The SRC and the library had a Mufti Day and Bake Sale to raise money for girl's education in poorer countries on Monday 22nd October. And we raised an amazing amount of $1337!
The 'Room To Read' program supports literacy and girl's education. When Girls Stay in School, Life Improves...for Everyone. Whether or not a girl stays in school has an astounding effect on not only her quality of life, but on her future family’s as well. For a girl in one the most underserved parts of the world, staying in school longer means she is more likely to build a smaller and healthier family, lower her probability of contracting HIV, and earn a higher wage. She is also more likely to marry later and educate her own children — ending the cycle of illiteracy in one generation.
The amount raised is enough to send 4 girls to school for a year!
Thank you everyone for your wonderful support, and a HUGE thank you to Ms Haggar and the SRC for their fabulous cooking and marketing skills!
To learn more about the program or donate, check out their website:
Aussie Books for Zim is an Australian charity that collects books and stationery from Australian communities, schools, families and individuals to set up school libraries in rural Zimbabwe. The organisation seeks to improve literacy in these communities, in order to empower children with knowledge and the confidence to contribute to shaping the world they live in.
At the WHSPA Library we have been collecting books for over a year, weeded from the library or donated from the school and the community, and today I dropped them all off with Alfred at Aussie Books for Zim (see the haul below!)
If you have any books you’d like to donate, or you would like to donate to the huge expense of getting the containers to Zimbabwe, then contact Aussie Books for Zim at: aussiebooksforzim.org
Wollongong Living Books reached a 10-year milestone this year. It was celebrated with a special event, and I was very honored to be invited…”As an amazing long-time champion of our program”. I ran the original pilot program for schools 10 years ago at Bulli High School and Wollongong High has been a long-time supporter of this wonderful program since 2010.
The living ‘books’ are an extraordinary group of volunteers who enjoy sharing their stories with others. Their backgrounds are diverse, in terms of culture, language and faith background, gender, sexuality, age, ability and occupation. Readers’ are invited to engage in a half hour conversation with a ‘book’.
Congratulations Living Books!
We had two amazing speakers come the Library and tell their stories to all of year 8 for Reconciliation Week. Beck Simon and Dale Wright had the students captivated telling their stories. A huge thank you to Beck and Dale for taking the time to come and share their stories with us at WHSPA.
Check out some of the books you can find in the WHSPA Library:
¨Koori Heritage Stories by Susan Dale Donaldson
This project took over 10 years to make and has been taken from oral histories with powerful memories of their families growing up in the Bega Valley. “Despite being memories that are filled with displacement and disadvantage, the stories are told without bitterness. Instead, the stories are simple, clear-eyed accounts of what it meant to grow up as a Koori and the importance of community, family and connection to the land.” (Bega District News)
¨ Marngrook : a long ago story of Aussie Rules by Titta Secombe
This is a fictional story about a ball game played by Aboriginal people more than 150 years ago in North Western Victoria. The book is set in the Grampians and based on a story that Titta has been listening to since she was a child.
¨ Remembered by heart , edited by Sally Morgan
From life in the desert to growing up on a mission, enduring devastating policies in the 1930s to bravely seizing new opportunities in the 1960s, these are fifteen true stories reflecting a diverse range of Aboriginal Australian experiences.
Accelerated Reader Program
The Library is running a Reading Program with 100 students from years 7-10. The program is aimed at improving student reading levels. After doing a reading test, the students are then directed towards books at their level of reading. Books are chosen based on the students age and their reading level. Students will then do comprehension quizzes after reading each book. Students are encouraged to read their books during English Reading and at home.
The school has funded hundreds of books for this program and the Library has spent over 6 months setting up the program and the books in the Library. We are enthusiastic about the potential outcomes!
If you have any questions about the program please call me, Liane Pfister, the Program Co-ordinator.
Premier’s Reading Challenge
All Year 7’s are part of the Premier’s Reading Challenge. All students are encouraged to read 20 books by August. 15 of the books must be from the Premier’s Reading Challenge Book List. 5 of the 20 books can be of the student’s own choice.
Students can access the Premier’s Reading Challenge using their DoE portal userid and password.
The Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely.
Any problems, pop into the Library and see Mrs Pfister for help.
