Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Book Review by Maddy

Maddy has written a book review as a Literacy task and has generously offered to shared it on our Library blog. After reading Maddy's review I have added this book to my list of must reads. When we share our love of books - we invite others on a wonderful adventure! Thank you Maddy.
Hello bloggers! Last year I read an incredible book and it was so good that I thought I might share my review with everyone! The book is titled ‘The Red Pyramid’ by Rick Riordan. 
This book took me away from where I was. I forgot about everything else. This is a great one for those into adventure. It opened up a new way of looking at the world and made me think and wonder. Rick Riordan described every moment as if it was happening at that exact moment. It created pictures in my mind and I could see every moment. It inspired me, gave me ideas and kept me reading. It's really a page turner. I couldn't stop reading it. 
If you find this book anywhere, I really recommend it to you. Once you read this book, could you compare your opinion with mine? 
Did you enjoy it as much as I did?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Welcome Preps!

Welcome back to the new year. We are very excited to welcome our new Preps to St. Luke's. The Preps have painted their portraits to help brighten up our Library. This year we are thinking of Dr. Seuss' wise words: 'The more that you read, the more you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!' The Preps have made a great start to their school year and always come into the Library excited to read and share books. Dr. Seuss would be very proud!
Students from all over the school have loved seeing the Prep's portraits and it is heartwarming to hear how much our students care for and welcome our precious Preps.

What do you love about reading and books?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Premiers' Reading Challenge

The online Honour Roll for this years Premiers' Reading Challenge is now ready to view at Honour Roll.

Congratulations to all our students who took part in the Challenge! A fabulous effort!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

This week during Library sessons we read some books about 'Dads' to celebrate Father's Day. 

After reading we used a great app on the iPad called Chatter Pix to record what we liked about each story. It was lots of FUN!

Here are Joshua, Sophie and Liam talking about these great books!
My Dad by Anthony Browne
Some Dads .... by Nick Bland
Grandpa and Thomas by Pamela Allen

My Dad Anthony Browne from Learning Together on Vimeo.

Some Dads... Nick Bland from Learning Together on Vimeo.

Grandpa and Thomas Pamela Allen from Learning Together on Vimeo.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Book Week 2014!

We have had a wonderful week of celebrations for Book Week 2014. Thank you to our Library team who ran activities and assemblies.
We asked families to send a photo of how they connect to reading. The slideshow below shows the many different ways we connect to reading and how reading connects us to each other and the wider world. 

How did you celebrate Book Week 2014?
What did you enjoy the most during book week?

Friday, August 1, 2014

Book Week - Connect to Reading!

Connect To Reading!

Book Week for 2014 begins on Saturday 16th August until Friday 22nd August. This year the theme is ‘Connect To Reading’. Each class will be running activities over the week to celebrate  Australian authors and great books.
We are having a dress up day on Wednesday 20th August. We will begin the day with a parade in the hall that all parents are welcome to attend. Students are encouraged to dress up as a character they connect with in their reading.
As a school community we would like all families to think about how you, as a family, connect to reading or how reading connects you to each other - your community - the world. Some examples are: reading a recipe, a map, sign posts, menus, newspapers, text messages, blogging, etc. Take a photo and send it to:
We will make a slideshow of all our photos and post them on our school blogs.
On Tuesday 12th August the students will attend a workshop run by Richard Galbraith, a writer, illustrator, cartoonist and storyteller. Richard will run workshops on cartooning where students will learn to create and draw cartoon characters and weave them into simple stories.
Throughout Book Week we will have our Library team reading books to the whole school at Lunchtime.
We are looking forward to an exciting
Book Week at St. Lukes!
Connect to Reading!

Monday, June 23, 2014

News from Mrs Davey

We have great new books in the library!
For Preps and Juniors: Hairy Maclary's Hat Tricks by L. Dodd , Green eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss and many other picture books. For these books look in New Books or Picture Books.
See if you can find the new books!                                               

We have two new Zac Power Spy Recruit titles, and two new Billie B. Brown Mysteries.                      
Find the new shelf with some Premiers' Reading Challenge books for Preps and Juniors. 

