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.
Francis School students in Yr 7 and Yr 8 have been asked this term to choose their own novels to read. Lucky them! We have plenty of suggestions to help with their choices. First step is to visit the iCentre Pinterest boards to be inspired. You'll be spoilt for choice with recommendations. Then borrow the hard copy, digital copy, audio copy, multimedia copy or whatever format is available of your novel and start reading and enjoying!
Our Yr 7 & and Yr 8 classes are participating this term in Genius Hour, an hour when students are empowered to spend time on something they are passionate about. The concept originated at Google, where employees were given 20% of their working week to spend time on what they were interested in. The creativity that resulted has given us GMail, amongst other things. What will our students create? Read on and take a look!
For our Yr 7 students who wish to immerse themselves in Chinese culture and traditions to support and extend their inquiry this term into Ancient China, we recommend reading Chinese Cinderella : the true story of an unwanted daughter by Adeline Yen Mah. Although set in the 1940's, the reader walks a mile in Adeline's shoes to experience what it was like to grow up the daughter, and an unwanted one, in a wealthy Chinese family in a very different country and during a very different time. This memoir, based on a true story of a "mighty girl", continues to be much loved by readers of all ages.
The iCentre has curated a Pinterest board especially for our Yr 7 students who are learning about Greek myths. Visit the board to see a wide variety of resources to listen, view and read to immerse yourself in this fascinating topic.
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan is the first of five novels in The Heroes of Olympus series which collectively form a sequel to Percy Jackson & the Olympians. An exciting and entertaining read, we highly recommend this book and the series to our Yr 7s who are learning about Greek myths.
This year we are excited to be offering Year 7 & 8 students the opportunity to use digital textbooks on the LearningField platform. This is an initiative from the Copyright Agency and instead of students having a single textbook, a subscription to LearningField offers students access to 95% of the Australian textbook market. At Mt Alvernia, we think it is important for students to build digital literacy and this is one avenue for this. For a more detailed introduction to what is on offer from LearningField