From little things big things grow!
That is certainly the intention of a new program begun with some of our Year 11 students. Hooked on Reading, a program which will build bridges through reading between our International and Non-International students is a new initiative that is having a trial run in the Gregory Fish Library at lunchtimes over the next few weeks.
Aiming to assist our International students gain confidence and improve their ability to read, write, listen and speak English, a side benefit of the program undoubtedly will be to provide an opportunity for all students to develop friendships with each other and learn more about each others’ lives, lifestyles, country and culture and in the process build a warm and welcoming community in which all students participate.
While early sessions will focus on getting to know each other, it is anticipated that future sessions will be relaxed and casual in which students will be able to interact and talk about reading and books or even share a story together.
The first session which was held on Tuesday 26th April (see some pictures below) started with a small group of interested students, but any Year 11 students are welcome to join the next session on Tuesday May 3rd and future sessions which will be run over the next few weeks. Speak to GFL staff for more details.
Inside a Dog have just announced the longlist for the 2016 Silver and Gold Inky Awards. Selected by teens, for teens these books represent the best of the best!
Students interested in being an Inky Awards Judge to select which 10 books from this longlist will make the shortlist, should submit applications here be Monday 28th April.
Don’t hesitate! Get your applications in! Mentone Grammar has already been honoured to have two of our students as Inky Award Judges!
“Have big dreams. You will grow into them.”
“Five young authors have been shortlisted in two award categories – Children’s Short Story and Children’s Picture Book – with the winners to be announced in the first week of March. The shortlisted authors represent both public and private schools from across the nation. New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria, West Australia and the ACT are all represented in the short list. ”
You can see the shortlist HERE.
From the website:
notJack was established to support and protect iconic Australian literary landscapes, by fostering creative engagement with place and promoting the significance of place for Australian writers, their work and readership.
notJack currently supports the protection of the Moolort Plains, from and in which the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award Winner Romulus, My Father was written. The film of the same name was shot on site. In honour of this book, and the manner in which it crosses several genres to engage with place, the notJack writers’ prize accepts submissions from a wide variety of genres and writing styles.
Entries close MARCH 14th 2016
There’s nothing nicer than being able to celebrate a day of love!
Library Lovers’ Day, which is traditionally celebrated on February 14th in Australia, is inextricably linked to Valentine’s Day. This is the reason that the fun competitions run in our library are focused around encouraging students to write love poems and letters.
This year, students are encouraged to write a poem about their favourite person, pet or library! Entries should be placed in the box on the GFL front desk by Thursday 11th February. Include your name and House and you will be in the running to win a Village Movie pass or a small Valentine’s bear.
While visiting the GFL, check out the displays and be sure to take a Speed Book Date! The plain paper bags scattered around the GFL are labelled to indicate the gender of the novel’s main protagonist – pink: female, blue: male and green: both male and female.
Happy Library Lovers’ Day everyone!
The notJack Writers’ Prize recognizes the significance of place for Australian writers and encourages submissions from people in any area.
The prize welcomes submissions from all genres – including prose, essay, flash fiction, short story, poetry, biography, memoir, plays, screenplay – in which place, and writing from place, figures prominently. Submissions are not limited by the specific examples provided here.
Entries may be up to 3000 words or 40 lines of poetry. Check the notJack Writers’ Prize website for the entry form, guidelines, prizes and other details.
The youth category is open now and closes 14 March 2016.
It’s Book Fortnight in the GFL!
With a whole series of activities and events including competitions and author visits happening in the GFL over these two weeks, today was Speed Book Dating in our Senior Library where staff and students had a fun one minute to ‘sell’ their book to other contestants then rank the book presented to them from ‘doesn’t interest me’ to ‘awesome’. While competition was fierce, a great sales pitch given by English Teacher Ms Jen Yoffie of her favourite book, The Year of the Flood written by Margaret Attwood, was a clear winner!
Pictured with the winning book is Ms Jen Yoffie, Alex (Year 12), Mr Henry Kiss and Robert (Year 11).
Congratulations and thanks to all contestants for an awesome event!