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.
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!
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!
Are you a Harry Potter fan? Or do you just love books and reading?!
Either way – make sure that you pop into the GFL this week to see what’s new! With Library and Information Week running throughout the week, you’ll find lots and lots of great book suggestions, along with a fabulous display which highlights this years theme:
Join in the GFL celebrations by signing up for the Quiz to be held at lunchtime this Thursday 28th May. As we always say – you gotta be in it to win it!!
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!