Monthly Archives: April 2008


The State Library of Victoria has a fabulous new site to assist secondary students with research skills, study skills and essay writing skills. It is a very practical guide which will assist with how to find the appropriate resources, write fabulous essays and prepare for exams. It also has access to a huge range of original documents and images that you can use in your essays and assignments.

Check out Ergo 


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Year 9 Text Response

 Some of our Year 9 classes have been exploring the idea of responding to texts in a variety of different media. Some of these presentations are in the form of film previews, others are visual responses to the text. Check them out :-

Heart of Darkness – heart-of-darkness by Lissy, Katie and Sam

Tomorrow when the war began – tomorrow-when-the-world-began  by Tahnee and Katrina



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Wendy Orr – Nim’s Island

Canadian-born Wendy Orr has lived in Australia since the 1970s and now resides on the Mornington Peninsula, where she and her husband, Tom, are working to restore their few acres of native bush for local wildlife. She is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults, and is thrilled that the film of her novel ‘Nim’s Island’, has recently been made into a film starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin. Read about her life and the adventure of having your book transformed for the screen through her blog, or the movie website



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Meet the Author, Read the Blog

Personal weblogs are the newest way to keep up with the day-today thinking of your favourite author. Lots of authors now have their own blogs as ways of keeping contact with their readers, promoting their books, or just as ways of wasting time so they don’t actually have to write. Search some of your faves and see what you come up with. Some are quirky, or funny, some reflective and personal, some plain daggy. Here are some suggestions – post me some of yours.

Penni Russon – Eglantine’s Cake

Scott Westerfeld – westerblog

Justine Larbelestier – blog

Eoin Colfer – blog

Carole Wilkinson – blog

Wendy Orr – blog

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CBC Book of the Year Award – Shortlist

It’s that time of the year again when the Children’s Book Council of Australia announce their shortlist for the Book of the Year Awards. How many did you predict? There are plenty of old favourites here, in fact, no new authors in the Older and Younger Readers sections. Winners will be announced on Friday 15th. August.



Book of the Year: Older Readers

French, Jackie Pharaoh: the boy who conquered the Nile

Hartnett, Sonya The Ghost’s Child

Heffernan, John Marty’s Shadow

McDonald, Meme Love like Water

Metzenthen, David Black Water

Norrington, Leonie Leaving Barrumbi

Book of the Year: Younger Readers

Clark, Sherryl Sixth Grade Style Queen (not!)

French, Jackie The Shaggy Gully Times

Hirsch, Odo Amelia Dee and the Peacock Lamp

Metzenthen, David Winning the World Cup

Rodda, Emily The Key to Rondo

Wilkinson, Carole Dragon Moon

the full list can be found at

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