A message from the Newcastle Knights

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I received this message and photo for the students of Tenambit Public school from the Newcastle Knights on Friday.

When the players at the Newcastle Knights aren’t busy on the training field, they love to relax by reading. Football players do a lot of exercise. They also do a lot of reading as they believe reading is exercise for their brain.

The players train hard and practice their football to improve their skills.

They also practice their reading because they know that practice makes perfect.”

Add your comment to that of the Knights players. Why you think reading is important?


Where’s Mrs Johnston?


Can you guess where Mrs Johnston went on holidays? Use the clues below to solve the mystery. (A small prize may be given to the first five to successfully solve the mystery. Site location and State please.)

The settlement began life in 1830 as a small timber station.

It is best known for being the site of one of Australia’s harshest penal colonies.

It was one of a small number of penal settlements for convicts who reoffended.

It was abandoned as a Prison in 1877.

It’s in the Apple Isle.

Holiday reading in the Sunshine State

I’ve enjoyed a wonderful week in balmy Brisbane with one of my beautiful boys. Nothing beats spending precious time with the ones you love. Thank you Anthony! More memories to treasure forever.

During the week I read the six shortlisted titles in the ‘Younger Readers’ category of this years Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) book week awards, as well as reaquainting myself with the six books selected in each of the other categories. I can’t wait to share them with you this term.

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After spending the morning hiking through the amazing Springbrook National Park in the Gold Coast hinterland, I took time out with a great book aptly titled The Simple Things.

What better place for a story than under the Story Bridge which celebrates its 75th birthday this month.
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Bedtime reading with the boys. Wolverine was nonplussed but it certainly had Hercules’s attention.

I hope you found time for some reading during the holidays. I’d love to hear about what you’ve read.

Greetings from Greece


Hi from Kali in the Meltemi camp site at beautiful Mavrovouni beach in Greece. Mavrovouni is about 3km from Gythio in Laconia and is where the caretta-caretta sea turtles choose to lay their eggs from May til August. I’m an Ozzie travelling through Europe and I’m spending four weeks volunteering with the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece helping to locate and protect the turtle nests until the babies hatch. After a busy morning surveying turtle nests I love to relax with a good book. I think READING IS COOL too.