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.
Our Teacher-Librarian, Krystal Gagen, read her first graphic novel earlier this year and absolutely loved it. Once she understood the format and read the images along with the font, a whole new world of reading was opened to her. Have you tried graphic novels yet?
Located under the iLearn tab on the website, we have added some new video tutorials to help students with research and referencing tasks. The new tutorials step you through how to register, login and create a citation using CiteMaker, our new online referencing tool.
Raymie Nightingale is a delightful new book by Kate DiCamillo. Essentially, this is the story of a young girl, Raymie, and her two friends as they make their way through a series of adventures. It is highly recommended for Middle School readers and for anyone who loves Kate DiCamillo.
The study skills handbook, found under iLearn on this website, provides many useful tips for exam preparation and we highly recommend that students visit this site to enhance their study skills. When we understand the purpose of exams, we have a better chance of success. On the following page you will find 3 useful tips for exam preparation.
Even though some students think they can multitask and manage answering texts, listening to music or watching TV, doing homework and studying at the same time, research has proved the truth is a different story and best results are achieved when students have a distraction free work space and single-task rather than multitask. There is an excellent article in the Study Skills Handbook that discusses this research.
Our students live in a world of infowhelm where they are bombarded with information from a myriad of sources, most of which are unmediated. The skill of being able to evaluate the quality of the information is an information literacy and fluency skill which is essential today. We are teaching our Yr 7 and Yr 8 students how to go about this by using a set of criteria to apply each time they use an information source.
Recently, a US judge ruled that the famous Led Zeppelin hit Stairway to heaven was similar enough to an instrumental by the band Spirit to necessitate a jury trial. If the jury finds Led Zeppelin guilty of copyright infringement, the band could be made pay huge sums of money in damages. At Mt Alvernia, students are taught that respecting the creative and intellectual property of others is their moral, ethical and legal responsibility.
CiteMaker is the new online referencing tool we are currently introducing to our students. It is a citation and bibliography maker that allows students to format their assignment reference sources using the APA reference style. You can find CiteMaker under the iReference tab on the iCentre website.
The Land of Stories, an exciting new series for middle school readers, is gaining great popularity amongst our Yr 7 students. Written by Chris Colfer of Glee fame, the series begins with The Wishing Spell, where twins Alex and Conner enter a magical land where fairy tales are real! Readers begin a thrilling quest of page-turning adventure which continues throughout the four stories that are currently published. The fifth story in the series is due out in July 2016.
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.