This year’s Laureate, our literary magazine, was launched in the library this afternoon, with award winning Australian author, Chris Womersley, as guest speaker. There is no doubt that Melbourne High School has an abundance of writing and artistic talent, and we celebrated this in style today. After his speech Chris presented our talented students with a copy of the Laureate. We were happy to see so many people at the event – parents (and possibly grandparents), teachers and students all enjoying a lovely afternoon tea and good company. Thank you, Chris, for coming and presenting your speech to encourage our students. Thanks to Mr Sam Bryant for organising the event. Thanks also to the talented students, including those who finished last year. Thanks to our principal, Mr Jeremy Ludowyke, and our assistant principals, Dr Janet Prideaux and David Smyth, for supporting the event. Thanks also to the teachers who came to support their students. Note: This was a photographer’s nightmare with everyone moving and shaking during the Laureate magazine presentations for contributing writers. Please excuse the blurry photos resulting from multiple filters attempting to block out reflection from all the ceiling lights and from windows. Isaac Reichman presents Chris with a token of our appreciation. (… a couple of tokens…) It was great to see our past students again. Many had contributed last year to this year’s Laureate. Interesting – I wonder what what they are pondering. The cover of the Laureate 2014 features art work by Hieu Nguyen, the student whose art was awarded the Melbourne High School Art and Cultural Trust & Melbourne High School Foundation Art Acquisition Prize 2013. A big thanks again to Mr Sam Bryant for organising this very important event. Library staff always enjoy hosting school events, especially if they promote the talents of our wonderful students. Thanks also to parents/grandparents who joined us.
Are our students too young to have any knowledge of Beatles songs? Apparently not. When responding to the question on the white board: How many Beatles songs can we list? (No Google), it seems that this generation has rediscovered the band whose beginning were in the 60s.
It was disappointing that most people (including library staff) had not heard of Mean Mr Mustard. Abbey Road album, guys!
Last week we enjoyed a visit from the librarians at the University of Melbourne.
Our connection with the Melbourne Uni librarians is very much appreciated, particularly since we are a 9-12 school with most of our boys going on to tertiary study. It makes sense to have conversations about how we can best support our students in terms of resources and skills in preparation for life beyond school. We have started to link some of our online resources, and we hope to continue the dialogue and sharing to strengthen our relationship. It’s a positive partnership we greatly appreciate.
To thank all of our hard-working Library Assistants – we give them food! Today was our last morning tea of the year – sadly our Year 12 boys were too busy studying for exams to attend. The rest of them tucked in!
We also appointed our Library Captains for 2015. Congratulations to Joseph – seen here flanked by Nicholas and Alex, his Vice Captains. They’ll make a great team!
What a day we had – Michael Pryor’s visit and workshop, the Reading Awards assembly, and our inaugural Tea Duelling event (see previous post for information). Thanks, Denise, for making this happen down to the smallest detail. We even had Mr Brown’s original Steampunk composition playing. Well done to all the boys who participated in the duelling heats. There wasn’t much jousting but there was plenty of nomming and splodging. (Tablecloths definitely need a wash now). And, of course, much biscuit dunking and tea drinking.
I apologise for the bad quality videos but I think they were not uploaded in high definition. Lots of photos too so be prepared to scroll down a lot. Thanks also to Ms Buckland for the Reading Awards and workshop. Thanks for coming and for being such a good sport, Michael.
The videos are not in heat order.
I give you Carlo Piccolo-Cody on Rubick’s cube – timelapse by Hyperlapse. The real speed version was not much slower.
That was brilliant, Carlo.
Recently our head of library, Pam Saunders, was awarded the Dromkeen Librarian’s Award which
is presented to a teacher, a teacher librarian or a children’s librarian, working within or outside the education system, in recognition of the important role played by this person in introducing young people to literature and encouraging an enjoyment and love of reading.
The award is presented to a person who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to children’s literature.
Pam’s experience in libraries and schools is broad: she has worked in a variety of settings – primary and secondary schools, public libraries and the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria. She has worked with babies in arms, with their parents, with young and older children and teenagers.
At the centre of Pam’s passion for libraries and their patrons is her love of reading.
Books are a place of pleasure and a beautiful way to de-stress. I also believe books and stories are the best way to walk in someone’s shoes.
The empathy a reader fosters from reading is invaluable; reading is much more than decoding of words.
I asked Pam to share some of her observations of the reading culture at Melbourne High School since she took up the position of head of library at the beginning of the year.
Here at Melbourne High School many of our boys read. Science Fiction and Fantasy are continually popular and need little promotion. Many of the boys also read and enjoy the classics, and there is an expectation within the school community that reading the classics is ‘a good thing’. As the students progress into higher levels of study, reading for pleasure can fall but we work hard to make sure they still find time to de-stress with a book, matching the right title to the right student. Somewhere in amongst all the academic rigour I hope that the joy for reading remains.
To what does she attribute her passion for reading?
I was fortunate to have become a reader on the lap of my father as he read to me. I remember walking as a very young child to the shop to buy the new magazine Playhour and then my father reading it to me, especially the comics. This was further fostered by a dynamic school librarian, Mrs Cecilia Stubbs, who ran the library at Burnie High School in the 1970s. She encouraged students to use the library, to be involved and, best of all, she challenged my reading, pushing me to read titles which I would not have discovered myself. Titles like Black like me by John Griffin. I hope I have emulated her as a librarian.
We congratulate Pam on her prestigious award, and we are proud to have her nurture our reading culture at Melbourne High School.
The Dromkeen Medal and Dromkeen Librarian’s Award have a distinguished history of over 32 years, with previous Medal recipients including well-known children’s book illustrators and authors such as Shaun Tan, Bronwyn Bancroft, Roland Harvey, Ruth Park and Graeme Base (MHS Old Boy!) Similarly distinguished names grace the list of past winners of the Librarian’s Award.