Term 2 Library update

21 Apr
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We would like to wish all the students attempting the Premier’s Reading Challenge for 2016. Children from Yr 1 to 2 are meant to read 30 books which sounds like an incredible amount but what this actually means is also those books that are read to them either at home or at school; whereas children from Yr. 3 to 5 are meant to read 15 books which can include chapter books and picture books. Of course, they can read more if they wish but the challenge has designated these amounts of books to read. The whole point of the challenge is not to elicit a competition as there will be no prizes given but to foster a love of reading and to develop their literacy skills as well as their brain function.Picture1
When we think of libraries in general, we think of them as places to read, look for information and follow recreational pursuits so of course, this is also our creed and one that brings great joy to us, the library staff, when we see children engaging in, getting absorbed into a story. It is one of the most satisfying and rewarding aspects of our job. I would like to conclude that this is the prime purpose for a library and anything else is peripheral to this one activity, so on that note, happy reading to you and yours!!

ICT in the Library

29 Mar

I would like to take this opportunity to discuss with you the meaning of I.C.T which stands for Information Communication using Technology so as the name suggests it is using some form of technology to communicate what your child has been learning at school i.e. the information. This entails starting from the beginning of the use of technology such as the computer, the camera, the video camera, the Ipad and when considering the computer, for instance we, in the library have been focusing on practicing the keyboard skills required to use such programs as Word, Excel or Publisher. We have also spent some time ensuring the children in Year Preps, Ones and Twos know how to identify each part of the computer such as monitor, keyboard, hard drive and mouse. Perhaps during the holidays you too would like to spend some time focusing on this as another activity to enjoy together. It needs to be stressed however, that these forms of technology are a tool used to convey the messages of the information learnt and not the other way around. At high school, the children will actually have Information Technology lessons which takes a closer look at various programs available that may be useful for them to use to convey their learnt information such as the use of IClouds and other more complex programs. Do remember though, they are the tools used to convey messages and are not in themselves meant to take the place of Learning and Teaching, that is still very much a mind over  matter exercise that requires the values of Responsibility and Discipline as well as brain power such as Concentration , Consolidation, Processing and Evaluation i..e Critical Thinking. We hope that the meaning of I.C.T is clear and that you can appreciate its use within the curriculum

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Wow! Term 1 is almost over.

29 Mar
How quickly has the first term of the year sped by for 2016? Soon we’ll be starting our first holidays for the school year and as parents, we may find providing ample stimulating activities for our children quite daunting so from a library point of view, we would like to highlight the wonderful activities that Public Libraries provide during these times. They have special activities during the days and all you’d need to do is look through the list with your children to see which they may prefer. Some public libraries also have school holiday programs and there’s a plethora of various activities that your children could engage in. Public libraries also have Storytelling sessions for pre-school children to attend but these are also great for the Year Preps, Ones and Twos to attend. This is always followed by a special activity from the book shared together. Sometimes we get asked for a list of suitable books for children to read and even though there are many of these, I always begin by suggesting parents start with books that pitch towards their child’s areas of special interest. This list is endless but could include books on dinosaurs, cars, various sports, butterflies, fairies, animals in general. From my years of experience working in libraries, these seem to be the topics that children love the most; but one way to find out is to discuss this with your children. So, hopefully the holidays don’t become a burden to you in thinking of different ways to keep your child entertained but rather probe them on this issue and work towards this together. I will conclude by adding that reading a book to or with your child will be a memory your child will never forget. If your child is an independent reader then try to ask your child to tell you what the book is about so far. This is a great way to measure their understanding of the story and a great way to practise the skill of  summarizing.  Have a great holiday with your children these school holidays.

It’s been a while…but we’re back!

8 Jan

Welcome back…

Welcome to the 2016 School Year!

We have so much to tell you…

It is difficult to imagine that the brand new lovely library at the Coburg campus has already been functioning for the past eight years! How quickly has this time flown by and in that time, so many wonderful events and displays have taken place. The library is the pivotal heart and centre of the school and its resources have certainly expanded having almost 20,000 different types of resources in its collection. These consist of the usual familiar kinds of resources such as the computer hub; the picture book collection; the chapter books, the reference books and information books. It also houses an enormous collection of teacher reference resources ranging from audio-visual materials to a variety of pedagogical books for teachers to use to enhance their delivery of teaching techniques and tools for the classroom. It is a wealth of information and has a very full schedule of class visits and is also used for other various purposes throughout the year such as children’s on-line assessment tools; staff professional development and meetings. It is definitely well-used and functions at an optimal level thanks to the hard working staff which make up the library group. Here are some displays established set to illustrate how it supports the PYP curriculum using its transdisciplinary themes; its attitudes and profiles as well as some of its units of inquiries. We hope to continue to deliver an efficient and expedient service in the future.


