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.
This term, our Yr 8 students have been learning how to create graphic book reviews. We are very excited to showcase the work of Eleanor Camp who has reviewed the novel A seven letter word by Kim Slater in a visual way to recommend it to other readers.
When studying for the approaching exams, students need to be able to understand the topic, remember the content and apply the skills and techniques of the topic to different types of questions. Actively studying for exams using this strategy is an essential skill for students to achieve success. To learn more, read the following article which gives tips about how this can be achieved.
If you are looking for your next read, check out the iCentre blog iRead iShare - our online space to share great reads and recommendations. It's full of book reviews for both students and parents and includes our new graphic book reviews as well.
With the exam period fast approaching, it is timely to be reminded of the Study Skills Handbook online resource that all students have access to on the iCentre website. Our tip this week is all about time management and how to prioritise using rocks, pebbles and sand. Follow the link for this valuable advice and use the hints given over the next weeks for end of year ssessment tasks and exams.
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!
The 2016 ISTE Standards for Students are about transformative learning with technology for students who live, work and play in a digital world and prepare learners for the new literacies they will need to participate in a global workforce that has yet to be envisioned.
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.
“Smile” is based on Raina Telegmeier’s real life experiences. It follows her journey from needing braces, to losing a tooth, major dental surgery, and finally learning how to smile. This graphic novel is very popular with our Yr 7 students and is rarely on the shelves.
Curation tools, such as Diigo and Pinterest, are important for 21st century teaching and learning as they help learners manage the infowhelm! We have recently discovered Draggo, an online bookmark manager, and a great way to save, organize, and access favourite links from any online location. We recommend you add it to your curation toolbox.
We recommend that students and teachers follow the iCentre on Pinterest where we curate boards to support teaching and learning across the curriculum. This term, our Yr 7s will find the Ancient China board useful to support their unit of work and as a starting point for their enquiry.