Monday, 7 September 2015

When do you start?

"The best time to start reading aloud to a baby is the day it is born. The lilting rhythm of a simple bedtime book on that first thrilling, exhausting day is soothing for both the tremulous parents and the new child..."
Mem Fox, Reading Magic

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Book Week Parade and Assembly

Everyone had such fun with our Book Character Dress-up Day. There was a herd of cows around too!
Picasso Cow at Inaburra

There was a parade of costumes and a Quiz show (loved those buzzers) with some deserving winners. Congratulations was given the the people who completed the Premiers Reading Challenge and to the winners of the Inaburra Reading Challenge.
A big thank you to the teaching staff who really got involved in the fun of the day.
Enjoy some photos:

Thursday, 20 August 2015


It's Book Week this week! 

  • The Premier's Reading Challenge finished at midnight on Friday August 21. We have 88 students who have completed this challenge as at 4.10 on Friday. There may be some more last minute entries. The number is slightly disappointing compare to previous years but considering that there was a hitch with access to the site for some time, that's not too bad a response. With Years K-2 we add in any that teachers have read to the students so often just a few more are needed to complete the challenge.
  • The Inaburra Reading Challenge (3-6) is also now finished and Monday August 24 is the last chance to hand in your booklets. I will choose a number of students who have put in a big effort to challenge their reading habits and they will receive some iTunes cards as prizes.
  • Years 5 & 6 are invited to take part in the Great Book Swap being run in the Senior School Library this week. Bring in any unwanted books on Monday or Tuesday to donate. Purchase some great books for up to $3 each. The money will go to an indigenous Literacy initiative.
  • Friday is our Book Week Assembly. Students are invited to dress up as a book character (with a copy of the book or cover and take part in our Book Parade. Alternatively Years 3-6 my dress as something cow or dairy related.  There will be a Quiz show on knowledge of the Shortlisted books during the assembly.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015


Reading Challenges
The Premiers Reading Challenge (K-6) should be completed online by the end of next week -
21st August (11.59pm) for students. If you are having any difficulties with entering online please contact me before this date at

The Inaburra Reading Challenge (3-6 only) also finishes on Friday 21st August. All booklets should be handed into the library by this date.

New eBooks for Years 3-6

In case you didn't know... we have an Inaburra eBook Library!

To use it go to
and use your school login and password to log in.  Or use this QR code

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Premiers Reading Challenge

Hooray, we are able to login to the PRC website at last!

Logins, passwords and instructions will come home in the next two days.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Our Senior School Library

Did you know? The Inaburra Senior School Library offers some special services to our Year 5 & 6 Students.

ebooks - we use Wheelers ebooks and now have purchased over 400 titles with them. While these were originally purchased for the Senior School Library, many are suitable for Years 5 & 6 so these students are invited to join the Inaburra elibrary.
Just like regular library loans eBooks can be borrowed for two weeks or reserved ahead if already being used by others. They are then downloaded to your device ready for you to read.

So now it is really as simple as navigating to   and at the top of the page signing in with surnamefirstname (students). Password is your school password. You can then search by title, series, author, subject etc.

Like anything else from the Library, please make sure you choose a book that fits your reading ability and is one your family would be happy for you to read. If unsure ask a staff member.
The elibrary will be expanded over time to include more Junior School titles.

Lunchtime in the Library
On Thursdays and Fridays, Years 5 & 6 are invited, if they wish, to go to the Senior School Library to browse or borrow suitable books during the Junior School lunchtime (after eating). Please just let the teachers on duty know that you are going. Please be on best behaviour while heading down and back.

A big THANKYOU to Mrs Kim Smith for organising these options.

Comments welcome...

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Books You Shouldn't Leave Childhood Without Reading

I am often asked to recommend books or authors for certain age groups but am reluctant to do so as I feel I would never get a really comprehensive list that I was satisfied with. Age group, interest and reading level are three very different factors which need to be considered.
Yesterday I came across this article which seemed to have a list I would agree with and this is a good starting point. There are a few there I don't know but will certainly investigate for our Library.

Try these great books:
50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They're 12

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Using Copyright Free Images

A discussion came up with Year 6 today about how it is illegal to use information or images – even for education – without correctly acknowledging the source.

I’m the first to admit I have not been particularly careful about acknowledging or getting permission to use images I find in Google images. I want to improve this.

I found this article which gives some places you can go to – but read the details of how to get copyright free images.  You must still acknowledge the source.

Here's my Blendspace with links to these sites.  I'd love to know if you know any more.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Thursday, 5 February 2015

First Weeks in the Library

Kindergarten are looking at books by David Shannon - especially the David series

Watch a Dad and his son Brodie read 'No David' here;
No David on YouTube

Other classes are deciding whether to do the
                                                            Inaburra Reading Challenge 

or the Premiers Reading Challenge

More about these coming soon...