Monthly Archives: July 2012







Please go the ‘Write’ page to find out more about how you can use ‘Storybird’.  This will be the topic of our session this time.

Reminders and Announcements:

(1) Book Week Writing & Photo Art Competitions – Deadline 16th August – hand entries to the staff in the LRC with your names, House & Year Level Clearly Printed to win JB Hi-Fi Vouchers.

See Flyers:  2012Arewethereyet  & 2012Champions Read

(2) Premiers’ Reading Challenge ends early September – Update by the end of August & hand in consent forms.  Make sure your parents sign.  There are 2 places to sign.  Return your consent form and place it in the box at the Information Desk.

(3) Year 8 Readers’ Cup Competitions:  Tuesday, 21st & Wednesday, 22nd August 2012 in the LRC at lunchtime.  If you come both days and return your stamped loyalty card you have the chance to win an iPod Touch.

(4) Year 7 Author Visit:  Year 7s Meet the hilarious & most amazing Oliver Phommavanh on Tuesday, August 7th

Period 1 – Fern & Teen Library Advisors

Period 2 – Grevillea & Hakea

Period 3 – Darwinia & Eucalyptus

Period 4 – Banksia & Callistemon

(5)  Year 8 Author Visit:  Year 8s meet Mandy Ord – Graphic Novelist – on Tuesday August 14th.  Graphic Novels is a growing genre and we have the opportunity to find out all the inside secrets from a real life author.  How awesome!

Fern & Grevillea

Banksia & Callistemon

Hakea & Teen Library Advisors

Darwinia & Eucalyptus




Did you have a chance to see the Olympic Games Ceremony?

It was so very exciting!

Literature was often the focus at the ceremony such as ‘Mary Poppins’ and a huge Harry Potter’s Voldemort was there.  J K Rowling, one of the most successful children’s author made a guest appearance too.  The ceremony demonstrated another good reason why you should read fiction, otherwise, it could be difficult to keep up with what is going on around you.

Many other famous people showed up including Mohammad Ali, one of the most famous boxers who now suffers from Parkinson’s, and Sir Tim Berners Lee who invented the internet.  Someone asked me why do they speak French and English at the Games.  Do you know why?  If you want to find out about the history of the Olympic Games remember World Book Online is a great authoritative reference that you can trust! Try that first!







I hope you all had a fantastic holiday.  I certainly did. I packed some books with me on my trip to Darwin and, yay, I am so excited because I have now read 16 books since the start of the year.

So if you are registered, update your Premiers’ Reading Challenge site to see how close you are to your goal:

Premiers’ Reading Challenge Student Login

Remember you have until the end of August but if you think that you are way behind your goal you might want to choose some fast reads right now.

Also remember to hand in your signed consent forms! Leave them at the box at the Information Desk!


Have  you ever thought about the effort that goes into creating the title of books?  Obviously, the words have to be carefully chosen so that they appeal to readers and just like poetry there is a little bit of word magic involved.

Sometimes, the words on the spine give you clues about what the story is about, some titles are playful and others sound amazing and irresistible, capturing strong emotions or painting pictures in the readers’ minds.

In this session, we would like you to have some fun.  In pairs or small groups, choose 5 to 10 books and stack them to create a thought poem.  You may have something in mind, a topic or theme and go looking for titles of books that will work for you or you might discover and explore titles and match them as you go.

Have a look at this Spine Poem Gallery by Travis.

I had a go with some books that were lying around at home.  See the picture below. A bit intense, but a nice effort don’t you think.

Once you are satisfied, capture your spine poems on a camera.  We’ll use them to decorate the LRC for Book Week in Week 6!


"Spine Poem - Terrible Times"



Remember, all competition entries are due August 16th.  Hand your entries to the LRC staff to win fabulous JB Hi-Fi Vouchers.

2012Champions Read – Use the theme for a photo, drawing or work of art.

2012Arewethereyet – Write a story about a special place or journey!