Library News

End of year return dates (P-12): Term 4 is flying by and it’s time to start planning our end of year procedures. Please note the following dates below for end of year book returns. Prompt return of items is expected and assists the library team as we prepare resources for the start of next year. Please note that items lost or damaged beyond repair will incur the full replacement cost. If items are paid for and later found we are happy to reimburse replacement costs.

Primary
Prep – Year 6: Library items, including home readers are due back Friday 17 November (Week 7) Year 4 and 5 Music Workbook return dates to be confirmed shortly.

Secondary
Year 12: All library/text books and devices due back Tuesday 14 November (Week 7)
Year 7 – 11: All library/text books and devices due back by Friday 24 November (Week 8)

When returning laptop devices students need to remove the case and keep it at home in readiness for collecting their device in January 2018. Chargers need to be returned without the extension cord.

All secondary students will receive a list of any overdue items and other loans they need to return via their PC class during Week 5 – 6.

Year 3 Code Club fun

Code Club is currently running for a group of tech savvy Year 3 students. Teachers nominated students to participate and we have been meeting weekly in the Library to code using Scratch. Many students also attend our Code Club Extended session on Fridays and are keen to code in their free time.

The aim of Code Club is to provide a platform where students can explore and create interactive stories, games and animations using coding. Coding is becoming an essential skill in our rapidly changing world and strengthens students’ problem solving skills, encouraging critical and creative thinking. Scratch teaches the basics of coding by working through a range of creative projects that progress from simple to more challenging tasks. The Scratch platform is free to join and a great way to start coding, providing self-paced tutorials for anyone interested in exploring it. For more details go to https://scratch.mit.edu/.

 

78 Storey Treehouse live on stage in December

QPAC and CDP Kids are excited to present the world premiere of  The 78-Storey Treehouse at QPAC in December. All shows are on at The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) at Grey Street, South Brisbane. The 78 Storey Treehouse is approximately one hour in duration and contains no interval. Bookings link.

Show Times

  • Wednesday 13 December @ 12pm and 3pm
  • Thursday 14 December @ 10am, 12pm and 3pm
  • Friday 15 December @ 12pm and 3pm
  • Saturday 16 December @ 10am, 12pm and 3pm
  • Sunday 17 December @ 10am and 12pm
  • Tuesday 19 December @ 3pm
  • Wednesday 20 December @ 3pm
  • Thursday 21 December @ 3pm
  • Friday 22 December @ 3pm
  • Saturday 23 December @ 3pm

Ticket costs

  • $35 per person
  • $30 per person in a booking of four or more
  • FREE for kids two years and under sitting on a knee
  • a transaction fee of $7.20 per booking applies per transaction.

Year 7 Readers Cup

Teams of enthusiastic readers from schools across the Sunshine Coast region converged for a night of competition last Thursday evening at Chancellor State College. Over 65 secondary students from schools across the Sunshine Coast participated in the annual Year 7 Inter-School Readers Cup Challenge. These young readers were well prepared, performing admirably when presented with challenging questions about their knowledge of the six books they had read and ‘studied’ prior to the competition event. Our team of enthusiastic Year 7 readers – Mason White, Olivia Ellis, Cara Bales, Teanna Newell and Scott Roy stepped up to this ‘reading marathon’ challenge and are commended for their motivation, commitment and teamwork.

Year 8 author visit

The idea of writing a book may not be every student’s dream goal but being inspired to have a dream to work towards is certainly a worthy goal to have. Brian Falkner, a noteable author and writing teacher presented sessions to our Year 8 students last week. Our Year 8s were encouraged to have a dream and pursue it even if it takes a lifetime to attain. Brian shared about his journey as a writer and how it came about after a few different careers – all of which have contributed to his success as a writer and presenter.

Brian’s entertaining presentation engaged our Year 8s in 80 minutes of great storytelling. He also shared a range of excellent writing tips for students to use when telling their own stories to entertain or intrigue. Our students were amazed by Brian’s ability to recall the national language from so many different nations across the world and they were even more impressed when he could say hello in the language from every country they could think of – well, almost. Brian’s passion for telling stories and his capacity to hold the attention of an appreciative audience resulted in a most enjoyable morning discovering more about writing, reading and life! More information about Brian Falkner, his books and writing workshops can be found on his website.

See you in the Library.

Vanessa McKellar and Beryl Morris, Teacher Librarians

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