Welcome to the IRC
Monday 8am to 5pm
Tuesday 8am to 5pm
Wednesday 8am to 5pm
Thursday 8am to 5pm
Friday 8am to 5pm
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.
For as long as she can remember, Sara Shepard has been writing. However, when she was young she also wanted to be a soap opera star, a designer for LEGO, a filmmaker, a claymation artist, a geneticist, and a fashion magazine editor when she grew up. She and her sister have been creating joint artistic and written projects for years, except they’re pretty sure they’re the only ones who find them funny.
She got her MFA at Brooklyn College and now lives outside Philadelphia, PA with her husband and dogs. Her first adult novel is called The Visibles/ All The Things We Didn’t Say.
Sara’s bestselling young adult series, Pretty Little Liars, is loosely based on her experiences growing up on Philadelphia’s Main Line…although luckily she never had any serious stalkers. The series has also inspired the ABC Family television series of the same name. Go to Sara Shepard's website http://www.saracshepard.com/
What happens when a dream you've held since childhood … doesn't come true? As Lisa Bu adjusted to a new life in the United States, she turned to books to expand her mind and create a new path for herself. She shares her unique approach to reading in this lovely, personal talk about the magic of books.
Inside a Dog is a place for teen readers and the home of Inky, the reading wonder-dog. Here you can:
The Principal's Reading Challenge is on again in 2017. Your mission should you choose to accept it, is to...read as many books as you can! To help motivate you with this task you will be given rewards along the way.
Read 5 books for a Merit
Read 10 books for a Bookmark
Read 15 books for a canteen voucher
Read 20 books and congratulations! You will receive a Principal's Reading Certificate and a book prize/book voucher.
You will also be invited to morning tea during Children's Book Week.
Head on down to the IRC and pick up a Reading Record.
A visually spectacular drama from acclaimed director Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Impossible”), based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel. 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith.
Check out the new Everything, Everything trailer starring Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, and Anika Noni Rose!
February 12 is just another day in Sam's charmed life until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she's in danger of losing.
Starring: Karen Gillan, Emma Watson, Tom Hanks
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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
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!
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'
Ella meets Will Kostakis and his YiaYia
LibGuides are a new IRC resource introduced in 2015, it is 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.
WINNER OF THE CBCA AWARD FOR BOOK OF THE YEAR, OLDER READERS"A wonderful, heartwarming coming-of-age story" Readings
For Van Uoc Phan, fantasies fell into two categories: nourishing, or pointless. Daydreaming about Billy Gardiner, for example? Pointless. It always left her feeling sick, as though she'd eaten too much sugar. And there was zero chance of a pay-off, because it was a truth universally acknowledged that he only ever went out with girls like Pippa or Tiff or Ava.
At sixteen, Van Uoc Phan, a scholarship student, has always believed in keeping a low profile: real life will start when school finishes. But when she attracts the attention of popular Billy Gardiner, she finds herself in an unwelcome spotlight. As she struggles to reconcile fantasy Billy with real Billy, she is also grappling with the growing suspicion that she may have accidentally wished his affection into existence. But that can't possibly have happened, can it?
Van Uoc has always tried to live according to the Jane Eyre standard: What would Jane do?
If only things were that simple!
Real life is no longer on hold, and Van Uoc is quickly discovering who she really is.
Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.
As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.
But the end to it all looms closer every day.
Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.
For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters.
She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love.
Or she could disappear