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.
CiteMaker is the new online referencing tool we are currently introducing to our students. It is a citation and bibliography maker that allows students to format their assignment reference sources using the APA reference style. You can find CiteMaker under the iReference tab on the iCentre website.
Write like an Author is a creative writing course specifically designed for middle years students. It shows them how to write stories like professional authors do and helps inspire and motivate them to reach their writing potential. A week long school holiday writing camp is being held from 28th March to 1st April and is being facilitated by well-known author Brian Faulkner. This is a wonderful opportunity for all our young, budding writers. See the website for more details.
If you are interested in what's new in fiction, take a look at our newest Pinterest board where we have curated the latest books to be added to our collection. The board, New in the iCentre, is being updated continually and serves as an inspiration for your next read. Browsing the titles and clicking on the link of a featured novel will take you to a Goodreads or publisher's outline of the story, which can help you decide your next #greatread.
Google Keep is a free web and mobile based note-taking app that helps you with organisation. It allows you to capture, edit, share and collaborate on any device, anywhere. Use it on your phone, tablet, computer or Android Wear watch as it syncs across all your devices so that your notes and lists are available wherever you are. Students can use it, either individually or in collaboration with others, for creating checklists for assignment work, exam preparation and study, and daily organisational tasks.
Ugly : a beaut story about one very ugly kid is a #mustread for our middle years students. It is the story of Robert Hoge, born with a giant tumor on his forehead, severely distorted facial features and legs that were twisted and useless. It is a courageous and inspiring account of an extraordinary person living an ordinary life that, against all odds, was filled with joy, optimism, and boyhood naughtiness. It helps the reader experience a life very different from their own and that it is OK to be different.
Snapchat is a popular messaging app that allows teens to exchange user-generated photos, texts and videos and send them as messages to other Snapchat users. Every Snapchat message has a viewing time limit ranging from 1 to 10 seconds, as selected by the sender. However, users need to be informed about the 'temporary' aspect of the service, and as with any social media-sharing tool, be cautious and thoughtful about which images they send.
Leigh Hobbs, of Old Tom and Horrible Harriet fame, is the new Australian Children's Laureate for 2016. He is the illustrator of the 'It's Your Story" calendar, a fun project for everyone. Each month a different theme is suggested to inspire your story adventures. The calendar can be printed and used in your classroom, library, bookshop, cafe, office or home and the monthly theme can be interpreted in any way you like. Create, enjoy and share stories all through the year – and encourage children to have fun with stories with this engaging, new resource.
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.