On Wednesday 22nd May at 11am, along with over 1 million children across Australia and New Zealand, GISS students, teachers and parents from Preschool to Year 4 participated in National Simultaneous Storytime in the Sports Hall. Opened by an inspiring speech by our Principal Dr Metzger, this school community event advocates reading as a pastime that can be shared by all. 

This year's book, "Alpacas with Maracas" ensured fun and laughter for children and adults alike, with self-made maracas and musical instruments punctuating this truly entertaining picture book by Matt Cosgrove. National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). 

Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, preschools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. 

Now in its 19th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes.

We look forward to sharing next year's NSS with the GISS school community on Wednesday 27th May, 2020!