Book Club : Poppy making activity for ANZAC day

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Today during Book Club the girls and I shared stories about the ANZAC Day Dawn Service and the extraordinary men and women who took part in shaping Australian history. We all took turns in reading a beautifully illustrated picture book titled ‘Meet the ANZACs by Claire Saxby’.  This book talks about the Brave men who landed in Gallipoli in World War I, the initial recruitment, along with excitement and naivety the men showed whilst enlisting to go to war.

Below is an introduction to the book:

“ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. It is the name given to the Australian and New Zealand troops who landed at Gallipoli in World War I. The ANZAC name is now a symbol of bravery and mateship. This is the story of how the ANZAC legend began.”

After the First World War, the Poppy was adopted as a symbol of Remembrance, we finished off by creating paper Poppies to commemorate the brave men who lost their lives serving their country.  Ms Ambrosini


Stories for Anzac Day Reflection

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We have brought together a collection of stories in reflection for Anzac Day 25th April 2017, including historical fiction, series and true stories of soldiers accounts. A particular title which highlights this is “From the Trenches” – a collection of gripping, awe-inspiring and sometimes terrifying accounts of life at the front, recorded by those who lived through the fighting. Drawn from diaries, memoirs and letters, as well as poetry, reportage and prose, this collection reminds us that the Anzac legend is rooted in real and tragic circumstances. Belying the common perception of the laconic digger, these voices convey the range of wartime experience, from the desolation and horror to the unbridled excitement and camaraderie. Through it all runs the bleak toll on young lives.
We especially love our picture book stories too, with beautiful illustrations that truly capture the significance of this day, remembering the Australian soldiers who fought in the First World War and sacrificed their lives for our country.
In reflection of this day, we will be holding a “poppy making activity” in the Library at lunchtime, this Wednesday 26th April.
Everyone is welcome to join us and make a poppy which you can take home with you.

Miss Mammone

 

 

 

 


Sharing a colourful afternoon together at Book Club!

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A warm thank you to the lovely girls who came along to enjoy the fun at Book Club this week! 🙂 The theme of our activity was looking at picture books…to be inspired by the beautiful illustrations, in creating meaningful themes and stories. We took turns in sharing our favourite stories from childhood, while indulging on nibbles…and enjoyed reading a collection of picture books, with a storytelling session read by two students,  “Kissed by the Moon” (by Allison Lester),  and “My Two Blankets” (by Irena Kobald) who both read wonderfully to the group!  Afterwards, the girls paired up together to do a word-search competition of Classic Children’s picture book titles, to see which groups would complete the puzzle the quickest, before receiving a sweet Easter treat… (unsurprisingly, the chocolate Easter eggs vanished very quickly!)
We hope you have found a good book to read over the holidays…but if you haven’t yet, or can’t decide what you’d like to read, then you can speak to one of the Learning Commons staff before you leave tomorrow afternoon and we’d be happy to help!
It has been a fantastic start to the year this term, and we have enjoyed sharing the joys of reading with you!  
Wishing you all a wonderful Easter and a safe, happy holiday… Looking forward to seeing you all again next term! 🙂

Ms. Mammone

 

 

 

 



Book Club Reading Personality Quiz ~ Revealing which genre fits you best!

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We shared lots of fun together in Book Club last week… with over two dozen girls participating in our interesting quiz – “Which reading genre best suits your personality?”  The creation of the quiz was designed to take a deeper insight into ourselves as individuals; to explore how that may connect to particular book genres that most appeal to our reading style.  These were categorised into 5 groups: Romance/Love stories/Relationships/Drama, Mystery/Crime/Suspense/Thriller/Action,  Fantasy/Paranormal/Magic, Dystopian/Apocalyptic/War/ and True Stories/Realistic fiction.  The girls responded to a multiple choice selection of preferences and thought processes, some of which included visual pictures of paintings to represent feelings and emotions, together with personal topics; such as favourite hobbies/interests, school subjects, ideas of the world, beliefs, inspirations, wishes and aspirations.  An answer sheet which counted the most popular responses circled revealed a particular genre!  Some girls had more than one genre result, which identified that more than one genre appealed to them most…We found the results to be quite accurate too. The activity generated interesting discussion where we connected together with others… Giving us a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other better and what we like to read!
Remember to come back for more Book Club fun next Wednesday at lunch time…We know that many of you are wondering what activity we are going to do next but for the moment it is still a surprise!!  🙂   See you soon!

Miss Mammone  

 

 

 

 

 

 



Book Club Meet & Greet

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Last Wednesday we launched our first Book Club meeting for the year, what a great turn out with over 20 girls gathered around the reading area of the Learning Commons.
We each took turns in talking about our favourite books and genres and also took time to think back on picture books that stood out to us in primary school.

Thank you to all the girls who came to our first book club meeting for the year! We’ll be meeting fortnightly on a Wednesday at Lunch time.

Our next meeting will Wednesday 1st of March. Stay tuned for more exciting news and activities coming up!

Happy Reading. Ms Ambrosini



Great new titles for release next year

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Straight from the publishers’ mouths. I attended a preview night last night where different publishers presented their favourite picks for the soon to be released titles for 2017. I can tell you that there are some fabulous debut authors entering the YA scene in 2017 as well as some new titles from favorite authors. There will be new novels from Veronica Roth, Gabrielle Tozer, Melissa Keil, Michael Grant, Garth Nix,  J.C. Burke and Robert Newton among many others!

Worth waiting for: a wonderful collaboration to look forward to is the novel by Simmone Howell, Fiona Wood & Cath Crowley.  We were treated to a reading by these fabulous authors, each responsible for creating a different character in this wonderful story. So look out for the exploits of Ady, Clem and Kate.

Look out for the next in these exciting series: Illuminae #3 my Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff,   The Diviners #3 by Libba Bray and Zeroes #3 by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti

Ms Austin

 

 


What have you been reading lately?

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Tell us about what you have been reading. These a few of the books I’ve been reading lately. You can borrow them too from the Learning Commons!

RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #1)This is an intriguing introduction to the world of Blue Sargent. While she doesn’t have the clairvoyant ability of her family to read the future, she does possess the ability to make the energy stronger.  She becomes enmeshed in the lives of the local Aglionby boys, with strange and tragic stories of their own.

SPARK (Spark #1 ) by Rachel Craw How would you react if  you knew your DNA had been altered? This is the experience for  Evie, who is one day an ordinary seventeen year old, grieving for her mother. The next, she’s a Shield, the result of a decades-old experiment gone wrong, bound by DNA to defend her best friend from an unknown killer.”(publisher’s blurb”). Check out Rachel Craw’s trilogy Spark, Stray & her new release Shield.

JUMP (Twinmaker #1) by Sean Williams is a really intriguing look into the future of technologies and the fabrication and enhancement of goods and the changing impact of this society on our identiies.

ILLUMINAE (Illuminae #1) This is a great read if you enjoyed the 100 by Kass Morgan. Think artificial intelligence, intergalactic consipiracy and warfare. Be prepared to read official reports, transcripts, secret code, leaked memos and forbidden communications between crew members as our characters battle their way to safety.

 

Ms Austin