Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Kindy enjoy Pete the Cat this week

"Pete the Cat is back and this time, he's rockin' and groovin' in his SCHOOL shoes. Pete discovers the library, the lunchroom, the playground, and lots of other cool places at school. And no matter where he goes, Pete never stops moving and grooving and singing his song . . . because it's all good."

Where is Pete going?? Read and find out!

They had fun singing to his song "I'm rocking in my school shoes" and discovered Pete was off to the library-just like they were!! 


Monday, 3 September 2012

So much to see, so much to do @ your library!!

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity!! 

Deb Abela Visiting Coffs Harbour Library

Well known children’s author Deb Abela, will be at the library on 18th September as part of her visit to the area.

Deb will be conducting writing workshops at the library for primary school children throughout the day, and in the evening, you will have the opportunity to meet Deb as our guest speaker, at Coffs Harbour City Library.
Deb will talk about her writing and her career as a writer.  She will also share some tips and ideas for writers on how to “get published”.

To reserve a place at the evening with Deb, or to obtain further information about the scheduled writing workshops, contact the library.

Deborah is proud to be a NSW National Year of Reading ambassador.

Message shared from Coffs Harbour City Council Library 
The library is very pleased to announce its new ebook and e-audiobook lending services for library members.
Over 200 ebooks to download, including fiction, travel and biographies aimed for adult and young adult readers (ebooks are books in electronic format for reading on computers or electronic portable devices).
Over 800 e-audiobooks to download, providing an extensive rang of fiction and non-fiction titles for all ages to listen to.
A dozen pre-loaded genre-based e-readers for loan - for those who want to experience "e-reading" and who don't yet own their own device. 
For further info visit Coffs Harbour City Council Library 

Visit this library site for lots of interesting upcoming activities including Lego in the Library (school holiday activity); Michael Rothbottom-Michael grew up in Coffs Harbour and attended Orara High School. He worked as a journalist in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia before turning to writing novels.
He will be speaking about Say you're sorry and his life as a writer at the C.ex Coffs Club on Wednesday 12th Sept 6pm for a 6.30 start.
Check out information on National Year of Reading
Children’s Creative writing / drawing competition for young authors and illustrators

and                                50 Books You Can't Put Down 2012!

Monday, 27 August 2012

Kinders experience their first video conference.


      KE and KS in the Library Learning Lounge with the two presenters, Aleesah and Charlotte, seen on the television screen. Aleesah Darlison is an author of over 14 books and Charlotte was the animal keeper at the zoo. They both shared the responsibility of the presentations during the 45 minute video conference.

                      We used our IWB to see various displays and the story "Puggle's Problem."

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Excitement plus this week in the library!!

Excitement plus this week in the library as Kinders 

Celebrate Book Week with a super-special VC 
with Taronga Western Plains Zoo & Aleesah Darlison
Book Week is celebrated each year to acknowledge the wonderful role that 
books and stories play in our lives.
It showcases new and exciting Australian 
books and authors and highlights how important reading is. This year, Taronga Western Plains Zoo has joined forces with Literature Live! to bring you exciting, educational workshops.

Lit Live Launch Show Part 1

Each session includes the author and founding member of Literature Live, 
Aleesah Darlison, and Senior Education Officer at the Zoo, Kristy Robberts, 
plus some very special live animal guests!

Aleesah and Kristy will talk about books and animals. Aleesah will read her book, Puggle’s Problem, and  will explain the writing and illustration process. Kristy will introduce some amazing live Australian animals. Students will have time to interact and ask questions throughout. These workshops foster education and a love of animals and books. What better way to celebrate Book Week!
Before the event you may like to view the Puggle’s Problem book trailer

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

What a delightful surprise!!

Arriving back at school after 3 weeks L.S.L. I was greeted by an excited teacher: "Welcome Back!" 
Mrs Reedy then bustled me towards her classroom and encouraged me to look at what had been done in the classroom to encourage her students to read more!!
Prior to leaving I had suggested that the teachers look at their classrooms and think about how inviting their reading areas currently were and consider improving them.

