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


*Blossom for Spring with Bella Rae magazine*

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After a twelve month break, Bella magazine is back in print as Bella Rae ~ which means beauty, wisdom and graceThis lovely Australian mag is strong, sassy and smart ~ a must have for young teenage women.  It is counter-cultural, which means it is free from negative and unhealthy influences. Bella Rae will empower girls to get real, talk about the hard things, challenge the culture they live in and choose to live with hope, empathy, intelligence and creativity. The pages are filled with a vibrant collection of expert advice, real stories, role models with substance, fashion shoots, travel adventures, beautiful glimpses of paintings and drawings by artists, recipes and quizzes! This magazine is a trustworthy resource for every girl.

Bella Rae also comes with a wonderful website! ~ Bellaraemag.com


Indulge in the delightful blog where you can select anything you wish to read, including: beauty, health & fitness, fashion, relationships, and positive affirmations and articles.
Check out this magazine for yourself from the library! 🙂
Miss Mammone

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OLMC House Reading challenge final results

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Congratulations to CARMEL taking 1st place with an incredible total of 614 books read!!!

McAuley comes in at 2nd place with 404 points

Mercy 3rd place with 310 points

and Loreto 4th place with 214 points

A big thank you to staff, students, parents and siblings who participated in the Reading Challenge, 1542 books were read over a period of 10 weeks! 

Ms Ambrosini

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*New in* ~ The Bone Sparrow

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bone sparrowIf you loved the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – you will love the Bone Sparrow, by Zara Fraillon. 

At the centre of this moving story is a friendship between two different children, who despite their circumstances discover and ultimately rescue each other. The only world that Subhi has ever known is within the confines of a detention centre in remote country Australia where he was born and now lives with his Maa and older sister, Queeny. They had escaped persecution and death in Myanmar due to their Rohingya ethnicity. On the other side of the razor wire fence, just over the hill, lives frizzy, flame-haired Jimmie, with her working dad and brother, Jonah, in their modest house on the outskirts of town. Jimmie is struggling to cope with her mother’s death, sporadically attending school and longing to spend time with her grieving absent father; Subhi carefully navigates his way through each day, keeping a watchful eye on his ailing mother. One night, Jimmie ventures out over the hill and under the razor wire fence where she meets Subhi. Jimmie’s bone sparrow pendant and her precious notebook, filled with her mother’s handwritten stories, spark fear and fascination in Subhi. With each secret rendezvous, the two learn more about each other. We are painted a picture of the harsh realities of life in immigration detention centers in this confronting story, written from Subhi’s point of view. The blossoming friendship between Subhi and Jimmie at the centre of the novel slowly reveals the differences and the similarities between the two children. Through understanding and empathy, the characters in this story are well developed. “A story within a story” offers a sense of hope throughout the narrative. Sensitive readers will be challenged by the cruelty and harsh conditions depicted in the detention centre. For more mature readers, particularly those who have read similar novels such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, the Bone Sparrow will prove to be unforgettable and thought provoking.  (From Magpies, Nola Allen) 

Reserve your copy from the library! 🙂
Miss Mammone