Prep – Year 6 students: 8am – 3:15pm
Please note Primary students are able to stay until 4pm if a parent/caregiver is present.
Year 7 – 12 students: 8am – 4pm
Secondary Homework Club
Teachers volunteer their time to assist with the Homework Club on a rostered basis.
Every Thursday (Year 7-12) From 3pm – 4pm
LIT PRO READING REWARDS (Year 4-6)
The Scholastic Literacy Pro Program is a web-based reading program that encourages students to read texts matched to their abilities, allowing them to gain reading practice and build comprehension skills. The program is run in Year 4-7 and consistent progress is expected throughout the year, as students regularly read and complete quizzes at home and school. A wide range of Lexile titles are available in the library to support the program and foster an enjoyment of reading. New Lexile titles are added regularly and teachers track progress in class to promote participation. Staff were recently rewarded for their efforts by receiving 4 book prizes for students across each year level. We were also told that our College has the best results in the North Brisbane and Sunshine Coast Regions. This is a fantastic accomplishment for the staff and students of the College who are to be congratulated on their reading achievements! Our combined totals for this year include an impressive 69,933,168 words read and 7709 quizzes taken so far. The students listed below received a Principal’s Literary Award and book prize at Assembly for the highest Lit Pro growth across Semester 1 and the highest number of points earned this year.
|Highest Lit Pro Growth Semester 1 2016|
Highest Lit Pro Points 2016
|4W||Jayden Neideck||Words Read 1,024,299 Points earned 177|
|5M||Dylan Wood||Words Read 1,513,018 Points earned 275|
|6M||Beau Doneathy||Words Read 4,026,768 Points earned 727|
The MS Readathon is now on and has been extended to run throughout Term 3 in 2016. The MS Readathon raises funds to provide vital services to people living with multiple sclerosis and their families while the search for a cure continues. Go to www.msreadathon.org.au to register online. The program is open to students from Prep-Year 12, and we encourage students to get involved to read, raise funds and make a difference in the lives of people living with multiple sclerosis. If you have any questions or need fundraising ideas, check out the website or give the MS Readathon team a call on 1300 MS READ (or 1300 677 323).
BOOK WEEK – Australia Story Country (Prep – Year 12)
During Week 6 from 22-26 August, the College will be celebrating Book Week. The theme for Book Week 2016 is Australia Story Country. Book Week is organised annually by the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) and seeks to promote Australian literature for children and young adults. Information about this year’s shortlist can be found on the CBCA website. We’ll be celebrating with two special events for our Primary and Secondary students:
Monday 22 August: Year 7 – 12 Character Day
Character Day will feature at both Middle School and Senior School Assemblies.
Thursday 25 August: Prep – Year 6 Book Week Parade Time: 8:40am – 9:30am Venue: SUA
Students are invited to take part in these events by dressing up as a favourite book character. We’d love to encourage an Australian or Olympic theme. Students may like to come as an icon, convict, ANZAC, explorer or sports person. Prizes for the best-dressed students and staff members.
Book Fair will be held from Monday 22 August – Thursday 25 August at the Secondary end of the Library and will cater for students in Prep – Year 9. Book Fair will have a large range of Scholastic books, pens, rubbers and posters available for purchase from 8:00am – 3:30pm daily. Parents and Grandparents are very welcome to attend with or without children at a convenient time. The school benefits from a commission on books sold at Book Fair and all purchases are greatly appreciated.
We are currently looking for parent helpers to assist with the Book Fair. Please email Vanessa McKellar at firstname.lastname@example.org with your available days and times if you can assist with any of the areas listed below. No experience necessary. The more helpers the better!
We need your help to:
- Prepare Wish Lists for Prep – Year 2 (Any day Term 3, Week 4 or 5)
- Assist with the Book Fair Preview and Purchase Sessions (Monday 22 August – Wednesday 24 August)
- Help Prep – Year 2 students add wish list items (TBC – Monday 22 August – Wednesday 24 August)
- Pack up the Fair (Friday morning 26 August)
BOOK WEEK ACTIVITIES AND COMPETITIONS (Prep – Year 12)
In the lead up to Book Week, students are invited to take part in a number of Book Week activities and competitions. Further details are available on the Library Weebly. Entries are due at the library by the end of Week 5, on Friday 19 August.
