The War That Saved My Life is an outstanding, heart-warming, coming-of-age story set in the English countryside during World War 2 and is historical fiction at its best. Reminiscent of Goodnight Mister Tom, we highly recommend it as a holiday read for our younger Middle Years' students.
The shortlist for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards for 2016 has been announced. 30 books have been recognised over six award categories celebrating the outstanding literary talent we have in Australia and the contribution that literature makes to our culture and intellectual life. Read more about each shortlisted book, and stay up to date via the Prime Minister's Literary Awards facebook page. The winners will be announced later in the year.
This year, senior students from both Mt Alvernia and Padua Colleges have had the opportunity to meet and discuss books in a cross-campus book club. The discussions at these meetings were designed around themes such as crime and relationships. Each college took turns at hosting these Friday afternoon meetings and lively discussions around the books were enjoyed by the students.
Follow Me Back by Nicci Cloke is a thrilling read for YA readers and fans of Gone Girl and We Were Liars. It's set in the world of social media and is a story about a cyber crime that will keep you guessing to the very end.
When studying for the approaching exams, students need to be able to understand the topic, remember the content and apply the skills and techniques of the topic to different types of questions. Actively studying for exams using this strategy is an essential skill for students to achieve success. To learn more, read the following article which gives tips about how this can be achieved.
Bob Dylan, the voice of a generation, has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition". The announcement has split the literary world. While many praise the decision, others in the literary world are questioning whether his lyrics are Nobel Prize material. What do you think?
If you are looking for your next read, check out the iCentre blog iRead iShare - our online space to share great reads and recommendations. It's full of book reviews for both students and parents and includes our new graphic book reviews as well.
Are you using your mobile device too often for too long? In this digital age, it is important to manage screen time and to monitor usage, especially for teens whose mobile phone usage is often a barrier to getting the right amount of sleep. We recommend screen time tracker apps like RealizD and Moment which visually showcase how much time you actually spend on your device.
We recommend that our Senior students who are studying poetry this term visit Australian Poetry Library, a website providing access to a wide range of poetic texts as well as to critical and contextual material relating to them, including interviews, photographs and audio/visual recordings.
A Year 10 party mixed with alcohol and social media has repercussions that will change, and maybe even end lives. This is an important cautionary tale for teens and adults which tackles cyberbullying from a different perspective.
Three powerful must-read novels to put on your holiday reading list - The Hate Race, a powerful, funny, moving and beautifully crafted memoir about growing up black in white middle-class Australia - reading it could teach us all how not to be; Between a Wolf and a Dog, an elegant and delicately emotional portrayal of one family’s relationships and of their everyday struggle to love each other in the shadow of mortality, grief and forgiveness and The Natural Way of Things - a ferocious exploration of contemporary misogyny and corporate control, which is both provocative and fearless as it reveals us and our world to ourselves.