We are very excited to announce our official launch for the 2017 House Reading Challenge Competition!Beginning Monday 22 May, all Students & Staff will each receive a record card in morning Pastoral class and pigeon holes…This card has all the details you will need to get you started! Remember ~ the more you read, the more points you will help contribute towards your house score! There will also be individual prizes for a selection of Top Readers from each house…If you are unsure which book you wish to read first, come speak with one of our lovely library staff today…We would love to help you get started! Stay tuned along the journey for our score tally…Happy Reading and Good Luck ~ May the highest reading House win! Miss Mammone 🙂
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
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
Mercy day was a great opportunity for the Learning Commons to set up a Second hand Book Sale Stall. No amount of rain could keep students away from a bargain at 0.50 cents per book. The tables were covered with Fiction titles that were weeded from our collection, from popular to not so popular reads. Most of our books went to happy new homes, Thank you girls! Keep up with the reading. Ms Ambrosini
TheChildren’s Book Council of Australia announced the surprising Book of the Year Awards,in recognition ofthe wonder and talent in Australian children’s literature. In celebration of the 70th Anniversary, the CBCA awards reflected the strength and medley of the book industry; where over 400 books were entered. Judges had the difficult task of choosing only one winner and two honour book recipients from each award category. As Professor Margaret Hillel (Chair of the CBCA National Board) expresses; “We are wonderfully privileged to have access to quality literature, especially for children and young adults which is essential for their development of literacy skills. Australian picture books are also recognised internationally for their innovative and creative illustrations. There is a joy with children’s literature that will stand the test of time; from turning the pages and reading together, the reader is enriched with fascination and delight.”
The 2016 Inky Awards Shortlisthas been announced! The Inky Awards are an annual literary prize for the best new teenage books as voted by you.
There are two awards: *Gold*(Australian book) and *Silver*(International book.)
Seven teens from across Australia served as this year’s amazing judging panel, selecting a wonderful shortlist to celebrate the tenth year of Inky Awards...
Now it’s your turn to be the judge! ~ You choose which books will be this year’s winners! Vote for your favourites now~ And you could win all 20 books on the 2016 Inky Awards longlist!*
The book with the mostvotes in each category (Gold or Silver) will win the 2016 award.
Use #InkyAwards to join the celebrations and go for the Inky Awards books you think are the best.
Voting closes on Sunday, 18 September at 5pm. Winners will be announced on 4 October at the State Library Victoria.*Book here.* *The prize will be randomly drawn at the State Library Victoria on 19 September 2017. The winner will be notified by email.
Which book do you choose? We want to know your thoughts ~ why not write a little review? 🙂 *Leave us a comment in theBook Review section of our blog ~ OR our Library Catalogue
to give your selected book choice a star rating review!*
The Intern, by Gabrielle Tozer *Gold award* Josie Browning dreams of having it all. A stellar academic record, an amazing career in journalism – and for her current crush to realise she actually exists. The only problem? Josie can’t get through twenty-four hours without embarrassing her sister Kat or her best friend Angel, let alone herself. Josie’s luck changes though when she lands an internship at the glossy fashion magazine Sash. A coveted columnist job is up for grabs, but Josie’s got some tough competition in the form of two other interns. Battle lines are drawn and Josie quickly learns that the magazine industry is far from easy, especially under the reign of powerful editor, Rae Swanson. From the lows of coffee-fetching and working 10-hour days, to the highs of mingling with celebrities, scoring endless free beauty products (plus falling for her cousin’s seriously gorgeous flatmate James) this is one year Josie will never forget.
Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell *Silver award*A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. Cath is a Simon Snow fan. But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words…And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone. For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?