Write a Book in a Day – 2013

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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.

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Second stage graphic work

Focussed

Focussed

Table top turbo snail

Table top turbo snail

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The List

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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

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UPDATE 1

  • 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…

Lanz Burch Visit – The Learning Hub

Image courtesy of Pixabay Copyright Free site. Attribution Reimund Bertrams

Image courtesy of Pixabay Copyright Free site.
Attribution Reimund Bertrams

Lanz will be visiting on Monday the 8th. He is a writer living in North Eastern Tasmania.

  • 1.10 PM
  • The Learning Hub
  • Welcome – learn more about Lunz, his current projects, getting published, speculative fiction…

Track his eBook angel rising tagged adventure, mystery, action, space opera, science fiction, steampunk, creative commons, technology, twelfth planet press, tpp, new ceres, dirk flintheart, shared world….ENTICING! Published at Smashwords.

Welcome Back : 2013, spreading the word in social media

social_media

image from Social Media World

It seems that most people have had a great break. There’s some good energy flying as we are all catching up with each other. Your summer has been filled with narratives – fantastic, social, visual, personal, written, read, virtual and more. We can share many of these experiences together. No doubt many of us have shared our world via social media.

Some of the stories this season have been challenging and emotional as we are all aware of fires and floods that are still affecting us, with loss of life and property. It was a true inspiration to me to see how social media has connected people to each other – particularly the Facebook page ‘Tasmanian Fires – we can help’.  Many stories streamed in and real practical help was organised to reach people on the Tasman Peninsula – building community and new relationships.

Read 3 PR Lessons about the Tasmanian Bushfires at Dunalley – fleshing out how stories connect us, how we want to help and how social media spreads news ‘like wildfire’.  Mashable has another good article about social media and natural disasters, and the site may be a good bookmark for some people.

Many of us posted photographs on the ABC website, and on Facebook, Tumblr etc. We respond in a very human way to these visual images – each telling a story too. 

As a consequence of all this communication people did get help and support in so many ways, and that support continues, so it has been an inspirational summer.

Launching a new page – Mrs. Lee’s Selections

Mrs. Lee is the Teacher Librarian at the Junior Library, and many Senior students will remember her passion for reading. Mrs. Lee has launched herself into the e-Book world too and is busy sourcing literature and learning apps for her iPad. Students at the Junior School are emerging with their devices, and bringing them into the classroom.

Reading and literacy is happening in so many exciting ways as we have more and more options.

The books at the Junior Library are carefully selected and well loved by our busy borrowers.

Mrs. Lee’s Selections is author based and the first page is the well-loved, well-borrowed Andy Griffiths. Andy is very  popular at the Junior and Senior Campus, so there’s something there for everyone!

Visit our new page here.

Over time Anne Fienberg, Garth Nix, Anthony Horowitz and Michael Morporgo will have a page too. You can watch it grow. We’ll let you know.

Art, Audio and Writing from the Junior School 2

Story, pastel artwork and audio by Lily

Lily Reads Her Story

One morning Dad and I were sitting at the breakfast table eating toast and then suddenly out of the blue I asked Dad why do jellyfish sting people? Well Charlotte sit down on the couch and I’ll tell you.

Way back and I mean way back, there was a man named Bob and Bob was a very funny man.

But one day Bob went out to seas going jelly fishing. The day that Bob was meant to come back he didn’t and so all of his family just thought that Bob was just a day late. 

The next day at 2.10 his family started to worry and then most of them said

“We’re going to look for him”. About 10 minutes later the men got in their little rowboats and began to row towards where Bob was meant to be. Their location was The Great Barrier Reef. Once they got close they could see big grey clouds!

After 1 minutes worth of looking they found Bob’s boat and so they went to look in it. When they got to the boat they found Bob lying there with a jellyfish stuck to his arm. The men quickly pulled him into one of their boats and headed back.

Once they got back they pulled the jellyfish off and hoped for the best. A few days later Bob’s brother had found that the sting came from their tentacles. When Bob’s brother Fred was over he said I have great news.

The jellyfish survive.

