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TERM DATES for 2013
Term 1 - Tue 29 Jan - Thu 28 Mar
Term 2 - Mon 15 Apr - Fri 21 June
Term 3 - Mon 15 Jul - Fri 20 Sep
Term 4 - Tue 8 Oct - Wed 4 Dec
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Welcome to the Learning Centre!
The Learning Centre is consolidating its role as the 'Learning Hub' of the school, with students and staff taking advantage of the range of services offered. We are continually promoting reading and literature and while our primary students have always been keen borrowers, the secondary students have shown considerable improvement in their level of borrowing.
- click here to meet our terrific learning centre staff
- click here to return to the main learning centre page
- click here to view recommended reading lists
- click here for Readers' Cup information Years 6, 7, 8 & 9.
- click here to view Databases and Search engines - St Andrew's Catalogue, ANZRC, Worldbook Online, Expanded Academic
Scholastic Book Club orders due back Monday May 27.
National Simultaneous Storytime 2013
National Simultaneous Storytime is an important annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. Now in its 13th successful year it is a colourful, vibrant and fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy using an Australian children's book that explores age appropriate themes and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Grades 1 to 6. Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. This year our event will take place on Under 8s Day, Wednesday, May 22 and we look forward to a fabulous reading of Nick Bland’s The Wrong Book.
Premier's Reading Challenge
Peter Carnavas visits Year 3 and 5
Acclaimed author and illustrator Peter Carnavas returned to St Andrew’s last week. Students of Year 3 and 5 worked with Peter to develop their writing skills; learning how to persuade the reader by using wonderful words instead of “good” ones. Peter inspired the students with topics such as the Typewriter Is Better Than the Computer and Why St Andrew’s Needs a Pool. Students had loads of fun transforming ordinary sentences into amazing pieces of writing. We were also delighted when Peter rewarded the wonderful work of a class with impromptu illustrations.
The final day of Term 1 saw large numbers of family members visiting our college for Grandparents & Special Friends Day. We want to thank all the families who purchased a book to donate to our college. A massive $1400 worth of brand new high quality books have now been added to our library collection. Each book has a plate inside the front cover acknowledging the family who donated the book. The plate also honours the child the book was bought for and this student becomes the first borrower of the lovely new book.
Staff and students had a wonderful time at the Book Week Dress Up Parade. Each year level in the Primary School chose a theme and went all out with their creativity and imagination. Secondary students were enthusiastically involved - including our own Katniss Everdeen and the Year 12s dressed as 101 Dalmations (pictured). To view photos capturing the spirit of the day please visit the St Andrew's Facebook page.
Authors in Residence
We were delighted to have both Brian Falkner and Peter Carnavas as authors in residence for 2012.
Brian (pictured below) is a very popular New Zealand author who writes mainly for upper primary and secondary school students. His book 'The Super Freak' was one of the titles in both the Year 7 and Year 6 Readers' Cup competitions. Another of his novels 'Brainjack' was used in the Year 9 Regional Readers' Cup competition where Brian appeared on the night as the guest speaker. For further details regarding Brian and his work please visit his website (click here for link).
The highly talented author and illustrator Peter Carnavas worked with students from Prep to Year 5. His stories are delightful and the children in the younger grades have greatly enjoyed his books in the lead up to Book Week. Our clever teacher aides have created a wonderful display in the primary end of the Learning Centre featuring Peter's distinctive artwork and characters. For further information on Peter Carnavas and his work visit his website (Click here).
Learning Centre Hours
We are open from 7.30am until 4.30pm on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Tuesday and Friday we close at 3.30pm.
Please note: Primary students can use the Learning Centre independently before school. Primary students wishing to use the Learning Centre facilities after school must be accompanied by a parent. Secondary students - Years 7 - 12 - can access the library independently both before and after school.
Last updated 7 May 2013
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