“Reading is knowledge; knowledge is knowing that which can be used to succeed in life” – Callum Bowes, Armstrong 2018
Upon entering the Cawse Library on Wednesday 17 July one was conscious of an air of excitement amongst the Grade 8 boys eagerly awaiting the arrival of Mr Alan Thompson, who would be hosting the first 2019 “Library Headmaster’s Tea for Grade 8s in the Cawse Library. This special occasion is definitely one of the highlights of the year for the 10 boys specially chosen from their grade.
The boys had earned their invitation to the tea held in the Old Andrean, North American Room because of their diligence in class, their demonstration of leadership qualities and their love of reading demonstrated by the number of books that they had read.
The criterion that the boys had to meet had to be observed in the Information Literacy classes run by Mrs Vuyokazi Jamieson. She was on the lookout for boys who showed respect, compassion and helpfulness to their peers and their teachers. They needed to demonstrate a real interest and love of reading and a desire to spread this interest amongst the boys at College. They did this through writing book reviews on the College website, and Mrs Jamieson was able to track their reading habits by using the SORA reading App that tracks individual student’s reading interest and progress. All 10 boys who made the cut for the tea collected five green stickers on Mrs Jamieson’s wonderful TeacherApp.
The boys thoroughly enjoyed the delicious tea and happily chatted about the books that they had read. Mr Thompson thanked the boys and congratulated them on sharing their love of books amongst their peers. He urged them to continue reading and the importance to their education that this reading habit would have, and encouraged them to use the information technology available to them in the Cawse Library.
The instruction from Mr Thompson to the boys always is “to finish the food”, so with full tummies, the boys reluctantly left the Library, but with promises to continue promoting the vision of the Cawse Library. There are two more Library Teas that are planned for the Grade 8 boys in the upcoming term. The Grade 8 boys are already working hard towards these. Watch the space for more news on #BOYSWHOREAD@ COLLEGE.