Academic Database Courses
During March we organised Academic Journal Database courses with Wollongong City Council Librarians which ran over 3 days. They ran 6 x 80 minute sessions, covering 10 Senior HSIE classes and a small group of Year 10 English students.
The students were taught the following:
à How to search on an Academic database
à Working with Academic databases
à What databases are available through Wollongong Library and State Library
à How to cite articles for their Bibliography
à Other resources available through Wollongong Council Library:
- Studiosity (a free tutoring service)
- Lynda (a free online course service)
- HSC resources, e.g.: PIPS
- HSC classes
- Local History Resources
We organised over 50 Library cards for the students that don’t yet have a Wollongong Council Library card. With this Library card they can access all these valuable resources for FREE!
Chess Club in the Library
Mr Phasavath is running a Chess Club in the Library and they meet every Monday at Lunchtime. But they can play chess any lunchtime in the Library. Pop up to watch or join in!
New Library Staff
Welcome to my two new Library Assistants:
Mon-Wed: Ms Porter
Thu-Fri: Ms Pike
Looking forward to seeing you all in the Library this year!
We had another wonderful Living Books Event in the Library today (3rd August 2017). A group of amazing volunteers came along to WHSPA to tell us their inspirational stories to Year 9 students.
Each student got to listen to two 'Books'. Many students found the experience humbling and appreciating their own lives, but also inspired by the courage and strength of the 'Books'.
The Living Books Event is run by Wollongong City Council for schools free of charge. Here are some photos of the day:
Book Week 2017
Escape to Everywhere!
The NSW Premier's Reading Challenge and The Arts Unit are proud to make available the 20 wonderful author and illustrator videos that first aired as part of BookFest in June 2017:
(Book Week Image from CBCA Website)
Great School Libraries - New report shows the impact of Teacher Librarians on student outcomes
(from ACCESS magazine, June 2016, ASLA magazine)
The Importance of School Libraries in the Google Age:
Timmy is Mrs Pfister's Cat, who went missing for 62 days and is now home safe and sound and happy!
Mrs Pfister's lovely Roll Call 8.8:
In this program the ‘books' are made up of local residents from many walks of life, who are there to share their life experiences and life choices. ‘Readers' (year 9s) were invited to engage in two half hour conversations with a ‘book' in our library.
The living ‘books' are an extraordinary group of volunteers who enjoy sharing their stories with others. Their backgrounds are diverse, in terms of culture, language and faith background, gender, sexuality, age, ability and occupation. Their stories are about survival and inspiration.
The catalogue of living ‘books' aims to include stories that are not given a high profile in mainstream media. The program is run by Wollongong City Council.
If anyone needs any support services, please see the attached flyer, or speak with one of our Counsellors or Student Support Officer (Michelle Montgomery).
These are the amazing people that run this program:
For more photos, go to the WHSPA Photo Gallery
And we had Manga drawing too...
We were lucky enough to have Brothers3 here on Thursday 5th November 2015! They were kind enough to come and have a chat with our students about their experiences and give some advice on creating music and music as a career. There were six very excited music classes that enjoyed their time with these guys, especially the photo session at the end!
You may remember them from X-Factor last year - they came 3rd. Lovely boys, and on their website they describe themselves a bit.....
Straight off the bat, they weren't your average X Factor contestants. Three farm boys from Mudgee, NSW, raised without electricity, running water or sewerage, just so that their mother could afford to buy them instruments and drive them across country to their shows.
Makirum, Tayzin and Shardyn Fahey-Leigh have clocked up six Tamworth Country Music Festivals already. At their first, aged just 10, 11, and 12 years old respectively, Mak was so small that he could barely hold a guitar, but that didn't stop the crowd going wild. "There was one guy who was so drunk that he thought that if he lit himself on fire he could put it out with a whip," recalls Mak. "They had to throw buckets of water on him as we were playing." And if you can keep singing through that, you can handle a live TV performance to an X Factor audience of over 1.4 million.
Book Week 2015
I've been published - whoohoo!
Wollongong City Council run a fabulous event called 'Living Books', that we hold every year in our library. I've written about it in the latest SCAN magazine. SCAN is an online journal for educators.
