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.
The shortlist for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards for 2016 has been announced. 30 books have been recognised over six award categories celebrating the outstanding literary talent we have in Australia and the contribution that literature makes to our culture and intellectual life. Read more about each shortlisted book, and stay up to date via the Prime Minister's Literary Awards facebook page. The winners will be announced later in the year.
This year, senior students from both Mt Alvernia and Padua Colleges have had the opportunity to meet and discuss books in a cross-campus book club. The discussions at these meetings were designed around themes such as crime and relationships. Each college took turns at hosting these Friday afternoon meetings and lively discussions around the books were enjoyed by the students.
Bob Dylan, the voice of a generation, has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition". The announcement has split the literary world. While many praise the decision, others in the literary world are questioning whether his lyrics are Nobel Prize material. What do you think?
This week we are celebrating literacy in the iCentre as we mark the 100 year anniversay of the birth of Roald Dahl, one of our favourite authors who continues to delight both adults and children alike with his quirky and magical stories and poems.
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!
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.
We are very excited to be part of the State Library of Queensland's Belonging Mural with a photograph of our students enjoying a campfire session in the iCentre. The mural contains photograps that reflect the many realities of life in Queensland and will be on display in the Knowledge Walk of the State Library of Queensland from 18 June through 31st December 2016.
Mount Alvernia Futures Expo is an opportunity for students and parents to explore future work and study pathways. The Expo is held at the College in Term 3 on Tuesday 26 July 2016, from 4 – 5.30pm.
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.
The iCentre welcomes staff and students back to the school year for 2016. Our mission is to support our whole school community by connecting you with the skills, tools and information you need for work and life in the 21st century. We do this through the services we offer and the resources we make available for you in both our physical and virtual spaces. Our website is our gateway to our online resources and social media channels and our goal for the year is to ensure you are all connected to this valuable resource.