2013 Readers’ Cup report

On Friday 1 November, 11 very excited teams descended on Quantum Victoria for the 2013 Readers’ Cup. Teams representing:

  • Balwyn High School
  • Dandenong High School
  • Kew High School
  • Mentone Girls’ Grammar
  • Mill Park Secondary College

attended.

The day began with questions and answers on:

  • Diary of a wimpy kid and
  • Percy Jackson and the lightning thief.
At the end the first two rounds, 9 of the 11 teams competing had perfect scores. Impressive knowledge of the books!
Then the creative round was held. This is where each team devised a creative interpretation of one (or all) of the books. Everyone present was blown away by the quality of the presentations, which included:
  • stop motion animation
  • video presentations
  • news reports
  • mashups
  • dramatic interpretations
  • a prezi
  • and ‘Fakebook’ account.
Rounds three and four saw questions on:
  • Skulduggery Pleasant
  • Stormbreaker
At the end of the formal rounds, two teams were tied on a perfect score of 24 points.
The Potatoes and NA (both Balwyn High) then entered a sudden death tie break. After six further questions, The Potatoes were the only team with a perfect score and were awarded the 2013 Readers’ Cup.
Finals scores were:
  • The Potatoes (Balwyn HS) – 24
  • Booktique (Kew HS) – 21.5
  • The Purple Bluebirds (Mentone GG) – 22
  • Imagitivity (Mentone GG) – 23
  • NA (Balwyn HS) – 24
  • Rudite Eucalyptus (Dandenong HS) – 23.5
  • Purple People Readers (Dandenong HS) – 23
  • Mill Park Secondary College – 23
  • The Sparkles (Mentone GG) – 20
  • Bookaholics (Kew HS) – 22
  • Drama Llamas (MentoneGG) – 23
Booktique’s Prezi:

It was obviously a very tight competition this year where all teams really knew their books and put an amazing effort into their respective creative pieces.
Huge thanks to Quantum Victoria, Penguin Books and Allen and Unwin for venue and prizes. Also to Reina Phung for support, Kim Yeomans for technical support, Jan Connor, judge and question writer and judges Maria Cerra, Michael Jongen (SCIS) and Tye Cattanach (Penguin Books).  Thank you to the teachers and teacher librarians from the respective schools for entering their students in the Readers’ Cup, for encouraging them during the year and for bringing them along on the day. Thank you to all of the students for an outstanding effort. Your knowledge of the books, your skill in bringing the books to life and your good natured competition and support of other students was lovely to see.
The Readers’ Cup is not funded at all – we simply give our time to encourage students to read and to love books.

Countdown to 2013 Readers’ Cup

A reminder that the Readers’ Cup State Finals will be held next Friday 1 November. At Quantum Victoria (situated within Charles LaTrobe College on the corner of Kingsbury Drive and Waiora Road, Macleod) starting at 9.30am sharp. As we have more teams this year, it is vital that we begin on time. Please aim to arrive at Quantum at 9.20am.

Please ensure that you and your students bring:

  • lunch,
  • a drink,
  • an A3 poster with team name/s and
  • a digital copy of your creative round (please ensure that you have any equipment you may need for this – there will be a laptop with internet access, data projector and speakers available.)
  • one clipboard for each team

A reminder that students are required to read 4 books (Skullduggery Pleasant 1, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Stormbreaker and Diary of a Wimpy Kid 1).and answer four quiz questions on each book. Additionally, there must be a creative response, using some form of technology. Please bring along your creative response/s on the day and whatever equipment you may need (eg iPad, iPad connections, Mac connections, etc). I will bring a laptop and Quantum has their own data projector and speakers we can use).

It is your responsibility to ensure that the creative presentations will work and are ready to go. A reminder that the criteria for the creative round is:

  • Involvement by each group member
  • A description of the processes used to develop the activity
  • Knowledge of the story and the underlying themes
  • Effort and organisation
  • Creativity
  • Quality
  • Success in engaging the audience with the presentation
  • Completion within 5 minutes

1 point will be awarded for each of the above.

We intend to finish the day by 2pm. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Best of luck on the day.

