Tasmanian Poetry Festival

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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!

FESTIVAL DATES

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

at:

tpf_inc@yahoo.com.au

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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

Write a Book in a Day – 2013

STOP PRESS

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…

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…….

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.

Write a Book in a Day – the final verdict!

At the end of a long but amazingly productive day, the four LCGS Write a Book in a Day teams finally called it quits. The hard copies were printed, the soft copies sent to the competition co-ordinators, and many pizzas had been consumed. And we are pleased to be able to share the final products!

Team 1        Team 2        Team 3         Team 4

Congratulations to all participants for their wonderful efforts today. The results are outstanding, and your dedication to the task is impressive – putting in a twelve hour day is a pretty major task, and you’ve certainly impressed the staff who observed your work!

Year 11 student Samantha Marshall conducted interviews with some participants during the day, gaining their thoughts on the experience.

See our previous blog posts from earlier in the day!

More photos!

Headmaster Mr Norris visits the writing teams.

Mr Norris takes a look at some of the writing.

Mr Grubert indicates his opinion of the day!

  The four teams were made up from students from Years 7 to 12. Their names are listed below. Well done all!

Roda Alfred
Levi Koster         
Mitchel Abraham
Hayley Bowen
Blair Kirkpatrick
Natasha Patrick
Steph Freeland
Claire Partridge
Ebony Denham
Freddy Brown
Lara Briddon
Lucy Bell
Kaeo Landon-Lane
Sidney Triffit
Breanna Stewart
Campbell Richardson
Patrick Macken
Buakhao Campbell
Jack Murcott
Alex Smith
Chris Love
Madeleine Heath
Josh Argent
Imogen Flanagan
Lucy Geeves
Brady Kirby
Maddie Kelly
Emily Argent
Moira Seward
Asleigh Pasheck
Abby Meyer
Sarah Durkin
Zoe Wye
Kate Howe
Skye Morrison

Write a Book in a Day – the first milestone!

Just before 1pm, the first team of the LCGS Write a Book in a Day participants passed the first major milestone for the day, finishing writing the chapter drafts for their book. This meant they moved on, ahead of schedule, to the editing and compiling phase of the process. Given that each chapter is written by a different team member, this phase can be the most intensive of all. Our teams will work through lunch to meet their twelve hour deadline!

Blair, Claire, Ebony, Hayley, Levi, Mitchell, Natasha, Roda and Steph work through the first editing over lunch.