Student Reader of the month for March

John  12A

How often do you like to read?

I used to read at least every day, ranging from one hour to even up to four of five, depending on how into the book I was reading. I would often forget the time, and get yelled at for staying up too late. Currently, because of VCE, I have not been able to read books as often as I would like, and read about 1/2 – hour everyday in short bursts in between the work I’m doing, as a break.”

What do you like to read ?

“I’m mostly into mystery, fantasy and action books but lately I’ve been into more  science books.  Most books will satisfy me, as long as it’s good. I like to think of myself as someone who has read a lot of genres, and my bookshelf is proof of that.”

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

“It’s really hard to list just one book for this, as I’m a huge fan of Lord of the rings, and I’m currently slowly reading the Ian Fleming James Bond collection, and I can’t pick between the books.         Instead I’m going with a science book (if you could even call it that) called “What If?”, the first book that really got me into the genre. . . . .                                                                                     It’s a book which has “Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions”. It was a blast to read, and I have re-read it many times. It’s my go to book when I have time to kill and want to read something short and engaging. It has a fair amount of answers in there, with one of my personal favourites being “what if a baseball was pitched at 90% the speed of light?”. If someone likes science, and wants to read a book about it, but does not want to get too technical, I would recommended this book in a heart beat.







Staff Reader of the Month for March’15

Giovanna Hill                                                                                                                                                                                                       teacher of English, History and Geography at SSC for 1 year

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

“A week ago, if I was asked what my favourite novel was, I’d greatly struggle with it. I might consider Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits , Nabokov’s Lolita, or probably even Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. I might give varying answers. It would probably depend on my mood, or the current focus of my stream of thoughts. But, alas! Now, now I have found it! A book, unquestionable enough to be  the greatest novel and work of fiction that I have read.

Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky                                                                                                                                      I have read Crime and Punishment twice now. It has many messages and symbols that I think I recognized this second time around. The main character distances himself from others thinking himself to be a superman of sorts, and thinking himself such, kills a pawnbroker who he terms a “louse” and who cheats the poor out of their money.

He is alienated even more from society and his family by his guilt and self-loathing. He is a walking contradiction, doing good and evil, craving company and shunning all, being too busy to do any more because he is laying around all day.

The story though is one of redemption. I think the story shows that it is easier to take the punishment that society mandates or the repentance that God requires, than to live daily with the punishment that our own conscience and our minds mete out. It is worth it to take up our cross and expiate our crimes/sins and to feel true love and happiness that is the result. The story references the Bible story of Lazarus, and it really is the story of a man’s soul rising from the dead.

There was a time in my life when I couldn’t get enough of reading Dostoevsky, maybe because his books made me think so deeply about being human and how we choose to live our lives. I began with Crime and Punishment , probably the work he is best known for.”


Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge 2015


The Challenge encourages all children and young people to develop a love of reading with the support of their parents, teachers and library staff.

Reading expands our minds and inspires us to discover the exciting new adventures waiting among the pages of a good book.

To partake in the Challenge students in Year 7 – 10  need to :

  • register as a Challenger and keep a record of their reading on the Challenge website
  • read the following number of books during the Challenge :
    • Year 7 – 9 need to complete 15 books with 10 or more being chosen from the Challenge book list
    • Year 10 need to complete 15 books with 5 or more being chosen from the Challenge book list


If any students wish to sign up for this Challenge please contact library staff for details.

For further information on the Premiers’ Reading Challenge click on the website below –