Clip from Why ANZAC? with Sam Neill

NOTE: Only available internally at Mentone Grammar.

My Life Short Story Competition

My Life Writing CompetitionIf you are an Australian student aged 8-13, you could win $1000 cash plus a full set of signed My Life books written by Tristan Bancks!  To enter, just write a 500 word story about your life that is funny, gross, weird or amazing!!

Entries must be submitted by Monday 31 August 2015.  Check further details about this Random House Competition online!

2015 Inky Awards Longlist announced!

The INKY awards is an annual event hosted by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria. The Inkys are the only Australian awards for Young Adults which are voted on by Young Adults.

The 2015 Inky Awards longlist was announcement just last week and includes some awesome titles!


The Inky Awards recognise high-quality young adult literature, with the longlist and shortlist selected by young adults, and the winners voted for online by the teen readers of InsideaDog. There are two awards: the Gold Inky Award for an Australian book, and the Silver Inky Award for an international book.

The Awards are named after me, Inky – Inside a Dog mascot and all-round wonder-dog.”

Read more about the books longlisted on the Inside a Dog website and encourage young adults across Australia to put their hat in the ring to be one of the judges.  Read what is involved at:  Want to be an Inky Awards Judge?

My Brother Jack Awards 2015

My Brother Jack 2015The 2015 My Brother Jack Awards is now open to people who live, work or study in the City of Glen Eira (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia). There are prizes for short stories and poetry in the categories of Primary School, Junior Secondary School, Senior Secondary School and Open.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the of the My Brother Jack Awards and the Centenary of the Gallipoli landing, any short story or poem set in or around World War One will be eligible for a special prize of $1,000*.

With great prizes to be won, get writing and enter this competition before the closing date of April 27th.

Inspiring a love of reading …..

IMG - Read around World 2It was one lunch time in August of last year that the staff of the GFL, in conjunction with the LOTE staff, ran a very successful Read Around the World program in the GFL.

It is quite exciting to see that an article about this event and other inspirational library programs run in the GFL has been included in the latest edition of INCITE – the Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association.

Have a read of it here:
Inspiring a love of reading among senior school students

Get stuck into the Vic PRC!

All students from ELC to Year 12 can get involved in this year’s Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge!

Come on ….. get reading!!  It’s cool!!!


PRC 2015

A great competition to enter!

Bayside Writing Competition 2015

Open to adults, teens and and junior writers currently living in Australia, the Bayside Writing  Competition 2015 is an opportunity to submit an original piece of writing in any one of four categories:

Open Competition – Short story
Open Competition – Poetry
13-17 years Micro Story (250 words or less)
12 and under – Short Story (500 words)

With prize money to win, this is an exciting opportunity for keen writers to submit their work.  Complete the online entry form and submit writing by April 24th.

You gotta be in it to win it!

Safer Internet Day 2015

Today is Safer Internet Day, so it’s a good time to think about how we can better ‘stay safe online.’

Some of the ideas mentioned in an article in INCITE, the journal of the Australian Library and Information Association “Helping your community stay smart online” (INCITE, Volume 35, Issue 5 pages 12-13) mentions many valuable tips:

  • internet browsers store information about passwords used and pages visited
  • turn off the users’ option ‘save username and password’ to avoid accidental saving
  • delete browsing history before logging out of a public computer
  • avoid entering personal information or completing financial transactions online
  • log off, even if leaving the computer for just a short time
  • lock devices with passwords
  • use strong passwords which are not easily identifiable
  • don’t store passwords on devices
  • change passwords often to avoid hacking
  • download apps only from reputable publishers
  • take care allowing apps to use personal information including location
  • avoid using public Wi-Fi for online banking or shopping

Safer Internet Day is about making our world a safer place.  Be aware and share what you know!

Let’s create a better internet together!

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Library Lovers Day 14th February 2015

Valentine's Day clip artTo get into the spirit of Library Lovers Day/Valentines Day enter our ‘Love letter to a character’ competition. All you have to do is write a love letter to your favourite character, then write your name, year level and House – and the Title of the book this character appears in – and place it in the competition box on the front desk of the GFL by the end of the day on Thursday 12th February. The GFL staff will judge them and award the two best entries a Village Movie pass each, and the runner up, a Choc top voucher.  Good luck everyone.

Ready, set, go!!

It’s back to school, so get ready to start thinking!!  The first correct reply to be emailed to will win a prize!!

You gotta be in it to win it!!


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