Summer Holiday Reads

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With the end of school holidays fast approaching what better time to borrow a book you have been wanting to read all year but just haven’t had the time. Or better yet, ask a library staff member to put together a summer reading list of unmissable books to keep you inspired during the summer break. Here are some of our more popular titles just to name a few:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See you soon! Ms. Ambrosini


Fresh, New & Vibrant Magazines!

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Refresh yourself..with a lovely new collection of magazines in the library! Choose from a variety of 8 new glossy titles! Featuring… *Colouring Therapy  *Variety Puzzles  *Modern Hair & Beauty  *Seventeen  *Womankind  *Nature & Health  *Pets magazine  *Recipes Plus

So whether you prefer to lounge around at lunchtime on the couch & cushions, or take some home to flick through at your leisureIt’s the perfect way to enjoy some well deserved relaxation! Borrow yours for the weekend… The summer holidays will arrive soon too! Happy flicking! 🙂

Miss Mammone


Winner of the 2017 House Reading Challenge!

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We are so proud to announce that CARMEL has officially WON the OLMC House Reading Challenge for 2017! ~ having read the MOST amount of book pages! What an AMAZING effort by all our readers… Climbing from third place to first is definitely a success that is well deserved!! 🙂 We’re sorry MERCY, you came first place for a while and had almost won the competition, but we still think it is such a fantastic effort! MCAULEY & LORETO, you came so close in divisions! Thank you girls for all those last minute cards you brought in… every page we counted made all the difference!  🙂

TERM 4:  The excitement continues!!!
To launch the last term of reading for the year, we will be hosting a special MORNING TEA to celebrate our highest readers in the competition! A selection of our ‘top reading’ students will receive a special invitation to the morning tea! PRIZES will be awarded to 2 students selected from each house!

Thank you to everyone for your wonderful efforts… We can’t wait to announce who our top readers are and celebrate the best reading achievements of the year! Remember, the reading needn’t stop there, come to the Learning Commons before Friday to stock up your holiday reading collection… We hope you all have a very happy & relaxing holiday!! 🙂
Ms. Mammone 



Launch of the House Reading Challenge!

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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 🙂 


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  

 

 

 

 

 

 


Great Australian Fiction

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Why not read local?

We have some fabulous Australian authors with great stories just waiting for you to read.

If you enjoy those international best selling authors, check out some novels with similar themes and ideas with an Australian flavour.

If you love:

The Fault in our Stars by John Green, check out Zac & Mia by AJ Betts

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, try Mercy by Rebecca Lim or Shadows by Paula Weston

We were Liars, check out On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Divergent, try Jump by Sean Williams or The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymuilina

Come check out our display in the Learning Commons for a wider taste of Australian Fiction.

You can also follow the latest updates in Oz fiction at  #LoveOzYA and always remember to click on Inside a Dog for great reviews by teens.

We would love to hear all about the great Oz books that you have been reading. Leave us a comment or write your own review in the Reviews section of this blog.

Ms Rosalie Austin