R U OK?


Today is R U Ok Day and it is a great opportunity to chat to each other about mental health and ask R U OK? How are you going? Are you OK?
Have a look at the website or just start talking to others. For a short video about the R U OK? project click below:

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2015 Science Week Starts Now!


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National Science Week runs all this week here at Cabra. Remember to check out the links below for our huge selection of Science Related books, DVDs and videofiles. And most importantly remember what They Might Be Giants have told us, “Science is Real”!

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National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology and thousands of individuals – from students, to scientists to chefs and musicians – get involved, taking part in more than 1000 science events across the nation.

Science Week is designed for everyone – it’s definitely not restricted to schools and universities – with events and activities and talks and shows for every age group.

It provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists’ to the world of knowledge. It also aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the general public, and to encourage younger people to become fascinated by the world we live in.

Best Science Websites

Cabra Library Diigo Faves

Diigo Community Science Education Sites

Academic Search Engines for Science

With a focus on science, these academic search engines return all-science, all the time. Sites 41-50 from TeachThought’s 100 Search Engines For Academic Research.

  1. SciSeek:In this science search engine and directory, you’ll find the best of what the science web has to offer. Browse by category, search by keyword, and even add new sites to the listings.
  2. Chem BioFinder:Register with PerkinElmer to check out the Chem BioFinder and look up information about chemicals, including their properties and reactions.
  3. Biology Browser:Biology Browser is a great resource for finding research, resources, and information in the field of biology. You can also check out their Zoological Record and BIOSIS Previews.
  4. Athenus:Athenus is an authority on science and engineering on the Web, sharing a directory and full-featured web search.
  5. SciCentral:Use SciCentral as your gateway to the best sources in science. This site has a literature search, journals, databases, and other great tools for finding what you need.
  6. Strategian:Strategian is a great place to find quality information in all fields of science. Featured resources include free full-text books, patents, and reports, as well as full-text journal and magazine articles, plus a special collection of Vintage Biology with important articles and books in biology.
  7. Science.gov:In this government science portal, you can search more than 50 databases and 2,100 selected websites from 12 federal agencies. This is an incredible resource for millions of pages of U.S. government science information.
  8. CERN Document Server:This organization for nuclear research serves up a great search and directory for experiments, archives, articles, books, presentations, and so much more within their documents.
  9. Analytical Sciences Digital Library:Through the Analytical Sciences Digital Library, you’ll find peer-reviewed, web-based educational resources in analytical sciences, featuring a variety of formats for techniques and applications.
  10. WorldWideScience:Use WorldWideScience.org as a global science gateway, offering excellent search results in the sciences, and even the option to select specific databases and find resources in your own language.

Science Resources August 2015

Harper Lee’s novel, ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Divides Opinion


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Sequel, prequel but not equal? The companion novel to Harper Lee’s beloved classic To Kill a Mockingbird has hit the shelves in the last month and caused a popular and critical storm. It became the most pre-ordered book in Harper Collins’ history. No surprise given the now elderly author’s only previous novel has sold more than 40 million copies to date.

Set after, but written before the events in To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman follows the story of Jean Louise (Scout) Finch returning home to Maycomb from New York. She is shocked and confused by the changes she finds and the brewing discontent between White and Black amid the Civil Rights protests that swept the country in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Told in the third person this is no “unfinished novel” or even “first draft of Mockingbird” as some have suggested. Rather it stands alone and in some ways outside the orbit of its more famous relative.

I have curated a selection of reviews, background and info about the book below. Some positive, some negative. The only way to really understand any of this of course is to read both books yourself. We have added several copies of “Watchman” to our collection and have multiple “Mockingbirds” for your reading pleasure.

Read a selection of reviews and info below:

wash postBackground to the publishing of Go Set a Watchman.

guardian banner ‘more complex but less compelling.”

NYT bannerGo Set a Watchman gives Atticus Finch a Dark Side.

New Republic review

New Republic Review

Loads more reviews here.

 

Cabra Libraries Introduce Flipster™, a New Way to Access Digital Magazines


~ The One-Stop-Shop for Digital Magazines Allows students, staff and parents
to Browse the Latest Issues of the Most Sought After Magazines ~

The whole of the Cabra College community can now access their favorite digital magazines using Flipster from EBSCO Information Services. Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine service that allows people to browse the latest issues of high quality digital versions of popular magazines, courtesy of the library.

Cabra Libraries have both Flipster and  Hardcopy magazines  so patrons have the option of accessing the content at the library or remotely. Magazines can be downloaded to iPads, phones or any mobile or desktop device via a native app for offline reading anytime anywhere. Current Flipster titles are below. We will be adding more as the year progresses. All suggestions for additional titles gratefully received.

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Flipster offers an easy, browseable reading experience. Users can browse magazines by category as well as perform searches for specific periodicals. An online newsstand provides a carousel of the most recent issues, as well as a carousel of all issues allowing for quick access to magazines. The table of contents contains links to quickly go to articles of interest and hotlinks within magazines are hyperlinked, opening in separate tabs when clicked. In addition, there is an option to zoom in and out for better readability.

Contemporary School Libraries should be all about choice. A wide selection of resources, and a choice of the best way to access these for each user. Flipster provides Cabra Libraries with a digital access point for both general interest and curriculum magazines. Coupled with our vast EBSCO eBook and Gale Virtual Reference Library Collections Flipster allows users a digital reading experience for both research and pleasure.

To access Flipster and all these digital collections use the usual Cabra Login details. For a reminder of these contact Libraries Coordinator Mr Bull.

To view tutorials for all our databases click here. To view a Flipster tutorial see below:

The Beatification of Óscar Romero


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On May 23rd, thirty-five years after his assassination, Óscar Romero, the Archbishop of San Salvador in El Salvador, will be beatified. Read the full New Yorker article here. Beatification is the first stage in the process of making a person a Saint, or canonization. Pope Francis has rescinded the ban on beatifying Romero paving the way for him to be made a saint as a Martyr to the Catholic Church.

For more Romero Quotes check out the PowerPoint below:

Oscar Romero Reflection & Resources

Oscar Romero Trust

Loads more info and resources on Oscar Romero from the Archbishop Romero Trust.

Oscar Romero resources in the Cabra Libraries below.

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Big Book Sale Starts Today


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Our Big Bring and Buy Book Sale Starts Today.

All Books $1.

Senior Library – Recess and Lunch times

If you have any books, CDs or DVDs to donate you can still bring them in tomorrow.

Proceeds to the Caritas Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

Like what you read, read what you like.

Star Wars Day Today. May the Fourth Be With You!


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Today, May the Fourth, is celebrated worldwide as Star Wars Day. Check out he links below for a galaxy of info about the films, the characters and everything imaginable about the world’s most successful epic space opera franchise.

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Official Star Wars Site

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Big Bring and Buy Book Sale 13th & 14th May.


“Secondhand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.”  Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)   Once again we are holding a huge “Bring and Buy” Book Sale on Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th May. We are asking all students and staff to have a clear out at home and bring in any unwanted books, CDs and DVDs for the sale. These donations will be added to surplus library stock and go on sale on Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th May in the Senior Library at Recess and Lunchtime. All books $1. The proceeds will be shared between the libraries and our nominated Cabra charities. Donations can be delivered to the Middle School and Senior School libraries from now till the start of Week 3. Go on, you know you want to.

SA Students Writing Competition – Entries Open Now!


Love writing, like competition? Then why not enter the SA English Teachers Association Young Writers Award? Click on the link below for more details and to download an entry form. Prose or poetry, all SA students from Reception to Year 12.

click to download 2015 SAETA YWA Entry form