Library News 9 June 2017

Opening Hours

Prep – Year 6 Students:         8:00am – 3:15pm
Year 7-12:                              8:00am – 4pm

Homework Club
Every Thursday (Year 7-12)   From 3pm – 4pm

Library News

National Family Reading Month Winners

Many thanks to the staff, students and families that took part in our Read Aloud More in May initiatives. We hope you enjoyed finding time to read aloud with loved ones. Winners of the Read Aloud More in May GCC reading and colouring competitions are noted below. The winning colouring competition entries are on display in the Library until the end of the term.

Read Aloud More in May GCC Winners Colouring Competition Winners
Prep Olly Kelly PM Hamish White PW
Year 1 Micah Matthews-Frederick 1W Charli Adam 1G
Year 2 Stephanie Turnbull 2G Sam Wells 2G
Year 3 Oliver Geeves 3W Jade McClure 3G
Year 4 Riley Pollock 4M Emily Bowden 4M
Year 5 Natasha Larard 5G Brooke Gledhill 5G
Year 6                   – Lachlan Klein 6W

Library and Information Week Winners

As part of the National Family Reading month, we celebrated Library and Information Week, an annual event celebrated in schools, universities and community libraries across Australia. At GCC it was a great opportunity to showcase the Library and the services we provide for the College community. Thank you to all who celebrated with us. Extra special thanks to Mrs. Lindsay, Mrs. Geldenhuys and Mrs. Roach, who volunteered as our mystery readers who kept students enthralled at first break with some read aloud fun. See below for the winners of our Library and Information Week competitions and check out the GCCHub gallery for Primary and Secondary photos from the week. Please note the GCCHub is a password protected site; students will know the password.

Primary students were also invited to take part in National Simultaneous Storytime on Wednesday 24 May at 11am. Over 686,324 participants took part across Australia, with 6129 locations registered, to read The Cow Tripped Over the Moon written by Tony Wilson and illustrated by Laura Wood. The story was a wonderful book to showcase with students and beautifully celebrates themes of perseverance, a ‘have a go’ attitude, rhyming and telling the time.

Library and Information Week Winners

The following students guessed the number of pages in our mystery book… Prep-Year 2 Charlotte Graham 1W
Year 3-6 Maddie Bell 5W
The Primary LIW Bingo Board Challenge was… Year 3-6 Ellie Nyenhof 4W
The following students won our mystery borrower competition… Year 3-6 Brooke Gledhill 5G
Year 7-9 Maddy Russell 8W
Year 10-12 Calim Stevenson 11M

Primary Storytime

Don’t forget to remind Primary students to join us for Storytime in the Library from 8-8:25 am on Monday mornings. Students are encouraged to attend this weekly session which is kindly led by Kate Adam, one of our College parents. There is no need to book, students are welcome to come along when they can to hear a great story.

Year 5 Code Club

Selected Year 5 students were invited to take part in the Primary Code Club this term and have been regularly coding once a week before school and at Code Club Extended sessions on Thursdays in the Library. Code Club is about fun, creativity and learning through exploring. It immerses students in computational thinking and develops a wide range of critical and creative thinking skills. Students have diligently worked through a range of tutorials on Scratch, allowing them to move on to harder projects, to create impressive computer games and animations. Many students have used the coding books available in the library to enhance their skills and to complete example projects. They have been quick to learn, eager to help each other and willing to explore projects shared by the Scratch community. It’s been a delight to see the students’ coding skills grow exponentially over the term.

Scratch Junior is available to all Prep – Year 2 students at our ‘Makerspace Monday’ session and for Year 3-6 students at our ‘Tech Tuesday’ Makerspace sessions at first break in the Library. For more information on Scratch go to https://scratch.mit.edu/.

Year 6 Readers’ Cup

Congratulations to our Year 6 Readers’ Cup team who recently competed at the Regional Readers’ Cup Competition. In eight short weeks they read 5 novels and 1 picture book to participate in the competition. The girls competed against 26 other teams and came 2nd and 3rd in their heats. They also had the opportunity to hear author Richard Newsome speak. Phenomenal effort girls and congratulations on being selected to represent GCC in our first Year 6 team!

2017 Year 6 Readers’ Cup Team

  1. Meg Jarvis
  2. Amelia Siddans
  3. Mariah Evans
  4. Jessica Roach
  5. Olivia Gregson

 

School Holiday Writing Camps

There are two holiday writing camps coming up these School Holidays; including Sunny Kids Camps and Write Like an Author.

Sunny Kids Camps (Year 3-9)

Sunny Kids Camps are back for the winter school holidays and are offering ALL NEW WORKSHOPS on Tuesday 4 July and Wednesday 5 July. Children will enjoy a full day writing camp with Aleesah Darlison in a tutorial/class environment with one-on-one time throughout the day, plus instructions and advice on various writing skills and genres. Elements of writing and drawing are included in each program, with plenty of stimulating discussion, group and individual exercises and take home materials. Attend one day or both. Sunny Kids Camps are held at Gondor Writers Centre, in Landsborough. Tickets are available through Eventbrite: https://goo.gl/49ETaW

Write Like an Author (From Year 5 – Older teenagers who enjoy writing)

Brian Falkner’s Write Like an Author holiday camps allow students a focussed writing time without other distractions. Students are encouraged to focus on producing a story to the very best of their abilities, learning all the skills they need, with one-on-one mentoring. It’s not all work, there are games and other fun activities, all designed to help turn your child into an author. There is a Future Author Boot Camp from Monday 3 July to Thursday 6 July and an Advanced Camp option on Friday 7 July. More information can be found at Write Like an Author. To register follow this link.

Parent Library

Did you know our Library collection includes a wide range of titles in our Parent Library. Parents and caregivers are welcome to browse and borrow from the Parent Library and titles are regularly added throughout the year. One of the newest titles is Growth Mindset for Parents by Mary Cay Ricci and Margaret Lee; a book full of ideas designed to provide parents with a roadmap for developing a growth mindset at home. It includes strategies and resources to encourage parents and children to embrace life’s challenges and to develop strategies to increase perseverance, effort and success.

The Parent Library includes titles on:

  • General Parenting
  • Family Support from a spiritual perspective
  • Shared Parenting/Step Families
  • Grandparents
  • Special Needs (including ADHD, Autism and Aspergers)
  • Raising Boys/Raising Girls
  • Raising Teens

Holiday Borrowing

Holidays are a great time to escape from the pressures of time, find a quiet corner and lose yourself in a great adventure, a superb mystery or rediscover a favourite hobby. Students are encouraged to take the opportunity to borrow something new for the holidays from our Library and eBook collections (Secondary students) to read over the break.

Secondary eBook Collection

The Wheelers ePlatform has recently upgraded the functionality of their online borrowing platform and Secondary students can download the app to any device. Students can browse and borrow from the Glasshouse Christian College collection by logging in with their school login details. There’s  a wide range of titles available across different genres, interest areas  – including information books.  eBooks are available for 14 day loans, automatically return themselves and can easily be re-borrowed. The ePlatform is also available via Connect>>Library>>GCCHub and by logging onto http://glasshouse.wheelers.co. Please note the GCCHub is a password protected site; students will know the password.

See you in the library,

Vanessa McKellar and Beryl Morris
Teacher Librarians

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