Decorated Rubbish Bins !

Over the past semester the lunchtime art club (under the direction of Amy Devereux and Madeline Scott) have been decorating the Library’s grey rubbish bins to make them more noticeable. The students are using their own designs, and researched how to achieve a good result with paint. Here is a sneek preview of the first completed bin, with Kovida from yr8 who designed and painted this fabulous , colourful bin. Many thanks to the students in the Art club!

 

Hygge in the Library

This week the Library has been celebrating all things “Hygge” ( pronounced Hoogah)

Hygge is a Danish word for creating a warm and cosy atmosphere, and enjoying the good and simpler things in life with good people.

We held an event after school for staff to relax and enjoy hot chocolate and Danish pasties. Staff and students have been encouraged to stock up on reading  material to help keep the winter chills at bay.

National Reconciliation Week 27 May – 3 June and NAIDOC Week 2 July – 9 July

Some resources for all ages for National Reconciliation Week, which starts tomorrow, and NAIDOC Week in July……

from Lindy Hathaway Dickson College

National Reconciliation Week 27 May – 3 June and NAIDOC Week 2 July – 9 July Reconciliation is about building better relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, for the benefit of all Australians. This year is also the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum which voted to change how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were referred to in the Constitution, so that laws could be made for them. It is also 25 years since the High Court’s Mabo decision which granted land rights to Torres Strait Islander Eddie Mabo and supported native title.

This year’s theme is Let’s take the next steps. The NAIDOC Week theme is Our languages matter, which celebrates the role of indigenous languages  in cultural identity, history and spirituality. http://www.reconciliation.org.au/nrw/ http://www.naidoc.org.au/ AIATSIS map of indigenous Australia (languages and groups): http://www.abc.net.au/indigenous/map/default.htm Reconciliation Australia also links to: Share Our Pride –  clearly presented information into the history, lives and cultures of Australia’s First People. Recognise – the people’s movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution and to ensure that it is free from racial discrimination. http://www.shareourpride.org.au/ http://www.recognise.org.au/

Some useful videos for National Reconciliation Week: What is National Reconciliation Week? (NITV 4 min. video and slides): http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/explainer/what-national-reconciliation-week Who we are (8 min.): Follows the lives of 6 exceptional young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who share their stories about their families and communities. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxPWd_0z3Ng Journalist Stan Grant’s powerful speech about indigenous history in Australia (8 min.): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA3UsF8yyho

Right wrongs – new resource This excellent resource from the ABC, AIATSIS and NSLA has just been released. Short videos and information explore developments since the 1967 referendum which changed how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were referred to in the constitution. Sections include: Controlled but not counted; Fighting for change; An extraordinary vote; The legacy; Where to now? http://www.abc.net.au/rightwrongs/?WT.tsrc=Email&WT.mc_id=Innovation_Innovation-Splash|Secondary_email|20170524 ABC Splash Lots of resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, including videos about indigenous languages. Also includes the Sorry Day digibook and 1967 referendum digibook.  http://splash.abc.net.au/home#!/topic/494038/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-histories-and-cultures ABC Indigenous Access the latest Indigenous stories and features from ABC Radio, News & Current Affairs, TV and iview. http://www.abc.net.au/indigenous/default.htm Counted (ABC TV and iview 26/5/17, 7.30pm) Stan Grant takes us on his own personal journey & speaks to the heroes of the 1967 referendum & their grandchildren. http://www.abc.net.au/tv/programs/counted/

First Nations Convention 300 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders are gathering at Uluru this week to discuss how to achieve constitutional recognition for indigenous Australians. It appears likely that there will be a consensus on the need for meaningful reform such as a prohibition on racial discrimination, an elected body with a role in laws affecting indigenous peoples and support for a treaty. http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2017/05/23/why-300-indigenous-leaders-are-meeting-uluru-week NITV – National Indigenous Television Informs, educates and entertains its indigenous and non-indigenous audiences. Great documentaries, news, personal accounts and perspectives. http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/ Explore topics and link to videos: Social issues, Cultures, Arts, Social Justice… http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/topics

NITV programs include: NITV programs on demand: http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/channels/nitv Movies on NITV: http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/movies/nitv-movies The point: Current affairs and news for all Australians, with indigenous perspectives. Hosts include Karla Grant and Rae Johnston, acclaimed tech and pop culture journalist.  http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/program/the-point Custodians: 5 minute profiles of Aboriginal traditional  owners, showcasing their country. http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/search/custodians Our stories: Emerging filmmakers from regional and remote areas share stories of their life, history, culture and communities. http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/our-stories Bushwhacked: 2 young guys explore remote corners of Australia in search of weird and wacky creatures. http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/jarjums The Dreaming: Animated stories explained by elders. http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/677413443508/the-dreaming-series-1-ep-24 Little J and Big Cuz: Provides a young indigenous audience with ‘relatable’ characters and offers an insight into traditional Aboriginal culture, country and language. Includes online educational games. http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/little-j-and-big-cuz

First contact: Ray Martin takes 6 well-known Australians on a journey where they explore present-day Aboriginal society. http://www.sbs.com.au/programs/first-contact http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/815835715711/first-contact 20 inspiring black women who have changed Australia: http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/nitv-news/article/2015/03/06/20-inspiring-black-women-who-have-changed-australia Indigenous languages at risk: 10 minute podcast. Australia’s indigenous languages could be completely wiped out by 2050 according to experts. The number of traditional languages has dropped from 250 to 120 over the last two hundred years. http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/khmer/en/content/indigenous-languages-risk

