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.
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.
10 Futures by Michael Pryor explores the future of sustainability. In 10 future-based scenarios, each one highlighting thought provoking issues, Sam and Tara experience imagined and extrapolated futures and must meet the challenges and opportunities that arise. Most of these take place in an environment that has radically changed and where sustainability is of crucial importance. This is a highly recommended read for our Yr 9IS classes.
This year, we are celebrating St Francis’ 35th anniversary as the Patron Saint of Ecology. Our Yr 9 IS classes are investigating the concept of stewardship as an honour and opportunity and also exploring how our actions or inactions influence and impact the future of planet earth. To support their inquiry, the iCentre has curated Pinterest resources on Environmental Issues and Rainforests which are great starting points for thinking and discussing these topics.
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.
This term our Yr 9IS classes are undertaking an inquiry into the concept of reconciliation. With this in mind, we recommend students read Nona & Me by Clare Atkins, a thought provoking novel about cross cultural friendship and the realities of remote indigenous life.
Light Horse Boy is a powerful book based on the historical events of 1914 - 1918. The characters in the book are fictitious but due to the author’s meticulous research of records and diaries, they are vividly brought to life. This is enhanced through the mixed media of the text which includes letters, diary entries and prose. The visual photographs and beautiful charcoal illustrations by Brian Simmonds also bring the story to life.
The soldier poets of World War 1 give us an insight into the patriotism of the early days, the reality and horror of trench warfare on the Western Front and the devastating legacy of a generation of lost sons, fathers and husbands. Plunged into inhuman conditions, they reacted powerfully to their surroundings in poems.
Propaganda posters were designed in Australia during World War 1 as one-sided communications aimed at influencing people's thinking and actions. Many promoted enlistment, others were designed to maintain public anger at German atrocities. Posters idealised the Australian soldier and urged the public to support the war effort and make whatever sacrifices were necessary for victory, even if that meant conscription.
Based on the true story of Valentine Joe Strudwick, one of the youngest soldiers known to have been killed in action, one month short of his 16th birthday, this is a heartbreaking and moving love story where a modern young girl goes back in time to meet a young boy soldier. Together, they learn to make sense of their different worlds, where death has become part of everyday life.
This term our Yr 9 IS classes are using an inquiry approach to investigate World War 1 and how values and attitudes changed over the course of the war. The iCentre has curated The Great War Pinterest board to support our teachers and students with their inquiry.