Governor-General visits for Book Week!

Gold Creek School hosted a visit by the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, on Friday 23 August 2013 to celebrate Book Week.

The Governor-General is met by Principal, Linda Baird; ACT Vice-President of the Children's Book Council Dr Belle Alderman AM; and Associate Principal, Kate Stuckey.

The Governor-General is met by Principal, Linda Baird; ACT Vice President of the Children’s Book Council, Dr Belle Alderman AM; and Associate Principal, Kate Stuckey.

The Governor-General is met by kindergarten student, Amelia Justin.

The Governor-General is met by kindergarten student, Amelia Justin.

Kindergarten students Amelia Justin and Cooper McMaster accompany the Governor-General to the classroom.

Kindergarten students Amelia Justin and Cooper McMaster accompany the Governor-General to the classroom.

On a day where both students and teachers made an incredible effort to dress-up as their favourite book character, the Governor-General enjoyed a morning with the four kindergarten classes.

The Governor-General meets kindergarten teachers Megan Searson-Patrick and Cadeyrn Ollerenshaw.

The Governor-General meets kindergarten teachers Megan Searson-Patrick and Cadeyrn Ollerenshaw.

The Governor-General meets kindergarten teachers Katie Young and Jo Hampton.

The Governor-General meets kindergarten teachers Katie Young and Jo Hampton.

As Patron of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, the Governor-General was joined by the ACT Vice-President of the Children’s Book Council, Dr Belle Alderman AM, for a welcome song and book reading by the students, followed by an opportunity for Ms Bryce to read one of Narelle Oliver’s latest books ‘Don’t let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen’.

The kindergarten students perform a traditional welcome song from Mornington Island.

The kindergarten students perform a traditional welcome song from Mornington Island.

Kindergarten students Harry Neumann and Ava Singer read Book Week shortlisted book 'With Nan' to the Governor-General.

Kindergarten students Harry Neumann and Ava Singer read Book Week shortlisted book ‘With Nan’ to the Governor-General.

The Governor-General read's Narelle Oliver's 'Don't let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen' to the children.

The Governor-General reads Narelle Oliver’s ‘Don’t let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen’ to the children.

The Governor-General reads to the students.

The Governor-General reads to the students.

In their literacy classes during the week, the kindergarten students prepared a very special book of handwritten notes and pictures for the Governor-General as a memento of her visit to Gold Creek.

Kindergarten students Daniel Harmer and Ava Singer present the Governor-General with a specially bound book of handwritten notes.

Kindergarten students Daniel Harmer and Ava Singer present the Governor-General with a specially bound book of handwritten notes.

The Governor-General with students from KMS and KCO classes.

The Governor-General with students from KMS and KCO classes.

After the book readings, the Governor-General joined families of kindergarten students for a morning tea which was catered for by the Senior Site hospitality students.

The Governor-General meets with Hospitality Students from the Senior Site.

The Governor-General meets with Hospitality Students from the Senior Site.

The Governor-General with the Hospitality Students.

The Governor-General with the Hospitality Students.

The Governor-General is interviewed by Senior Site journalism students.

The Governor-General is interviewed by Senior Site journalism students.

Later, Principal Linda Baird invited the Governor-General to officially launch the school’s new website (www.goldcreek.act.edu.au).

The Governor-General launching the school's new website.

The Governor-General launching the school’s new website.

The new website is officially launched!

The new website is officially launched!

The Governor-General with students from KKY and KJO classes.

The Governor-General with students from KKY and KJH classes.

After the visit, the Governor-General remarked

I’m amazed by the quality of the reading and writing of those children. That’s a very good school with many exciting things happening.

A special thank you to all involved in the planning of the Governor-General’s visit, which was a very special way to celebrate Book Week.

Paul Singer
Secretary, Gold Creek School P&C

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