As always, Term 3 has been another busy one for our students and staff and we are all looking forward to a much needed September holiday. Our staff are looking forward to indulging in some relaxing recreational reading over the holiday break, so we have added a selection of new titles to our collection. This edition of BookEnds highlights some of those new offerings.
From August 22 -26, the Library and the English Departments worked together to host our inaugural Literature Week, as part of the Ashgrove Literature Festival.
Authors who were guest speakers during this time, included:
Rebecca Sparrow who spoke to the Year Eleven students about how she got her inspiration for her stories including, “The year Nick McGowan came to stay,” a humorous novel about the trials and tribulations of a Year Twelve girl who is forced by a twist of fate to spend the year living with the school rebel.
Rebecca also shared her insights into how to thrive as a school student and young adult. She has released two books on this theme, “Find your feet (the 8 things I wish I’d known before I left high school)” and “Ask me anything (heartfelt answers to 65 anonymous questions from teenage girls)”.
Dr Jo Lampert from QUT who worked with a group of Year Ten students to write a book review about the recently published picture book “Welcome to Country” by Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy. This is a very accessible welcome that introduces and gives meaning and explanation within the text, to the customs and symbols of Indigenous Australia.
Grace Taylor who performed her poetry to all the Year Nine students and then in a smaller writing workshop, selected students wrote poems about where they were from, using words from the newspaper as inspiration.
A group of our Year Seven students went to Marist College to meet and interact with the dynamic young author, Jack Heath. We have several of his novels in the library including the series, “Agent – Six of hearts” which is an action-packed adventure about the potential of cloning.
During Literature Week, the students also participated in a wide variety of activities around the school and raised money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation by selling donated books in our Great MSM Bookshop.