Indigenous works from Google Art Project: http://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2016/05/31/googles-art-project-brings-indigenous-talent-digital-world SBS On Demand A changing selection of films, documentaries and newsclips. Search for “indigenous” programs. http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/

Creative Spirits “Learn about contemporary Aboriginal culture without agenda”. Many resources in many areas including history, arts, people, economy, law and justice, politics and media, spirituality. “Creative Spirits is an amazing collection of history and an inspiring representation of Aboriginal culture”-Michele Hetherington, Aboriginal woman from NSW. www.creativespirits.info/<http://www.creativespirits.info/> Teacher and student resources: books, movies, music, TV and radio, infographics… http://www.creativespirits.info/resources/#axzz4AIKgaYmP

Black Screen Part of the National Film and Sound Archive – lends DVDs of contemporary indigenous films to individuals and organisations for use at screening events. http://www.nfsa.gov.au/blackscreen/ Books Knowledge of life: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia (2015) – Kaye Price (ed.) Investigates history, reconciliation, law, art, enterprise, health, education, literature, sport and human rights. The authors of each chapter are indigenous and experts in their field. Each chapter begins with biographical information about the author. State of Reconciliation in Australia Report (2016) – Highlights what has been achieved under the 5 dimensions of reconciliation: race relations, equality and equity, institutional integrity, unity and historical acceptance and makes recommendations for the progress of reconciliation. https://www.reconciliation.org.au/the-state-of-reconciliation-in-australia-report/

Talking to my country (2016) – Stan Grant. “An extraordinarily powerful and personal meditation on race, culture and national identity…. what it means to be Australian; the sorrow, shame, anger and hardship of being an Aboriginal man and what racism really means in this country”.

Excellent book list: http://www.reconciliation.org.au/nrw/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Recommended-reading_2016-NRW-update_FINAL.pdf

Excellent film and TV list: http://www.reconciliation.org.au/nrw/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Recommended-viewing_2016-NRW-update_FINAL.pdf

2016 Softlink Australian and New Zealand School Library Survey

Findings from the 2016 Softlink Australian and New Zealand School Library Survey are now available.

 The report outlines the findings from the 2016 survey into Australian and New Zealand school library budgets, staffing levels, and for Australian schools, NAPLAN literacy results correlation.

 The full report can be accessed via Softlink Web Site – Resources<http://www.softlinkint.com/resources>

 Here are some findings which indicate to me that Strathmore SC Library Service is on trend.

 85% of respondents believe that access to the school library from outside the school and outside of school hours is important. This is reflected in the steady increase in school library access, from 47% in 2013 to 66% in 2016. There is continued growth in eBooks and eResources (subscription databases) with 51% and 50% of schools respectively indicating that they are now part of their collection.

There is a strong intention by school libraries to continue to grow their eBook collection, with 33% of schools having purchased eBooks in the last year and 50% of respondents indicating that they would definitely or most probably purchase eBooks in the next 12 months.

 The top three school library objectives in Australian and New Zealand schools are Aligning curriculum with existing resources/practices, Developing information literacy programs and Refurbishing/updating the library or learning centre.

 The three most important services the library provides, as indicated by respondents, includes: Recreational/leisure reading, Resource and collection management and Provision of learning centre and space.

 

Student Reader of the Month for April

Calum . . . . . .  Year 7

How often do you like to read?

“I like to read every day, whenever I have a spare moment. It feels great coming home from a long day and just being able to sit down, relax and read.”

What do you like to read?

“I like to read humorous but also sometimes dark and mysterious books. Humour is great to have in a book or story because it lightens my mood whenever I read one. Mysterious books are great because they entrance me and I can never seem to put them down.”

List one book that has left a lasting impression on you and explain why it’s memorable. . . . .

“It would have to be “Wonder” by R.J.Palacio because it showed me a life from a very different angle. When I read it I start thinking like August (the main character) and I start feeling exactly how he feels. I can even relate to him sometimes and it makes me feel like I always have a special friend I can rely on, even though he’s in a book!

 

 

 

Staff Reader of the Month for April

Jane Milton . . . . English and EAL teacher at SSC since 2008

How often do you like to read?

“Almost every day. ”

What do you like to read?

“Lots of different stuff. Literary fiction. Young Adult fiction, Classics.”

List one book that has left a lasting impression on you and explain why it’s memorable.

“The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt is still my favourite book . Despite doing a lot of other nerdy English teacher reading since I read it. It’s as poignant a coming-of-age story as “Catcher in the Rye” but with the edginess of “Trainspotting” thrown in. Some of the characters (like the mental Russian, Boris) and the beautiful motif of the goldfinch painting will stick with me forever. What more could you ask for? Perhaps just enough of “Girl with a Pearl Earring” to get you dreaming about doing an arts degree? You got it. Tartt delivers it all. An absolutely cracking read. Don’t be put off by its length, you’ll barely notice it. But be warned: while reading “The Goldfinch” you may neglect your other responsibilities. The philosophical resolution will keep you musing for a while afterwards too  . . . “