A group of keen students from Year 8 to 10 are embarking on an exciting extension project this term in the Learning Commons. The ‘Shadow Judging Project’ is an initiative of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA), which seeks to have student voice feature more prominently in the Book of the Year Awards.

The students from OLMC who have chosen to participate are all keen readers who will need to read the six shortlisted books for the Older Readers Category this term. We will then meet a number of times to discuss the books and critically evaluate them using the same criteria that is used by the adult panel of judges. At the end of the process, the students will deliberate to determine which of these books should receive OLMC’s vote for the Shadow Judging Project. Our vote will be added to those from other schools to show the top pick as decided by students from across Australia.

We thank the students involved in 2024 for their enthusiasm and teamwork as we embark on this 14 week project. You can read more about the project and the books that the students will be reading on the Shadow Judging Project website.

Anna Apfelstedt
Learning Commons Coordinator