the theme to Peter Pan.

“All of the kids from Prep to Year 6 have con­trib­uted some­how with a craft ac­tiv­ity,” said Ms Wil­son.

Each year level de­signed an el­e­ment of the dis­play, such as hang­ing buntings, pa­per hearts, colour­ful par­rots, mock rocks and pre­tend green­ery and flow­ers.

Year 3 stu­dents Freyah, Ava and Mad­di­son said their year level helped with the buntings.

“We did the lit­tle ban­ners,” said Ava.

“One for each per­son,” Freyah said. The stu­dents ex­plained there was a trea­sure hunt to cel­e­brate.

“We got to run around and look for trea­sure, it was lots of fun,” said Mad­di­son.

Ms Wil­son said tech­nol­ogy is ap­par­ent, but it’s still im­por­tant to use li­braries and read lit­er­a­ture.

“We’re com­pet­ing with the dig­i­tal en­vi­ron­ment, so we’re try­ing to pro­mote the phys­i­cal book,” she said.

The dis­play will re­main un­til the last week of term, and for grand­par­ents day later in the year - al­low­ing the stu­dents to show off their cre­ative ef­forts to their rel­a­tives.

PHOTO: CARLY CULLEN

LI­BRARY TREA­SURES: Unity Col­lege Year 3 stu­dents Mad­di­son, Ava and Freyah play­ing with their friends in the won­der­land they all helped to cre­ate.

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