This week is Book Week and the School has been enlivened by workshops with authors, special book related activities and preparations for the big parade that will conclude the week on Friday. This year we are excited that the Year 7 and Year 12 girls will join the Blinkbonnie and Raymond House students in costume to celebrate reading and end the festivities. These days, I tend to do most of my recreational reading via audio book and this month I have been interested to finish The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Kranostein, The Dry by Jane Harper, 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths (to keep my hand in with the young folk) and The Poet by Michael Connelly. I have started a very interesting tale recommended to me by a parent at the end of last term: The Art of Racing in the Rain (told from the perspective of a dog) and I am about to embark on Radical Inclusion: What the Post 9/11 World Should Have Taught Us About Leadership which was recommended by David Gonski in a talk I attended by him last week.
Parents often lament to me that their daughters don’t read as much as they would like them to, particularly as they get older. Our girls are keen observers and look to us to set the example – whether it be in the respect we show in our relationships, in our obedience (or not) of traffic signals and road rules, in our own management of screen time, and in our reading habits. So this week, I encourage you to share your reading with your girls, or, if it has been a while since you escaped into a book, consider picking one up again when your daughter is watching! And remember that Lowther Hall has a parent Book Club to which all are welcome! Happy Book Week!