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
On Tuesday 14th of February the girls gathered in the Reading Area of the Learning Commons for an Origami Hearts Paper Making Activity!
With a myriad of colourful patterned origami paper available, the girls were spoiled for choice and eagerly joined in with Ms Roache in making bookmark heart creations.
Stay tuned for more activities to come! Ms Ambrosini
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
Drop into the Learning Commons today. We’d love to wish you a Merry Christmas and send you off with a bag full of holiday reading!
Mention our special code word SWEETIES and you can receive a treat.
See you soon,
The Learning Commons team.
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
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.