Book Returns – Final Recall
All library books and textbooks have been recalled for the year and families of students with outstanding loans have been sent an overdue notice. There are still a number of books outstanding. These books will be required as the new school year begins, so we would appreciate them returned promptly. All unreturned, lost and damaged items will need to be replaced. Replacement costs will be added to student accounts for items not returned by Thursday 4 December. We greatly appreciate the support of families as you help to locate and return items.
On returning items Secondary students have been reminded of their responsibility for looking after resources. Text books are borrowed on an annual or semester basis as required according to subjects. Students write their name on the insert located inside the front cover of all text books at the time of borrowing. It is recommended that books borrowed by students are not left in classrooms even when used regularly. All books remain the responsibility of the student who borrowed them and they are held accountable for any items loaned in their name. Text books are to be returned directly to the Library by the student not via staff or other students.
We have once again been overwhelmed by the amazing support that families have shown for our Book Cubs this year. We’d like to extend a thank you to everyone who has ordered items and helped us build Book Club commission to spend on valuable resources for the College. Thank you also to the many volunteers who have assisted with Library events, Book Club and book covering this year. The staff and students of the College have benefited immensely from your contributions and your assistance has been greatly appreciated.
Earlier this year a number of students from GCCC attended the Voices on the Coast Literature Festival. Each year to celebrate the Festival a book called Small But Loud Voices is compiled to showcase young writers’ work from across the Sunshine Coast. The anthology is a compilation of poetry, narrative and illustrative works. We chose a number of students’ work to be published in it this year and the book is now available for sale. Copies of the book can be purchased for $20 from the Immanuel Lutheran College Library or via the website at www.voicesonthecoast.com.au
GCCC Small But Loud Voices Authors:
- Aimee Cullen Yr 1
- Laeni Rees Yr 2
- Paige Rogers Yr 4
- Isabel Holley Yr 5
- Jaimee-Lee Goudie Yr 6
- Penelope Clifford Yr 7
- Natasha Kukulies Yr 10
- Moale James Yr 10
- Holly Dodwell Yr 10
- Jesse Hughes Yr 12
Premier’s Reading Challenge
Thank you to the many students who took part in the 2014 Premier’s Reading Challenge. Certificates and prizes were awarded to participants recently and many students were keen to get involved in the next Challenge, which will commence in Term 2, 2015. The two classes with the highest number of participants this year were Prep G and 3W. Each class and their teachers, Miss Kuhn and Mr Bennett/Mrs Noke received prizes for their efforts.
Special thanks also to the families that took part in the MS Readathon in 2014. Overall an amazing $300,341was raised across Australia. These funds will make a real difference to lives of those living with multiple sclerosis. GCCC students raised $177 to contribute towards this total. Our top three fundraisers were Jarrett Coulson (PG), Eli Hardey-Abdy (1G) and Charlie Atkinson (1M). Amazing effort boys!
Primary Dream Team party – Literacy Pro
The much-anticipated Dream Team Party was recently held in the Library to celebrate the achievements of students in Year 4-6 who had read 20 or more Lexile titles across the year. Reaching the gold award level meant students could set their own final goal as members of the Dream Team. New reading records were set as students went on to read up to 30 and 40 books. The party is set to be a “royal” annual event not to be missed as many students plan on being part of the action in 2015.
Secondary Book Club and Readers’ Cup Morning Tea
During the year, there have been a number of reading events for our Secondary students. We have enjoyed hearing students sharing the buzz of a great book at Book Club and our Readers’ Cup teams encouraged one another in their preparation for competitions during the year. We revisited some of the excitement in a final end of year morning tea recently and discussed ideas for activities in 2015. Book Club for Middle School students will continue in 2015, as will Readers’ Cup competitions. Next year we will be entering a Year 7 team in Readers’ Cup for the first time. Stay tuned for more details in 2015.
School holidays are upon us and we look forward to some time to rest, relax and of course read! Although our school library will be closed over the break there are still ways to keep reading momentum at home. Local Libraries and Bookshops have much to offer. For a great overview of all the different services local libraries offer take a look at Sunshine Coast Libraries promotional clip at http://library.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/sitePage.cfm?code=promo-video. Check out the wide range of free Christmas activities available across the Coast at http://library.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/sitePage.cfm?code=christmas-fun.
The Summer Reading Club is taking place again through December and January and is a great way to encourage students to keep reading over the holidays. Last year 34,756 registered across Australia and an estimated 234,468 books were read. Now in its fourth year as a national program, it is hoped that participation in the Summer Reading Club could be even bigger and better this year! The theme for the 2014 Summer Reading Club is Adventure. Students can register online at www.summerreadingclub.org.au or at their local library to receive a Summer Reading Club pack. The club is open to students aged up to 16 years and provides exciting and interactive creative writing, arts activities and online games. National prizes are up for grabs for those who participate in the online writing activities.
Primary students may like to explore the website We Give Books (http://www.wegivebooks.org/). Registering is free and allows students to safely access a wide range of eBooks. Primary students can also continue working on Studyladder and Literacy Pro over the holidays. Literacy Pro titles from any library can be read, although it best to check first if they have a quiz available on the Literacy Pro platform. Points will finish for this year on 31 December. New points will commence for 2015 from 1 January.
Secondary students may be interested in websites that provide recommendations and reviews for teenagers looking for some great titles for the summer break. ‘Inside a Dog’ (http://www.insideadog.com.au) is a site hosted by the State Library of Victoria and has reviews, book/author news and ideas for a range of activities for teenage readers and keen writers.
We wish College families a safe and blessed Christmas and look forward to a great 2015, sharing and inspiring a love of reading and learning with our students.
Vanessa McKellar – Head of Library Services
Beryl Morris – Secondary Teacher Librarian