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Reading Olympics


The combination of the National Year of Reading with the London Olympics  provided a golden opportunity for us to run a Reading Olympics competition for all our Middle School boys.  The boys were challenged to see who could read the most in the 8 weeks leading up to and during the London Olympics, and this was a perfect way to not only link reading with sport but to also reward a non-sporting achievement.

The 16 Middle School classes divided neatly into 4 sporting teams and 4 countries, and each boy was given a score-sheet based on his country and team.  Each 10 pages read represented one point, and medals were awarded according to how many points were earned – 2000, 3000 and 4000 for Years 6 and 7, and 3000, 4000 and 5000 for Year 8. The boys whole-heartedly rose to the challenge and we ended up awarding 111 individual medals – 55 gold, 23 silver and 33 bronze – while the overall winners of each sporting team and country received trophies. The most successful team was the Athletics team with 49 medals, the Australian team came second with 34 medals and the Cycling team placed third with 31 medals.

During the 8 weeks of the competition, 1344 books were recorded as read; in reality this number would have been much higher because boys who were not in the competition were also reading. In all, it was a very enjoyable and highly successful competition promoting books, reading and literacy.




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Students in all three year levels are participating in Literature Circles in what is proving to be a busy but exciting time at the Middle School Library. The purpose of a Literature Circle is to promote deep thinking about books as well as providing a social opportunity for boys to engage with stories and discuss the themes, characters and plots developments that they see as important. It is always rewarding to listen in to the conversations between students as they share and debate their ideas.

Year 6 students are working across the year group to read a variety of texts including fantasy, historical fiction and adventure. Popular choices are Year of the Tiger and Wolf Brother. Year 7 students are reading science fiction novels in keeping with their English curriculum focus. Titles include Mortal Engines and The Lab. Year 8s are also reading a range of novels based on interest such as Evil Genius, The Knife of Never Letting Go and Peak.

Following these Circles boys will continue to explore literature via individual choice and a range of activities suited to their interests and abilities.




Year 9′s Keen to Read


The Forum has been buzzing again with boys talking about books as our Year 9 students have put their heads together to answer questions about popular novels they have read.  It’s been very rewarding to see so many boys enjoying reading!

Each form class has had to enter four teams in the Literature Competition, organised by Ms Ragen, teacher librarian in charge of reading and literature, and every two weeks one of these teams has answered questions on one of the four set books.  Because each form class only has 16 students, this means that each of them has a chance to compete.


The books selected were:  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Ice Station by Matthew Reilly, Gone by Michael Grant and Divergent by Veronica Roth.

The Year 12 Form Seniors have also helped out by marking the answers on the spot and keeping track of the scores, while the School Captains have acted as MCs.  At the end of the term the top-scoring team will win a sausage sizzle lunch.



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LibraryThing for Libraries


LibraryThing for Libraries is a recent exciting addition to our Library catalogue, an add-on which allows you to find similar titles in our Library, explore other titles with similar tags, read reviews written by people around the world, write your own reviews, and see a virtual bookshelf of the books located before and after the title you are looking at.

This library-enhancement package is based on LibraryThing, “a cataloguing and social networking site for book lovers where you or anyone else can create your own library catalogue of books: books you own, books you’ve read, books you’d like to read, books you’ve lent out … whatever grouping you’d like.

Since everyone catalogues online, they also catalogue together. You can contribute tags, ratings and reviews for a book, and Common Knowledge (facts about a book or author, like character names and awards), as well as participate in member forums or join the Early Reviewers programme. Everyone gets the benefit of everyone else’s work.

LibraryThing connects people based on the books they share” and LibraryThing for Libraries connects you to other titles you might enjoy from our Library, while allowing you to read reviews from people around the world.

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Love Reading!!



Valentine’s Day last week was the perfect opportunity tor some subtle promotion of books and reading!! (February 14 has been named Library Lovers Day by the Australian Library and Information Services.)   To start the National Year of Reading we gave each teacher an embossed leather bookmark, and an invitation to submit a book quote they love.  These will now be enlarged onto posters and put up behind the front desk.

While we don’t have a lot of demand for romantic fiction, we do have some great love stories available in our Library:





National Year of Reading


2012 has been designated as the National Year of Reading, and both the Senior and Middle School libraries have a multitude of activities planned to celebrate this exciting year.

The idea for the National Year of Reading was first discussed at the Australian Library and Information Association Public Libraries Summit back in 2009.  Since then it has expanded to include authors, publishers, teachers, teacher librarians, book retailers, media organisations, government and corporate partners. More than 200 writers, publishers and organisations involved with reading and literacy are affiliated with the National Year of Reading, and ambassadors and patrons include: William McInnes, Bernard Salt, Bryce Courtenay, Kevin Rudd, Andy Griffiths, Morris Gleitzman, Susanne Gervay, Anh Do, Ted Egan, Robyn Archer, Anna Goldsworthy, Steve Parish, Anita Heiss, Graeme Base, Anna Bligh, Gary Crew, Shaun Tan and the Melbourne Football Club.

The National Year of Reading will officially be launched next week on 14 February at the National Library of Australia in Canberra, hosted by the First Tuesday Book Club’s Jennifer Byrne, actor and author William McInnes and award-winning children’s author Boori Monty Pryor.

(Information from SCIS Connections and Love 2 Read)

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