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.
One Minute's Silence is a moving and powerful story about the meaning of Remembrance Day. It draws on the battle at Gallipoli between Australian and Turkish troops and the reader is prompted to consider both points of view. The publication of the book coincides with the 100th anniversary year of the start of World War One, and the landing of the Anzacs at Gallipoli on 25th April, 1915.
Central to the Anzac legend is the story of John Simpson Kirkpatrick and his donkey Duffy who rescued over 300 men during the campaign at Gallipoli. Simpson and his Donkey by Mark Greenwood is an engaging non-fiction picture book which brings this heroic tale to life.
This term our Yr9 IS classes are exploring Victorian Literature and making connections as to how it was a reflection of the beliefs, values and attitudes of the times. The iCentre has curated a Victorian Literature Pinterest board to showcase some of the greatest novels and poetry of the era. It includes films, audio books, documentaries and contemporary versions of these great works. It can be used as a starting point and inspiration for students and teachers as they begin their inquiry.
This term our Year 9 IS classes are undertaking an inquiry into the Industrial Revolution. The iCentre is using Pinterest to curate resources for both our teachers and students to support teaching and learning of this topic. Make sure you take a look at the Industrial Revolution board, and take the time to explore other boards that have been curated to support our community of learners.
This term, Year 9 are investigating environmental issues in Integrated Studies classes. The iCentre have curated a list of literature that students and teachers may be interested in using to support or extend their studies in this topic. This list can be accessed via the iCentre Pinterest board on Environmental Issues.
Loyal Creatures is set in World War One and although it is about a real war and inspired by real events, author Morris Gleitzman tells us that “it isn’t a history book”. Rather it is a book written to inspire our imaginations about what it may have been like to volunteer in the war as so many Australian men and women did.
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.
This term, some of our year 9 students are creating podcasts to share their learning. Podcasts are a great way to share presentations, stories, ideas and music in an audio format. We have created a tutorial to assist students with making podcasts using GarageBand on their iPads.
The 20th century saw some of the most devastating wars in history where young men and women were called upon to defend their countries. Stories of great heroism, tragic loss of life on an unprecedented scale, and the best and worst of human nature have been told. We have recently purchased two new resources for our fiction collection. Reading them allows you to walk a mile in the shoes of these young soldiers and gives you an insight into the horrors and futility of war.
In 10 Futures, Michael Pryor challenges us to think about our future and asks the question "What happens if this goes on?" In 10 story segments, he offers us a well researched trend of the present time and then an evidence-based extrapolation of what the future could look like if we continue down this path.