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.
We hope you are enjoying National Science Week, 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 schools theme for National Science Week 2015 is Making waves - the science of light based on the International Year of Light.
Harper Lee's long anticipated newly discovered novel Go Set a Watchman is due to be published on Tuesday 14th July. For lovers of her only other novel To Kill a Mockingbird, this is seen as an historic literary event, rivalling that of publication of the last Harry Potter novel. Assumed to have been lost, and only discovered in 2014, this is the novel that Harper Lee submitted to the publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. The first chapter has been released globally and can be read or listened to in anticipation of its full publication.
On Thursday, June 11, Mt Alvernia College was represented by five terrific girls from Year 7 in the Brisbane North Region Readers' Cup competition. The team members were Jeeva Ajimon, Sophia Fasone, Erika Chaki, Jorja Logie and Emma Richards. The girls have been busy reading the selected titles and had a lot of fun competing with teams from other schools in the district. Adding to the fun, Prue Mason, author of Zafir, one of the titles for this year, had kindly agreed to be the guest Quizmaster for the night.
Interested in joining a book club? We are starting up a new lunch time book club for anyone who loves to read. All year levels are welcome - teachers are welcome too. After an initial planning meeting, it has been agreed that we will meet in the iCentre each Tuesday at lunch time. It was decided that because the club is for people of all ages, instead of all members reading the same novel, we will read different novels based on theme. So far we have a great group, but there’s always room for anyone else who is interested.
This question was asked of our students as they visited the iCentre during National Reconciliation Week to view the displays and discuss the significance of the week. Read what they had to say.
This Wednesday marks the beginning of National Reconciliation Week which is celebrated in Australia between May 27th and June 3rd, two significant dates in the history of reconciliation in our country. May 27th marks the anniversary of the 1967 referendum which saw the recognition of Aboriginal people as full Australian citizens and June 3rd is the anniversary of the 1992 High Court landmark Mabo decision which paved the way for Native Title.
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 Monday 27th July, 2015, from 4pm to 6pm.
Every year Kedron Wavell Services Club offers five students from their affiliated schools the opportunity to travel to Canberra to attend the Dawn Service and National Service on Anzac Day. The girls from Mt Alvernia are excited to be joined by students from Craigslea SHS, Padua College, Wavell SHS and Kedron SHS for the centenary commemorations.
I want the courage of Aung San Suu Kyi, born 19 June 1945. Aung Sun Suu Kyi is a human rights activist who won the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize for her nonviolent efforts to bring democracy to Myanmar (also known as Burma).
I want the vision of Miles Franklin, 14 October 1879 – 19 September 1954. Miles Franklin, whose full name was Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin, wrote her first and most famous novel, My Brilliant Career, while she was still a teenager. Published in 1901, it is cherished as an early feminist work, with both its main character and its author refusing to accept the limitations applied to women at the time.