Acclaimed Author Phillip Gwynne talks Australian Rules


adelaide cinematequeAcclaimed author Phillip Gwynne is returning to Adelaide in May for a one off showing of the award-winning film Australian Rules (which he adapted from his novel, Deadly, Unna?).

 As part of the Mercury Cinema’s 2016 ADELAIDE CINÉMATHÈQUE season, Phillip will be introducing the film and doing a Q & A after the showing.

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Details here:

https://mercurycinema.org.au/products/our-films/cinematheque/2016-season-1/australian-rules-off-the-record-with-phillip-gwynne/

Whilst in South Australia he will be visiting primary and secondary schools.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

March 8 is International Women’s Day.


The theme for International Women’s Day 2016 is “Pledge for Parity”. So, what exactly is this year’s theme all about?

Celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. Yet let’s also be aware progress has slowed in many places across the world, so urgent action is needed to accelerate gender parity.
Leaders across the world are pledging to take action as champions of gender parity.

IWD posters

Want to do more than just say, “Happy IWD”? Then check out the excellent Pledge for Parity resources to kick-start your own campaign.

iwd-resourcesClick on the image for more resources.

Also, take a peek at all our own blog resources related to women, girls, and gender.

View these IWD videos from all around the world.

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Cabra Library Blog Finalist in Edublog Awards Four Years Running!


I have the great pleasure of announcing that the Cabra Senior Library Blog has once again been shortlisted as a finalist in the this year’s Edublog Awards. This is the fourth year running that we have made the shortlist, check out all the nominated finalists in each category here. To vote for us (please do) or to vote for any other blogs in the other categories just click on the badge above or visit the link here.

Huge thanks goes out to all the students, teachers and everyone else who visited our blog again over the year and made comments or suggestions or just said hello. 2015 was our busiest year ever with over 12400 page hits, up almost 50% on last year!

We are constantly expanding and improving this site and we will continue to use it as a central repository of the best educational technology and reading resources on the internet in 2014.

Vote for us now! Just visit the link to the left, find Cabra Senior Library Blog in the list and click to record your vote. You only have till December 15th. You know you want to.

Award Winning Author Oliver Phommavanh Visits Cabra


Acclaimed Author Visits Cabra

Today we were fortunate enough to be visited by hilarious children’s author Oliver Phommavanh.

“When I was a kid, I used to be a class clown. I just loved making people laugh. Teachers would tell me that I needed to grow up. But I had a better idea. Why don’t I choose a job where I can act like a kid and make jokes for a living!”

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Year 6, 7 and 8 students were treated to an amazing presentation by Oliver.  He had the students in fits of laughter for over an hour relating the story of his family, his schooling and the inspiration for his writing. 8 Gold were lucky enough to spend 2 Blocks with Oliver in his writing workshop.

Oliver is a young Thai-Australian writer for children. He has featured on panels at the Sydney Writers’ Festival among many other appearances at festivals and writing events as well as in blogs. He has worked as a primary school teacher and now spends his time writing and sharing his writing passion with kids and engaging them with humour. He’s also a stand-up comedian and has appeared on national TV and radio as well as a number of well-known comedy venues such as the Comedy Store in Sydney. His first book, Thai-riffic! was published in June 2010 to critical acclaim, followed by Con-nerd in 2011, Punchlines, Thai-no-mite! and Stuff Happens: Ethan. Visit Oliver at his website: http://www.oliverwriter.com

It is always so very special to be able to invite authors to visit Cabra to inspire, entertain and encourage a love of reading and writing in all its forms. Thanks Oliver!

Oliver is published by Penguin Books. To read a Q & A with Oliver click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Will the real Swim Shady please stand up?


Will the real Swim Shady please stand up?
I repeat, will the real Swim Shady please stand up?
We’re gonna have a problem here..

new fish 2015 crop

It’s offishal! The overall winner of the naming competition with almost 30% of the vote was Swim Shady! With a shortlist studded with marine puns of one form or another, Swim Shady emerged as the most popular name but I do not know who suggested it. So would the real Swim Shady name entrant please stand up? Make yourself known to claim your prize.

Runners-up with shortlisted names were: Dave Grohl (Aaron H. 10B) and Augustus Waters (Lucy T. 7B) and they have a prize waiting  for them to collect from the Senior Library. Please drop down to collect. Well done and thanks!

 

Vote for Your Favourite Fighting Fish Name.


Competition closes Friday Week 3, Vote now!

 

The Hope Prize: short story competition – Entries Open Now!


The Brotherhood of St Laurence is working to create a compassionate and just Australia where everyone can take part in the social and economic life of our nation.

We are a prosperous country, but there are far too many pockets of poverty and disadvantage in our cities, suburbs, regions and remote areas.

In establishing The Hope Prize – a new national short story competition  –  we want to encourage Australian writers to tackle a subject that is all too often hidden from public view or reduced to clichés.

  • First prize of $5000
  • Second prize of $3000
  • Third prize of $2000
  • Highly commended stories will each receive $500
  • An award of $500 will also be made to an emerging writer under 18.

The deadline for entry is 31 January, 2016.
Stories submitted must be between 2000 and 5000 words.

The short story entered can be fiction or fact. Whatever the genre, the story submitted must convey the experience of people facing hardship in their lives.

Check out the competition guidelines here.

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The judges: Cate Blanchett, Kate Grenville and Quentin Bryce

Three leading Australians, actor Cate Blanchett, author Kate Grenville, and the former Governor General Quentin Bryce, will judge the Brotherhood of St Laurence The Hope Prize.

Name Our New Library Fighting Fish.


We have a new resident Siamese Fighting Fish in the Senior Library. This attractive Crown Tail Betta won’t easily replace our previous beloved fish (in order of their demise, Pistachio, James Pond and Atticus Fish). However, it seems the Cabra Community loves a fighter and we have a new contender, as yet unnamed. (see picture at above). Entries are now open for our ‘Name the New Library Fish Competition’ and as usual super prizes are on offer for the top 3 suggestions.

The tradition is to devise a suitable name for our fish that has some literary connection. Apart from the names above check out past short-listed names below:

Scaleduggery Pleasant, F. Scott Fishgerald, Jaws, Salmon Rushdie, and Huckleberry Fin.

Can you Betta this?

Leave a comment on this post or email Mr Bull to submit your entry.

Competition closes Friday Week 3, with the shortlisted names voted upon in Week 4. Jump in!

 

Cabra Library Blog Views Top 10000 So Far This Year


We have just reached a milestone with over 10000 page views for the Cabra College Library Blog so far this year. 2015 is now our busiest year ever for the blog since our first full year of operation in 2012. For a visual representation of the numbers check out these images below.

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Fuzzy Mud Creative Writing Competition for students. Enter Now!


Win books for you and your school!

To celebrate the release of Fuzzy Mud by the bestselling author of HolesLouis Sachar, Bloomsbury is giving students the chance to win a $200 book pack for themselves and another one for their school!

fuzzy mud writing comp

To enter, students must write a short story with the following title: “A little mud never hurt anyone, did it?” Entries must be emailed to au@bloomsbury.com with the student’s name, age, and parent/guardian’s email address. The deadline for entries is 31st October 2015.

Get writing!