Celebration of Literature Festival

Attendance of the Celebration of Literature Festival March 2017

Strong Island Foundation invited 5 Students and 2 teachers to attend the Celebration of Literature, a children’s literature festival at Somerset College and to enjoy other activities on the Gold Coast for a week in March 2017. The children and teachers had an opportunity to engage with their Australian peers, authors and the Australian Culture; to foster a love of literacy, learning, and the benefits of an ongoing education. The teachers also had an opportunity to see classrooms in Australia and compare teaching styles.

The student and teacher exchange was a huge success! They attended the 3 day Celebration of Literature, went shopping, visited the Currumbin Wildlife Park, ate pizza and McDonalds, watched a street performer at Surfers, saw a movie at the cinema, and went to the top of the Q1 and were amazed by the size of the buildings!

Strong Island Foundation would like to continue this exchange and host a different group each year to attend the Celebration of Literature. For the past 23 years, Somerset College has invited Authors from Australia and beyond to attend Australia’s leading Children’s Literary Festival. This celebration of writing, reading, and community spirit encompasses a three-day program of author sessions, workshops and book signing on the Somerset College campus and throughout the Gold Coast, for adults and children alike.

$2100 will provide each child access to attend the Celebration of Literature Festival. This includes flights, accommodation, event tickets and other activities. 


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