“My passion as a Teacher-Librarian, a parent and now a grandparent has always been instilling in every child I work with a joy of reading and lifelong learning. I feel blessed to be in a profession that enables me to work with children and make a difference in their lives.” – Bronwen Loveday
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”
“This ancient Chinese proverb can certainly be applied, in a literacy-learning sense, to Bronwen Loveday! Bronwen is an outstanding teacher-librarian. Over many, many years, Bronwen has taught students to know that learning to read is an important life skill which will open up doors for their future. What sets her apart from many other educators, is that she inspires children to develop a deep love of literature, opening up millions of additional doors. Passion, commitment and love are three words that best describe Bronwen’s approach when teaching reading. Our students are the direct beneficiaries and because of Bronwen, we have a generation of children who not only love reading, but are passionate about literature…which will last a lifetime.“ – Jason Miezis
Cherrybrook Public School supports a wonderful culture of reading and a love of books! Bronwen works very hard to ensure our school library is always a warm, welcoming and dynamic place to visit, whether it be during timetabled library lessons or during opening hours before school or during lunch break.
She implements a number of initiatives all designed to encourage students to see a purpose and a joy when engaged in reading. Students in library lessons receive awards for regular borrowing as they strive towards the much sought after excellence in reading awards towards the end of each school year. All students participate in the NSW Premiers Reading Challenge. Our K-2 students complete the Challenge in class with their teachers reading to them. Years 3-6 students are encouraged to read and add to their reading logs regularly. Many of the students join Bronwen in their free time to participate in a fun Reading Club where they are supported and encouraged to explore new books and authors! In addition a growing number of students are choosing to participate in our school-based “Super Reading Challenge” a fun and “challenging” activity!
At the beginning of 2017 – Scholastic Literacy Pro was introduced to our students in Years 3-4. It was so successful that this year the program was extended to include students in Year 5. It is a wonderful initiative as it individualises reading and encourages reading development. We are beginning to see a real growth in our students’ reading and comprehending what they read skills.
Popular events throughout the school year include holiday borrowing, author visits, our annual Book Fair which links in with Grandparents’ Day and the Book Character Parade fun involving the whole school community. Bedtime stories for our youngest students where the Library is transformed into a magical world of fairy lights is always one of the most memorable experiences for our children.
Perhaps one of Bronwen’s greatest joys is entertaining her students when reading aloud to her classes. Even students in her senior classes experience the sheer delight of being read to. Reading aloud is one of the most important things parents and teachers can do with children as it helps them understand what reading for pleasure is all about!
School—Cherrybrook Public School School