Attunga was the winning name chosen from those submitted by the Stage 3 students of Tenambit Public School in the Stockland Greenhills ‘Name the crane’ competition. Lucy decided on this name after talking with her Aunty. She believed this was a name that suited a giant crane because attunga is an aboriginal word meaning high place. Lucy chose her friend Bella to help her paint the design for the flag. Although Tenambit’s entry was not judged the winner by popular vote, I think it’s outstanding. Well done girls!
Oops! Did I say monsters? What I should have said was marvellous monitors. I am very lucky to have the support of these amazing students who every week give up their time to ensure the library is tidy, well organised and a fun place to be. I haven’t managed to capture them all here but I’ll be sure to feature those I’ve missed in a later post. The tasks they perform are many and varied.
Tidying and dusting shelves, and training future library monitors
Assisting with circulation
Preparing displays and promotions
Calculating class borrowing percentages
Being wonderful role models who demonstrate our core values of respect, responsibility and excellence.
Additional books in the Young Sherlock series have just been added to the library. I read the first in the series, Death Cloud, and I can see why you enjoy them Ben. Mystery, adventure and a great cast of characters.
“When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” – Dr Wayne W. Dyer
Mr Browne is Auggie’s English teacher and he begins every month by writing a precept on the board for his students to copy into their books. At the end of the month they have to write about the precept and what it means to them. (A precept is anything that helps or guides us when making important decisions.)
Wonder by R. J. Palacio is the story of 10 year old August Pullman who is petrified at the prospect of beginning year 5, as this will be his first year at school. You see up until now Auggie has been home schooled. Auggie is a huge ‘Star Wars’ fan, he’s clever, he’s funny, and he’s become pretty good at pretending he doesn’t care when people stare at him which they do a lot, because he was also born with very horrific facial abnormalities. He doesn’t describe his appearance other than to say, “…whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.”
This beautifully written book takes us on an emotional journey with Auggie, his family and classmates during his first year at Beecher Prep school. What is so powerful is not just the way Auggie’s courage, strength and ability to overcome the huge challenges he faces is so realistically portrayed, but the insight into the behaviour, attitudes and prejudices of some of his classmates and their parents. He endures some of the worst kind of bullying and enjoys some of the best kinds of friendships.
Auggie’s first year at Beecher Prep helps everyone become more tolerant and accepting as they realise that his outward appearance doesn’t make him any different from them on the inside.
I hope this book is never sitting on the shelf in our library. I want it to be borrowed, read, loved and talked about. There is so much we can learn from Wonder. Its a book that has the power to move hearts and change minds.
The Cloud Castle by Thea Stilton
The Cloud Castle is about the adventures of the Thea Sisters – Collette, Pamela, Violet, Nicky and Paulina. The Land of the Clouds is a magic place full of fairies and unicorns, ruled by Queen Nephele. The sisters search for who is missing in Cloud Castle and solve the mystery.
I like the book because it gives me a good picture of what is happening in the story. My favourite characters are Violet and Collette because they wear my favourite colour clothes. My favourite part of the book is at the end, you will have to read it to find out what happens!