National Simultaneous Storytime

The primary library has certainly embraced this annual event which focuses on a particular storybook per year. In 2016 this will be a picture book called “I got this hat” which is about different hats from different countries, for example, from Mexico, a tropical island, China and the Scottish Highlands; and hats worn for  different reasons, for example, a hat for biking, a hat for bed, a pirate hat as well as hats worn for different jobs, for instance, a miner’s hat, a deep-sea diver’s hat, a racing car driver’s hat and a pilot’s hat. This book gives the children an opportunity to explore a variety of culturally different attire; different jobs and functions of Hats! all of which are also some units of inquiries such as “culture”, “occupations” and the concept of “function” addressed in the Primary Years Program. The Art teacher will work closely with a library staff member to prepare the costumes for a live performance of the book in the school’s hall. The event usually takes place in May and is one of the highlights of the library’s calendar for the year. It should prove to be a fantastic show and here are some photos illustrating some of the other successful National Simultaneous Storytime events held in the past.




…stay tuned for future posts…we hope that you enjoy them.


Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea 2014

27 Jul

Greetings Parents, Guardians and Friends,

once again, our Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea was a huge success!

We have been once again being acknowledged by the Cancer Council for our efforts. They have included photos from our school in their WONDERFUL Animoto presentation.

Please watch and enjoy!

Just Click on the link below…


Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge Ends in Term 3

21 Jul

Greetings Parents/Guardians, students and concerned citizens…this is just a short note to remind you all that the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge ends in the first week of September. There is still plenty of time to record all the books you have read but we do remind you to also ensure that permission forms have been filled, signed and returned back to school. Please pass the permission notices to the office.

If there are any questions re: The Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge, please ask to speak to Ms. Iman from the library.

Welcome to the 2014 School Year

18 Mar

Here we are in 2014 and another year of fun activities to participate in from the library. Some of these include the Premier’s Reading Challenge. This is a program established by the State government of Victoria and has been running for quite a number of years. It is free for all children from Grade 1 to 5 here at our Primary school but is extended at the High school too. Children from Grade Prep may also participate in the Challenge but only through parental request. Parents with students in Grade Prep may tell their classroom teacher that they would like to participate and a username and password will be issued to you. Most children would have received their user name and passwords by now as well as the letter to parents. It is very important that you sign and return this to school if you want your child’s name to appear in the Age later in the year. The reading program continues till September and your child is asked to read up to 30 books. The details are in the letter to parents that you will have received or will be receiving shortly. Please make the time to read this carefully before you sign and return to school. During the library session the children will be shown how to access the website and use their username and passwords so hopefully this will assist them with using the program away from the library and in their homes.

Another great activity in the library will be the Simultaneous Story time in May which will focus a special book that all children will have read to them. We complement this with some fun activities in the library during that time.

The classes have started in earnest now and the library staff is slowly developing the routines and tasks for all classes to be in the habit of doing when they visit the library. These are mainly when to borrow; discussion time and story time sessions. We have used some of the wider community events and highlighted those in the library, for instance, the Winter Olympics in Sochi and the Labour Day holiday as well as starting the year with a library orientation in particular for the new year Preps.

All is running smoothly and there’s always something to complete in the library. There’s never a dull moment as we are all busy beavers; and speaking of this, Ms Iman is once again continuing her Buzzy Bee Writing Club this year and has given all members a terrific welcome pack by way of introducing them to the Club. So, there are many happy children with great gifts throughout the school.

Each class visits the library once a week and are able to borrow one book if they’re in Grade Prep to Grade Two; and two books can be borrowed from Grade 3 to 5. The grade Preps are in the midst of becoming familiar with the borrowing procedure and will do so from Term 2. We are at present adding the barcodes and names to their library bags. Could you please ensure that they keep these in a safe place once they come home with their bags and library book inside.

Have a great year with your children!

Yours truly,

The Library Staff.