Bookmark Competition

Congratulations to Ana Paola of 9C2. She is the winner of the Library’s annual Bookmark Design Competition. She wins a $20 iTunes voucher, and her design will be used to produce 300+ bookmarks to present to the new year 7s in 2018 as a “welcome to the SSC Library gesture”.



There were many outstanding entries, which are currently on display in the Library. All entries will be made into bookmarks throughout 2018, that we keep at the loans desk for student use.



Ms Farrell’s Year 9 English Book Review Competition Winner

Spix’s Maxaw : The Race to Save the World’s Rarest Birds by Tony Juniper

9781841156514Spix’s Macaw : The Race to Save the World’s Rarest Birds is a novel which highlights the struggle of a bird that was previously thought extinct in this world.  Written by Tony Juniper, the novel holds almost three hundred pages of gripping accounts of how this species nearly died out, and then it’s comeback.

The novel was written for people who are interested in what exactly happened to these animals.  The plot is very interesting, as it shows how Spix’s Macaw nearly became extinct, to how it “rose from the ashes” and grew it’s species to nearly one hundred numbers, and growing larger everyday.  The book is set in South America, where many undocumented birds were found in the 19th century.  As you read, you find yourself immersed in this novel and you can “see” how an adventurer would’ve seen the landscape a hundred years ago.  The main highlight in this book would be the point where another bird is found, so the species together can be rebuilt to what it once was.  There are no real weak parts of this novel, as the whole story keeps you on your feet, wondering what happened next.  I enjoyed this book immensely, and would love other books in this genre.  I was always reading instead of watching TV or using the computer, and I never let it go until I finished it.

I definitely recommend this books to anyone who enjoys recounts of historical moments, as it always keeps you guessing.  Online, the novel is rated four and a half stars out of five.  I loved this book and so should you.

Reviewed by Angus and Jake

Ms Farrell’s Year 9 English Book Review Competition Winner

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

9780575081406The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is about a fantasy world where an anarchist called Kvothe the Kingslayer lived.  The story begins with Kvothe as an innkeeper on the outskirts of a town.  Kvothe has renamed himself to Kote, so not to be recognised as the almighty Kvothe because Kvothe faked his death.  However, one person called Chronicler recognised Kvothe because of his fiery red hair.  Chronicler is a scribe and wants to know the truth about Kvothe because while some people called him a hero, other people called him an assassin.  Kvothe agrees to tell his life story to this young man.  Throughout the novel, you learn about Kvothe’s frightening past and how he becomes the man he is today.

The Name of the Wind is part of a trilogy of books called the Kingkiller Chronicle.  The second book is called The Wise Man’s Fear and the third book, yet to be released, is called Doors of Stone.  The Name of the Wind is written from a third person perspective, except it is in first person when Kvothe is retelling his life story.  The writing is dense and full of details, and explains the world and characters brilliantly.  The writing helps the story become believable in this fantasy world.  The characters are very well explained and realistic, because the characters aren’t perfect – they have flaws and make mistakes, especially Kvothe.  Kvothe is also a character you can relate to, you can understand what is going through his head and why he made those decisions.  The story is amazing, you are never bored reading it.  There is always an interesting event taking place.  Even the blurb tells you what Kvothe has done and you want to understand how this happens.  You always have unanswered questions throughout the novel and that is one of the things that compels you to keep on reading.

The only problem in this novel is very minor, and it is that it starts quite slow and takes about 50 pages for Kvothe to start telling his story.  The 50 pages are vital for the story to explain the setting and characters.  This book is not for someone looking for a short read.  I recommend this book to everybody that loves fantasy and a great story.  I give this book 5 stars out of 5.

Reviewed by Eleni

Yr 7 Fable Competition. . . .Student Choice awards



Now that you’ve had a chance to check out the contenders in the Year 7 Fable Competition, take the opportunity to vote for your favourite one in our “Student Choice Awards”.

How To Vote

In the Comments section at the end of this post, list the title of the Fable that you like the best, and if you prefer, add a comment.  Then submit your vote.  Be sure to read over the “Blogging Guidelines” on the bottom left hand side of this page before submitting your comment.






Hooray! Another Library Competition!

Library Competition

To celebrate The National Year of Reading (2012) the Library is holding a competition which is open to all students. We would like you to tell us about your . . . .

                 “perfect place to read”

You can . . . . .

  1. Write a  response ( ½ page minimum) describing your “perfect place to read”
  2. Draw or paint  a scene depicting your “perfect place to read”
  3. Make a model/diorama depicting “your perfect place to read”

Please come to the Library for more details. Prizes will be awarded, and all entries will go on display in the Library during Book Week ( week 6  Aug 20-24)

Entries close Friday August 17