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Get to know Felicity Castagna – our 2016 NLNW Literacy Ambassador

Felicity is an author, teacher and lecturer. Her book The Incredible Here and Now won the 2014 Prime Minister's Literature Award in the Young Adult Fiction category. Felicity has over fifteen years teaching experience as a high school teacher, university tutor and community arts worker and is passionately committed to promoting creative writing and critical literacy among young people.

Getting to know Sally-Ann Williams – our 2016 inaugural NLNW Digital Literacy Ambassador

Sally-Ann Williams is the Engineering Community and Outreach Manager for Google Australia. 

In that role she is responsible for a broad portfolio of programmes including leading Google’s efforts in computer science and Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education  and outreach (K-12), research collaborations with universities, and entrepreneurship and start-up engagement. 

We asked Sally-Anne what that means, why it is important and what inspires her.

Wrapping up NLNW 2015

Thank you to all the schools that celebrated literacy and numeracy last week for the 17th National Literacy and Numeracy Week. We hope you had a fantastic time and enjoyed participating in the literacy and numeracy activities.

Last week, Numeracy Ambassador Simon Pampena visited Coburg Senior High School in Melbourne and treated the students to one of his mathematics shows. Our Literacy Ambassador Felicity Castagna visited three schools in the Sydney area to share the joy of reading and writing with students and parents. We are very grateful to have such fantastic ambassadors. 

Read for Australia, Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards ceremony and Poetry Workshop video!

It’s a busy day on the National Literacy and Numeracy Week calendar today with a number of events taking place.

Read for Australia

Read for Australia is about involving parents/carers and the broader community to promote reading together. Sometimes schools invite parents and carers to a reading event in their class or school, others organise visits to local community centres, nursing homes or pre-schools.

The suggested books this year are:

Banjo and Ruby Red

Written by Libby Gleeson and illustrated by Freya Blackwood