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Thanks to BHP we're in the Pilbara

Posted 2 years ago by Nicole Clarke

In 2017, students based in the regional communities of Hedland and Newman will continue to have greater access to literature and writing programmes thanks to The Literature Centre’s Principal Partner, BHP.

One element of the programme involves TLC Education Officer, Beck Blaxell, conducting Picture Book Workshops in Pilbara Primary Schools.  She takes with her 2-3 exhibitions of original artwork from an Australian picture book. Interaction is an integral part of the workshops and students work in pairs as they walk around and explore the exhibition, find key items in the illustrations, respond to questions about what they see, and finally hear the story in full.  For some workshops this can lead on to the children’s own creative writing and/or illustration and drama.

Director of TLC Lesley Reece AM said she was looking forward to another full year of working in Hedland and Newman schools as part of TLC’s partnership with BHP, and is particularly thrilled to see such enthusiasm from the primary schools hosting Picture Book Workshops again this year.

“We’re offering these primary schools access to acclaimed Picture Book Workshops created by some of Australia’s most esteemed authors and illustrators.  With our Centre’s collection of 28 travelling picture book exhibitions, each showcasing the process by which quality Australian picture books are made, we know we have the resources to show children and teachers something unique and fun,” says Lesley.

“Enabling children to experience a story in a variety of ways is important. With our exhibitions the students have the chance to pull apart a story, move within the story, consider questions about the narrative and illustrations, and discuss their thoughts.  It’s a thought-provoking and enjoyable way for children to experience a book with the added bonus of providing a valuable Professional Learning opportunity for Pilbara teachers.”

TLC will work in Port Hedland and Newman each term this year as they present a full literacy program including the Talented Young Writers Program and Graham (Polly) Farmer Follow The Dream Workshops in secondary schools, and Pilbara Book Weeks and Picture Book Workshops in primary schools.


Picture Book Workshops by Rebecca Blaxell, The Literature Centre Education Officer:

Baler Primary School – 13/14/15 February

Cassia Primary School – 20/21 March

St Cecilia’s Catholic Primary School – 22/23 March

Port Hedland Primary School – 15/16/17 May

South Hedland Primary School – 18/19 May

Newman Primary School – 4/5 September

South Newman Primary School – 6/7 September

Talented Young Writers Programme and 'Follow the Dream' Programme by Centre Director Lesley Reece and Presenting Authors as below:

Term 1 - Barry Jonsberg (NT)

Hedland SHS – 20/21 March, Newman SHS – 23/24 March

Term 2 - Michael Gerard Bauer (QLD)

Hedland SHS – 6/7 June, Newman SHS – 8/9 June

Term 3 - Catherine Bateson (VIC)

Hedland SHS – 24/25 Aug, Newman SHS – 27/28 August

Term 4 - James Roy (NSW)

Hedland SHS – 13/14 Nov, Newman SHS – 16/17 Nov

Pilbara Weeks

Author/Illustrator Kirsty Murray (VIC) visits 5 Hedland primary schools 28 August-1 September

Author/Illustrator Peter Carnavas (QLD) visits 2 Newman primary schools 20-24 November

Media Attachments: 

NW Telegraph - Barry Jonsberg

NW Telegraph - Michael G Bauer

NW Telegraph - Beck Blaxell Workshops