As a maker and a creative individual my heart fills – making is occupying the ‘inter-webs’ in so many ways including commerce, business, research, craft, science and more…Makers are everywhere.
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.
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.
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 & Science Poetry Competition
Here’s something to cross-fertilize disciplines and explore the filmy line between science and art/literature!
Submit your own Sci-ku poems with a statistics or maths theme.
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
‘Many Stories – One Australia’
Register events, resources for school , Harmony Day Apps
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
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
- Second prize: An Apple iPad 4 with Retina Display 32GB WiFi
+ Cellular plus SBS’ A Day in the Life photographic book.
For more information,
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…….
A new page has been developed at Word Worlds. Check it out here.
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.
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!
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.
Life of Pi (opens 1 Jan 2013)
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
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)http://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…
On the road (out now)
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)
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.
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…