07 Mar 2017

Tuesday 07 March 2017

The annual King’s Literacy Week was yet again a resounding success, bringing together an array of different events and guest speakers to the College.


From left to right: Benji Flacks, Wallace Chapman, Paul Tito, Lizzie Marvelly, Gabriel Faatau'uu, Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh and MC Hayes Okesene.

From Tuesday 28 February through to Friday 3 March, students worked with guest writers Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh, Viola Johansson, Gabriel Faatau'uu, Onehou Strickland & Tim Wilson. Students were given the opportunity to work alongside these writers and ask plenty of questions. 

As well as guest writers, there was a scheduled programme of events throughout the week, which took place during lunchtimes. This included a live script reading of the movie Matilda.

The Junior Spelling Bee and Untamed Stories events proved popular with our College community. The spelling bee was won by Year 10 student Aubrey Huang (School), who correctly spelt Pterodactyl in the final of the competition.

‘Untamed Stories’ saw our audience enthralled by guest speakers Wallace Chapman, Old Collegian Lizzie Marvelly, Paul Tito, Gabriel Faatau'uu, Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh and Deputy Head Boy Benji Flacks. The auditorium was full for this insightful and captivating event where speakers presented on the theme of 'Tales Old and New'.


Deputy Head Boy Benji Flacks

“Untamed stories was an unbelievable opportunity to speak with and for some amazing individuals. I hope I inspired a few of my peers too”, says Deputy Head Boy Benji Flacks. 

“Researching for my speech was an awesome opportunity for learn more about the topic I chose, 'appreciation despite hardship'. It also inspired me to be more appreciative for what I have.”

We finished off the week with a Pop-up Poetry Slam in the Great Hall. This poetry slam included students from every year group and was won by Year 12 student Regan Chen (Averill).

“Literacy Week was a great chance for our students to meet, talk and engage with professional writers, in order to develop their appreciation and skill in the art of articulation”, says Library Manager John Cummins.