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2020 National Poetry Prize

Date Published: 12/08/2019

The Somerset National Poetry Prize encourages young writers in their literary endeavours and is open to all Australian high school students. It is a wonderful opportunity for serious student writers, encouraging them in their literary growth. And there are also

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Book of the Week for Grown-Ups

Date Published: 12/08/2019

The Chain by Adrian McKinty is being touted as the thriller of the year for 2019 and has been hitting all the bestseller lists. It’s a gripping psychological thriller about a mother who literally goes down into hell and a

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New Facebook Group for our BookChatters

Date Published: 12/08/2019

We love presenting at our Breakfast Book Chats! Meeting once a term, members from our parent community join us for tea, coffee, reading recommendations and lively discussions on what we’ve been reading, viewing and listening to since we last met.

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Research Skills: Assessing Resources

Date Published: 05/08/2019

Students are bombarded with information from the internet, but how do they discern trustworthy sources from those less credible or even false? In our digital environment and the era of  ‘fake news’,  it is essential for students to develop the research and

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Principal’s Reading Challenge Leaderboard

Date Published: 05/08/2019

By the end of the second week of the Principal’s Reading Challenge, the leaderboard has changed! With a huge effort particularly from VS7, with 4080 reading minutes in their homeroom, Villa Spada has moved into first place, only just ahead

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Book of the Week

Date Published: 05/08/2019

Love Your Body was written by Melbourne social worker Jess Sanders to empower girls, many of whom struggle today with society’s unrealistic expectations of ‘beauty’, to develop a positive body image. The book aims to encourage girls to see their

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Author Visit

Date Published: 29/07/2019

Our Year 10 English students were thrilled to have a visit from YA author A.J. Betts. She is such a favourite with our readers as she is the author of the wildly popular Zac and Mia among other great reads.

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Read Like a Girl With Your Dad

Date Published: 29/07/2019

What a fantastic night we had when our girls and their dads joined Tristan Banks and the iCentre staff for this popular annual event! Author Tristan Banks reading from his novel The Fall As Tristan later mused on Instagram: “Girls

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Book of the Week

Date Published: 29/07/2019

The Rest of the Story, by New York Times best-selling author Sarah Dessen, is a coming of age story about a girl who spends the summer on a journey of self-discovery. By reconnecting with her mother’s family, Emma is able

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NCACL Diversity Database

Date Published: 22/07/2019

A new database, the NCACL Diversity Database, aims to highlight diverse children’s literature making it easier for teachers, parents and readers to find these books. By reading such books, it makes students more culturally aware and the classroom more inclusive.

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