|PRIMARY ACTIVITIES (Prep – Year 6)|
|Share your story or a verse for our Tree of Hope – ‘God’s Story for us’|
|Share your photo to add to our ‘Adventures in Australia’ display|
|Write a letter to your favourite GCC Staff member|
|PRIMARY COMPETITIONS (Prep – Year 6)|
|Aurasma Australian Animal Treasure Hunt (During Book Week)|
|Colouring Competitions 1 & 2 – Entries available in the library|
|Cereal Box Book Report of an Australian novel or picture book|
|Diorama of an Australian novel or picture book|
|SECONDARY ACTIVITIES & COMPETITIONS (Year 7-12)|
|Share your story or a verse for our Tree of Hope – ‘God’s Story for us’|
|Share your ‘Australian Story’ Competition|
|‘The Tale and the Teacher’ Guessing Competition|
THE READING HOUR – PRIMARY BOOKS AND BLANKET NIGHT (Prep – Year 6)
To celebrate the Reading Hour Primary students are invited to attend a Books and Blanket Night in the library with a parent or caregiver on Tuesday 16 August from 5:30pm – 7pm. Students can come dressed in their PJs and bring their favourite book, blanket, torch and teddy to enjoy some quiet reading time. Tea, coffee, milo and marshmallows will be served on arrival. Please note students will remain under their supervision of their parent/caregivers during the evening. This year we are asking for a gold coin donation on entry to help raise funds for the MS Readathon. An RSVP attendance link has been sent to families. Please contact Vanessa McKellar at email@example.com for further information.
RELAX AND READ DAY – MIDDLE SCHOOL EVENT (Year 7-9)
A new library supported student initiative for this year is a ‘Relax and Read’ day to be held for Middle School students on Wednesday 24 August. The ‘Relax and Read’ day will include extra opportunities to connect with reading for learning and for relaxation during normal classes. Further information about the day will be sent home prior to the event.
RIDDLE CHASE (Year 7-12)
Once again, the chase is on! Students will need to solve some clever clues and make their way around the Secondary campus to find their way to the prize! Miss Gook and Mrs Morris have been sharpening their wit in readiness for this task of clever quirkiness – don’t miss it! Monday, Tuesday and Thursday lunch breaks during Book Week in Week 6.
RESEARCH ASSISTANCE (Year 7-12)
Need help with researching for assignments?
Learning how to research effectively takes practice but it’s definitely worth the investment of time and effort. Asking questions is the best pathway to finding out the answers that you need. Secondary students can request specific research support and can make an appointment with Mrs. Morris at the library or via email. The Library Weebly is password protected and all secondary students have been given the password. Success in research involves a process of asking the right questions and then seeking out the answers from a range of quality resources. Our Library Weebly contains links to resources to help students with their assignment research. Links to databases and encyclopedias can be found under the ‘iResearch’ tab.
Databases we subscribe to at GCC include:
- Britannica Digital Learning (Prep – Year 12)
- Britannica Image Quest (Prep – Year 12)
- EBSCOhost (Year 7 – Year 12)
- Library Webs (Years 6 -12)
- Twig World (Years 6 – 12)
- SLASLA Online Reference Generator (Years 3 – 12)
Study Vibe is an excellent resource with many support strategies for Secondary students keen to increase their success with study, note taking, research and writing of assignments. This resource is found on the Library Weebly (GCC Hub) via the ‘iSucceed’ link. The Library website is password protected and all secondary students have been given the password. Please contact the Library Team via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), if you need assistance with accessing the online resources.
Borrowing eBooks (Year 7 – Year 12)
Secondary students can borrow eBooks to read on their laptop or other device at any time from our Wheelers ePlatform at the following link: https://glasshouse.wheelers.co/
A link is also available via Connect on the Library Weebly home page or under the ‘iRead’ section on the Library Weebly. Students can choose from a growing selection of new and classic books and are encouraged to check regularly for new titles. Books can be read via a computer browser or the PDFs downloaded using Adobe Digital Editions software. Items already on loan can be reserved. Help with borrowing eBooks is available from the library and from the Helpsheet link on the Wheelers site. New titles have recently been added to our Wheeler’s ePlatform with more to be released this term.
We look forward to seeing you in the library.
Mrs. McKellar and Mrs. Morris