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.

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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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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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:

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Big Book Sale Starts Today


You want our books sign  book sale

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.

2014 in Review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,400 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Cabra Senior Library Blog Finalist in Edublog Awards For Third Year Running!


Edublog Awards 2014 FinalistOh Boy! It gives me immense pleasure to announce that the Cabra Senior Library Blog has once again been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2014 Edublog Awards. This is the third 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. A massive 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. We continue to  increase our followers too as well as maintaining our visitor stats once again. 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 on the thumbs up button. You will need to sign in or sign up to vote. You only have till December 15th. You know you want to.

October is International School Library Month


ISLM 2013Welcome back to the start of Term 4 and just in time to help us celebrate International School Library Month. The ISLM Theme for 2014 is Your School Library: Mind-Map Central.

This is a great opportunity to think about what makes your school library great. Please leave us a comment or suggestion about our libraries. The three most interesting will receive a prize. We hope you all had a relaxing break and got a lot of reading done. Don’t forget to return or renew any books that are now overdue.

 

 

 

Read what you like, like what you read.