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Chess Club Tournament

Middle and Senior School students were locked in combat every lunchtime during the Chess Club competition throughout May.

Congratulations to Isaiah Macdonald (Year 12) for securing first place in Haileybury Rendall School’s 2024 Chess Championship, which saw enthusiastic participation from over 20 competitors. A special mention also goes to Mike Wang (Year 7) for his commendable performance in second place. This inaugural event, organised by the newly established Chess Club, was a tremendous success, showcasing exceptional skill and strategic thinking from all participants.

Well done to everyone involved for making the first championship a memorable and exciting experience! Additionally, thank you to Principal Andrew McGregor and Mr. Douglas Bender for helping in the logistics and organisation of the event.

Sean Hagan
President of the Chess Club & Tournament Organiser

Reading together

Students from the Early Learning Centre, Transition and Year 1 read Bowerbird Blues during library class as part of National Simultaneous Storytime.

Children's Book of the Year Awards

The library is encouraging partnerships of Senior, Middle and Junior School students to participate in Shadow Judging of the Book of the Year Awards. We invited groups of ‘shadowers’ to connect our most enthusiastic readers to the shortlisted books. They read and discuss the shortlisted books in a particular category, then select the book they think best meets the Book of the Year criteria. It will be interesting to see if their winners match those selected by other Shadow groups across Australia, or those of the adult judges.

The Younger Readers group consists of students from Year 9 to Year 5. The judges have six fiction chapter books to consider, so they have some solid reading ahead of them!

Our Year 12 Early Bird Reading program also participated in the Picture Book of the Year category. Students are encouraged to come to the library from 8:00 am on Friday mornings to join in!

NT Premiers Reading Challenge

Our Junior School students are such consistent readers they have already handed in their Reading Challenge lists. Everybody who hasn’t done so – keep reading – the Challenge doesn’t close until August. As Dr Seuss says, ‘The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go’.

Kym Diprose
Head of Library Services