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.
With the Christmas holidays approaching, our readers are excited at the prospect of having time to read all those #mustreads on their list. What format do you like the most - books, eReaders, audio, transmedia? Where is your favourite place to read? Send us a photo and we'll instagram it to share with the other readers in our community.
This year has seen the establishment of our iCentre monitors group. This is a group of students who have volunteered to spend some of their lunch times supporting iCentre initiatives. While this clearly has benefits for the iCentre, we hope that the students too will benefit from learning new skills, engaging with their community and serving others. This week we thanked these wonderful volunteers for all their help and assistance with a morning tea.
As part of our Literacy & Numeracy Week celebrations, the iCentre welcomed students this morning for a wonderful Mad Hatter morning tea party. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has inspired a new generation of devotees as students entered through the rabbit hole and were prompted to Drink Me and Eat Me from a glorious morning tea table. #WhatAWonderfulMorning
Can you imagine a world without books or reading? Due to the many challenges faced by some of our remote Indigenous communities, acquiring basic literacy is difficult. At Mt Alvernia, we have registered our support for improving Indigenous literacy by holding a staff morning tea to raise funds for communities we are connected to through the work of our Missionary Franciscan Sisters. Staff came dressed to support our Alice's Adventures in Wonderland theme and gave generously to this important cause.
One of the literacy events we host in the iCentre each year to celebrate Literacy & Numeracy Week is an author visit. This year we were thrilled to have Christine Bongers join us for a morning with our Year 9 students. Christine has three published books and her most recent, Intruder, is very popular at Mt Alvernia. Her other titles include Henry Hoey Hobson and Dust.
This week, we are celebrating Literacy & Numeracy Week at Mt Alvernia. Central to the literacy activities planned will be Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland which turns 150 this year! The timeless classic was inspired by real events and a real child and dreamt up on a summer day during a river outing in Oxford. It is as popular today as it was when it was first penned for Alice Liddell. Take a look at the literacy events we have planned for the week.
At the iCentre, we love reading and its many benefits and wish to pass the love on to everyone else. We have rearranged our fiction area into genres (like fantasy, mystery, issues, dystopian, relationships, paranormal, adventure, humour) to make it easier for you to put your hands on a great read. We have audio and ebooks in our collection which are easy to borrow and enjoy from the comfort of your home. We have links under iRead to great reading websites to explore, and teachers who want to help you experience the pleasure of recreational reading. Follow the link to find out more.
It's no surprise that The Protected by Claire Zorn has just been announced as the winner of the CBCA Book of the Year : Older Readers. This is a heart-breaking story. Hannah has lost her older sister in a car accident a year ago. Numb with the pain of grief, alienated both at home and school, and unable to remember the details of what happened, Hannah is forced to talk to the school counsellor. In a series of flashbacks, the story unfolds and at times it is achingly sad.
The Ancient History Banquet was a chance for students of history from Years 10 - 12 to try food based on ancient recipes, test their knowledge of Greco-Roman culture and history, and dress in ancient costume. While the Year 12 Team - 'Jupiter's Exes' - came away with the gold, it was a rewarding night for all participants. Special thanks to the Year 10s who persevered despite being out-numbered!
Are you ready to open your mind? The Brisbane Writers Festival, running from 2-6 September, will provide you with the opportunity to open your mind up to a wide range of ideas and new ways of thinking at this annual celebration of stories and ideas. A program of hundreds of events with outstanding artists will engage you in conversations ranging from fiction to politics, science to sport and everything in between. Take a look and book your tickets for this outstanding event.