The Great Genre Spectacular is an annual competition for Year 7 students where classes participate in genre themed activities. Prizes are awarded to the top three teams from each class for their efforts, as well as prizes for the guessing and genre art competitions, and the highest-ranking class overall wins a pizza lunch. This year the competition was tight with all classes giving a great effort.
CONGRATULATIONS to all Year 7 classes for their participation and engagement in this year’s Genre Spectacular.
WELL DONE TO THE MAJOR PRIZE WINNERS
Pizza Lunch – 7ENGA, who enjoyed their reward in week 8
Guessing Competition – Leo S and Cooper C from 7ENGC
Genre Art Competition – Tayne D who reimagined Romance, and Damjan D with a reworking of Horror, both from 7ENGN
Teacher Quiz – Ms Christine Brown for 7ENGB
AUSTRALIAN SCHOOL LIBRARY DAY
Australian School Library Day was celebrated on 24 August. For the month of August SCM Library marked the occasion by colouring in bookmarks with Year 7 and 8 reading classes and participating in a Community Story, where students and staff were invited to add to a story piece by piece. Our story turned out to be a quest for survival in a romantic horror – thank you to all who participated.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AUSSIE?
This term one of the Library displays featured some of artist Peter Drew’s Aussie posters and asked the question – “What does it mean to be Aussie?” The artist’s hope is that these posters foster human connection, that we recognise ourselves within the other for a moment and all our boundaries dissolve.
YEAR 7 AND 8 READING LESSONS
Year 7 and 8 English classes have been engaged in Library Reading Reflection one period per fortnight this year. Students are required to read a book of their own choosing in the first half of the lesson and reflect on what they have read in the second half. Each student receives a booklet which includes a variety of reflection questions. Questions prompt students to make predictions about the story, focus on the main point of the story, identify the motivation of the character/s, make connections between the novel and other texts/real life, and identify the use of literary techniques and how the techniques improve the story.
The intention of the Library Reading Reflection lessons is to establish a lifelong enjoyment of reading as well as the benefits of reading. Reading for pleasure is recognised for boosting student’s literacy, vocabulary and comprehension, empathy and lower stress levels.
Lynette van Zeeland, Teacher/Librarian
Kristy Hüber, Librarian