The ADF Come to Visit

This morning a careers session led by  two Warrant Officers from the Australian Defence Forces was held in the reading area. The session was led by  two Warrant Officers, Jock Joce and Daniel McInnes. They talked with a receptive group of year 10 and 11 students.

It was a great setting for them to spread out resources and sit in comfort while explaining how to find out what the ADF can offer and how to tap in to their expertise. Several Year 12 students are phoning for personal discussions in the next few days.

Army Careers talk


The Vibrary Lives Again!

The Senior Campus Winifred Berry Library has experienced another year of the Vibe Festival and by all accounts there was fun had by all!

The Vibe Festival is not only a great way for students from other schools to experience The Hamilton and Alexandra College, it is also a wonderful way for our own college students (including the Year 5’s from Myrniong) to experience some of the activities and resources that they may not have discovered about their own school.

This year we called ourselves the Vibrary:

V Vital, valuable, virtual viewing
I Immersing individuals in information;
B Bewitching, bewildering – but beautiful,
R Requiring robust roaming
A Artful articulation.
R Results – really radical reasoning
Y YOURS – yes, all yours!

There were activities to suit just about every need and interest.

We had games of scrabble, collaborative drawing and word puzzles, 3D Puzzles, 3D Printers and Hologram making. Have a look at the video below to see a video of what was happening.

Vibe 2016 Pictures

In addition to some great activities, books relevant to each topic were put on display for the students to have a look at to show the range of information you can gain in our library on any topic.

All students had the opportunity to head home with their own 3D printed owl and the template and supplies to create a hologram on their iPad or other device.

We were blown away by how well behaved and inquisitive all of our visitors were. Everyone moved around from place to place, activity to activity and asked great questions along the way.

The activities we offered can be seen here:

The competition this year was to guess the number of books in our Fiction collection. Liam was closest to the number, using a calculating app on the computer to suggest just over 5000 (there are just under that number) and John was marginally under. Both boys won book vouchers from our local Bellcourt Books.

A postscript to the day. Two boys, one a visiting student and one of our current students, brought their mothers in after school to see one of the VIBE activities. One boy asked to use the 3Doodler pen. The other had his mum working on the Target words on our collaborative whiteboard cube!

And if you think we are a bit crazy – here’s proof:



Year 5 Science task on the planets

Year 5 came to use the Senior Campus Library this afternoon. Miss Andrews has set up a wonderful task involving locating information on an allocated planet (today’s lesson) followed by making scaled models of the planets. The grand finale will be a scaled model laid out in our sports centre showing the relationship of each of the planets to each other and to the sun.

The students were very involved in finding information and left, some clutching relevant books, with the research component more or less finished.

It was great to be able to work with the students, who know me from teaching their Library lessons in the Junior Campus Library, in the setting that they will inhabit from the start of next year.

VIBE Festival

Recently our school ran a special event for students in Years 5 – 7 from our school and our region. It was called VIBE and covered exposure to a range of programs and facilities that we offer. This wonderful clip, created by a Year 9 student shows the parameters of the event.

The Library’s contribution to the Vibe festival was an activity called “Treasure Hunt”, a showcase of a wide range of resources to which we provide access. Lots of gold was used in setting it up – and many golden moments are reflected in the images taken on the day. You will recognize where the images shown in the film clip are from the library as you scroll down the page.

The Human Body jigsaw -treasure hunters need to look after their health! Knowing how the body works is very valuable.


The boys are trying to work out how to play Pong – set up using Makey Makey and play dough. You can see the Rasberry Pi on the back of the screen – a $50 dollar mini computer controlling the game on the screen.
Cross school collaboration mastering the amazing Sphero ball and controlling it through a 7″ tablet. The aim was to send the ball through the tube – trickier than it sounds.
Replicating gold field art on the collaborative cube.
Creating small Learning Stones to remind us of the indigenous people who have come before us.
Books about Aboriginal Art and information about the Learning Stones initiative were placed close to the activity.
A different type of “book” – a cardboard sculpture activity. Concentration and collaboration!
As many students as were interested could join in all the activities we offered. Good lessons in social interaction as well as learning a range of new skills.
Makey Makey Pong – play dough served as the conduit.
These boys chose to play a complete game of chess – and their audience quietly observed their tactics!
More art work.
Serious Sphero controllers at work.
This was a round plastic jigsaw puzzle that took some serious thinking to complete.
Magnetic poetry proved a hit!
Mastering the 3Doodler pen to make fine plastic sculpture – harder than it sounds.
Where there’s gold there’s piracy!
And piracy can result in massive sea battles. A new take on an old game requiring memory and tactics – Battleships.
Not sure how the Sphero became airborne!
Finishing up by entering a competition for a book voucher.
Male pirate artists.
Plotting Battleship tactics.
More Learning Stone creators.
All activities were provided with something to do and relevant supporting information for the curious.
3Doodlers work with different coloured filament.
Learning which indigenous tribes lived where through an interactive map on the interactive whiteboard.
Hmm – and my next move will be….
Silent contemplation – does this piece go here?
More Learning Stones.
The very hard 3D Taj Mahal puzzle.
Lots of activity here.
Cross-age discussion – a powerful component of how our library works!
3Doodling – intriguing!
Pirate artist with newly complete work.
More Pong playing.
A new pair of chess players – girls’ turn!
Jigsaws appeal to all age groups.


Battleships in progress.
Pong in progress.
A finished 3D Doodle! It’s hard to get such height in a construction.
A smaller finished doodle – and filament ready to create more!
Entering the competition and giving feedback to the library staff before departure.
All being checked and finalised. Thanks to the Year 10 assistants!

We had a wonderful morning, and many students came back at recess and lunchtime to continue some of the tasks. Thanks are due to Krystal and Josh for helping to set up; Grace, Clare and Brooke; Mr Steer, Mr Clode and Mrs Smith.

VIBE sums us up – VITAL BOOKS INFORMATION and EQUIPMENT – at our school library!