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Tasmanian Poetry Festival



Tasmanian Poetry Festival 2013

Take part in the Poetry Cup

Check out the  Australian Poetry Slam and pencil in the heats for next year.

BE There!


Sheffield 28-29 September

Launceston 4-6 October

This year featuring (click on the link)

Andy White, Lisa Jacobson, Michael Sharkey, Aidan Coleman, Anne Kellas, Sandy Homes, Darkwing Dubs (Scott Sneddon), MC Lady Lazarus (Eleanor Jackson), DJ Thoughtfox (Doubting Thomas)

For more information

Contact the Festival


Junior Library Book Sale & Book Week

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This week Mrs. Lee has been summing up our Book Week activities and teaching her Library lesson students about The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

The Foundation provides books & literacy resources for indigenous kids & families in remote communities. The Foundation has sent Mrs. Lee this great link. It will be national Indigenous Literacy Day in on 4th September. If you want too, you can Get Caught Reading like Andy Griffiths. Take a look at all the fabulous children’s authors taking part. You can make a donation, upload a photo of yourself & tell your friends.

During Book Week the Junior Library held a book sale for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Many parents and friends from the Grammar Community donated books they no longer needed and then a sale proceeded over 3 days during recess and lunch-time. With such support the community has raised $400.00 to pass on to the Foundation. Importantly, our children have learned about the difference access to education means and how being literate is not something we should take for granted.

You can connect with the Foundation via

Thankyou you all for your support.

Tasmanian Exemplar David Brill

David Brill – the man who saw too much

Tasmanian born David Brill studied photography and cinematography at a commercial studio in Hobart and then worked for the local ABC. Watch & listen to one of Australia’s finest news cinematographers, covering disasters, wars and humanitarian stories since 1967.  David is motivated through telling the stories of unsung heroes and highlighting the good things happening in the world, which often go un-reported.

David Brill was inducted into the Australian Cinematographers (ACS) Hall of Fame in 2008.

At SBS, his personally engaged and humanistic approach has resulted in United Nations Media Peace awards for his stories Good Morning Vietnam and Chad – Crisis In The Desert.

The Man Who Saw Too Much by John Little is a biography about his exceptional career, part of The Learning Hub biography collection. This section continues to grow –  we have a rich selection of biography & auto-biography

SCI-KU – can you?


SCI-KU & Science Poetry Competition

Here’s something to cross-fertilize disciplines and explore the filmy line between science and art/literature!

More About Haiku & SCI-KU

Submit your own Sci-ku poems with a statistics or maths theme.

  •  primary,
  • secondary
  • open category

For National Science Week annual celebration of science

How to Enter – On-line entry & Rules

This competition is an initiative of RiAus


  •  a new prize for Science Poetry – for over 18 years – explores scientific understandings and achievements. Science includes the natural and physical sciences, the applied sciences, the newly emerging and interdisciplinary fields and mathematics.

Saturday August 10 to Sunday August 18

Great Big Science Read Book Recommendations

Science Daily

Discover Science

Mary Meets Mohammad

Images courtesy of Kristy Dowsing

Images courtesy of\
Kristy Dowsing

Mary Meets Mohammad is a documentary feature film made in Tasmania touring nationally. If you can, take some time to see the film in July when it plays in Launceston. The comprehensive website will tell you about  –

  1. the film,
  2. supporting refugees
  3. where Australia wide-screenings are
  4. reviews
  5.  a photogallery.
  • Where : LAUNCESTON 11, 12 July 6:30pm Arts Theatre 9,
  • UTAS Newnham Campus.
  • Ph: (03) 6332 2211

The story begins inTasmania’s first detention centre through the eyes of local Christian woman and knitting club member Mary and Muslim Afghan Hazara asylum seeker Mohammad, who is detained inside.

Director/Producer Heather Kirkpatrick with her feature length documentary “Mary Meets Mohammad” was one of the four finalists in the national F4 Award for Outstanding Documentary Talent 2013. 

Krista Bell visit Launceston LINC


Great opportunity

Krista Bell will be at the Launceston LINC

Author of 23 popular books

Saturday 29th June

10.30 AM

Teachers’ Notes

Latest work  : Warriors

Featuring the terra cotta warriors of China


My China Experience: the inspirations behind Peeking Ducks and Warriors published by Windy Hollow Books

Ask about her FIBTION technique for writing

Tributes for Mr. Yunupingu

At the moment we are hosting a small quiet display at school outside The Learning Hub focussing on poetry & lyrics. There is a book open in the cabinet and the pages show the lyrics for Treaty. Words, poetry, songs – there is agency in language & communication.

