Books come alive! Book Week celebrations

Every year the library hosts a cast of characters who have stepped out of books. Staff and students become some of their favourite literary characters. Here is a snapshot of the day (click on a photo to enlarge:

See you next year! Can’t see which book characters come to life!!

Stepping out of a book. The library comes alive with story characters #bookweek

What a great way to finish a fantastic week! Thank you to all the students and teachers who made an effort to dress up as a literary character. There was so much colour and creativity in the library on Friday. My vote for the most original goes to Mr Richard Edge who dressed as Mr Blair Mahoney (of ‘Poetry Remastered’ and ‘Poetry Reloaded’ fame). Thanks to Mr Marcus Sharp for judging the costumes. The library came to life in the most enjoyable way. We look forward to next year when more literary characters will step out of a book and into our library.

How many characters and corresponding books can you guess?

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Tea duelling/Michael Pryor visit/ Steampunk dress ups

What a day we had – Michael Pryor’s visit and workshop, the Reading Awards assembly, and our inaugural Tea Duelling event (see previous post for information). Thanks, Denise, for making this happen down to the smallest detail. We even had Mr Brown’s original Steampunk composition playing. Well done to all the boys who participated in the duelling heats. There wasn’t much jousting but there was plenty of nomming and splodging. (Tablecloths definitely need a wash now). And, of course, much biscuit dunking and tea drinking.

I apologise for the bad quality videos but I think they were not uploaded in high definition. Lots of photos too so be prepared to scroll down a lot. Thanks also to Ms Buckland for the Reading Awards and workshop. Thanks for coming and for being such a good sport, Michael.

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Parade of literary characters

Today is the final day of Book/Literature Week. We had the best time. Thanks to all teachers and students who dressed up creatively. Enjoy the photos.

Choosing prizes – books and print credit. The print credit was a hit!

Miss Havisham

Captain Hook

The winner of the teacher costume




Saucepan Man from The Magic Faraway Tree


Costumes and cakes – Book Week shenanigans at Melbourne HS

Amongst the favourite of all Book Week activities at Melbourne High School is the Friday “Dress up as your favourite book character”. The whole day is very disruptive and fabulously enjoyable. The library hosts an impressive and very popular (from all accounts) morning tea, and students in costume are permitted to partake of the gourmet fare. Costumes immediately change the way people feel, even those just observing in civilian dress, and this day created its own vibe. We are grateful that a number of students and staff take the trouble to dress up, and the competition and parade at lunchtime are enjoyed by many. Here are a few highlights from the competition – Padraig was the witty MC, as well as being ‘the man in the black suit’. I’m including details students were required to provide about their choice of character.

Padraig is obviously the one in the black suit. I decided to make the boys grungey – trying out different photo editing apps.


Padraig dressed as the man in the black suit from book of the same name by Stephen King.
Padraig: “I chose this character because he is not only stylishly dressed but possesses insane laughter and evil. Much like myself.”


Daniel came dressed as the tabloid reporter Freddie Lowndes from Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
“This is one of my favourite books, where this character is a journalist who defames a person who turns out to be a serial killer. My character is tortured and set on fire.”
Special features: glasses, vest, hat and tie.


Carlo came dressed as Sadako from Sadako and the thousand paper cranes by Eleanor Coerr
“because I am fascinated with origami and I enjoyed making the many cranes.”
Special features: “the cranes themselves and I also made a special golden crane.”


Maxim came dressed as Tom Sawyer from The adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
“because this was a book I enjoyed and loved as a child, with Tom being the witty main character.
His special feature: straw hat.


Chi Rui came dressed as the hungry caterpillar from the book of the same name by Eric Carle
because it was “the most prominant book character from my childhood.”
Special features: mask and sleeping bag.


Christopher came dressed as the Zombie from The Dead by Charlie Higson.
“I chose this character because he’s awesome.”
Special feature: blood everywhere.


Mangala came dressed as B2 from Bananas in pyjamas “because
Bananas in Pyjamas was my favourite show/book when I was a child.”
His special features: the homemade hat and pyjamas.


Harry dressed as Scarface from Scarface, the 1932 American gangster film based on the 1929 novel of the same name by Armitage Trail.
He chose his character because “I like history  and 1920s gangsters have class.”
Special feature: cashmere jacket $1000, silver gold studded watch, gold studded belt like Scarface and life-like scar on left cheek.


Austin was Wally from Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford.
“I chose this character because I loved the books as a little kid.
My special feature: I am hiding somewhere in the room. Can you find me?” Well done, Austin, for being completely in character during the day and surprising us with your entrance.


Vivek dressed as Spongebob Squarepants from Spongebob: I ripped my pants.
“I chose the character because I had the hat.
Special feature: me!”


Jeremy came dressed as Dracula from Bram Stoker’s Dracula because “Dracula has a very recognisable image and a striking personality”.  Special features: “my cloak and ability to drink blood.”

The library staff didn’t disappoint – many of us came as characters from Alice in Wonderland. Here’s Di as Alice –


Maggie as The Cheshire Cat.


Marie as the March Hare


Denise dressed as Phryne Fisher, the main character in Australian author Kerry Greenwood’s series of Phryne Fisher detective novels.


Our lovely library student, Ally, came dressed as Madeleine from Ludwig Bemelmans’ classic Madeline children’s books.


Here are some of our well dressed teachers – can you guess who they are?




Our esteemed judges –



A portion of our audience –


I love the caterpillar’s moves on the catwalk –



Did I say how happy we were to see so many teachers get into the spirit of the day?



And finally, some pictures of our magnificent morning tea


And some of the cakes in our baking competition for The Big Cake Bake – talented students created this green eggs and ham


Maggie created an Animal Farm cake – love it!


Denise’s amazing picnic basket from Wind in the willows.


And so, another Book Week bites the dust. Y’all come back now!