Archive for October 2013



Year 12s at 8/9 Book Club

At lunchtime last Friday three of our Year 12 students – Lachlan, Kieran and Ashley – came along to Inside Story, our 8/9 Book Club, to talk to the younger boys about books they had enjoyed reading when they were the same age. They revisited a lot of old favourites (see our Year 10 Book Club post) and newer popular fiction choices, and afterwards one of the Year 9s commented: “I was rather inspired to read Across the  Nightingale Floor these holidays after listening to the Grade 12’s promote this book.”

The senior boys also recommended some more advanced books for the boys to try – more thought-provoking ones with more depth, ones that linger in the memory to ponder for a long time to come.  They also recommended non-fiction biographies to help boys engage with real-life examples of people overcoming great obstacles to achieve success and satisfaction in life.

A few of their recommended titles:

Farenheit 451,  The Book Thief,  Cloudstreet,  Animal Farm,  Brave New World,  1984,  No Country for Old Men Crossing the Ice, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Kite Runner, Kane and Abel, Mao’s Last Dancer, Of Mice and Men.




Book Talks Entice Readers

During the first half of the year, we took each of our Year 8 Literature Circles classes down to the large Dymocks Bookstore in the City, where they were able to choose books for themselves, and choose books to add to our library collection. After a gunman was arrested in the Mall, however, we decided a better option would be to invite the children’s literature specialist from Dymocks to come up to the school instead, and promote the latest YA book releases to the boys.

This has proven to be a very popular event each time Abby has come to the school, with the boys avidly listening to her book reviews, and keenly adding reservations to the titles. Both of our libraries have overflowing fiction collections, and our boys settle easily into a culture of reading, with over 4000 books borrowed each term.