Last GFL competition for the Year 12 students

AnimaliaEach year the GFL runs one last competition just for the Year 12 students in the week before they leave us. Given a page from Graeme Base’s picture book Animalia, the challenge is to find as many words starting with the letter on that page as possible.  This year’s winners, Jemma Ford and Georgia Hopkins, found 120.

Congratulations to them and a big thank you to the other competitors, for without them, there is no competition.

Gold and Silver Inky Winners Announced!


It’s a #yiayialapalooza!

The Inky Award winners were announced today, and I am happy-dancing because the fabulous Will Kostakis has won the Gold Inky for his funny, moving, fantastic novel, The First Third!

The First Third

The First Third


The winner of the Silver Inky is All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry.

You can see all the news about the Inkys HERE on the Inside A Dog website!

It’s Banned Books Week! Yay!

There are many books on this list that we have in the GFL. Perhaps you might like to see what all the fuss is about!

BuzzFeed Banned Books list

Banned Books on Destiny

PS. This is the 200th post on this blog! Huzzah!

Read Around the World!

One of the most exciting events we ran during our 2014 Book Week Celebrations this year was the Read Around the World event held over a lunchtime in the GFL.

Working on the philosophy that highlighting literary pursuits at Mentone Grammar should not only be confined to English, we invited senior students of French, German, Japanese and Chinese to the GFL to share the joy of the languages they are studying with the wider community of Greenways and Frogmore students.

The GFL was a sight to be seen over lunchtime on August 14th, as these students set up stations featuring books, music, displays and most importantly food that related to their language.   With a cacophony of music in four different languages at the same time, the Gregory Fish Library was transformed from a quiet library space to the kind of sight normally seen at an Expo!   In amongst the food and music, it was a delight to see many students wandering around to the different language stations to ‘catch a glimpse’ of the different languages taught at Mentone Grammar.   Most thrilling of all was seeing students read to each other!   A group of students pulled up some floor space and enjoyed a reading in French by a proficient French student.   One of our Chinese students who is learning German, entertained another group of listeners. Speakers of Japanese, German, French and even one of our students who comes from Singapore, as well as many of our ‘just English speakers’ were mesmerized by an ongoing talk given by Bihai (Luke) Sun about the construction of written Chinese.

While all student participants must be congratulated for their efforts in supporting this event, special thanks must go to the LOTE Faculty for their input. Most especially though, we extend our thanks to Bihai (Luke) Sun for the incredible effort he put into preparing food, music, books and his presentation about the Chinese language.




Visiting illustrator: Marc McBride

The 2014 Book Week Celebrations in the Gregory Fish Library involved a large number of different events and activities in which Greenways & Frogmore students participated.   A visit by Marc McBride was a highlight!

As the illustrator of the very successful Deltora Quest series, Marc McBride visited us equipped with a folio of his paintings and illustrations of dinosaurs which feature in this series of books. The 25 students who attended this session were mesmerized listening to Marc’s enthusiastic and incredibly inspiring presentation while he created, on the spot, an airbrush painting of a dinosaur. Not content with just talking, Marc encouraged the students to put pen to paper and create their own drawings of dinosaurs! Having run out of time for more, we have resolved to explore the possibility of having Marc return  again to run a longer workshop with the students.

Meantime, we are the proud owners of a dinosaur painting which will take pride of place on our walls once we frame it!



Gearing up for the end of the year

Whether you’re in Year 12 and about to finish, or in Year 7 heading for your last few assessments of 2014, anyone can get a case of ‘study block’.

This clip has some great tips to get you moving forward again.

It’s brought to you by HumanRelationsMedia.

Recess @MHS: a choreographed piece – An MG response


Based on this post from Tania Sheko at Melbourne High Library I had a go at using Hyperlapse myself. Here are the resulting videos.

First attempt

Second attempt

Originally posted on Melbourne High School Library:

We’re pretty busy at recess – as well as before school and during lunchtime. I used Instagram’s new app, Hyperlapse, to film a section of the library during recess. This was hand held – for 21 minutes.

Recess Melbourne High School Library from Tania Sheko on Vimeo.

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Inky Awards: Vote Now | Inside A Dog

Gold Inky

Inky Awards: Vote Now | Inside A Dog.

The Inkys voting is on again!

You don’t have to have read all the books to vote – although reading the blurbs might be a good place to start. :D

You can find a list of the Shortlisted Gold (Australian) Inky and Shortlisted Silver (International) Inky books by going to the catalogue and looking for the Resource Lists.



A competition worth entering!

Check out details of this competition which is open to VCE students enrolled in EL Units 3 & 4.   Closing date: Friday 29th August.

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Book Week Activity with English classes

During the last two weeks we have run an activity with our Year 9 and 10 English classes where the students get together in pairs to read each of the books in either the Early Childhood and Picture Book of the Year categories.

Here are some of their responses to the books:

The book I liked best was Kissed By The Moon. I liked it because it had very interesting illustrations and the reflected the words on the page to a good standard. A nice read all ’round. A peaceful story with a happy ending. I like happy endings.

The book I liked best was King Pig. I liked it because it was about greediness and that will always be a huge problem.

The book I liked best was Granny Grommet and Me. I liked it because it had great illustrations and a fun storyline with descriptive words.

The book I liked best was The Swap. I liked it because it made sense and it wasn’t repetitive. The crocodiles were funny.

The book I liked best was Rules of Summer. I liked it because it had very nice and detailed illustrations to impart the story, and with enough text to explain the entire story.

The book I liked best was Banjo and Ruby Red. I liked it because it led me through a series of emotions and left me feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

The book I liked best was The Treasure Box. I liked it because it showed that no matter what you do or don’t have you can be happy with it, and love it and what it means to you.

The book I liked best was Silver Buttons. I liked it because the whole book is set within a time space of one minute, however you don’t realise this until the end, making the child’s first step seem insignificant.

The book I liked best was Parachute. I liked it because it demonstrated the change in grown yup. When he was young everything was exaggerated, until he grew older and then he towered over the elephant.

The book I liked best was Baby Bedtime. I liked it because it was really cute and it had good colours and storyline, The words were interesting and it had a lot of meaning in it.

The book I liked best was I’m a Dirty Dinosaur. I liked it because it flowed really well, it was fun to read and the illustrations were really unique.

The book I liked best was The Windy Farm.  I liked it because it is about hardships and forgiveness, and the book’s ending is enjoyable.



The students had three minutes to read each book, discuss it and then score it out of 10. Then, once six books had been read, the students had to pick their favourite title and write down why. We used an idea from the Ipswich Teacher-Librarian network Book Week activity book, and the booklets were designed by our Junior Teacher-Librarian, Mrs Ross.

The winner of the Early Childhood Category was Banjo and Ruby Red, with The Snap and Granny Grommet and Me as Honour books

The winner of the Picture Book Category was Rules of Summer, with The Windy Farm, King Pig, and The Treasure Box as Honour books.

This activity was heaps of fun for the students and teachers, and we recommend it to teachers to use with all age groups.


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