Thanks to BHP Billiton we're in the Pilbara!

In 2016, students based in the regional communities of Hedland and Newman continued to have greater access to literature and writing programmes thanks to The Literature Centre’s Principal Partner, BHP Billiton.

One element of the programme commenced in Term 1 when TLC Education Officer, Beck Blaxell, conducted Picture Book Workshops at Port Hedland Primary School.  Beck presented three workshops a day from 15-17 February, working with Year 3-6 students and showcasing original artwork from the picture book The Boy and The Toy (written by Sonya Hartnett, illustrated by Lucia Masciullo).  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 Billiton, 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.

Find out more by seeing media coverage each term in the Pilbara's NW Telegraph as attached below.


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

Port Hedland PS - 15/16/17 February

St Cecilia’s Catholic Primary - 30/31 March

Cassia PS - 4/5 April

South Hedland PS - 6/7 April

Baler PS - 20/21/22 June

South Newman PS  - 5/6 September

Newman PS - 7/8 September

Talented Young Writers Programme and 'Follow the Dream' Programme by Centre Director Lesley Reece and Author

Term 1 - Phillip Gywnne (SA/Bali)

Hedland SHS – 21/22 March, Newman SHS – 23/24 March

Term 2 - Deb Fitzpatrick (WA)

Hedland SHS – 7/8 June, Newman SHS – 9/10 June

Term 3 - Coral Tulloch (TAS)

Hedland SHS – 15/16 Aug, Newman SHS – 18/19 Aug

Term 4 - AJ Betts (WA)

Hedland SHS – 7/8 Nov, Newman SHS – 10/11 Nov

Pilbara Weeks

Author/Illustrator Matt Ottley (NSW) visits 5 Hedland primary schools 5-9 September

Author Kirsty Murray (VIC) visits 2 Newman primary schools 14-18 November

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