Ahh the start of a new term—that fresh and shiny feeling, the expectation, the hope for a brilliant term ahead. The RC will take any chance to reflect and as such, would love to take this opportunity to look to the past, celebrate the present and anticipate the future. Hmmm… have they have read too much of Charles Dickens Christmas Carol??
Term one was a whirlwind and we wouldn’t have it any other way. We have such wonderful students in all year levels, but it has been a particular joy to meet our wonderful new Year 7 students and watch as our senior students mature and progress. At the end of last term, we drew winners for our Readopoly competition. Natalia Gill of Year 8 won the $50 Westfield gift card and ten students received canteen vouchers. We look forward to another fabulous term of reading and challenges and remind all involved that there are still three more chances to win! Well done to Natalia and everyone else who competed!
The Resource Centre staff are excited to launch a new initiative for our senior students whereby they can book in a one-on-one, student and library staff, research support session. We anticipate receiving a full spectrum of need from, “OMG, where do I start” right through to requests for super obscure topics from eons ago. The college has a wide variety of fantastic databases and are so excited about helping students navigate their way to brilliant, academic resources. Bookings are made online through a link available on the Year 11 and 12 pastoral Canvas pages and a QR code is available at both the circulation desk and in the senior common room.
Our clubs continue to go from strength to strength. Manga Club continues to create a space to talk all things manga and watch anime. Japanese Immersion Club is such an incredible resource and we have loved seeing our students make the most of the amazing teachers and senior students’ knowledge. Writers Club has continued to foster some incredible talent, last week we created poems in the form of an ode and wow we did not realise the beauty and lyricism an ode to chocolate could produce. Reading Café have been practicing ahead of our entry into The Kids‘ Lit Quiz, an annual literature competition in which teams of students work together to answer wide-ranging literary questions. This week we have a wonderful, featured reader session in which a teacher comes and talks about their love for reading. Who could be better but the wonderful and very passionate Mrs Larson?!
It may be the start of Term 2, but RC staff are always looking forward! Book Week will be celebrated in Term 3 Week 6. Stay tuned for lots of exciting news and promotions but for now, we would be delighted if we could introduce you to wonderful local author Lisa Fuller. Lisa Fuller has visited our senior literature students and was an invaluable perspective on identity, writing and voice. We are delighted that she will be visiting us during book week. Lisa is a Murri woman from Eidsvold, Queensland, currently doing her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Canberra, where she also teachers. Her novel Ghost Bird is much loved in the SFX community. A gripping thriller about identical twins, community, racism and familial love, there is so much to love about this incredible debut work. If you are interested in reading this work, go and have a chat to the library staff.
Meanwhile, we are busy reading the shortlisted CBCA picks and have found it valuable discussing their opinions with each other and of course making their pick for the 2022 winner.
Here are some more details about Ghost Bird and two other new books in the library: