The inaugural Victorian final of the Readers Cup was held in the ACMI, Federation Square on Friday, November 27th, 2009. Our school had entered two teams a junior team of Year 7 and 8 students (who had read: “The Rangers Apprentice Bk 1”, “Hana’s Suitcase“, “Dragonkeeper” and “Diego, Run!” ) and a senior team of Year 8, 9 and 10 students (who had read: “The whole business of Kiffo & the Pitbull”, “Joel & Cat set the story straight“, “Tomorrow when the War began” and “Twilight“). Both teams had to answer 2 questions on each of the four novels and present a creative piece based on a pre-selected novel: “Dragonkeeper” (junior team) and “Joel and Cat set the story straight” (senior team).
The juniors chose to create a showbag filled with items that related to the story: a map of Ping’s journey, Hua the rat, a dragon mask, the dragon stone, a jigsaw puzzle, some potions and a shield which represented Ping’s main qualites (love, strength, bravery and cunning). They spent many lunchtimes creating these pieces and decorating the showbag, with Mrs Bed’s help.
The senior team decided to perform a TV interview based on the conflict between Cat and Joel in the last chapter. Called “Teenage Showdown”, the host had invited both Cat and Joel along to present their sides of the story without telling the other that they were also appearing. They wrote and rehearsed their play in the library after school.
The participants (mostly from Book Club) have thoroughly enjoyed reading, discussing and preparing their creative responses. They and their support team also had a great time in Melbourne competing against other schools from around the state.
Comments from participants:
It was good and some of the creative things were really funny. I was disappointed that we did not win but it’s ok. (Alcy)
I had a great day. It was very fun. I would love to do it again I think it rocked. Only one thing bad was not getting McDonalds! (Hannah)
It was good except for the part where we lost. It was good but so sad. Grace
I think the day was brilliant! the way it was presented and the things they did to keep the audience of kids focussed was smart. I would definitely do the Readers Cup again. Chenoa
I loved doing the creative partand the other team had some good ways of showing the book. Heaps of fun! (Kim)
I dressed up as a boy. (Ester)
Other than sore feet and a headache the day was AWESOME!! We may not have won this year but there’s always next year. (Lucie)