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Monday 8am to 5pm

Tuesday 8am to 5pm

Wednesday 8am to 5pm

Thursday 8am to 5pm

Friday 8am to 5pm

Please contact us on 99800472 or at irc@msb.nsw.edu.au

What's Happening in the IRC

 

Tuesday and Thursday in the IRC will now be know as 'Tranquil Tuesday' and 'Tranquil Thursday' The main area of the IRC will be available for quiet reading, study and reflection.

OverDrive e-books and audiobooks

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Check out Sora—The new student reading app, by OverDrive

Sora provides the quickest and easiest way to get started with digital titles from our school. Students can simply log in using school credentials and instantly access hundreds of eBooks and audiobooks on virtually any device. 

Get started today,

  1. Download the free Sora app for Android or iOS
  2. In Sora, find your school, then sign in using your Bennies username and password 
  3. Browse the Explore tab and borrow a book. Your book will open so you can start reading right away

For more help with Sora, go to help.soraapp.com

New books in the IRC

Featured Author - David Walliams

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David Walliams - Ten Fun Facts

1. David swam 140 miles down the River Thames to raise money for Sports Relief

2. During his Thames swim David rescued a labrador dog that had fallen into the river!

3. His career in showbiz began when he was 24 years old and wrote The Ant and Dec show

4. David’s literary idol is Roald Dahl

5. His role model is the fourth Doctor in the Doctor Who series

6. In 2010, David cycled from one end of Great Britain to another for Sport Relief

7. One of his favourite chocolates is Maltesers

8. His real name is David Williams but he takes the stage surname Walliams

9. He was a Navy cadet in school because he liked the uniform

10. David’s sister used to dress him up in girls clothes when he was little

    The Boy in the Dress

     The World’s Worst Children 2

Featured Picture Books

Featured Biographies

TED Talk of the Week

    

Why do we love our favorite stories? Do they need a beginning, middle and end, and a character who changes by the conclusion? Masters of storytelling explore new answers to age-old questions of the craft.

Inside a Dog

 

 

 

Inside a Dog is a place for teen readers and the home of Inky, the reading wonder-dog. Here you can:

  • Find great reads
  • Share your reviews of books you love – or hate 
  • Discuss book news and hot topics on our news blog and in our forums
  • Win stuff!
  • Gain insight into an authors’ thoughts about writing and reading with our Writer in Residence for February - Kylie Fornasier.  
  • Join or create a book club to talk about your reading

What Should I Read Next?

Youngzine

Youngzine is a one-of-a-kind Web site where children can learn about current news and events shaping their world -- in a simple, engaging and interactive manner.

Little Book Owl Book Reviews

Catriona Feeney studies part-time at university in Sydney and works full-time in marketing — but in her spare time, she's a rising YouTube star.

Each week she spends hours making videos about the fantasy fiction she's reading, then uploads them to YouTube

SpineOut short story by Sania Kulkarni

Congratulations to our Year 7 student Sania Kulkarni whose short story 'In the Middle of Nowhere' was published in the June-July issue of SpineOut magazine. Well done Sania!

 

Books into Movies

The story follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life.

When teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities, they are declared a threat by the government and detained. Sixteen-year-old Ruby, one of the most powerful young people anyone has encountered, escapes her camp and joins a group of runaway teens seeking safe haven. Soon this newfound family realizes that, in a world in which the adults in power have betrayed them, running is not enough and they must wage a resistance, using their collective power to take back control of their future.

In the tradition of Amblin classics where fantastical events occur in the most unexpected places, Jack Black and two-time Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett star in The House with a Clock in Its Walls, from Amblin Entertainment. The magical adventure tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. But his new town’s sleepy façade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead.

Hundreds of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, a mysterious young woman, Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), emerges as the only one who can stop London — now a giant, predator city on wheels — from devouring everything in its path. Feral, and fiercely driven by the memory of her mother, Hester joins forces with Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan), an outcast from London, along with Anna Fang (Jihae), a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head.

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once? Lara Jean Song Covey’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control when the love letters for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all– are mysteriously mailed out.

What's Happening in the IRC?

Sophie's Spineout Publication

Spineout Artwork- August Edition 2017

IRC Book Week Activities

2017 Book week Author visit - Jaclyn Moriarty

Emma W's poem has been published in Spineout this month.Well done!

Book Week 2016- Australia Story Country Competitions

RB Digital eMagazines through Hornsby Library

Hornsby Library membership required. Please see IRC staff for more details.

Bennies Featured in SpineOut December Edition

Congratulations to our year 9 student Ariella Azzopardi who has featured in the December issue of Spineout Magazine. Ariella and her classmates had the opportunity to meet and listen to the creators of the Zarkora series Nicholas and Alison Lochel. You can read Ariella's review of the visit above. 

Book Week 2015- Claire Zorn Visit

Wednesday we welcomed writer Claire Zorn to the College, winner of the 2015 CBCA Book of the Year (older readers) who ran a number of creative writing workshops with our year 9 students. 4 of our students were also selected from a creative writing competition run leading up to Book Week where they needed to write a 500 word piece based on a set character and location set by Claire herself. The winners of this competition Arabella Young, Aoife Twamley,Nicole Sandow and Claire Ward won the prize of having lunch with Claire and a signed copy of her winning book 'The Protected'.  

Refugee and Asylum Seeker Week/Book Week

At lunchtime on Tuesday we had a group of students involved in our Refugee and Asylum Seeker Week events participating in writing activities in the IRC Collaborative Space, where they were able to write short stories in response to pictures of children in detention center's or write letters to children in detention.  

Book Week Competitions

This week the College has been celebrating Children's Book Week.  The theme for 2015 was 'Books Light up our World' and students were encouraged via displays in the IRC to light up their world through reading. We had plenty of tea, fairy and flashing lights on display to light up the IRC with even a still functioning 'overhead projector' projecting this year's logo onto the wall and ceiling. Throughout the week students were invited to participate in guessing competitions displayed in the IRC such as 'guess the silhouette', 'name to book cover' and a 20 question competition based on locations around the world.  

Book Week 2015

July Issue of Spineout Digital Magazine

Congratulations to our Year 10 Future Problem Solvers who competed at the International Future Problem Championships in Iowa, USA where they placed first in the Community Problem Solving - Middle Division. They are featured in the July issue of Spineout Magazine. Well done girls!

What is Maker Monday?

A Makerspace is a place where people can come together to create, invent, experiment and learn using a variety of tools. A makerspace can provide users with lots of different items such as craft, electronics, software and hardware supplies. So come on into the IRC on Mondays and see what new and exciting things we have on offer!

#LoveOZYA

Mindfulness in the IRC

Colouring in is an easy way to calm the mind and occupy the hands Mark Robert Waldman explaines that active meditation focuses attention on simple tasks that require repetitive motion. Concentrating this way replaces negative thoughts and creates a state of peace, and many people who have a difficult time with concentrative meditation can find this easier. This gentle activity where you choose the colours to create your picture and the repetitive action of colouring it in focuses the brain on the present, blocking out any intrusive thoughts.

SpineOut -May Edition

Congratulations to our Year 9 student Emily J whose review of the new release 'Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean' by Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar and Anita Roy was selected to feature in the May edition of 'SpineOut' magazine. Well done Emily!

Future Problem Solvers- Mind Your Language

Mount St Benedict College currently have a successful team of girls who have qualified for the International Future Problem Solving Championships to be held in the USA in June. They are part of the Community Problem Solving Team and the focus of their project 'Mind Your Language' has been to educate the College and wider community about the language used by politicians and the media to describe, and often demonise, asylum seekers. The painting below is on display in the IRC and represents what the girls want to change in the language people use towards asylum seekers and refugees in Australia. Along with the painting the girls have provided a pledge you may wish to sign. The Community Problem Solving Team can be followed on their Twitter handle @Mindur_Language and on Facebook at communityproblemsolving

 

Wide Reading Suggestion Boards

Looking for something new to read? Not too sure where to begin? Then come and check out the new Wide Reading suggestion boards in the Reading Area!

Bennie's Welcomes Acclaimed Australian Writer Claire Zorn

 

The girls were delighted to host acclaimed Australian writer Claire Zorn to Bennies last term where she spoke to them about her life as a writer and where she get he writing inspiration from. Claire recently wrote about her visit to Bennies on her blog All The Kings Horses where she also attached 3 of our year 8 girls' book trailers for her book 'The sky so heavy'

Photo Gallery

Sydney Writer's Festival 2014

Ella with Will Kostakis and YiaYia

Year 8 Wide Reading Blogs

Sydney Writers Festival

Ella meets Will Kostakis and his YiaYia

Order a Book for the IRC

Click on the Book Suggestion Link to request books for the IRC- Please make sure to fill in the title of the book and the author. When the book is ordered and arrives you will be sent an email.

What are LibGuides?

LibGuides are a helpful online aid that students can use to support their research especially for assessments. They offer the ability for the IRC Staff to integrate a diverse range of information sources and instructional support materials in an organised manner that students are finding easy to navigate.

Libguides are a great place for students to start their assessments providing them with a ‘springboard’ for their academic research. The guides contain listings of recommended resources for finding information such as books, eBooks, databases, or recommended websites and can be embedded with relevant documents, images, widgets and media files. LibGuides can be created for a specific subject, subtopic or even specific class assignments. LibGuides provide an effective and attractive support for learning which is interactive, engaging, Web 2.0 friendly and available 24/7.

Dewey's Number of the Week

Number of the week- 791 - Film

Below are some examples of what you will find at 791

 

Mrs Shiels' recommended reads

Featured eBooks

Fiction Book of the Week

Spineout Digital Magazine

 

 

Find your next book here at SpineOut

Read the latest fiction reviews or ask the Library staff how to submit a review yourself

 

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