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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Twitter, this book is being tagged #orangeisthenewblackswan - and that certainly says it all - ballerinas, violence, and prison are all central to The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma. This book explores the lead up to, and fallout from, a very violent crime in which two ballerinas are murdered by a fellow dancer.