National Simultaneous Storytime was literally out of this world! Our Prep to Year 4 students were ‘transported’ to the International Space Station with almost 2 million other students in Australia and in other parts of the world as they watched and listened to NASA astronaut Dr Shannon Walker read to them last week.
‘Give me some Space!’ by Philip Bunting was read aloud to excited, amazed students (and teachers) from the Space Station! What an amazing experience our youngest students had as their love of books and reading was encouraged in the most fascinating way.
Thank you to the astronauts on the International Space Station, to our Teacher/Librarian Mrs Saint-John for planning and running this event for our students in such an awesome way, and to the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) who organised this incredible event for National Simultaneous Storytime 2021.
National Simultaneous Storytime is held each year to promote the value of reading and literacy, as well as promote the value and fun of books. This year in conjunction with the Australian Space Agency and The Office of the Chief Scientist, and with help from Science Time From Space, an additional science and educational component was added to NSS 2021. In library lessons students were shown live images from space of the Earth and the moon as well as the International Space Station. Students learnt about the galaxy and climate change on Earth. Our school took part in the Australia wide experiment on temperature and saw how varied the temperature was in different States.