2012: Cabra Senior Library Blog in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 11 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Cabra Senior Library Blog Makes the Finals in the 2012 Edublog Awards

Vote for Us HereIt is with great excitement that I can announce that the Cabra Senior Library Blog has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2012 Edublog Awards. We are seriously thrilled to be nominated and now shortlisted for the 2012 Best Library/Librarian Blog. You can read all about the Edublog Awards 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. Thanks to all the many people who visited our blog over the year and made comments or suggestions or just said hello. 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 2013.

Vote for us now! You know you want to.

Today is World Teachers’ Day (in Australia anyway…)

World Teachers’ Day

Show your appreciation of teachers by celebrating World Teachers’ Day.

Celebrated in over 100 countries, World Teachers’ Day acknowledges the efforts of teachers in an increasingly complex, multicultural and technological society. It is a day on which students, parents and community members can demonstrate their appreciation for the contributions that teachers have made to their community.

 What is World Teachers’ Day?

World Teachers’ Day was inaugurated on 5th October 1994 by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to commemorate the 1966 joint signing of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. In adopting this recommendation, governments unanimously recognised the importance of competent, qualified and motivated teachers in society.

Internationally World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on the first Friday in October. However as this is usually during Australian school holidays, Australia celebrates the day on the last Friday in October of each year.

The above information was supplied by The Queensland College of Teachers.


Today is International School Library Day

Today is International School Library Day, part of International School Library Month. School libraries throughout the world encourage everyone to reflect upon the vital work and services provided by school libraries for students, teachers and parents. The theme for this year is School Libraries: a Key to the Past, Present & Future.

Click here for a wealth of evidence to show how well resourced school libraries run by qualified Teacher-Librarians positively affect student achievment and wellbeing.

Year 9 Begins Shakespeare Research

Today Year 9 Navy began a research assignment on Shakespeare. The following online resources were of use.

Oxford Shakespeare from Bartleby. Keyword searchable archive of all the bards plays and poems. Priceless.

 Absolute Shakespeare.Essential resource for William Shakespeare’s work in all its forms.

 Links to 12 Animated versions of Shakespeare’s Plays.

Visit our Shakespeare page here for more resources.



2012 Creative Reading Prize.

 Got a favourite book? Think everyone should read it? Here’s your chance to convince them – and win! You might not only have them reading it but you could also share in $40,000 worth of prizes. Yet another activity to celebrate 2012 National Year of Reading. This excellent competition allows you to combine two activities that go so well together, reading and writing. So get reading and then get writing. You just might win. More details here.

Senior School Library Students’ Survey Now Open

We have big plans for developing the libraries here at Cabra and to do this effectively we need to know what you want from your library. Please take 3 or 4 minutes to complete our online survey so we can get a better idea of how students in 2012 want to use their school library. We’d love as much information and suggestions for improvements and changes as you can give us. The entire survey is completely anonymous so be completely honest. Tell us what kind of books and other resources or technology you think we should invest in. Tell us what kind of look and feel a refurbished library should have. What would make things better for study and more fun to come in. What would encourage you to borrow more books and read more? It’s your library so tell us what you think.

Click here to take survey