Our Specialist Blog

November 7, 2018
by naomielias

Library News


Our Library has been thriving this term with all kinds of reading, activities, accessing of information, knowledge building, deep thinking and lively discussion taking place.

Below are some of the highlights of our learning.

The Prep students have been very excited to discover interesting information about elephants. They have been reading non-fiction books and using the internet to research elephants.

They have also enjoyed listening to fiction books about elephants. Their favourite elephant books is the ‘Elmer the Elephant’ series. They made self to text connections where they compared themselves to Elmer.


The Year One students have been reading and learning about fairy tales. Some of the elements of fairy tales they focused on included beginnings and endings, problems and solutions, characters and settings.

They created their own fabulous fairy tale giant and created an appropriate setting for their giant.


The Year Two students have been studying Dr Seuss. They explored his website http://www.seussville.com/ and learnt many interesting facts about his life.

They created rhyming titles and front covers in response to the famous Dr Seuss book ‘The Cat in the Hat.’


The Year Three students have been learning about Cyber Safety. They listened to the story ‘The Internet is Like a Puddle’ and discussed how to be safe online. They also researched safe websites for children to use and are collaborating in small groups to create Cyber Safety posters. (Stay tuned as they will be displayed around the school soon.)

They enjoyed completing the cyber safety quiz https://www.esafety.gov.au/kids-quiz/ on the esafety website to determine their own cyber safety.


The Year Four students have had lots of fun exploring different book genres. They looked at specific features of different genres and then went on a genre hunt around the library to find books that fit into each category. They shared their findings with their peers and discussed their favourite and why it was their favourite.

In response to the shortlisted books ‘Mechanica’ and ‘Aquatica,’ the Year five students are busy creating their own futuristic Mechanica and Aquatica creatures. They are writing detailed descriptions about them in the style of the author Lance Balchin. (Stay tuned as they will be displayed around the school soon.)

Wendy Keogh


August 29, 2016
by naomielias

Library News


Wow! What a great celebration of Book Week we had last week!  It was great to see the enthusiasm about books and literature on display everywhere.  Thank you everyone for making such a wonderful effort to dress up as your favourite book character on Friday.



A big thank you goes out to our sensational Grade 6 Library Leaders who did an awesome job of running our assembly on Friday.  Our Specialist Team organised performances in the areas of Library, Music, PE, Art and Italian, which were all linked to the 2016 Children’s Book Council of Australia Shortlisted books.  Congratulations to all of the students who performed at assembly.

BW3   BW4

BW5   BW6

BW7   BW8

Mrs Keogh

March 19, 2015
by mariawheelton

Library News


It is fabulous to see so many families using the library before school.  It is heart warming to see families sharing stories, playing cards and using the Origami books to fold, weave and make interesting creations.

It is also a great opportunity for students who forget to bring their library bags to school on their library day to return their books and borrow new ones.

Remember you don’t have to wait until your library day to change your books.

The library is open every morning between 8.45 and 9.00 am

Hairy Maclary

Hairy Maclary by Angela PS.

We have had some very excited Preps in the Library this term.  They now know how to return and borrow library books and shelve a Picture Story Book correctly.  They have learnt about the parts of  a Picture Story Book including the title, author, illustrator, call number and spine.

We have learnt what a ‘blurb’ is and the Grade Prep students now know it gives us a taste of what the story is about.  It was interesting to hear one Prep student referring to it as a ‘blob’ and his enthusiastic little friend telling him that it was not called a ‘blob’ but a ‘burp!’

They have enjoyed studying Lynley Dodd and can now tell you all about Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy and all of his friends.

My Life Short Story Competition

WIN $1000 cash and a signed set of the My Life books plus $1000 worth of books for your school


  1. You must be a student in Australia aged 8 to 13
  2. Go to randomhouse.com.au/mylifecompetition
  3. Get a parent, teacher or legal guardian’s permission to upload your 500 word short story about your life.

Competition ends 11.59 pm AEST on Monday, 31 August 2015.

If you require any more details please come and see me in the library.

Wendy Keogh

July 30, 2014
by naomielias

Library News

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It has arrived – hooray! It is BOOK FAIR Time!  The students will bring home a ‘Story Laboratory’ brochure which lists some of the books available and their prices.  Books can be ordered directly from this or via the wish list that will come home after their browsing session.  You can pay by cash, credit card or cheque and the brochure also has instructions for an ‘online payment’ option if you prefer.

Thank you so much to the many parents and staff that have already volunteered to help with the selling before and after school.  We now have plenty of helpers.  Thanks again.

