MS Readathon – Finished on 31 August
The reading period for the MS Readathon finished on August 31. For those who took part please ensure you finalise your details via the website at http://www.msreadathon.org.au. Thank you for helping to contribute to such a worthwhile cause.
Premier’s Reading Challenge – Finished 5 September
The reading period for the Premier’s Reading Challenge finished on Friday 5 September. Please ensure all PRC Reading Record Forms are returned to the Library by Monday 8 August. Extra Reading Records are available in the Library or can be requested via firstname.lastname@example.org. Certificates will be given out in Term 4 to students who have returned their Reading Record Form.
This year the Book Fair was held in the Secondary end of the Library, making it seem bigger and better than ever before. We sold over $7000 worth of books and were able to receive a commission of just over $2000 to purchase Primary and Secondary items and to update the Lexile program. The books are currently being catalogued and will be on the shelves shortly. We are looking for volunteers to help with covering the abundance of new books. Please contact Vanessa McKellar at email@example.com if you can assist.
Following the Book Week Parade this year, parents were invited to the Library for a High Tea with guest author Mimi B. Mimi shared her passion for God, food, fun and family and encouraged guests to be thankful, take risks and to “CELEBRATE…just because!” Mimi’s book inspired guests to get creative in the kitchen and to connect with loved ones. Print copies and an eBook version of “CELEBRATE…just because!” are available at http://www.celebratejustbecause.com.
Deborah Abela chats to Year 3 – 6 Classes
Year 3 – 6 students recently had the opportunity to meet guest author Deborah Abela, who flew all the way from Sydney to visit GCCC. Deborah is a well-known Australian author whose passion for writing is contagious. Deborah inspired students with her engaging and humorous sessions that invited participation and discussion. She shared her writing journey and her love for reading. Students were enthralled with her childhood tales of adventure and were keen to purchase her books or borrow titles from the Library. We will have the second book in Deborah’s best-selling Grimsdon series, “New City” available to borrow very soon. Deborah ran 3 sessions and held a writing intensive with a small group of students who soaked up Deborah’s wisdom and skill. More information about Deborah can be found at http://www.deborahabela.com
Secondary Book Week Recap
Congratulations to the Riddle Chase winners from the Secondary school for Book Week 2014! The competitors were an enthusiastic bunch solving riddles and following clues across the college. Britney Ross (Year 10) and Nathan Wood (Year 8) took out the prizes with the most correct entries. Billie Sandes and Penelope Clifford were the runner up team for the chase this year. Miss Gook and Mrs Morris are already thinking up clues for next year’s event!
The Middle School Assembly was buzzing during the first ever Book Week ‘Page to Screen’ Year level challenge. Teams from Year 7, 8 and 9 competed to answer tricky quiz questions involving books, authors, movies and characters. Mr. Ware – our question asker extraordinaire, became our ‘show’ host sublime, inspiring strong support for each year level. The resultant close win by the Year 9’s (by half a point) will no doubt ensure that next year’s competition will be eagerly anticipated as a great way to celebrate stories, characters and the people that create them.
Get Connected at a Library
A Librarian from Sunshine Coast Libraries visited our College recently to present a session during Homework Club. Patricia Stahl shared with students the various benefits of being a member of their local library and demonstrated how to access a range of resources and online databases when researching for assignments. For further information about access to resources and services for Secondary students visit the Sunshine Coast Libraries website: http://www.library.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au. The wide range of resources/services available through membership with a local library, together with the resources and research/study assistance provided by our GCCC Library Team assist our students with their studies and also support a love of reading and learning.
Our team of committed Year 8 students have started to prepare for this year’s Year 8 Readers’ Cup Regional Competition to be held at Immanuel Lutheran College in early Term 4. The release date for the books, to be read for the competition, was eagerly anticipated and it was with much excitement that the students attended the ‘Great Unwrap’ at the Library. With nearly as much excitement as Christmas morning, wrapping paper was rapidly torn off to reveal the titles and the team are now busy reading through the 8 books to be studied in preparation for the team competition. All the best Team GCCC!
Book Week Competition Winners
|PREP Connect to Colour||Isabella Sim|
|YEAR 1Connect to Colour||Caitlin Mare|
|YEAR 2Connect to Colour||Maddyson Freeman|
|YEAR 3-6Connect with Creativity||Kirri-Anna James|
|Year 3Connect 4 Challenge||Olivia McKenzie|
|Year 4Connect 4 Challenge||Jorja Goddard|
|YEAR 5Connect 4 Challenge||Olivia-Grace Wolfe|
|YEAR 6Connect 4 Challenge||Chloe Dunford|
|P-2Connect with Lego||Hunter TowardJake McGilvray|
|Year 3-6Connect with Lego||Lachlan McGilvray|
|Year 7-9Riddle Chase||Nathan Wood|
|Year 10-12Riddle Chase||Britney Ross|
|Year 7-9Page to Screen Quiz||Year 9|
|Teacher P-2||Mrs. Hay|
|Teacher Year 3-6||Mr. Rogers|
|Teacher Assistant P-2||All TAs|
|Teacher Assistant Year 3-6||Mrs. Manthey|
|P-2 ClassBest Dressed||Prep White|
|Year 3 – 6 ClassBest Dressed||Year 4G|
|P-2 ClassBest Behaved||Year 1W|
|Year 3-6 ClassBest Behaved||Year 6M|
See you in the Library,
Vanessa McKellar and Beryl Morris