100 Greatest Novels of All Time?

book300It’s always interesting reading someone else’s list of the “Best novels of all time”. Check out the Guardian Newspaper’s list here. They also have compiled their 100 Best Non-Fiction Books list too. What do you think? What books are missing in your opinion? How many have you read? If 100 books is not enough for you to choose from then take a look at the Guardian’s 1000 books everyone must read. Spanning five centuries this is a mega list of the best books ever written.

Read what you like, like what you read.

Today is International Children’s Book Day

International Children's Book Day

April 2 is International Children’s Book Day. This event is celebrated worldwide and is organised by The International Board on Books for Young People. IBBY is a non-profit organization which helps to build bridges to international understanding through children’s books. IBBY is committed to the principles of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by the United Nations in 1990.

Check out the newest titles in the Cabra Libraries and celebrate books and reading today!

New book titles March 2014





Blogging For Beginners with Year 9 English

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Today another group of Year 9 students were introduced to the world of blogging. As part of their work this and next term students will complete various multi-modal texts and submit them to their teacher through their own blog.

Students visited WordPress.com to sign up for their very own blog. Once there they were shown how to change their settings, change the appearance and invite their teacher to view their newly created blog.

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2014 Inky Awards Longlist


Check out the 2014 Inky Awards Longlist. Thanks Tim and congrats on your book, “Run” being chosen.

Originally posted on Tim Sinclair:


I’m completely thrilled & delighted that Run has been longlisted for the 2014 Inky Awards. It means a lot to be included on this list, especially because the list was actually picked by teen judges. (Such kudos to the Inside A Dog team for coming up with this concept. I mean, imagine for a second an award for YA books, chosen by YA readers? So crazy that it just might work…)

And look at the company I’m keeping:


That is some seriously fine bookage right there.

The Silver Inky Longlist (for international authors) looks a little like this:


The shortlist will be announced in August, and if you’re keen, and aged 12-20, you could actually be the person deciding what that shortlist is.  Applications close on 14 April, so get in quick.

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Today is Harmony Day.

Harmony Day, 21 March is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home – from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. By participating in Harmony Day activities, we can learn and understand how all Australians from diverse backgrounds equally belong to this nation and enrich it.”

Facts and Figures

Harmony Day is an Australian Government programme and coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Since 1999 Harmony Day has been widely celebrated across schools, childcare centres, community groups, churches, businesses and federal, state and local government agencies.

Info above from The Harmony Day website

Why celebrate Harmony Day and what’s the point of Reconciliation?

Aboriginal views on Harmony Day and Reconciliation.

St. Patrick’s Day Today, March 17

March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day. So, just who was St. Patrick anyway?

The stained glass image of St Patrick hails from Cabinteely church, Dublin

The stained glass image of St Patrick hails from Cabinteely church, Dublin

Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. St Patrick is credited with bringing christianity to Ireland. Most of what is known about him comes from his two works; the Confessio, a spiritual autobiography, and his Epistola, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish christians. Saint Patrick described himself as a “most humble-minded man, pouring forth a continuous paean of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped idols and unclean things had become the people of God.”

Many folk ask the question ‘Why is the Shamrock the National Flower of Ireland ?’ The reason is that St. Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans. Saint Patrick is believed to have been born in the late fourth century, and is often confused with Palladius, a bishop who was sent by Pope Celestine in 431 to be the first bishop to the Irish believers in Christ.

Saint Patrick is most known for driving the snakes from Ireland. It is true there are no snakes in Ireland, but there probably never have been – the island was separated from the rest of the continent at the end of the Ice Age. As in many old pagan religions, serpent symbols were common and often worshipped. Driving the snakes from Ireland was probably symbolic of putting an end to that pagan practice. While not the first to bring christianity to Ireland, it is Patrick who is said to have encountered the Druids at Tara and abolished their pagan rites. The story holds that he converted the warrior chiefs and princes, baptizing them and thousands of their subjects in the “Holy Wells” that still bear this name.

There are several accounts of Saint Patrick’s death. One says that Patrick died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, on March 17, 460 A.D. His jawbone was preserved in a silver shrine and was often requested in times of childbirth, epileptic fits, and as a preservative against the “evil eye.” Another account says that St. Patrick ended his days at Glastonbury, England and was buried there. The Chapel of St. Patrick still exists as part of Glastonbury Abbey. Today, many Catholic places of worship all around the world are named after St. Patrick, including cathedrals in New York and Dublin.

