The Pop Culture Studies class at our college organised a celebration of Book Week and International Cosplay Day by hosting a costume contest in the Library. Cosplay is a popular way for fans to express their love of characters in movies, comic books, anime, TV, and video games. Our secret powers were on show.
Bridgett is a dancer and contortionist from Adelaide. Our students were in awe of the courage and determination Bridgett has shown along her exciting career path. Bridgett’s life journey has taken her across Australia, USA, and Europe and into exciting careers in dance and circus schools and cabaret shows (including the Adelaide Fringe). Students were encouraged to seize opportunities, work collaboratively and never give up.
Science Week was an opportunity for staff and students to squeeze as much science as possible into one week. Outside the Library was buzzing each lesson break with Science, Engineering and Maths. Questions and explorations spilled out across the various interactive stations. We can't wait to do it all again next year.
‘Never stop growing and learning’ is Haydn’s mantra. He was a passionate speaker and had his audience hanging on every word as he delivered key messages about using the special gifts each individual has inside them. Students were inspired as he connected with their aspirations and provided encouragement and hope that many paths can lead to success. He reinforced the importance of preparation, personal capacities and education, in laying down a career path.
The motto of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is that "books and stories can change lives".
IBBY biennially select two to three recently published honour books from their respective countries. These are chosen for their high quality, and represent outstanding writers, illustrators and translators of children's books. No IBBY collection has ever travelled to Australia, until now. The National Centre for Australian Children's Literature (NCACL) has borrowed the 2018 IBBY International Collection until September 2019.
Thebarton Senior College celebrated children's books from around the world by exhibiting this collection.
Teacher librarians were welcomed to an educators' walk-through the exhibition, with special presenter and author Jane Jolly. Jane explained the importance of the careful research undertaken in writing a book for children that respects cultural sensitivities. Did you know there is a connection between Prince Harry and Jane's book "One Step at a Time"?
Students from our college read aloud from picture books in their first language. This was highly valued by our college visitors as the students also explained how important it was to them to be reading books in their own language. There was also an opportunity to view the National Centre for Australian Children's Literature's Cultural Diversity Database.
Gary is the Senior Geospatial Intelligence Officer for the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.
He inspired our students with possibilities and provided first- hand experience of the value of seizing opportunities that come along (sometimes unexpectedly). The surprising range of career opportunities offered through Geospatial technologies (tools contributing to the geographic mapping and analysis of the Earth and societies) were introduced by Gary. Students were engaged and asked insightful questions.
We are learning how to ask questions and use research processes to meet and understand the challenges and opportunities ahead of us.
Not sure where to start your research? Looking for research tips and strategies to point you in the right direction?
What's Linda reading?
Linda is currently reading:
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood