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.