9F students represent MHS in the OutLoud Teen Poetry Slam (Melbourne Writers Festival event)

Congratulations to Alex Shang and Jian Lam of 9F for their outstanding performance in this year’s MWF OutLoud Teen Poetry Slam at the Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria. Well done, boys!

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Words, poetry, action!

The Immigration Museum was the venue for our select group of students attending the  Melbourne Writers Festival writing workshop. The Museum has wonderful stories from people all over the world who have migrated to Australia. With it’s outdoor memorial area and fascinating exhibitions, it’s certainly worth a visit.

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15057356342_3b7f20234a_zWe explored the exhibition Identity: yours, mine, ours – who we are and who others think we are…….

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…… and added a wish for our future life to the Japanese wishing tree.

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Then the workshop with author Arnold Zable began! Our task was to interview him and compile an interesting report. Questions from the group included ‘What is your heritage? What inspires you to write? Was it hard for you when you came to Australia?’

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Some of our really interesting notes from the interview ……

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…. and Andre’s writing, which Arnold termed Painting with words.

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Thanks to Arnold for his inspiration and the Immigration Museum for hosting the workshop.

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Our next stop was Federation Square where we joined other students at the Poetry Slam finals. Congratulations to Melbourne Girls College for being The greatest poets in all the land!!

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Library Allsorts – update on recent library happenings

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What’s been happening in our library? Like many other school libraries, we’ve been signing students up for a few Melbourne Writers’ Festival workshops, including the one by Arnold Zable pictured above. Denise has donned her Grim Reaper costume to scare students into putting their names down for groups taking part in the second BookWiz competition (book related trivia) at Melbourne High School. Well, not exactly ‘scare’ but she does get noticed.

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We’re opening up more of our books and displaying them in the traffic areas with positive results. Books actually get noticed this way! unnamed (9)

I couldn’t believe how many students and teachers stopped to look at these illustrations. unnamed (2)

The TV is on all day every day – on mute – on the ABC 24 hour news channel. I don’t know why we didn’t do this earlier.unnamed (3)

Students are still playing chess ALL DAY LONG. Not the same students of course. unnamed (5)

Good opportunity to bring out the chess and other strategy game books – right next to the players.

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We still have a wide variety of self-initiated activities happening in the library during recess and lunchtimes. We don’t always understand what is involved but the students obviously do. Notice the nice mix of technology with paper games. unnamed (4)

Data mining continues to be highly esoteric. Here you can see the data being collected for ‘If you could choose to have a superpower, what would it be?’ unnamed clear       unnamed (13)

As you can hopefully see, teleportation and invisibility rank the highest in student-desired superpowers. Commanding an army of ducks has surprising high results too.

One thing I can say with certainty, there is no place for boredom in Melbourne High School library.