“WHAT! WHAT!” I said. Jellyfish sting people for them to survive and so that’s why the jellyfish stung you. But how do you know that? It’s a very long story. 

Bob never got better, but at least he was found.  

Art, Audio and Writing from the Junior School

Story, pastel artwork and audio by Nicole

Nicole : reads her story

‘…the black creatures were under the boat.’

James and His dad were out fishing at Pirates cove when James suddenly asked his dad the strangest question, “Hey Dad, why do Killer Whales have white spots?”  “Well,” said James’s dad, “it starts off right here in Cape town at Pirates Cove.  A long, long time ago all the pirates would have a yearly meeting in one of the caves near Table Mountain. They would sail their ships down the coast line and into the bay.”

“Then late one stormy summer’s night the waves were high and the wind was strong. The ships were coming into dock and there were black figures darting under the pirate ships.” “Were they the Killer Whales,” asked James who was suddenly filled with excitement. “Yes, they were.”

“So, where were we up to? Oh yes, now I remember, I was up to the part where the boats were coming in and the black creatures were going under the boat.  They circled the ships playfully as they went on their way.”

At the lighthouse the oldest of all the pirates that lived around Cape Town was having a bit of trouble because the candle wouldn’t light with all the wetness.  He tried and tried but try as he could it would not light.

The waves were getting bigger……………….” “Daaad! Get on with the point now.” “Listen James I am just telling the story as it was. So back to the story then. The waves were getting bigger and the Pirates were getting agitated. Why wasn’t the light working? Should they continue or should they anchor till dawn?”

“Then……James! Are you even listening?” “Yes Dad.” “Okay then back to the story. A giant wave came and took the biggest ship crashing into the rocks. Now, I know you are thinking to yourself ‘What has that got to do with everything’ but you see James this boat had nearly a ton of Condensed milk on it.”

 “The Condensed milk fell overboard and into the ocean. It spilt all over those slimy black creatures and it never came off. And that is how the Orca got its white spots James!”

That James, is how the Orca got his white spots.

I Became A Billionaire Writing Competition – 10 – 13 year olds

Writing Competition for 10 – 13 year olds.

Richard Newsome’s award winning Billionaire series.
Gerald Wilkins (13 years) inherits 20 billion pounds.
That’s when the trouble starts…

Write an imaginative story of up to 500 words about what would happen if you inherited billions of dollars,

and you could win a huge prize for your school and your own bookshelf.

 The winner and runner-up will also receive books 1 to 4 in the Billionaire series,

and author Richard Newsome will read the stories out on the internet!

Entries Close Friday 9th November.

For more details Text Publishing or contact kcreeley@lcgs.tas.edu.au for an entry form.

Reading sketches – OpenProcessing

Processing – About

Open source programming language – places for creating images, animations and interactions. Developed as a software sketchbook for computer programming it is now used as a tool for creating finished works – used by students, artists, designers, researchers and hobbyists.

Take a wander in this fascinating on-line community and experience the visual language as an onlooker or devotee. Imagine this tool used in designing and illustrating on-line and printed works.

Check out OpenProcessing

OpenProcessing is an online community platform devoted to sharing and discussing

processing sketches in a collaborative, open-source environment.

Processing in education

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A website to share Processing sketches

share your sketches with others

help and collaborate with the community

improve and polish your programming skills

follow classes around the world teaching processing

Worlds Next Door & Epilogue

Mrs Wessely has donated copies of her edited works to the Learning Hub – short stories by various authors in speculative fiction.

Worlds Next Door : Containing 25 bite-sized stories by Australian authors including Paul Collins, Michael Pryor, Pamela Freeman, Dirk Flinthart, Tansy Rayner Roberts and Jenny Blackford, Worlds Next Door is perfect for the budding reader : from Goodreads Review.

Epilogue : The apocalypse – is it the end of the world or hope for the future?

Reviewer and author Guy Salvidge writes ‘Many of the stories herein have an optimistic bent to uplift us from the all-too-dystopian world we live in.’ Read his review.

Read all about it at the Learning Hub. Thanks Mrs, Wessely, we are looking forward to the good reads.