For Mids and Seniors: Two new Geronimo Stilton titles, two Cavemice titles, and two Thea Stilton titles.  Also two new Rainbow Magic titles, a new Truly Tan, a new Tashi, and a new Judy Moody. We have two new Tom Gates titles, and three new Dork Diaries.                                                    
Note - some new series to try: 

Crawf's Kick it to Nick by Shane Crawford about A.F.L. Footy
Sea Quest by A.Blade, and Skylanders.            
Andy Griffiths has a new book Once Upon a Slime to help you write your own stories.

Especially for Seniors:  a number of new Jacqueline Wilson titles. My favourite is a recent title Queenside, but try them all. Note that J. Wilson based her book Four children and It on E. Nesbit's Five children and It. This will be available shortly- find out more about the Psammead!
Check New Books and Fiction for these books.

Soccer fans try the facts books and fiction on display.
Congratulations to all students who are reading so well for the Premiers' Reading Challenge.          
Keep it up over the holidays. You have until the end of August to finish.
Let's see if all students can complete the Challenge!

Any questions, send a message to Mrs. Davey.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

St. Luke's guest writer - Madeline

Glitter Words

It is with great pleasure that I introduce our very first guest writer for our Library blog. Madeline in Senior MY has written a very informative piece about poet and writer Oodgeroo Noonuccal.  
See more of Madeline's work on her blog  Meet Me (M@del!ne)

Oodgeroo Noonucca

Oodgeroo was born in 1920 and she was born on Stradbroke Island, (the indigenous call it Minjerriba) Queensland. She was best known as a poet, although she was also an actress, a writer, a teacher, an artist and a campaigner for Aboriginal rights.She left school at the age of 13, and worked as a domestic servant until 1939. She volunteered for service in the Australian Women’s Army Service. 
achieved national prominence as the Queensland State Secretary of the
Council for the Advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
(CAATSI). She also achieved another prominence through her highly popular
poetry and writing. Oodgeroo became the first published Aboriginal woman
with her verses ‘We are going’ which sold out in three days.

Oodgeroo also wrote a lot of books for children – Father Sky and Mother
Earth (1981), Little Fella (1986), and The Rainbow Serpent (1988) with the
help of her son – Kabul Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Vivian). She was included in
‘Aboriginal rights’ organisations.

Oodgeroo was very young when she started poetry and in her late forties a
writer encouraged her to publish them. She kept writing and became
recognised all over the world. 
In the 1960s, Oodgeroo campaigned for Aboriginal rights. Until then
Aboriginal Australians didn’t have the right to vote. Oodgeroo did
everything she could to create gender equality. She travelled across
Australia, giving as many as ten talks a day. The campaigning paid off
after fighting so hard. In 1967 the indigenous finally had the right to

Oodgeroo Noonuccal continued to fight for her rights. She travelled the
world, telling others about the dreadful conditions for the Torres Strait
Islanders. But she didn’t believe that people were listening to her. In her
frustration, she decided that she would go back to her favourite place –
Moongalba, (the Noonuccals call it this) which means ‘sitting down place.
It’s very sacred to them. But the Government said that they owned
Moongalba and Oodgeroo wasn’t allowed to build anything there. She wanted
to turn it into an Aboriginal museum.

She decided the only way that she could stay on her land, was to
camp there. Oodgeroo invited children, both black and white, and shared her
land with them and showed them the aboriginal ways. 
 When Oodgeroo Noonuccal died, lots of people were upset, but that’s not
what she wanted. Oodgeroo wanted people to celebrate her achievements and
to continue working for a better future for the indigenous. Oodgeroo’s was
a role model for all Australians. Someone who strived for true respect and
understanding between both the white and black communities.

Thank you Madeline for a beautifully written and thoughtful Author study. Oodgeroo Noonuccal was a very talented and amazing woman.