Treaty was co-written with Paul Kelly and was produced on Yothu Yindi’s second album Tribal Voice.

Mr. Yunupingu “as the frontman of Yothu Yindi pushed indigenous music beyond Australian borders and gained a global audience with his 1992 hit Treaty. Yunupingu, who died overnight aged 56, was born in an Aboriginal reserve in Yirrkala, Arnhem Land, on September 17, 1956.

A member of the Gumatj clan of the Yirritja moiety, his ancestral totem was the “baru”, or saltwater crocodile. His surname, Yunupingu, translates as “rock that will stand against anything”.Yunupingu began teaching at the Yirrkala School in his early twenties, becoming the first indigenous Australian appointed as a school principal after receiving a Bachelor of Education in 1987.”  [Yunupingu broke indigenous barriers The Australian June 03 2013]

Take some time to find out more about this remarkable man.

A small sample of the many tributes this week :

Yunupingu: A teacher until the end [Sydney Morning Herald]

Yothu Yindi frontman Yunupingu dies aged 56 [ABC News On-line]

Yunupingu, the voice of a nation [The Age]

Write a Book in a Day – 2013


50 students tucked in The Learning Hub, humming with creativity

 Chris Love LIVE from the US by Video Conference

How did that happen? It’s a whole year and LCGS Seniors are at it again.

  • 8 pm Photocopy & binder homage and books in. Watch out for on-line copies soon…
  • Mr. Grubert has just walked passed “It’s 8 PAST 7”
  • 7.05 and chatting with Chris in Seattle, Mr. & Mrs. Norris are  been visiting everyone and Mr. Grubert is waiting for a deluge of new books in electronic format. Then it’s time to bind. The countdown is on.
  • It’s after 6 PM and after a group meeting & pizza  for 50, deadlines are looming. The writers and publishers are calm under pressure.
Almost a complete nutritious meal.

Almost a complete nutritious meal.


Second stage graphic work



Table top turbo snail

Table top turbo snail


The List


Inspirational wall plan

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Action shots

Write a Book in a Day Competition – midday update 2 from Mr. Grubert

  • We are five hours in with seven hours remaining. Most teams have finished a first draft of their work and are reading through their chapters to check for quality, continuity etc. Feet are up, shoes are off and no-one is observing the “Do NOT eat” signage in the Learning Hub.

As a sidenote, some of you will know new student Catherine Kerr. In case you don’t, check out one of her “sketches” of Holly Feather, one character from her team’s story…

Copyright Catherine Kerr “sketches” Holly Feather

Copyright Catherine Kerr
“sketches” Holly Feather



  • An extraordinary 50 students participating on campus and a 51st, Year 11 Chris Love, who is participating via video conference from Seattle, USA. Chris will work through to 3:00am Seattle time to complete the project!

Three hours into the twelve-hour epic, storylines are developing with the following six ideas being worked peak:

 Team 1 – Grade 9s:

Pastafarian (no, that is not a typo) priest Fabian meets Victoria, a politician. Together, they must defeat the piranha-controlled enemy who is trying to take over the world…

 Team 2 – Grade 7s:

A Rock Star and a Gardner fall in love but mean-girl Brittany tries to break them up through an extortion attempt…

 Team 3: Grade 8s:

Daniel, a builder whose wife has died finds that soon after his daughter runs away. After an accident he is left in a coma and it is in this dream-like state that he seeks out the spirit of his wife…

 Team 4: Grade 7, 10, 11 (last year’s shortlisted team)

A trans-galactic foreigner lands on earth to gather intell. For an impending invasion. A chance encounter with a swagman, Keith, changes the future of both worlds…

 Team 5: Grade 8

An escaped convict who is plagued by recurring nightmares hunts for the dream thief who is able to take away people’s dreams with the help of a magical albatross…

 Team 6: Grade 7

An heiress to a millionaire runs away with a boy who works as a hospital cook. When their boat is hit by a falling satellite they are set adrift with only a digeridoo to keep them afloat…