YEAR 7 Wide Reading  – Reader Predictions

“SUCCESSFUL READING is, in some respects akin to successful detective work.” (Cramer, 1970) The essential element of making predictions while reading is exquisitely portrayed by Cramer (1970) in his article ‘Setting Purposes and Making Predictions: Essential to critical reading’. He describes the way Sherlock Holmes instructs his close friend Watson in the ‘art of deducing … Continue reading YEAR 7 Wide Reading  – Reader Predictions

The librarycook springs into action

With spring almost with us, the librarycook had a revelation, and a dilemma.  Recipes for warmer weather don’t usually meet the librarycook’s requirement for reading time. Despondently, the librarycook rifled through the pages of the September Delicious magazine, becoming ever more despairing.  Almost all the recipes required constant attention – attention that should more reasonably … Continue reading The librarycook springs into action

A Lesson in Listening

Of course a library these days is more than just books, but did you know that the Arthur Holt Library subscribes to the Bolinda Digital eAudiobook platform on behalf of our students and staff? eAudiobooks are narrated books that you can listen to on your smartphone, iPod, tablet or any device with an MP3 player. … Continue reading A Lesson in Listening

Movie Society Review: Hot Fuzz (2007)

Hot Fuzz is the perfect parody of every cop action movie ever made. It works on many levels with its flawless, fast-paced editing and writing. What director Edgar Wright amazingly achieved with a measly budget of 8 million pounds, was a film that sends up every action movie cliché in the genre while still delivering … Continue reading Movie Society Review: Hot Fuzz (2007)

Movie Society review: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

  One of the significant achievements of the 1986 comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is its ability to tell a substantial and entertaining story in the space of a single day. Although on one hand the film can be considered to be a fast-paced comedy, it does contain some deeper meanings. For example, the director John … Continue reading Movie Society review: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

An Inky Review! In the Dark Spaces by Cally Black

"The Inky Awards recognise high-quality young adult literature, with the long-list and shortlist selected by young adults, and the winners voted for online by the teen readers of InsideaDog.com.au. There are two awards: the Gold Inky Award for an Australian book, and the Silver Inky Award for an international book." - Insideadog.com.au This review was written by … Continue reading An Inky Review! In the Dark Spaces by Cally Black

Movie Society review: Ghostbusters (1984)

  Ghostbusters is the great achievement of 1984. I say this because it still holds up well as a movie today and has become one of the most iconic figures in pop culture. What makes the film so amazing is the chemistry between Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. These three actors in their … Continue reading Movie Society review: Ghostbusters (1984)

An Inky Review! Turtles all the way down by John Green

"The Inky Awards recognise high-quality young adult literature, with the long-list and shortlist selected by young adults, and the winners voted for online by the teen readers of InsideaDog.com.au. There are two awards: the Gold Inky Award for an Australian book, and the Silver Inky Award for an international book." - Insideadog.com.au Alexander Scott (12ST) was challenged … Continue reading An Inky Review! Turtles all the way down by John Green

Movie Society review: Joe Versus The Volcano

by Richard Joe Versus the Volcano is an example of how a romantic comedy should be made. The movie varies from presenting a serious story, with a dark portrayal of Joe’s life, to making a mockery of the story, with plot points nonsensically resolved throughout the movie. This makes it a very absurd film which … Continue reading Movie Society review: Joe Versus The Volcano

Percy Jackson Book Review

"Each year, schools and public libraries across Australia spend a week celebrating books and Australian authors and illustrators. Classroom teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians create displays, develop activities, offer competitions and tell stories relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading" - Children's Book Council of Australia  "This years theme was 'Find … Continue reading Percy Jackson Book Review