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.
A growth mindset program is being run this semester for our Yr 7 & 8 students. Based on the research of Carol Dweck, its aim is to empower our students to achieve their full potential with the development of a growth mindset, which allows them to unleash their potential by applying effort and energy to develop their abilities.
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead is a story about friendship, growing up (and sometimes apart from others) and learning to make good choices. The main characters in this book - Bridge, Tabitha and Emily are in Year 7 and starting to explore new interests and meet new people along the way. These broadening experiences bring changes to the status quo of their friendship and challenge them all to consider what is important to them and what might constitute the betrayal of a friend.
Our homework study clubs will be resuming again this year on February 22nd. This service is a wonderful opportunity for students to work on their homework or assessment tasks in a supervised and collaborative environment. These sessions are supervised by staff members who are only too happy to be accessed by the students. Students are required to sign an attendance record when they commence their study and on completion. For more details about the clubs and how to access the service
The start of the year is the perfect time for students to set academic goals for the year, as well as any personal goals they have to achieve their personal best for 2016. The iCentre subscribes to the Online Study Skills Handbook which can be found on our website by entering the title in the search bar. This is a wonderful resource for helping students with practical suggestions of how to best manage their homework and study tasks and habits. This week, our study tip encourages and supports students in goal setting.
We have compiled a collection of book ideas for parents who like to include a book among their gifts for Christmas. This list is aimed at our new Year 7 students for 2016 and our current Year 7 students. The list includes books that have been popular with the Year 7’s this year, books that are new in the stores and some of the older ones that remain great reads. In particular, we have included books that belong to a series where possible, as this is a great way to hook young people into reading.
Alison Croggon’s story, The River and the Book is narrated by Simbala. Simbala was raised in a village that has two treasures as named in the title of the story: the river and the book.
Australia is the skin cancer capital of the world, and Queensland the skin cancer capital of Australia. As we head into summer, it is timely that our Yr 8 HPE students will be investigating sun safety this term and exploring how to be sunsmart, not sun damaged. Visit the iCentre Pinterest board Sun Safety for a variety of resources to support this topic.
Francis School students in Yr 7 and Yr 8 have been asked this term to choose their own novels to read. Lucky them! We have plenty of suggestions to help with their choices. First step is to visit the iCentre Pinterest boards to be inspired. You'll be spoilt for choice with recommendations. Then borrow the hard copy, digital copy, audio copy, multimedia copy or whatever format is available of your novel and start reading and enjoying!
Our Yr 7 & and Yr 8 classes are participating this term in Genius Hour, an hour when students are empowered to spend time on something they are passionate about. The concept originated at Google, where employees were given 20% of their working week to spend time on what they were interested in. The creativity that resulted has given us GMail, amongst other things. What will our students create? Read on and take a look!
Our avid readers will be delighted with the ABC Splash resource Interviews with 10 Australian Authors. Here some of our favourite authors, including Thomas Keneally, Nadia Wheatley and David Malouf, talk about their works, their inspiration and what it is like to live the life of a writer.