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.
Celebrating their 70th anniversary, the CBCA Book of the Year Awards have been announced and the winners and honour books represent quality children's and YA literature at its best. Put these titles on your reading list for 2016!
The 2016 ISTE Standards for Students are about transformative learning with technology for students who live, work and play in a digital world and prepare learners for the new literacies they will need to participate in a global workforce that has yet to be envisioned.
It's National Science Week 2016, Australia's annual celebration of science where students, classes, schools and communities are invited to join together to enjoy and explore the wonders and benefits of science and to promote science literacy. The school theme for National Science Week this year is Drones, Droids and Robots which embraces 'Technology' in STEM, particularly autonomous technology.
Curation tools, such as Diigo and Pinterest, are important for 21st century teaching and learning as they help learners manage the infowhelm! We have recently discovered Draggo, an online bookmark manager, and a great way to save, organize, and access favourite links from any online location. We recommend you add it to your curation toolbox.
Zana Fraillon's The Bone Sparrow is the story of a Rohingya boy born inside a detention centre, the only world he knows, but who dreams that one day his world will be a different place. It is a poignant tale reminiscent of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and deals with timely issues of the refugee crisis, conditions in detention centres, persecuted minorities and immigration policies. It is a thought-provoking and highly recommended novel for young adult readers interested in these important topics.
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?
Located under the iLearn tab on the website, we have added some new video tutorials to help students with research and referencing tasks. The new tutorials step you through how to register, login and create a citation using CiteMaker, our new online referencing tool.
Raymie Nightingale is a delightful new book by Kate DiCamillo. Essentially, this is the story of a young girl, Raymie, and her two friends as they make their way through a series of adventures. It is highly recommended for Middle School readers and for anyone who loves Kate DiCamillo.
The study skills handbook, found under iLearn on this website, provides many useful tips for exam preparation and we highly recommend that students visit this site to enhance their study skills. When we understand the purpose of exams, we have a better chance of success. On the following page you will find 3 useful tips for exam preparation.
Even though some students think they can multitask and manage answering texts, listening to music or watching TV, doing homework and studying at the same time, research has proved the truth is a different story and best results are achieved when students have a distraction free work space and single-task rather than multitask. There is an excellent article in the Study Skills Handbook that discusses this research.