Brand New Year

Ding, Ding!!


Clear the cache – prepare for incoming…


To start the year off, take a look at this article from Kidspot about the differences between primary school and high school – mainly it highlights the difference between childhood and the dreaded teen years…

Cybersafety and social media platforms

I’m currently putting Year 7 through their cyber citizen paces and, as is the same every year, am so surprised that THEY are surprised at the things I tell them.

So many parents hand over a Smartphone to their children with no restrictions and have a vague conversation about cyberbullying, password protection and cyber safety. They hit the internal “set and forget” button and never revisit. 2 years later they are confronted with horrifying results of their children’s online behaviour.

Cybersafety is so much more than cyberbullying and passwords, and should be revisited by parents, seriously, every 6 months or so.

Here’s something to get you started about some apps to look out for on your child’s phone and some (more) info about the dreaded Snapchat app.


Nerves are high!

This time of year is always a little bitter sweet. Year 12 has completed their exams and are relaxing into their new found freedom. As a result, numbers have eased in the school, allowing teachers some breathing time to look towards planning for next year. Year 11 students have now become “the new Year 12” and the nerves kick in…big time. Year 6 students are farewelling their childhood and looking towards their next big move to high school, adolescence and a brave new world.


Sometimes parents are left behind in the whirlwind.


Never fear! The librarian is here…

Take a look at this little beauty I found –


Top Tips For Parents


If you would like more study tips and ways to support your child through high school, comment below and I’ll do some more digging!


Ms Rowe

(is awesome)

The stage is set!

Congratulations to Year 12 for successfully completing 13 years of school. There is just one more hurdle to jump, and we have saved the best (or most stressful) for last.


Good luck you guys, in whatever you choose to do and wherever life leads you!



Ms Rowe

Watch Out For These Apps!

In an environment of ever increasing concern over the digital health of our children, it is sometimes difficult to know what apps to look out for. Here is a shortlist of the REALLY bad ones….

How do you know if they have them or not?


Easy…become the administrator of their device. They won’t be able to download anything without your password.


Ms Rowe

Adult reading

It’s easy, as a school librarian, to get lost in the world of Young Adult literature. Reading about estranged relationships with absent parents, the eternal search for belonging in a world you are sure was not meant for you, a dystopic fantasy future where the world has been taken over by authoritarian adults and it’s only chance for survival comes down to a small band of rebellious teenagers, love triangles, infatuations and general hormonal angst.




I’m an adult for Christ sakes.


So here’s some recommendations for adult reading from your friendly neighbourhood librarian…

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes the only way to survive is to open your heart.

The Dry by Jane Harper

Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.

Calypso by David Sedaris

When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it’s impossible to take a vacation from yourself.This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good humor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris’s darkest and warmest book yet–and it just might be his very best.


And just to help us cope with the teenage angst in our lives…

  •  My thirteen-year-old rolls her eyes when I try to talk to her, and only does it more when I get angry with her about it. How should I respond?
    • Do I tell my teen daughter that I’m checking her phone?
    • My daughter suffers from test anxiety. What can I do to help her?
    • Where’s the line between healthy eating and having an eating disorder?
    • My teenage daughter wants to know why I’m against pot when it’s legal in some states. What should I say?
    • My daughter’s friend is cutting herself. Do I call the girl’s mother to let her know?

    Perhaps most important, Untangled helps mothers and fathers understand, connect, and grow with their daughters. When parents know what makes their daughter tick, they can embrace and enjoy the challenge of raising a healthy, happy young woman.




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 When we share, everyone wins – Creative Commons. (2018). Retrieved from accessed 07 August, 2018


Banned Books

The Freedom to Read Act is a policy adopted by most western democracies that protects the rights of publishers, authors and readers to access titles, no matter how controversial, similar to Freedom of Speech. However, throughout the years, there have been many books that have been put onto a banned books list for particular nations, communities and in some rare cases, schools. These books were/are found to challenge ideas by presenting radical content or characters that work against the status quo of society at the time. But for libraries advocating for the validity of many of these books, they would have been lost forever.


Some of these titles include The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1926) for depicting women in strong leadership roles at a time when the women’s vote and the Suffregette movement were in full swing, The Diary of Anne Frank for being too depressing and The Lorax (1989), for criminalising the foresting industry. To recognise the libraries’ role in keeping these books, and others,  on the shelf a group of students have been helping me create our next display – keep your eye on this space for the final product!



Ms Rowe

Space X

In honour of the maiden launch of Falcon 9 Heavy on February 6, 2018, the library has also launched a display to celebrate this milestone in the advancement of space travel. With 27 engines creating 5 million pounds of thrust (approximately 18 jumbo jets worth), the launch created excitement and enthusiasm for space travel not seen since the moon landing in 1969. The above link has details about the stages of flight and a wonderful animation of what they expected to happen. Among the more impressive features is the re-usable boosters that, once detached from the main thruster, turn around and land back on Earth, ready for the next flight.

The largest payload (cargo) to ever be launched into orbit, the weight of 63,000kg is impressive…and quirky! Included in the fairing (the upper capsule that contains the payload) was a cherry red convertible Tesla Roadstar complete with “Starman” – a dummy astronaut donned in a fully functional modern day spacesuit that apparently took three years to design. The glove box contained a copy of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation, a sci-fi novel about humans as a multi-planetary species and a huge inspiration to Elon Musk’s child hood and subsequent dreams of, not only saving the human race by the commercialisation of solar panels and battery packs, but living to see the day that humans will colonise Mars. (“I have always dreamt of dying on Mars – just not on impact” – Musk, 2016) The dashboard of the Roadstar has a matchbox size Roadstar (complete with Starman) stuck to it. I find it equally impressive that Musk’s sense of humour and sharp wit has survived years of death threats from oil companies and humiliation at the hands of revered space agencies such as NASA. Among the plethora of resources available on this subject, I have narrowed down the list to some great interview grabs and footage including:


See the Falcon Heavy actual launch 6/2/2018, Starman live feed and Falcon Heavy Launch Animation here

Here from Musk himself, the fallout from the launch here

A lesson in persistence – what a legend!


Features of our own display include titles from the collection:



As well as a replica of Falcon 9 Heavy!



Love and rockets!


Ms Rowe