RIPPLES

Secondary Schools Program 2023

Thursday June 1
Venue: University of Newcastle, Ourimbah Campus
10 Chittaway Rd, Ourimbah 2258

Primary Schools Program 2023

Wednesday 1 June and Thursday 2 June 

In 2022, the Kids & Schools Program will deliver its second program of events for children and youth on the Central Coast, with the aim of creating and encouraging a community of readers, writers, and storytellers by connecting students with Australia’s best loved children’s authors. 

In 2023, the Kids & Schools Program rebrands as Ripples; creating small waves with a big impact for the children and youth of the Central Coast.

For the first time ever, a full day of Secondary School programming will be offered on Thursday June 1. Please explore below…

For visiting primary school and secondary school groups, we offer author panels and author workshops.

The author panels and talks offer a select group of authors and illustrators space to talk about their craft and engage with the students. These sessions can cater to larger groups, from 60 to 300.

The author workshops offer a select group of authors and illustrators space to demonstrate knowledge and stimulate creativity in a more intensive, hands-on context. These sessions can cater to smaller groups, capped at 25. Our workshops will encourage young people to open their imaginations and be bold in their creative writing, and may result in a creative writing output. These workshops require the student to purchase the presenting author/illustrator’s book. All sessions are developed with connections to the Australian Curriculum.

Author Talk Tickets $5 per student per session. For Workshop Tickets please see event description.

All sessions will benefit all grades, for guidance please see individual session.

Dates & Venues

Secondary Program 
(Suitable for students grades 7-12)

Thursday June 1, 2023

Venue
University of Newcastle, Ourimbah Campus
10 Chittaway Rd, Ourimbah 2258

Timetable

Author Talks
10:45 – 10:45am
11 – 11:45am
1 – 1:45pm

Book Signings & Lunch Break
12 – 12:45pm

Workshops
9:45 – 10:45am
1 – 2pm

When Fish Fly: The Power of Possibility

This year’s theme, When Fish Fly: The Power of Possibility, was chosen to illustrate how a child’s sense of wonder and curiosity is always present in our ever-changing world. Possibility gives hope. It allows us to wonder and question, enables children to think for themselves. Our 2023 selection of curated presenters have created worlds for young audiences filled with possible, the impossible – and perhaps a new possible. We hope you and your students enjoy a flight of imagination through this year’s exciting program.

Program

Author Talks

10:00 – 10:45am
Talk | Entry $5

Author Talk: Lights in the Darkness

With Felicity Castagna & Zana Fraillon

In the context of multicultural Australia, explore writing wonder into hardship and chances into change with our two award-winning authors.

Suitable for all Grades, best for Grades 10 – 12

Learning areas: English
General Capabilities: Critical & Creative Thinking, Intercultural Understanding, Personal & Social Capability

11am – 11:45am
Talk | Entry $5

Author Talk: Transformative

With Jeremy Lachlan

Jeremy found more in the Cairo Museum than ancient relics. He found a pyramid of ‘What Ifs.’ Discover how literally getting lost can find your literary way home.

Suitable for all Grades, best for Grades 7 – 9

Learning areas: English
General Capabilities: Critical & Creative Thinking, Literacy

1pm – 1:45pm
Talk | Entry $5

Author Talk: Wings of Change

With Gary Lonesborough & Samera Kamaleddine

 

What changes occur through the course of a good novel? Explore how writing the hard stuff and sharing diverse perspectives changes our world one page at a time.

Suitable for all Grades, best for Grades 10 – 12

Priorities: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Histories & Culture
Learning areas: English, History
General Capabilities: Personal & Social Capability, Critical & Creative Thinking, Intercultural Understanding

Workshops

9:45am – 10:45am
Entry $5 | Capped at 25 students

Love Words

With Rawah Arja

Join popular teacher, author and mentor Rawah Arja for an engaging writing workshop. Students will discover ways to express ideas clearly and creatively, and to find joy in the process.

Suitable for all Grades, best for Grades 7 – 9

Learning areas: English
General Capabilities: Critical & Creative Thinking, Literacy, Intercultural Understanding

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Entry $5 | Capped at 25 students

Flying Free: Words with Wings

With Samantha Turnbull

How does language change when read aloud? Bring your punctuation, pronunciation and poetic licence and reveal hidden strengths lifting poetry from page to stage.

Suitable for all Grades, best for Grades 10 – 12

Learning areas: English, Drama
General Capabilities: Critical & Creative Thinking, Literacy

How to Book

The Ripples: Secondary School Program can only be booked directly between Words on the Waves and the participating school.

Teachers/Guardians: Free entry when accompanying students. Teacher/Guardian supervision is required at all sessions. If parents are bringing small groups you are expected to remain for the duration of the session.

To register your interest:

How to Purchase Books

Books for these events can only be purchased online via the links given in a separate order form (please get in touch if you require this). They will be processed by The Book Shop Umina and delivered to the student’s session.

Partners

NSW Government Logo
The Dip and Central Coast Reads: Seniors Connect is proudly funded by the NSW Government
University of Newcastle Venue Partner
University of Newcastle: Ourimbah Campus
The Book Shop
Festival Book Shop