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What's been going on in Semester 2?

Genrefication

In Term 3, SCM Library re-genrefied – going from 8 genres to 19.  Why genrefy?  Genrefication gives students easy access to books that align with their interests while giving them the ability to explore new genres with ease.  Each of our new genres are identified by new spine stickers:


The Great Genre Spectacular

To promote our newly organised fiction collections we ran a Genre Spectacular for Year 7 and 8 English classes.  Teams of two moved around the Library completing activities for points.  Students enjoyed the Adventure scavenger hunt / codebreaker where they had to crack the code to find the secret message by finding the answers to clues in a set of Adventure books; the Romance activity had students matching couples together with the book they appeared in; and the Fantasy activity students had to come up with the most original name for our dragon. Year 7 decided on Silian, Heart of the Flame; and Year 8 had Melford.

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It was great to see students engaging with the activities, having fun, and learning new things while getting introduced to the new collections – the teachers had fun too!  The major prize for the class who came first from each year group was a pizza lunch, there were also smaller prizes for the dragon naming and guessing competitions. 

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Congratulations to these top classes for their great efforts:

Tech Free Friday 

SCM Library hosts Tech Free Friday at lunchtimes.  It is a chance to put away our devices in favour for some old-fashioned card and board games.  Current favourites are Avocado Smash – a modern take on Snap; and Uno Flip – a double sided deck which swaps you from the light side to the dark side where draw 5 cards and other nasty cards are waiting for you!  

Rebus Puzzles

Rebus – noun, a puzzle in which words are represented by combinations of pictures and individual letters.

Each week four new rebus puzzles are put up in the Library for students to solve – if they get all four, they win a lolly prize.  Students regularly line up at the desk exercising their logic and lateral and critical thinking skills thinking out these tricky puzzles.  Students are welcome to submit their own puzzles for inclusion.  Try these one word puzzles – solutions in next edition of Veritas.

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NAIDOC Week Display 

SCM Library showcased some of the Aboriginal art made by our students and books from our collection last week for NAIDOC week.  Some available titles include:

  • Dark emu by Bruce Pascoe
  • Salt by Bruce Pascoe
  • Welcome to country by Marcia Langton
  • Sand talk by Tyson Yunkaporta
  • The little red yellow black book
  • Growing up Aboriginal in Australia
  • Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina
  • Black Cockatoo by Carl Merrison and Hakea Hustler
  • Top end girl by Miranda Tapsell
  • A grammar dictionary of Gathang: The language of the Birrbay, Guringay and Warrimay by Amanda Lissarrague
  • Darkinyung grammar and dictionary: Revitalising a language from historical sources by Caroline Jones
  • Gumbaynggirr dictionary and learner’s grammar by Steve Morelli

 Help Desk 

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Kristy Hüber, Library