People with Irish heritage the world over celebrate St. Patrick’s Day today, March 17. Some calculations place the total population of people with predominantly Irish ancestry at over 100 million people. That’s over 15 times the current population of Ireland which stood at 6.4 million in 2011. At last count (2011 Australian Census) there were over 2 million Australians reporting Irish Ancestry; that’s just over 10% of the total population and of this number a little over 12% were first generation Irish immigrants to Australia.

Cabra Dominican College is of course intricately linked with Ireland through the founding Dominican Sisters. In 1868, at the invitation of the Bishop of Adelaide, seven Dominican sisters came to South Australia and opened a school for both boarders and day students in Franklin Street, Adelaide.

In 1886, the boarders moved to a new school, the present Cabra Dominican College.  The new site, now a busy suburban area, was then regarded as country, being a large area of bare, unoccupied land, somewhere to the south. Because the Sisters had come from Cabra, one of the leading educational establishments in Ireland, it was decided to call the new convent and school, Cabra.

Read more of the Founding Sisters’ story here.

Read St. Patrick in his own words here.

The Irish Diaspora: Global Irish Site and Wikipedia Article

A Solitary World. Short Film Inspired by Writings of H.G. Wells

Check out the link below to a fantastic short film inspired by and featuring the writings of the prophetic English writer H.G. Wells. Wells famously predicted all sorts of machinery, technology and events that have since come to fruition. His books include, The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau and many, many others.

For more info on one of the most influential writers of the last few centuries check out the links below:

Internet Speculative Fiction Database  Speculative Fiction Database. Huge collection of links to visionary authors.

H.G. Wells' Visions Come True Article about how many of Wells’ predictions have come to pass.

New Titles added to the Cabra Libraries so far in Term 1.

Take a look at the long list of new acquisitions added to the Cabra Library Collections so far in Term 1 this Year. That’s over 500 items in the first 5 weeks of the year including almost 70 new DVDs for loan.

New Books Term 1 2014  New DVDs for Loan so far in Term 1

Click on the link below for the whole list or just check out the new DVDs so far this year.

Term 1 2014 Acquisitions so far

New DVDs Term 1 2014 so far

Website of the Week: Tree of Life Project

Tree of Life Project Home

This week’s Website of the Week is the Tree of Life Project. This is a truly mind expanding collection of information, images, videos and much more dedicated to, well… life itself. Explore this amazing repository of knowledge about living things and the world they inhabit. It is organized along scientific principles of classification from the smallest micro-organisms to huge mammals and everything in between. The site shows in great detail the interactions and interrelations between species and how incredibly complex Earth’s ecosystems really are.

TOL’s own ‘About’ page describes the project:

“The Tree of Life Web Project is a collection of information about biodiversity compiled collaboratively by hundreds of expert and amateur contributors. Its  goal is to contain a page with pictures, text, and other information for every species and  for each group of organisms, living or extinct. Connections between Tree of Life web pages  follow phylogenetic branching patterns between groups of organisms, so visitors can browse  the hierarchy of life and learn about phylogeny and evolution as well as the  characteristics of individual groups.

For background information about the Tree of  Life Web Project, see this article in the special issue of the journal  Zootaxa, Linnaeus Tercentenary:   Progress in Invertebrate Taxonomy:”


Is It Getting Hotter or Is It Just Me? Australia’s Hottest Year on Record.

Annual Climate Statement 20132013 was the hottest year in Australia since records began. The Australian Bureau of Meterology has confirmed:

  • Summer 2012–13 was the warmest on record nationally, spring was also the warmest on record and winter the third warmest
  • Overall, 2013 was Australia’s warmest year on record: annual national mean temperature was +1.20 °C above average
  • All States and the Northern Territory ranked in the four warmest years on record
  • Nationally-averaged rainfall was slightly below average for the year, with 428 mm (1961–1990 average 465 mm)
  • Rainfall was mostly below average for the inland east and centre, and above average for the east coast, northern Tasmania and parts of Western Australia

For a detailed analysis of the weather in 2013 read the full Annual climate statement 2013.

For a host of other great weather and climate sites check out the list below.

realclimate Real climate science by real climate scientists.

NASA climate Global Climate Change site from NASA.