Every year since 1945, the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has brought children and books together across Australia through the CBCA Book Week. It has been a tradition at GISS to celebrate Book Week at school with in-class learning experiences that celebrate the joys of children’s literature, as well as a Book Week parade where children dress up as their favourite book characters.

This year, with off-campus learning, we have celebrated Book Week in a very different way. Nevertheless, the sentiment is the same – reading is magical! All Primary classes celebrated Book Week by joining their morning video call dressed as their favourite character and presenting their favourite book from home to their class. Each child had the opportunity to show their book to the class, talk about the characters and events, and share why their book is so special to them. They also showed off their costumes!

We certainly missed being together in-person for Book Week, but it was still wonderful to celebrate the beauty and wonder that reading a book can bring us!
Enjoy some photos of Primary School as they celebrated Book Week online. - Rachel Henning

Primary Students Celebrate Book Week 2021 Online

Seit 1945 bringt der Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) jedes Jahr Kinder und Bücher in ganz Australien durch die CBCA Book Week zusammen. An der GISS ist es Tradition die Buchwoche in der Schule zu feiern. Sie wird in den Unterricht integriert, um die Freude an Kinderliteratur zu fördern. Natürlich wird jedes Jahr eine Buchwochenparade veranstaltet, bei der sich die Kinder als ihre Lieblingsbuchfigur verkleiden.

In diesem Jahr haben wir die Buchwoche durch das Distanzlernen ganz anders gefeiert. Trotzdem ist das Gefühl dasselbe – Lesen ist magisch! Alle Grundschulklassen feierten die Buchwoche, indem sie als ihre Lieblingsfigur verkleidet an ihrem morgendlichen Videoanruf teilnahmen und der Klasse ihr Lieblingsbuch von zu Hause aus präsentierten. Jedes Kind hatte die Möglichkeit, der Klasse sein Buch zu zeigen, über die Charaktere und Ereignisse zu sprechen und zu erzählen, warum das Buch für die besonders ist. Natürlich präsentierten sie auch ihre Kostüme.

Wir haben es natürlich vermisst, bei der Buchwoche persönlich zusammen zu sein, aber es war trotzdem toll, die Magie und die Besonderheit zu feiern, die uns das Lesen eines Buches bringen kann. Genießen Sie einige Fotos von der online Buchwoche der Grundschule. - Rachel Henning

Unsere Grundschulkinder feiern online die Buchwoche 2021

Year 3/4a

kindergarten

All kids should do swimming, written by Erica G

I believe that kids should do swimming.

Firstly, swimming is very, very fun. When it is warm outside, you can go swimming at the beach and you can see fishes
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Secondly, you can save lives. If a person is in the water and they don’t know how to swim, you can save them.

Finally, you can be competitive and win races. You can get lots of trophies.

And that’s why I believe kids should do swimming.


All kids should do bike riding, written by Hannah F

I know that all kids should try doing bike riding.

Firstly, I know that all kids should try doing bike riding because I like bike riding and it is good for your body.

Secondly, bike riding is the best because you can ride a bike with all your friends and family.

Finally, I like bike riding because it is faster than walking and even running. I think bike riding is good because it is fun for your friends and you.

In conclusion, bike riding is a very good sport for you and all your friends.

Soccer is fun, written by Luca L

I strongly believe every child should try playing soccer.

Firstly, it is fun because you run around and play with lots of people. It is also fun because you can pass the ball and score lots of goals.

Secondly, it is great because you can dribble past people and then shoot, and you might score against the goalkeeper, but the goalkeeper might save the ball.

Thirdly, you can do lots of steps and it is good exercise for your body.

Finally, it is also fun because you can save lots of shots.

In conclusion, you must believe soccer is very very fun because you can run, kick and score lots.

Mountain biking is the best sport, written by Zion H

I strongly believe that mountain biking is the best sport.

Firstly, mountain biking is the best sport because it reduces stress and improves mood.

Secondly, it helps to have a whole-body workout which helps us to build muscles.

Finally, it gives the best sleep at night.

In conclusion, this sport keeps us fit.

Winter is better than summer, written by Mina K

I strongly believe winter is way better than summer.

Firstly, I know that winter is certainly better than summer because you can eat warm foods.

Secondly, I prefer winter over summer because you don’t get as sweaty.

Finally, I believe winter is better because you can play in the snow.

In conclusion, I think winter is better than summer.

Summer is better than winter, written by Leo M

I strongly feel that summer is much better than winter.

Firstly, I believe that you sleep better in summer. Sleeping in warm weather is definitely more comfortable.

Secondly, I prefer summer because you can go to the beach more often. Playing in warm water is nicer and there are more people at the beach.

Finally, I think that summer is better than winter because of Christmas. Everyone loves Christmas, it’s the best time of the year.

In conclusion, summer is the better season.

Year 3/4b

Im Kindergarten drehte sich in den letzten Wochen alles rund um das Thema ‚Zähne‘. Dabei haben die Kinder viel Spaß gehabt. Sie haben sowohl die verschiedenen Arten von Zähnen und deren Aufgaben kennengelernt, als auch über den Aufbau eines Milchgebisses und eines Dauergebisses gesprochen. Natürlich durfte auch der Austausch über die richtige Zahnputztechnik nicht fehlen. Besonders viel Spaß hatten die Kinder bei den verschiedenen Forscheraufträgen. So haben sie zum Beispiel selbst ein Gebiss aus Knete gebastelt.



Einer der absoluten Höhepunkte war jedoch der Brief der Zahnfee, den Kate eines Morgens vor ihrer Haustür fand. Adressiert war der Brief an die Kindergartenklasse der German International School Sydney. In dem Brief hat die Zahnfee den Kindern viele ihrer zuvor gesammelten Fragen beantwortet und aus ihrem eigenen Leben berichtet. „The life of a tooth fairy is a busy one”. Das war ein tolles Erlebnis!

Den Kindergartenkindern „auf den Zahn gefühlt“

The Kindergarten children got their teeth into an interesting topic

In Kindergarten everything revolved around the topic of 'teeth' in recent weeks. The children had a lot of fun. They got to know the different types of teeth and their tasks, as well as talked about the structure of milk teeth and permanent teeth. Of course the exchange about the right tooth brushing technique was not missing. The children had a lot of fun with their various research assignments. For example, they made their own teeth out of clay. 


One of the absolute highlights, however, was the letter from the tooth fairy that Kate found on her doorstep one morning. The letter was addressed to the kindergarten class of the German International School Sydney. In the letter, the tooth fairy answered many of the children's previously collected questions and told them about her own life. "The life of a tooth fairy is a busy one". That was a great experience!

I have had fun doing some Gateways workshops over the past few weeks and my favourite one was called “Roller Coasters Aren’t Just for Theme Parks!”.
We got to write stories and I wrote one about a dragon quest.


Roller coasters aren't just for theme parks!

Ned from Year 2 took part in G.A.T.E.Ways workshops.

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