Gladstone South State School is a humble, hardworking school that includes students with a range of learning and socio-economic challenges, and creates a calm and flourishing culture. As our first school visit on this, the final tour of Read Around Gladstone, Gladstone South was perfect. The great impact of the author visits was readily apparent, and clearly important.
When Samantha Wheeler read an excerpt of her book Mister Cassowary to 140 wiggly, excited Prep-Year 3 students, they fell still, enraptured. It was as if she cast a spell over them. Sam shared stories about how cassowaries eat seeds and poo out baby plants, playing a crucial ecological role. And about how she was once charged by a grumpy male cassowary, as big as a monster, because it mistook the yellow watch on her wrist for a tasty banana in her hand. The Auslan interpreter present ensured a deaf student could enjoy the event, and it was great fun to see expert signing of words like cassowary, ecology, and poo. A year-3 student on the autism spectrum, who has an Individual Curriculum Plan at Prep level, turned out to be the best story-teller in the class!