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Term 1 has nearly disappeared so, belatedly, I’d like to wish all students the best with your studies in 2017. One of the key roles the library plays is to help you achieve excellence, so let us know if we can help in any way.
When I say “we” I talk about the Library Crew, both staff and students, and it gives me great pleasure to introduce our Library Assistants for 2017. As can be seen in the table below, I am also looking for a couple of new Year 7 Library Assistants. If your student is interested and has an outstanding report from primary school, please get them to see me. Those with the best reports for ‘effort’ and ‘behaviour’ are clearly my first choices.
Year 12
Aaron Myers, Courtney Sarcia
Year 11
James Wierenga, Zoe Pries, Abbie Lange, Katheryne Marsden, Hailey Rufus
Year 10
Lauren James, Rachel Francis, Lara Thompson, Emily Snow, Declan MacMahon, Rebecca Harrison, Crystal Perkins
Year 9
Jemma Hill, Sharni Edwards, Tamika Reitner, Jack Francis
Year 8
Phoebe Pries, Karl Thomson
Year 7
In Term 1, all Year 7 students were introduced to the wide range of library resources available to them over their six years of secondary schooling. This included both physical resources available at school as well as online resources available through their Online Library (see
Year 11 and 12 students were also involved in inductions, particularly in relation to how the library can help them achieve success in their senior years of schooling.
2017 Reading Programs
Of course reading has also been a focus for the start of the year, with programs beginning for Year 8s and 12s. Our Year 8 program is called “Reading Rocks” and in a nutshell, the more students read and the more activities they do, the bigger the prizes at the end of the year. Don’t forget, Year 8s, to see me to get your tokens before you return your books and show me any activities you do.
On the subject of reading, congratulations to our 2016 Reading Rocks prize winners (see photo below of some of these winners). Our Grand Champion for 2016 was Kricquet Smith, who won a $100 book voucher. Other major prize winners included Tamika Reitner, Jasmine Cromar, Sienna Muller, Paige McKe nzie, Lilly Buchanan, Sharni Edwards, Ally Williams, Rhyley Nipperess, Janus Muller, Memphis South, Jack Francis and Emma Walsh. Over 30 more students also won prizes.
Year 12s are also grappling with their Wide Reading, an assessment piece in English that spans three terms. After Easter, all students should have finished their first book and journal and should then seek advice about a second book to complement this.
Sparks Space
Last year we developed ‘Sparks Space’ (a dedicated area for all students who want to achieve their best) and in 2017 it continues to be well used. Students can book out this area for a range of purposes: to study, to have group meetings, to practice orals.
All the best for a great, 2017
Mr Boxall, Mrs Brand and Mrs John and Mrs Jorgensen