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 librarynewsletters@mentonegrammar.net will win a prize!!

You gotta be in it to win it!!

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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Welcome to 2015!!

It’s the start of a new year – so come and enjoy all that is on offer in our senior and junior school libraries. Stop by to grab a good read, get some pointers on how to locate info you need or just to say hello!  Our dedicated Library Staff will be only too happy to assist you!

As a great kick off to the year, enjoy this fabulous clip made by well published author George Ivanoff who, we are proud to say, is an Old Mentonian!  If you haven’t read one of his books yet, this video, made to promote his participation in the Somerset Celebration of Literature being held on the Gold Coast in March, is sure to inspire you!!

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.





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