Research in Context Database Now Available


The Cabra Library is now able to offer students and staff access to another excellent collection of reference information. It is called Research in Context Database and it offers comprehensive detailed  information on just about every topic you could think of. You can access an incredible wealth of information on most topics and view or download these eBooks for later use in much the same way as the Gale Virtual Reference Database GVRL database. For a comprehensive set of guides on using this new research tool click here.

The Research in Context Database covers the following broad subject areas: Click here for the full list.

You will need a username and password to access the site, please ask your Homeroom Teacher for this. Access this resource and many others from the “Link Favourites” on the right hand side of our Access-It Library Catalogue.

For an overview and tips & tricks on using GVRL check out the video tutorials below:

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Celebrating 70 Years of CBCA Book Weeks


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Cabra College Book Week 2015 gets off to a great start this week with many activities for both staff and students. Today (Sunday) 15 dedicated writers and illustrators are writing a book in a day. This annual competition is run to raise money and support The Kids Cancer Project. 2015 is the 70th anniversary of Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Week and the theme this year is, “Books Light Up Our World”. Be sure to drop down to either library to borrow a great book to light up your world this week.

Years 6-8, remember this Wednesday is Book Week Dress-Up day. What book or character lights up your world?

Check out the links below for the list of Children’s Book Council of Australia Books of the Year for 2015

Books Light up Our World Fiction List

Website of the Week: What Happened In My Birth Year.com


This week’s Website of the Week is What Happened In My Birth Year.com. This site is  a fun way to find out what was happening in the year of your birth.  It was created by Philipp Lenssen.  You can  Check out more of Philipp Lenssen’s web projects here. Just type in the year of your birth or any other year you want to find out about and this simple site will start scrolling out all the facts, figures, people and things that made that year and that decade special.

Children’s Book of the Year Awards 2015 Shortlist Announced


What a great way to welcome you all back to term 2, with the announcement of the CBCA’s shortlist for 2015 Children’s Books of the Year.

Each year the The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) hosts a competition to find the best published books for children of all ages. The Winners and Honour Books are announced and posted on the web site at 12 noon EST on the third Friday in August every year.View this year’s shortlist below:

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Checking out literary prize shortlists is a great way of introducing yourself to new, quality writing that you may not otherwise hear about. For more fantastic shortlists from worldwide literary prizes, click here

View a list of Australian literary prizes here.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library Now Available


The Cabra Library is now able to offer students and staff access to another excellent collection of reference information. It is called Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) and it offers comprehensive detailed  information on just about every topic you could think of. You can access an incredible wealth of information on most topics and view or download these eBooks for later use, keyword searching…

GVRL is arranged into the following broad subject areas:

You will need a username and password to access the site, please ask your Homeroom Teacher for this. Access this resource and many others from the “Link Favourites” on the right hand side of our Access-It Library Catalogue.

For an overview and tips & tricks on using GVRL check out the video tutorials below:

Website of the Week: A Mighty Girl


a mighty girl headerThis week’s Website of the Week is amightygirl.com. A site devoted to book and movie reviews and author interviews of particular interest to girls. There are some really fantastic lists of books and authors that feature strong female characters and positive role models for girls and young women. Browse the sections below for more strong girl stories both fiction and non-fiction:

Mighty Girls & Women; Fiction;  General Interest;  History/Biography; Personal Development; Social Issues

 

Cabra Library Launches YouTube Channel


In an effort to give students and staff a self-paced way of learning how to use our catalogue and resources we have started a YouTube channel. Our first two “How to” screen casts are now available with more to follow as we make them. Any requests for other video tutorials most welcome.

“Reasons for Reading” Comp Winners Announced


“I love reading because I can bury myself in a book and it transports me to another world. I can get to know the characters, try on other people’s lives to see how they fit. Reading is the cheapest form of travel! ;)” – Mikayla D.

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Reasons For Reading Competition Winners Announced!

Congratulations to Mikayla D for her winning entry in our first ever “Reasons for Reading” competition. She will receive a $20 Book Voucher from Pegi Williams Bookshop, kindly donated by Mr Thur. We were literally inundated with fabulously imaginative responses, but the overall winner was Mikayla, (see her entry above).

We were so impressed by the number and quality of the entries that we decided to offer 3 runners-up prizes in addition to the grand prize. Emma B (9 White), Victoria S (10 Yellow), and Shea G (9 Yellow) will all receive a $5 Canteen voucher for their excellent “Reasons for Reading” entries. Well done to our winners and all of our entrants. Be sure to pop down to either library to find the latest books to borrow now you’ve all been so inspired to read.

For more reading related stuff go here.

I like to read for many good reasons,

It’s brilliant fun in every season.

 

Whether I’m happy or whether I’m sad,

Whether I’m bored or I’m just plain mad.

 

I whip out a book and it sets me free,

It’s relaxing yet thrilling, it lets me be me.

 

It helps me forget about all other things,

so I can live in my palace, surrounded by kings.

 

Emma B

 

“My reason for reading is to escape reality for a little while, or even a long time. Reading takes me to all different worlds, and allows me to jump into the story and life of someone else. I know that whenever I feel like I have no one, I will always have the books on my shelves and the shelves in the library to welcome me home.” – Victoria S

 

Once we learn to read, we read to learn.

Whether sitting, standing, squatting or laying – we read. Whatever weather, we read. Whatever time, we read.

Ink splashed upon crisp sheet – poetry, prose or drivel – we read.

When the world fails us, we read, for in a book we can retreat to worlds of wonder and everlasting possibilities.

When a book ends, you can read it again.

And when the black day comes when all books are gone…

 

…their words will live on.

Shea G

READ WHAT YOU LIKE, LIKE WHAT YOU READ

Reasons for Reading # 3


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image by poppet with a camera

I like to read for many good reasons,

It’s brilliant fun in every season.

 

Whether I’m happy or whether I’m sad,

Whether I’m bored or I’m just plain mad.

 

I whip out a book and it sets me free,

It’s relaxing yet thrilling, it lets me be me.

 

It helps me forget about all other things,

so I can live in my palace, surrounded by kings.

Emma B. Year 9

Recently I asked all Cabra students if they would tell us their reasons for reading. We even offered a $20 Book Voucher for the best, most imaginative response. It would be an understatement to say that we were bowled over by the number and quality of the replies. We are still accepting entries till the end of Week 3 with the winner (or winners) being announced in the Week 4 College Newsletter.

So keep your “Reasons for Reading” coming in till Friday 31 October!