While the thought of storytelling brings back fond memories of Winnie the Pooh, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Green Eggs and Ham for most of us, children from across the Sunshine Coast explored much more than your average library book when they came together recently for Under Eights Week to participate in a storytelling day at Kawana Waters State College.
Kawana Waters State College Primary Principal Ruth Murray said the event celebrated both community and literacy and saw pre-school and early primary students share stories through movement, literature, cultural activities and music.
“More than 300 children converged on the campus for this year’s event, with many of the activities designed to encourage attendees to think creatively, communicate openly and build their confidence levels,” Ms Murray said.
“Attendees were provided with the opportunity to participate in weaving activities, ribbon dancing and designing books of their own.”
“They also had their faces painted and enjoyed role-playing their chosen animal or character.”
Ms Murray said this year’s event also incorporated an Indigenous element, with the children able to participate in creating a giant rainbow serpent — an important Dreaming figure in many Aboriginal stories.
“Storytelling is such an important part of Aboriginal culture, and we felt it was only fitting that we explore this concept, particularly considering the Sunshine Coast region has such a rich Indigenous history,” Ms Murray said.
“Kawana Waters State College is also the only P-12 internationally accredited school in Queensland, so we’re dedicated to exposing our students to a wide range of cultures.”
Ms Murray said the event played a significant role in instilling a love of literacy within prospective and existing students.
“At KWSC, we’re very aware a love of literature often sets the foundations for life-long learning, and we make every effort to build this appreciation amongst our students,” Ms Murray said.
“While hard copy story books are still a huge part of our teaching programs, we also feel it’s important to incorporate other interactive ways of engaging with literature as these cater to the diverse interests and strengths of individual students.”
For more information regarding Kawana Waters State College, visit www.kawanawaterssc.eq.edu.au.