Library News 24 May 2019

Library and Information Week 2019 is all about recognising the ways libraries support and further the ideals of Truth, Integrity and Knowledge. At GCC, one of the ways we’re celebrating this theme is by highlighting the range of quality resources that our school community can access to support learning. Our GCC Hub provides access to a range of quality databases and resources for students to use for assignments and to explore topics of interest. Guiding student research in classes and tutorials is part of the role of our teacher librarians who are keen to ensure our students understand the need to look for resources that are reliable and relevant to their learning tasks. In a world where fake news is reported alongside the truth, our students need to develop skills to help them to discern what information is real and trustworthy. Identifying fake news is an important skill to learn and involves questioning the integrity and quality of the information. This YouTube clip ‘Helping students identify fake news’  is a helpful summary of the ways we can evaluate online information to see if it upholds the values of ‘Truth, Integrity and Knowledge’. Providing our students with opportunities to think critically about what they are seeing and consuming is an important skill to develop and one that will have lifelong benefit.

National Simultaneous Storytime 2019

On Friday 24 May Primary students will be invited to celebrate National Simultaneous Storytime at first break in the library with a reading of Alpacas with Maracas by Matt Cosgrove. To mark the event students have also been encouraged to submit a ‘Reading Rocks’ colouring entry by Monday 3 June. Entries are available at the library. Winners from each year level will be chosen from the entries received. Stay tuned for details about this in next week’s newsletter.

Premier’s Reading Challenge – Prep to Year 9

We are delighted to invite Prep-Year 9 students to join in the 2019 Premier’s Reading Challenge. To complete the challenge, students from Prep to Year 4 are required to read 20 books and students from Year 5 to 9 are required to read 15 books. The reading period runs from mid-May to Friday 23 August, at the end of Book Week. Last year, an outstanding 181,000 students from 1012 schools took part in the challenge, reading a total of 2.46 million books.

To register your child/children please complete the form emailed to families by Friday 31 May. Students will be registered by library staff and receive a Reading Record to record their titles read. Once completed the Reading Record needs to be signed by a parent, caregiver or teacher and returned to the library. Students only need to return one Reading Record to complete the challenge but are welcome to complete more.

To register your child/children please complete the form emailed to families by Friday 31 May. Students will be registered by library staff and receive a Reading Record to record their titles read. Once completed the Reading Record needs to be signed by a parent, caregiver or teacher and returned to the library. Students only need to return one Reading Record to complete the challenge but are welcome to complete more.

Any books that are age appropriate and in accordance with the College ethos are suitable for the challenge. Students are also encouraged to read books in other languages and to note these on their Reading Record. Younger students in Prep-Year 2 are encouraged to read or experience a book, which can include shared reading at home, listening and reading along with a book or being read to. Please note home readers can’t be included.

Students who complete the challenge will receive a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Annastacia Palaszczuk, the Premier of Queensland. These will be handed out during the Celebration Week in Term 4. We will also award prizes for the classes with the most participants across Prep-Year 2, Year 3-6 and Year 7-9.

You can play a big part in your children’s future by encouraging them to be part of this positive initiative. We look forward to seeing as many of our students as possible participating in the 2019 Premier’s Reading Challenge.

Join Andy and Terry in their stupendous 117-Storey treehouse!

Join Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton as they take you along on their latest amazing Treehouse adventure, The 117-Storey Treehouse! Andy and Terry live in their incredible ever-expanding treehouse and create hilarious books together. They are teaming up in July for madcap fun and adventure galore at the session below.

WHEN: Sunday 28 July at 2pm

WHERE: Moreton Bay College Music Centre, 450 Wondall Rd, Manly West, QLD 4179

COST: Tickets available here. Tickets $16. Book & Ticket Deal $22

See you at the library.

Vanessa McKellar and Beryl Morris, Teacher Librarians

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