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.
We recommend that students and teachers follow the iCentre on Pinterest where we curate boards to support teaching and learning across the curriculum. This term, our Yr 7s will find the Ancient China board useful to support their unit of work and as a starting point for their enquiry.
Pokemon GO is a new free app that uses virtual reality technology along with a mobile device’s GPS and camera to bring Pokémon to the player’s real-world surroundings. It's a great social game that gets people out and moving and is quickly becoming a worldwide phenomenon.
We are very excited to be part of the State Library of Queensland's Belonging Mural with a photograph of our students enjoying a campfire session in the iCentre. The mural contains photograps that reflect the many realities of life in Queensland and will be on display in the Knowledge Walk of the State Library of Queensland from 18 June through 31st December 2016.
Our Teacher-Librarian, Krystal Gagen, read her first graphic novel earlier this year and absolutely loved it. Once she understood the format and read the images along with the font, a whole new world of reading was opened to her. Have you tried graphic novels yet?
Mount Alvernia Futures Expo is an opportunity for students and parents to explore future work and study pathways. The Expo is held at the College in Term 3 on Tuesday 26 July 2016, from 4 – 5.30pm.
The iCentre team is focused on providing services that connect all our learners at Mt Alvernia College to the literacies needed for living and working in today's world. We are a specialist team and this week we would like you to meet the Program Leader who heads the team, Mrs Helen Stower.
Ms Bodel's recommendation for holiday reads is a real treat! If you are a foodie, then you are going to love The Beekeeper's Secret by Josephine Moon, a local author and the first Australian novelist to make a commercial career out of writing 'foodie fiction'. Josephine writes novels around food and thinks of her books as nourishment for the soul. Set on the Sunshine Coast, this is a novel about family and the secrets, grief, and happiness that can lie within them.
Ms Gagen already has her holiday reads sorted. As an avid fantasy reader, she is looking forward to reading the very popular Throne of Glass series by New York Times bestselling author Sarah J Maas. Although not a science fiction fan, she can't wait to read Illuminae, co-authored by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and the first installment of the new trilogy The Illuminae Files. She has some serious reading to do these holidays!
An avid reader, Ms. Langusch has two great holiday reads to recommend for both grown ups and mature readers. Island Home, by her favourite author Tim Winton, is a moving memoir of the places in the Australian landscape that have breathed life into his novels, and Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks, the story of a young woman in 17th century England who bravely confronts the spread of both the plague and superstition throughout her village, is historical fiction at its best.
There is no better recommendation for your next read than the most popular books that are currently being borrowed by our readers. Ms Lester has nominated a selection of books across a variety of genres that she says never make it back onto the shelves as everyone wants to enjoy these #greatreads. Reserve your copies for the holidays.