Well, the teacher librarians are out in any case. Jenny and Denise are beavering away in a deserted library. Enjoying the peace.
Gorgeous day today. Here are some pics.
Why am I not surprised to see our spectator students doing their homework?
And a prized shot of our fearless leader with The Duke.
What are the fisherman catching around here?
I must say its a perfect day to spend outdoors. See you back in the library.
Oh, and in case you’re interested, Como House won.
Slowly, slowly things are beginning to take shape in the library. Our new front of library is resembling a library (according to some of our eloquent visitors). We have study rooms – labelled study room 1 and study room 2 for everyone’s convenience. These are even being used by small groups of students intent on collaborative study. Some have even ventured to use the whiteboard surfaces on the operable wall between the two rooms. It’s lovely to see the clean colours of the charcoal carpet, white walls, black shelving and red soft seating. Depleted funding has determined the colour scheme, and we have also been flexible with re-use of existing wooden shelving housing small collections such as picture books, graphic novels and foreign language books. Our new library management system is working very well, thank you. We look forward to the day that our self-checkout unit comes back to life – some things are more complex than others.
Denise and I take grammar very seriously as you can see. The display has attracted small crowds of boys but I can’t seem to capture the evidence on camera.
Yesterday we enjoyed the annual parent volunteers afternoon tea in the library. We are so lucky to have such an enthusiastic group of parent volunteers who graciously donate their time to help us out. Our head of library, Pam Saunders, passed on valuable advice about all aspects of the school, having been a Melbourne High parent herself, and also President of the Parents and Friends Association. We appreciate having our principal, Jeremy Ludowyke, and assistant principal, David Smyth, join us to chat in an informal setting. Jeremy talked to the parents about the value of participating in the community of the school, and the resulting enrichment to the school, parents and students. Thank you to Denise for organising the lovely afternoon tea, and for overseeing the roster. We look forward to seeing our parents in the library throughout the year.
I’m excited to be able to tell you all about my new book, to be released by Random House Australia in April 2014. It’s called Machine Wars, and it’s unrelated to any of my other series. Machine Wars is a flat out, non-stop, relentless adventure, with crazed robots whichever way you look… The Terminator meets The Bourne Identity? Not a bad way of thinking about it.
In Machine Wars we have an evil Artificial Intelligence, we have murderous machines, we have two young teenagers who learn that chase scenes aren’t so much fun when your whole life becomes one. Oh, and we have a wise-cracking robo-duck, too.
The core idea of Machine Wars came about from considering how machines are everywhere in our twenty-first century lives – and how embedded they are. The questions isn’t ‘Are we dependent on machines’ it’s ‘How dependent are we on machines?’ With the advances in artificial intelligence and the trend to connectivity of everything (internet-enabled washing machines, anyone?) imagining a world where machines get tired of serving wasn’t very hard. When enough is enough, an uprising isn’t far away.
But how do you survive when any machine anywhere could turn against you? That’s what Bram Argent and Stella Burke have to find out.
Machine Wars. Trust no one, not even your blender.
Thank you, Michael, for making a personal appearance in our blog. We can’t wait for Machine Wars to come out! Make sure you get your copy before it disappears off the shelves. And check out Michael’s blog too.
Well hello 2014! This is our first blog post for the year. We are currently experiencing newness on all fronts. Our new library reading area is open albeit frugally furnished. Neverthless, it is a lovely open space, and we’ve temporarily put our red soft seating into the area, a good contrast to the charcoal grey carpet. We are also in the process of moving to a new library management system, Infiniti, and hope that RFID will speak to it soon so we can function properly. Our new head of library, Pam Saunders, is enjoying the whole experience, I’m sure. We welcome Pam, and expect great things for this year and the future. I took a few photos in the first few days.
Our first visitors.
A few more test out the new spaces.
The boys are wondering where the turnstile went.
Pam surveys the new space.
Who needs brand spanking new spaces when you can find a quiet corner?
Lunchtime. Business as usual.
Making use of last year’s legacy from our card players.
Rubix Cube playoff.
Card players. The new generation.
So much to do. So little time.
Happy days are here again! Welcome back MHS community. We hope you will enjoy the new spaces and happenings in the library.
I don’t know why, in this age of technological innovation, it is so difficult to find a reliable stapler? How many times a day do we try to fix jammed staplers? What’s going on?
Here is a blogger who has devoted a whole blog to the lifespan of staplers. Read the blog here, it’s a detailed archive, complete with stapler analytics. Much as I appreciate the dedicated archives here, I’m not sure we would be doing the same at MHS.
Stapler 11, the old man, is dead. It was 279 days old, making it the longest living stapler of 2013. Cause of death: flaccid spring.