Minecraft Library Design Competition Winners Announced!


Thanks to all those who entered our Design a library in Minecraft Competition. We had some truly amazing entries and I can now reveal the winners below.

  • Overall Winner
    • Ned P. (8 Black)
  • First Runner Up
    • Matthew D. (8 Tan)
  • Third Place
    • Grace A. (7 Gold)

Ned created a truly wonderful library space with an excellent, insightful commentary as part of his video tour.

Ned has scored himself a HUGE $70 EB Games gift card and $30 Dymocks Book voucher for his stellar efforts. Matthew D. will receive a $30 EB Games and $20 Dymocks voucher, while Grace can enjoy both $20 EB Games and $20 Dymocks vouchers.

Congratulations to these extremely talented Minecrafters and well done to all the other entrants of our first competition for the year. Well done!

To understand how Minecraft can help develop skills in so many areas check out these links below.

Maker Kids

The Atlantic

 

 

 

Minecraft Library Design Competition closes this Week.


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Image by Kyle Kingsbury

Thanks to the fabulously talented students who have already submitted their Minecraft Library entries into the competition. If you are still working on your dream library (or haven’t started yet) you have time yet.

ENTRIES CLOSE BY END OF SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY.

Great prizes to be won! Book Vouchers as well EB Games Gift Cards.

What better way to get these ideas and plans across than to build them in Minecraft and enter our great competition? We are looking for innovative, funky, student-centred ideas to incorporate into our new, real library re-design here at Cabra. You have till the end of Week 10 (Friday 8 April), to design, craft and submit your ideal library (or part thereof) to our competition. You can use the Submit Form at the bottom of this post or email us a link to a short 3 minute video tour of your finished Minecraft Library for us to judge. Please ensure you also include your name, Home room any other technical specifications you want us to consider.

Use the Contact Form below to submit your entry.

Check out some of the best Libraries ever created in Minecraft here.

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Help Design Our New Library. In Minecraft! Entries close End of Week 10.


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Calling all library lovers and Minecrafters. As you know we are planning to re-design the Cabra Library spaces and as always we want student input. If you have a great idea, fantastic concept or dream library space in mind, we want to know. You can work as an individual or collaborate in a group.

Great prizes to be won! Book Vouchers as well EB Games Gift Cards.

What better way to get these ideas and plans across than to build them in Minecraft and enter our great competition? We are looking for innovative, funky, student-centred ideas to incorporate into our new, real library re-design here at Cabra. You have till the end of Week 10 (Friday 8 April), to design, craft and submit your ideal library (or part thereof) to our competition. You can use the Submit Form at the bottom of this post or email us a link to a short 3 minute video tour of your finished Minecraft Library for us to judge. Please ensure you also include your name, Home room any other technical specifications you want us to consider.

Check out some of the best Libraries ever created in Minecraft here.

minecraft libraries thumbnails

Some of these are Minecraft re-creations of real ‘bricks and mortar’ libraries while others are a you will see pure fantasy!

Not sure how to get started? Check out these super ‘how-to’ video tutorials below:

 

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.

click to download Hope_Prize_Short_Story_Competition_Entry_Form

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.

Win $2500 in the Somerset Celebration of Literature Novella Competition!


Cash Prize $2500 | Gold Coast Flights | Meet Penguin Publicist

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The Somerset National Novella Writing Competition is open to all Australian high school students. It is a wonderful opportunity for serious student writers, encouraging them in their literary growth. And there are also some fantastic prizes on offer!

Here’s what the competition entails:

  • Write a novella of between 6,000 and 10,000 words
  • Submit it by 4 December 2015
  • Have it judged by an expert panel
  • Winners from each State will be flown to the Gold Coast to enjoy the Somerset Celebration of Literature in March 2016 and will also receive a cash prize
  • On top of the prize for being a State winner, the National winner also receives a first prize of $2,500, as well as a full editorial report from Penguin Random House (Australia)

The Somerset National Novella Writing Competition is proudly sponsored by Bond University and Penguin Random House (Australia).

For more information and details on how to enter, visit our website.

For the poetically inclined the Festival is also running a Poetry Competition, click on the link below for details below:

http://www.somerset.qld.edu.au/celebration-of-literature/competitions/poetry-prize/

Somerset Celebration of Lit

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!

AMCS Amazing Oceans Photographer of the Year competition. Enter Now!


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Australia’s oceans are some of the richest and most diverse on our blue planet. Our northern oceans are some of the last remaining healthy tropical seas in the world, and our southern oceans contain an incredible 80% of marine species that occur nowhere else on Earth.

With our oceans under threat from climate change, overfishing, inappropriate development and pollution, it’s more important than ever that we show the world how incredible – and fragile – our seas are.

To celebrate their 50th anniversary, the Australian Marine Conservation Society has launched the AMCS Amazing Oceans Photographer of the Year competition! It’s free to enter, and there are some great prizes up for grabs. Entries close 27 September. Click on the link below for the full Terms and Conditions of entry.

Categories include: Conservation, Animals, Landscapes and Macro. Full category info here.

$15,000 in Prizes

All winning entries will be featured in the AMCS Amazing Oceans Calendar 2016. The Overall winner will be featured on the front cover. All winners will also receive a certificate.

AMC Amazing Oceans Photo comp TERMS_AND_CONDITIONS

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

The Footpath Library Epic! Short Story Competition Now Open


Following on from the success of our Epic! Poetry Competition, The Footpath Library has launched the Epic! Short Story Competition for primary and secondary school students.

Students are invited to submit a short story under 300 words focusing the theme of “Home is …”.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in two age categories – Primary Students and High School Students. For each age category the prizes are:
1st prize – Notebook laptop
2nd prize – Camcorder
3rd prize – Digital camera

OPENING & CLOSING DATES
The Competition opens on Day One Term One 2015 and all entries must be submitted by 5pm (AEDST) on Thursday 2 April 2015.  Click 
here to enter.