The money raised from the Book Fair allows for the Library to earn rewards and points to enable us to purchase items and resources for the Library and different areas of the school.  Your support is greatly appreciated.


The Library will be open on the following days for students and their parents to be able to purchase items from our Book Fair. There will be books available for purchase or for ordering and also a variety of stationery items.  Please take note of the extended hours:

Monday 11th August (8.15- 8.45am) (3.45-4.45pm)

Tuesday 12th August (8.15- 8.45am) (3.45-4.45pm)

We look forward to seeing you in the Library soon!
Happy buying!


Book Fair Colouring Competition

Our Colouring Competition for the Book Fair is well under way.  Many students have handed in their entry forms for the opportunity to win a $10 voucher to spend at the Fair. Please see Mrs Kelly or Mrs Ray in the Library for an entry form. They need to be returned to the Library NO LATER than Wednesday 6th August.

Other Library News

It is Semester 2 and all students in Grades 4, 5, 6 and 3A are encouraged to remember to bring their library bags each week so that they can borrow and go in the draw to win a prize!  Easy!

We had 11 students who received prizes this week.  Congratulations to them all.  They chose the following books and they get to take them home and keep them forever!  Remember to put your name on them.

Anna 6S – The Impossible Quest
Sophie 6D – Pearlies Pet Rescue
Joseph 5C – My Life As An Alphabet
Sam 5C – My Life As An Alphabet
Victoria 5M – My Life As An Alphabet
Tess 6S – My Life As An Alphabet
Stephanie 6Q – My Life As An Alphabet
Patty 6P – The Brilliant World of Tom Gates
Emerson 4S – Captain Underpants
Jake 6S – The Last Thirteen #5
Julie 6Q – The Last Thirteen #6
Georgia 6Q – Extra Time

Remember all it takes for your name to go in the draw is for you to borrow 3 weeks in a row AND to remember your Library Bag!  Good Luck!

Happy Reading!

Mrs Ray and Mrs Kelly

July 17, 2014
by naomielias

Library News



The Book Fair arrives on July 30th – how exciting!

We will be open for selling on Monday 11th August and Tuesday 12th August, before school 8.15am – 9am and after school 3.45pm – 4.45pm (Parent Helpers still required please – we still need a few more and thanks to those who have already volunteered!).

The students will have the opportunity during class time to browse and write their wishlists and this will also apply to the students having lessons with their classroom teacher as they will be invited to browse the Book Fair at scheduled times throughout the Fair.

During the Book Fair the Library closes during lunchtimes and before school due to the sheer volume of books for sale in the Library.

Please come in and ask any questions if you are uncertain of any details or if it is your first Book Fair!

Further reminders to follow in upcoming newsletters and blogs!

Happy Reading! 

Mrs Ray and Mrs Kelly

May 15, 2014
by naomielias

Library News

The Children in Prep have now been introduced to the non-fiction section of the Library and will soon be able to borrow from this area. They were very excited about this and loved singing about a pet dinosaur and then locating the REAL (non-fiction) books about dinosaurs! ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!

Dinosaur Pet


Nick Bland has written one of the shortlisted books for this year – it is called King Pig. We are going to take a closer look at some of Nick’s other titles and share our thoughts and ideas and try to find the meaning or message in the story.

King Pig

Ask your Grade 2 children if they can tell you some of the features of  a non-fiction book (“it is fact”, “it is true”, “it has photos” etc…)

*What is a glossary?

*What is a Contents page?

*What is an Index used for?

What about the Grade 3 children – ask them about the Dewey Decimal System – how does it relate to non-fiction books? How are the books arranged on the shelves – this is our focus at the moment!

Mrs Ray and Mrs Kelly

March 28, 2014
by naomielias

Library News


Term One in the library has been busy for our Prep, Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3 students.

In Prep the students have loved sharing stories written by Lynley Dodd and in particular the character “Hairy Maclary” – yes from Donaldson’s Dairy – and the mean and nasty pussy cat – Scarface Claw!

Hairy Maclary

The Grade 1 students have looked closely at Julia Donaldson, the author of “The Gruffalo” – a favourite in many households.  We have also discussed the differences between Fiction and Non-Fiction books.

The Gruffalo

Grade 2 students have made predictions about what will happen at the end of a story and they have studied Mem Fox in detail, learning facts about Mem from her website – memfox.com

The Grade 3 students have focussed on Leigh Hobbs.  The students completed some lovely pastel illustrations of “Mr Chicken” visiting famous landmarks. The Grade 3 students also looked at correctly ordering and shelving the fiction books in the library.

Mr Chicken

Mrs Ray and Mrs Kelly

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