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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?

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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

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  •  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

Harmony Day Stories, Awards & Opportunities

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 ‘Many Stories – One Australia’

Harmony Day 2013

Register events, resources for school , Harmony Day Apps

RED Cross initiatives

Y Challenge – Celebrating Diversity

  • Y Challenge supports  young people between 8 and 17 years
  • based in teamwork
  • driven by young people
  • delivering what a community wants.
  •  depends on the Y Challenge team and the community it interacts with.
  • Samples of last years winners

SBS Initiative

Day and this year’s theme: Many stories—One Australia, SBS are giving
all Australians the opportunity to share their story.

Create a video, take a photo or share your written personal journey. Everyone
has a story to tell, so share yours today!

  • There are two
    fantastic prize packs up for grabs:
  • First prize: A Canon EOS 110D SLR Camera Twin Lens Kit
    complete with memory card, tripod and case plus SBS’ A Day in the Life
    photographic book.
  • Second prize: An Apple iPad 4 with Retina Display 32GB WiFi
    + Cellular plus SBS’ A Day in the Life photographic book.

For more information,
visit www.sbs.com.au/harmonystories

For Word Nerds

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If you want to know what sic means or want to impress with some foreign phrases Daily Writing Tips is for you. This site is plump with resources for the inner wordsmith, reader and writer. Topics include :

  • writing basics
  • freelance writing
  • misused words
  • 100 small but expressive interjections  – blah blah blah
  • creative writing
  • 25 pieces of writing software you should know about
  • Latin words and expressions
  • writing competitions
  • the daily word
  • much, much more…….

Updating news online at word worlds

A new page has been developed at Word Worlds. Check it out here.

(c) Ian Britton – FreeFoto.com

You will find links to:

  • links to newspapers,
  • online broadcasters, &;
  • other online sites that contain current affairs/ policy information.

You can also explore the journalism/blogging debate and find informative links to the conflict between old & new media.

Follow the discussion on Gruen Planet and watch the amazing Guardian advertisement using the three little pigs.

We would love any suggestions for other good links to add the page.

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.

Celebrating Up and Coming Movies : and the writing that made them.

Life of Pi (opens 1 Jan 2013)

Variety Review

Gold Rush Review

Based on one of the best books EVER. Directed in 3D by Ang Lee. Stars Suraj Sharma. “An inspiring and visually stunning tale of faith, hope and discovery” (R. Perez). Excellent previews.

Les Miserables (opens 26 Dec 2012)

Official movie site 

Directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s speech). Stars Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as Javert, Anne Hathaway as Fantine, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter as the innkeepers. All songs were recorded live on set.

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption–a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette (Seyfried), their lives change foreverWikipedia on Le Mis

The Hobbitt : an unexpected journey 

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Directed by Peter Jackson, in 3 parts.   Stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo.  Includes Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug, Stephen Fry as an unsavoury town leader , Billy Connolly as a dwarf warrior and Dame Edna as the Great Goblin.

Part 1: An unexpected journey (2012)   Pt 2: The desolation of Smaug (Dec 2013)    Pt 3: There and back again (mid 2014).

The Great Gatsby (now due to open mid 2013)

The Celebrated 1st Edition Cover :  ‘The cover of The Great Gatsby is among the most celebrated pieces of jacket art in American literature.[A little-known artist named Fracis Cuget was commissioned to illustrate the book while Fitzgerald was in the midst of writing it. The cover was completed before the novel, with Fitzgerald so enamored of it that he told his publisher he had “written it into” the novel.‘ from Wikipediahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Gatsby

Directed by Baz Luhrmann. Stars Leonardo Di Caprio. Rumour says it will have an ultra-modern soundtrack, a bit of Luhrmann’s signature style – possibilities include Lady Gaga, Prince, Kanye West, Jay-Z…

Superstars go gaga for Gatsby

Trailer

On the road (out now)

1st edition cover.

Directed by Walter Salles (The motorcycle diaries). Stars Sam Riley and Kristen Stewart. Based on the book by Jack Kerouac (his manuscript was typed on a 120 foot roll of paper). For senior students studying American literature and the postwar Beat Generation.

Redfern Now (ABC 1 Nov at 8.30pm; 6 x 60 min.)

Stars Deborah Mailman, Wayne Blair (director of The Sapphires), Jimi Bani (Mabo), Leah Purcell. A rich and diverse series of 6 stories about 6 indigenous families living in Redfern, Sydney, whose lives are changed by extraordinary events. Directors include Rachel Perkins, Wayne Blair, Leah Purcell. This is the first drama project developed by the ABC Indigenous Dept, with more programs to come from indigenous writers, filmmakers and actors.

Better man (SBS 2013)

Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Khoa Do (brother of Anh Do). 4 part mini-series about 25 year Vietnamese-Australian Van Nguyen, who was convicted of drug trafficking and executed in Singapore in 2005 after a 3 year legal battle. The series has been described as compelling, inspiring and thought-provoking.

Ender’s game (end 2013)

Directed by Gavin Hood. Based on the scifi books Ender’s game and Ender’s shadow by Orson Scott Card. Stars Asa Butterfied (from Hugo) Abigail Breslin, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley. An unusually gifted youth is sent to a military space school to prepare for an alien invasion 

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

A Teaser Poster

Directed in 3D by Sam Raimi. Stars James Franco, Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis. Prequel to The Wizard of Oz. A small-time conniving Kansas circus magician gets blown to Oz (yes by a twister), where he meets several witches, gets involved in the problems of Oz and transforms himself into a better man.

Madam Bovary (2014)

Based on the book by Gustave Flaubert. Directed by Sophie Barthes. Stars Mia Wasikowska.

More superheroes!

Coming up soon: Iron Man 3 (2013), Thor: the dark world (2013), Man of Steel (2013) (a misunderstood Superman), Captain America 2 (2014), 300: rise of an empire (2014) (prequel to 300, Xerxes and Themistocles battle it out; based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller). Watch this space…