Engaging Young Adults in the library – Outside the Lines Unconference #getotlau

What makes a successful (un)conference? If at the end of the day participants are buzzing with ideas, happy with new connections – add to that a gorgeous location, beautifully designed new library with water views and perfect weather – you have a winning event. Thank you to the organisers of Outside the Lines: Third Biennial Youth Unconference 2015, for such a day.

It is your chance to gain insight into what young adults are interested in, how libraries can support and collaborate with them and how we can broaden our thinking about young people into a more creative, flexible and innovative framework that will take libraries outside the lines.

By participating you will have the opportunity to: Hear first-hand from young people and their experiences with the library and community organisations.

Here is the link to most of my tweets and those of others at the unconference. I think you’ll get a good idea of what the day was about through this Storify and the photos included.

In the afternoon we had a chance to take part in activities such as making zines, playing around with virtual reality and learning about 3D printing. We are keen to start some sort of Makerspace at MHS. Catherine and I loved the zines and would like to try a session at school. I have some photos of the zines displayed but it’s late now so I’ll keep them for another post.

IDAHOT day @MHS. Challenging homophobia and teaching tolerance.

Post by Chris Bush (Teacher of Commerce and English)

Melbourne High School is a member of Safe Schools Coalition Victoria. Our school has pledged to continually look for ways to be more welcoming and accepting of LGBTI staff and students. IDAHOT day is a chance for schools to increase visibility around the existence of homophobia and transphobia – and to challenge it. Crucially at MHS we see IDAHOT as a chance to increase the visibility of acceptance that the overwhelming majority of our staff and students have for people of diverse sexualities and genders. Essentially our boys ‘don’t care’ who you love, they just want people to be happy and healthy. This does not mean that the situation here is perfect. Our school must continue to challenge all forms of homophobia and transphobia even if they are not as apparent or explicit as they are at other schools – we can always find ways to be better and to actively show LGBTI young people that it is okay to be yourself. Our rainbow wall of names is an incredibly bold affirmation of hundreds of individuals who echo this sentiment of acceptance and safety.
“Credit for the rainbow wall to Jenny Mill – Student Wellbeing Coordinator”

Literature Alive comes to MHS

A big thankyou to Stonnington Library for giving our students a chance to workshop with the fabulous Kirsty Murray during their Literature Alive Festival.

“The workshop was an awesome experience, Kirsty Murray taught me so many different, new ways to write that I had never considered before. I had a great time and I am sure that everyone else did as well. The workshop has definitely helped me see new ways to create stories and make them more interesting.” Monty

Loosen up with free writing – don’t let the pen escape the paper

“Kirsty got everyone engaged and in a creative mind-set” Andre

Eye to Eye – close observation is needed for a fresh perspective

Various interpretations

Now for the story…

“It was great to get tips on how to be published from an experienced author” Andre

And sharing…

Luke – a new literary prodigy?

Keen to find a publisher?

Our special thanks to Chelsea Hughes and Lily Merry from Stonnington Library


Students lead co-curricular groups and share expertise – Competition Writing Group

The talent and depth of knowledge amongst the Competition Writing co-curricular group is remarkable. Will Lim, one of the co-captains, spoke to the group today about perspectives in writing. It’s a shame I could only record a section of his talk – more than halfway through.