Year 9 had the unique opportunity to experience Wollongong Living Books. The Wollongong Living Books program brings to the community a collection of human ‘books' that represent a a diverse range of backgrounds and life experiences. Instead of reading a book, the students talk to a person in the setting Library setting. Readers (Year 9 ) had the chance to engage in an informal half hour conversation in small groups with the living ‘books' about their lives and life choices. The feedback was very positive:
I've weeded out lots of very old and unused books and created a new space. It looks great, and is so useful for BYOD classes where some students don't have computers. Come up and have a look:
WHSPA Remembers ANZACS
Many people have family members that have been to war or were somehow affected by war. This booklet remembers some stories from our students and staff of Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts , and brings them to life. Want to read it? Then come up to the Library and borrow out this booklet that I have made. If you would like a copy of your own, you can purchase one for only $3.50 (to cover costs). Call or email me on email@example.com
Year 9 will have the unique opportunity to experience Living Libraries. The Wollongong Living Books program brings to the community a collection of human ‘books' that represent a diverse range of backgrounds and life experiences. Instead of reading a book, you talk to a person in the setting of a library or school. Readers (year 9 ) are offered the chance to engage in an informal half hour conversation in small groups with the living ‘books' about their lives and life choices .
During this week we will be celebrating reading and the Australian Children's Book Awards. Come up to the Library and see our activities.
As part of the Year 7 Library course, the students study Picture Books as part of their learning about Visual Literacy. As part of this course the year 7s make their own picture books on PowerPoint.
During the BookWeek celebrations I will be taking 7A to read their picture books to the excited students of Keiraville Public School.
(image obtained from : http://cbca.org.au/)
Paul is the owner of the children's Bookstore at Beecroft. He has a Master of Education, working almost 20 years as a teacher of Upper Primary and Secondary. He has won numerous awards in teaching such as a Quality Teacher Award , The Premier's English Scholarship and awards for his co-ordination of Regional Shakespearean Festivals. His interests include the development of literacy with a particular interest in reading for gifted children, Boys' Literacy and books for adolescents. Paul won the inaugural Maurice Saxby Award in 2012 for his contributions to raising the profile of teen fiction. He is an amazing and interesting speaker.
For more info about Richard and some writing tips for those budding authors go to his website:
My new assistant!
Yesterday, Ms Martin, Class 7A, and I went to visit Keiraville Public School.
As part of my Library Program with Year 7, and in collaboration with the English Faculty, I teach Picture Books as part of their Visual Literacy section of the Syllabus. To finish up the program, the students make their own Picture books, usually in PowerPoint, and share them with their class. Every year, to celebrate Book Week, I take one lucky class to a local primary school to read their picture books to the younger students. This year 7A was lucky enough to go.
7A presented some great picture books to six primary classes from Kindy to Year 2, who enjoyed every minute of it! For more photos and to have a read of the picture books, check out my other folders.
Pirates of Penzance
As Publicity Officer for our School Productions, I'd like to promte the lovely businesses that are supporting our latest musical, Pirates of Penzance, by putting Advertisements in the Musical Program. Here is a little ditti I made up:
Going to see Pirates of Penzance? Before you go, after you pick up the kids new uniforms from Poppets, and purchase some lovely new clothes for them from dream Designer Childrenswear at Fairy Meadow, head down to Bendigo Bank to open up an account to save for your holiday; Then drop your kids at Theatremax for a drama lesson, afterwhich they'll be dying to play an instrument at Wollongong Conservatorium of Music; Wave 'Hi' to Sharon Bird jogging past on her way to buy the fast selling tickets to our show! While you're waiting for the kids, pop onto the Engadine Music Centre website and buy that trombone you've been dreaming about, then phone up Mortgage Choice limited to discuss re-mortgaging your house to pay for all of this! Then head to Coconut Thai for some dinner because you're too exhausted to cook!
Buy you're tickets now - they're selling fast!
Pirates on WinTV! - Pirates on WINTV
We won the best decorated Faculty for Harmony Day - YAY!
Me and Michelle dressed up for Harmony Day!
Premier's Reading Challenge Pizza Celebratory Lunch
Are you sick of living in reality? Then perhaps you would prefer living in one of 8EN's Fantasy Worlds.
Ms Taylor's 8EN6 English class were posed a question……
If you could create your own world - What would it be?
And there was an amazing array of worlds presented.
Come and see them all displayed in the Library now!
Assemblage is a form of sculpture comprised of "found" objects that are arranged in such a way in order to create a piece of art. This display is from Year 10 Visual Arts.