What an improvement there was!! 
As you stand at the classroom door now the first thing you see is the sign "Reading Rocks!" To the right of the sign are two stands containing a wide variety of books.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

New Challenge for the students who have already completed the 2012 PRC!!

The students who have already completed the 2012 PRC will be taking on a
new challenge-
 To celebrate the National Year of Reading, students are challenge to create an eBooktrailer as a way of motivating others to read something that they really enjoyed.

Book trailers are similar to movie trailers, in that they are designed to build interest in a novel and to encourage people to read the book. The main difference is that a movie trailer is based on clips from the film.
 With a book trailer, the maker has to convert the written words into visual images, text and audio. A book trailer conveys a sense of what the book is about without giving anything away - and without really clearly defining what the characters, location and objects look like, allowing readers to visualise what they are reading about as they imagine it themselves.

Extended deadline Wed 1 August  See WeCreate website for further details
Further enquiries wecreate@det.nsw.edu.au

Fantastic prizes from our sponsors will be awarded 
at the ceremony at the
Sydney Opera House in November.

Students can start by viewing other student created booktrailers and 
deconstructing the features that are most effective.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

BookFair Program and Happenings

The Scholastic truck will arrive on Thursday 17 May so we can set up. This year we will hold the Book Fair in the new BER library. Come along and check it out if you have not yet had a chance! The Book Character Parade and Book Fair sale day will be held on Friday 25 May.The Book Fair will be open from 8am-6pm. We look forward to seeing lots of parents and friends join us on this day for a huge celebration of “reading.” Students can come to school dressed up as any one of their favourite book  characters. We encourage, where possible, students to bring along a book that displays their character for sharing with visitors and their classmates. It can be a book from home, the public library, Grandma’s, Pop's, or from our library...  

 Parents and family are welcome to join their children for "READ@recess" and then a brief book sharing time in the classroom.

          The Book Character Parade will commence at 12pm.  Parents and friends are also welcome to join their children for lunchOur canteen will be catering for this event.                          

After each class presents their book characters in the parade we will do 1 x lucky draw for a “poster pick” from the  Bookfair = 14 lucky winners!!  

Book Fair Program of Events
Friday 25 May 2012 – parents, family and friends are welcome to join us for:
Morning Tea and Read@recess – 11.15
Class “read@recess” from 11.40
Announcement of Prizes for great book recommendations.
Book Character Parade commencing at 12.00pm
Lunch – 1.15
The Library will be open from 8.00am until 6.00pm (but not during the book character parade)
selling books and we look forward to seeing you on the day. 
Come one, come all!!
Come and check out our new library learning lounge and help us add some more stimulating, new books for our students.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

A little nostalgia...A few of our past Bookfairs.


Providing students with a bookfair at school is a great way to provide an authentic learning and shopping experience. I can discover what books are exciting for your children to read and the book character parade and bookfair provide a great way to highlight and celebrate the joy of reading for all of our community!

2009 Our last in the old library...

2010 "BE WELL READ" Bookfair in the Hall

Make your own slideshow with music at Animoto.
What character are you thinking about dressing up as this year?
It is NOT about spending lots money on fancy outfits.
We want you to be creative and to recycle, re-use.
It is dress-up NOT fancy dress!

2009 SBPS Jurassic Park Competition on PhotoPeach

The competition proved how clever many of our students are and provided many great presentations.

This year's competition will be announced very soon.

The RESULT was many more new books were provided for you all to enjoy!
Lots of lovely new books to read. on PhotoPeach

I wonder what we will add this year. 
It is up to you to suggest what you would like to be added to your library. 
Make sure you make plenty of recommendations. 
There will be a box for each stage to add their suggestions. 
I will read them ALL as this helps me to know what to select from our commission.
I will also draw 2 suggestions from each stage and the winners will win a $10 book voucher each to spend at the bookfair.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Read More in MAY!!


During National Year of Reading 

  we are involved in this great event....

Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) announces for 2012: 
held during Library Information Week (LIW)

ALIA also make available a great range of support resources:
Powerpoint and PDF versions of The Very Cranky Bear (Coming soon)
Podcast (Coming soon)
AUSLAN podcast (Coming soon)
Bear mask template (Coming soon)
The Very Cranky Bear paper doll template (ready)
and there's more

.So Get Caught Reading!! Read Write Think

enter the READ MORE IN MAY competition!    [ENTER HERE] 

National Family Reading Month Competition 
Terms and Conditions of Entry

We are eligible to join in the competition because we are holding our
Friday 25 MAY from 8am (early parent shoppers)  until 6pm (late working parents).
  So Get Caught Reading!! Read Write Think

enter the READ MORE IN MAY competition!  
 Students [ENTER HERE] 

National Family Reading Month Competition 
Terms and Conditions of Entry

You can fill in this 

Monday, 2 April 2012

Claim the date....Our annual bookfair Friday 25 May 2012

Scholastic Showtime Bookfair 

Friday 25 May from 8am to 6pm.

We would LOVE to have your company!

PLUS there's MORE:

Family Friday in the library 

Let's Read More in MAY
Every Friday, starting 4 May, the library learning lounge will be open until 3.30pm
for students, parents, grandparents and children to read and borrow books together.
Stock up for the weekend!!

Get those Easter preparations going!!

Are you preparing for Easter? 
You may find some helpful weblinks at SBPS Library site: Easter
How are you all going at creating your Easter hat?
This Cardiff North class has a head start....You may find some ideas that you could adapt

Friday, 30 March 2012

Join in the action!

Our students are learning about sustainability
These are some of the areas of activity that students explore.

Find out about Earth Hour

In 2011, Earth Hour saw hundreds of millions of people in more than 5,200 cities across 135 countries switch off for an hour. 

Will you be involved in 2012?

This Earth Hour 2012: 8.30pm, Saturday 31 March, celebrate your action for the planet with the people of world by switching off your lights for an hour, then go beyond the hour.

From its inception as a single-city initiative -- Sydney, Australia - in 2007, Earth Hour has grown into a global symbol of hope and movement for change. Earth Hour 2011 created history as the world's largest ever voluntary action with people, businesses and governments in 135 countries across every continent coming together to celebrate an unambiguous commitment to the one thing that unites us all -- the planet.

Enjoy this Flickr Slideshow

Explore the mapFind out what’s happening around the world and hear some inspiring stories from countries and territories that have already taken Earth Hour Beyond the Hour.

If you are interested in running your own earth hour activity visit http://www.earthhour.org/page/get-involved/how-guides to find out how to go about it.

For those who are ready to do more: Top 10 tips to go beyond the hour

Some related fun for the kids:

Create a lantern for earth hour


or Kids Game Earth Hour

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Will you complete the 2012 Premier's Reading Challenge?

    Plenty of Sandy Beach Public School kids  will succeed!!
                      They sure know how to read!!
Watch what the kids who finished early in 2011 got up to as a celebration!!

                   2011 PRC Celebrations on PhotoPeach

At Sandy Beach P.S. we encourage all of the students to read good quality,
 fun, interesting to them books. There are many thousands to choose from in the PRC.
 Make sure you get the chance to join the fun in 2012.
How may books have you read so far? What was your favourite book?
Share your answer in the comments.
NSW Premier's Reading Challenge 2012
A message from the Premier

Regular reading each day, will get you on your way!!

                       Make sure the books you choose are FUN for you and EASY to read.
Reading is not a CHORE!!
                  It is wonderful when you find the right book for you!!
                                   Happy searching.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Past websites of the week...Have fun!

Have fun!
Plenty of variety!
You can visit these past websites of the week any time through
                                  the Website of the Week tab 
                                     (surrounded by stars in this picture)   


cookie.com logo and a range of games available

ABCya.com Logo Merry Christmas Maths Facts Fun

National Geographic KIDS

DARE to explore!!! 

icons of different countries in alohabetical order                                                                     Screenshot of home page                                                           
  Draw a Stickman FUN! FUN! FUN!                          


Comic Creator

All About Animals- Have fun exploring!!

All About Animalsfrom Northumberland Grid for Learning

All About Animals can be explored in three ways: using menus to search for information, using the index and using key words.

The database is available in two versions: with sound support on the menus and simple description pages or without sound.