Less than a month until the State Finals of the Readers’ Cup!

Just a reminder that the Readers’ Cup State Finals are quickly approaching. The finals for Years 7 & 8 and 9 & 10 will be held on Friday 1 November at Quantum Victoria (situated withinCharles LaTrobe College on the corner of Kingsbury Drive and Waiora Road, Macleod) starting at 9.30am sharp. As we have more teams this year, it is vital that we begin on time. Please aim to arrive at Quantum at 9.20am
A reminder that students are required to read 4 books and answer four quiz questions on each book. Additionally, there must be a creative response, using some form of technology. Please bring along your creative response/s on the day and whatever equipment you may need (eg laptop, iPad, iPad connections, Mac connections, etc). Quantum has their own data projector and speakers we can use). It is your responsibility to ensure that the creative presentations will work and are ready to go. The criteria for the creative round is available here.
We intend to finish the day at 2.30 – 2.45pm.
Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Readers’ Cup update

A quick update on the Victorian Readers’ Cup before the term 3 holidays.
We hope everyone is beavering away at their creative round presentations by now. Just a reminder that these must be in digital form and must be brought to the Readers’ Cup on the day with any necessary hardware you need to run the presentation.
We had a question asking if students could combine two or more books into their creative presentation. The answer is yes, as long as they are the books on the reading list for the appropriate year levels.
A reminder of the books chosen by you all this year:
Year 7 & 8:
Skulduggery Pleasant 1
Percy Jackson 1
Stormbreaker (Alex Rider 1)
Diary of a wimpy kid 1
Year 9 & 10
Water for elephants
Beautiful creatures
City of bones
Hunger games 1
More details about times, location and more to come early next term.
Looking forward to seeing all registered schools on 1 November.

Readers’ Cup books announced

With voting for books now closed, we can announce the books that have proven to be the most popular across schools and therefore selected for the Readers’ Cup this year.

Year 7 & 8

Skulduggery Pleasant (no. 1) b y Derek Landy

Percy Jackson and the lightning thief by Rick Riordan

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney

A reminder that teams can select which book they would like to present for the creative round. Check the criteria for the creative round here.

Year 9 & 10

Water for elephants by Sara Gruen

Beautiful creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

City of bones by Cassandra Clare

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

A reminder that teams can select which book they would like to present for the creative round. Check the criteria for the creative round here.

Readers’ Cup registration extension

We are extending our registration for the 2013 Victorian Readers’ Cup until 26 April as some of the schools that have expressed interest need official endorsement from admin.

Don’t forget we have the following sections available for regsitration

  • Years 3 & 4
  • Years 5 & 6
  • Years 7 & 8
  • Years 9 & 10

So if you were thinking of registering for the Readers’ Cup but thought time had run out, think again… You may register your team/s here:

2013 Readers’ Cup registration form.

2013 Victorian Readers’ Cup posters now available!

We now have our 2013 Readers’ Cup primary poster and secondary poster available for you to download. You’ll notice something very exciting too. Penguin Books has joined Allen and Unwin and Quantum Victoria in supporting the Victorian Readers’ Cup in 2013. This means that we can keep the Readers’ Cup free to schools again in 2013. Register team/s from your school here.

Readers’ Cup 2013 announcement!

We are pleased and proud to be running the Readers’ Cup competition free for schools again this year.

Students are required to read 4 books and answer four quiz questions on each book. Additionally, one book must be selected for a creative response, using some form of technology.

Years 3 & 4 and 5 & 6 competition will be held on Friday 25 October at Quantum Victoria (same location as last year.)
Years 7 & 8 and 9 & 10 will be held on Friday 1 November at the same location.

Please note that due to some teams pulling out during the week of the competition, we will have to charge schools who cancel on or after 1 September, or who do not show on the day, $100.
To register, please fill out the form below before 25 March. Please contact judithway1@gmail.com for more assistance.

 

The Victorian Readers’ Cup State final will be held at Quantum Victoria (situated withinCharles LaTrobe College) on the corner of Kingsbury Drive and Waiora Road, Macleod in Melbourne again in 2013.

 
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