Touch of excitement for students
By JULIA ILES
CHILDREN from South Grafton, Gillwinga and Westlawn public schools were entertained recently by leading authors.
At the South Grafton infants campus Mark Austin read animatedly from his story 'Ringle Tingle Tiger' and had decorated the front of the room with tiger rugs and towels.
"The children are enjoying it so much you can just see their enthusiasm and it's a chance to see grown ups act silly, they can also purchase the books and get them autographed," Deb Rosnell, a Year One teacher at South Grafton Public School said.
Author and farmer John Heffernan gave a talk about his books including My Dog, which won Book of the Year in 2003.
"When you look at my books from the front they look like books about animals but they deal with a range of topics," he said.
Mr Heffernan tackles issues such as alcohol abuse and the war in Yugoslavia.
He writes books suitable for pre-schoolers up to young adults.
In addition to the presentations by the authors, a workshop was set up for Years Three and Four, which encouraged them to write creative and expressive stories.
This was run by literacy consultant Cathy Welsford and concentrated on refining creative ideas, according to teacher/librarian at South Grafton public Nigel Paull.
The authors were able to visit due to a grant from the Department of Education and Training in literacy and numeracy.