Acclaimed Author Phillip Gwynne to Visit Cabra

Phillip Gwyne On Tuesday 29th July award winning author Phillip Gwynne will visit Cabra College to help us celebrate Book Week for 2014 .

Phillip is best know for Young Adult novels, first making his mark with the hugely popular and critically acclaimed Deadly Unna in 1998. Since then Phillip’s books have all received both high acclaim and popularity amongst readers, and he has penned works for all ages. He continues to write young adult novels (Swerve being the most recent), and his adult thriller The Build Up led to an epic thriller series for upper primary students: The Debt. Phillip now has a legion of young fans too, with picture books Yobbos Do Yoga, What’s Wrong Wobbegong? and more.

Phillip Gwynne’s first novel Deadly Unna? was the literary hit of 1998 winning Children’s Book of the Year and selling over 200,000 copies. It was made into the feature film Australian Rules for which Phillip’s screenplay won an AFI award in 2002.

Phillip is published by Penguin Books. For a full list his books click here. To read an interview with Phillip from Good Reading Magazine click here.






Website of the Week: Noodle Tools

noodle tools

This week’s Website of the Week is Noodle Tools. Take a tour of these well-chosen, categorized resources to help you with any type of research you are undertaking.

Once again remember using sites such as these improves the quality, relevance and authority of the information you will find. Understanding the nature of your information search and utilising a range of different types of sources will provide better results and save you time.

New Titles added to the Cabra Libraries in Term 2, 2014.

Check out our newset titlesTake a look at the long list of new acquisitions added to the Cabra Library Collections so in Term 2 this Year. That’s well over 1000 items in the less than 10 weeks including more than 150 DVDs for loan.

Click on the links below for the whole list or just check out the New DVDs added in Term 2, 2014

New titles Term 2, 2014


Website of the Week: 100 Search Engines For Academic Research

100 Academic Search Engines

This week’s Website of the Week is 100 Search Engines For Academic Research from te@chthought. Teachthought is a learning and technology blog that offer users really useful reviews of new and existing technologies used in education. Their post on 100 Search Engines For Academic Research is a truly excellent annotated list of search engines, gateways and information portals for academic research. Sites are organised into General, Meta Search, Databases and Archives, Books & Journals, Subjects, Other Niches and Reference.

The good news about using sites such as these is that the quality, relevance and authority of the information is much more likely to be high than simply using a generic search engine such as Google, Yahoo or Bing.

Year 11 SACE Research Project Parents’ Information Evening

Last night more than 100 parents of Year 11 students undertaking the SACE Research Project this Semester braved the wet and windy weather to attend an information evening in the Aquinas Building. The Principal Mr Schumacher spoke of the importance of the project not only for students’ tertiary entrance hopes but for developing life long learning skills. Research Project teacher and Head of Year 12 Mr O’Brien gave parents an overview of the structure of the project, the assessment criteria and  the timeline. Research Project Coordinator and Librarian Mr Bull presented a whistle-stop tour of the essential resources and tools needed for the RP as well as the best ways for students to get help.

RP Assessment typesRP Quick Guide

It was great to see so many enthusiastic parents attending last night. The range and depth of the questions at the end of the presentation showed staff that Cabra parents really appreciate being involved in their children’s learning and are up for the challenge of the research Project this Semester. For those unable to attend as well as those present I have included all the information and resources from the evening below.

Download  the Research Project 2014 Assessment Overview and the Cabra College Research Project Quick Guide here.

Check out the Cabra Senior Library Blog RP page here. The gateway to all research Project resources and help in one place.


As well as the normal class time set aside for this subject, Mr Bull has blocked out the Senior Library for RP help every Monday Blocks 7-8 and Wednesday Block 4. He will be on hand at these times to help with any questions, queries or issues concerning the Research Project. And lastly, remember that the Senior School Library is open before school from 8.00am every day and after school till 4.30pm Monday-Thursday for study, homework help or catch-up.


The Wire: Adventures in Modern Music

The Wire Magazine

To continue our Music theme this week in the lead-up to International Music Day on 21st June I’d like to introduce you to The Wire magazine. Although published in The UK, The Wire has a truly global ear, previewing, reviewing and promoting music of just about any style. There does seem to be an emphasis on cutting-edge new music in a variety of styles. Jazz, HipHop, Minimalist, Electronic music as well as Noise, Rock and Contemporary Classical forms all get wide coverage.
View all our magazines and periodicals here -> Magazines & Periodicals List June 2014

21st June is International Music Day

International music day 2014

As well as the shortest day in the Southern Hemisphere (and the longest in the North), on the 21st June everything music is celebrated. Launched in 1982 by the French Ministry for culture, the Fête de la Musique is held in more than hundred countries in Europe and over the world. It takes place every 21st June, the day of the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere.

To help celebrate the day this Saturday we will feature a music-related post every day this week culminating with something special on Friday.

View all our Music resources here->. Cabra Music Resources


Website of the Week:


Make a Gif

This week’s Website of the Week is is a cool little utility that allows you to create your own animated gifs and display them anywhere. You can upload images to create gifs from your computer, from YouTube, or even from your own videos.

EduTech 2014 Starts Today

EduTech 2014

EduTech 2104, starts today. EduTECH® is Australasia’s largest annual education technology conference and exhibition. In 2014, EduTECH® will host 9 conferences, 8 masterclasses, 5000+ attendees, official event dinner for 800 guests, 200+ exhibitors and free seminars for exhibition visitors. EduTECH® is the only event that brings together the entire education and training sector (primary, secondary, tertiary, higher education and workplace learning) plus libraries, plus government, plus suppliers…all under one roof.

The event is held in Brisbane and will allow education professionals from all sectors to see what the latest trends, ideas and technologies around education mean for their own practices and workplace.