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Welcome to the IRC

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.

New books in the IRC

Finding Resources in Oliver

Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies.  Search the Bennies catalogue Oliver for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS.

Featured Author of the month - Richard Flanagan

62958au.jpgRichard Flanagan was born in Tasmania in 1961. His novels Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, 
Gould’s Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, Wanting and The Narrow Road to the Deep North have received numerous honours and are published in 42 countries. He won the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North in 2014.

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Non Fiction Books of the Week

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.

OverDrive e-books and audiobooks

Read or Download our latest eBook or Audiobooks on OverDrive

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?

Speak, even if your voice shakes

The Project worked with many influential Australian Social media celebrities about the bullying problem. DOLLY EVERETT was a young girl who committed suicide because of being bullied. Just days before she took her life she made a poster. Speak even if your voice shakes. Kids Helpline 

Book Week 2018

BOOK WEEK IS COMING NEXT TERM!

The IRC will be running lots of exciting competitions again this year with really cool prizes, so watch this space for information!

Books into Movies

Set in a near-future dystopian Earth, the population spends most of its time in an interconnected virtual space called the OASIS. When its founder dies and bequeaths ownership to the first person to find a hidden treasure within by playing games and solving puzzles, a race ensues between a young man and his friends, and an evil megacorporation that wants to control OASIS for themselves.

A Wrinkle in Time is a 2018 American science fantasy adventure film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Jennifer Lee and Jeff Stockwell, based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Madeleine L'Engle. The film stars Oprah WinfreyReese WitherspoonMindy KalingGugu Mbatha-RawMichael PeñaStorm ReidZach Galifianakis, and Chris Pine, and follows a young girl who, with the help of three astral travelers, sets off on a quest to find her father, who went missing after discovering a new planet.

Love, Simon Trailer #1 (2018): Check out the new Love, Simon trailer starring Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, and Nick Robinson!

Maze Runner: The Death Cure is the third installment of the Maze Runner movie franchise, based on the 2011 novel The Death Cure by James Dashner. The film is directed by Wes Ball and distributed by 20th Century Fox.

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

Zinio 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.

Novelist

NoveList, the complete readers' advisory solution, empowers librarians, engages readers and connects communities.

Did you know the IRC has a range of Magazines?

Donna Hay just has that knack of making something so simple taste completely delicious and look utterly divine. If you love cooking, love to entertain and love to do it with style, then you’ll love this mag. 

 

Animania Magazine cover

RSPCA’s Animania magazine is your ultimate guide to animal care!
Inside this quarterly magazine you’ll find awesome animal stories, breed profiles, mini posters, pet care tips, prizes, puzzles, and much more!

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Dewey's Number of the Week

Number of the week- 598 - Australian Wildlife

Below are some examples of what you will find at 598

 

Mrs Shiels' recommended reads

eBooks of the week

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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