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June News

What has been happening in the Library during June


We have been celebrating National Reconciliation Week and Anti Bullying and Self-Esteem Week with a fantastic display of posters and books during June. We also have been promoting our High School Musical production with photos and posters on display in the vestibule area.

Our library users have enjoyed the colourful displays and the great reads we have been suggesting!


Congratulations to our reading champions who are our winners for the June reading competition. The following students read 5 or more books for the month of June:

Rain, Novia, Tashmeen, Aditya, Prabhjot, Bowie, Manvir, Zac, Reweis, Joshua, Jasnia, Humna, Aleena, Zane, Katie, Pari, Keith & Jessica. Come and see us for your prize.

The NSW Premier's Reading Challenge is well underway for 2018, with students across the state delving into some wonderful new books. TWENTY TWO students from our school have already completed their PRC for this year. It’s not hard – twenty books need to be read between September 2017 and 31st August 2018. At least fifteen of the books need to come from the PRC lists and up to five are free choice. Our library has 659 titles which are on the list, and they can be read as audiobooks or ebooks from our library as well. (Please see below on how you can download audiobooks or ebooks) So get reading, you have 8 weeks left to complete your 2018 PRC.


A reminder that June is the month to celebrate reading and that you do not have to wait to get to the Library to borrow. You can download your ebook reading choice from our collection and begin reading now.  Don’t forget to pick up your book mark from the Library with the instructions on how to access ebooks.

1.    Download the eBook reading app now. Go to the app store and download the ePlatform app to your phone.

2.    Find our Glenwood High School Library and log in using your DET Username and Password

3.    Start reading!

The Children’s Book Council of Australia is celebrating Children’s Book Week during the week 17-24th August 2018.  Each year, schools and public libraries across Australia spend a week celebrating books, and Australian authors and illustrators. Teachers and librarians conduct activities relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading.

This year’s theme is ‘FIND YOUR TREASURE’.

Tristan Banks a famous author of Children’s and Teen books says “Such a perfect description of the search to discover your next great book. An incredible story can feel like treasure when it speaks to you and understands the way you think and feel. But not every book is perfect for everyone. I put down just as many books as I finish, but I never give up the hunt for my next great read.

Writing stories feels the same. Some days you dig lots of empty holes. Other days you trip over creative treasure with every step. SO, this year, my Top Ten Tips for Children’s Book Week are all about finding your next great book and digging up story inspiration.

I feel very proud to have my book The Fall on the Older Readers Notables list alongside work by authors that I hold in very high regard. I hope you get a chance to read lots of these books.”

Look out for our display ‘FIND YOUR TREASURE’ to celebrate 2018 Children’s Book Week.

WILL KOSTAKIS is coming to GHS

William Kostakis is an Australian author and journalist. Will Kostakis is ready to catch a ball two seconds after it’s hit him in the face. Professionally, he’s thankful he’s chosen a career that requires little (if any) co-ordination. After dabbling in celebrity journalism and reality TV, he now writes for young adults.

In high school, he won the Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year prize for a short story called 'Bing Me'.

He went on to sign his first book deal in his final year of high school. His first novel, Loathing Lola, was released when he was just nineteen,

His second, The First Third, won the 2014 Gold Inky Award. It was also shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year and Australian Prime Minister’s Literary awards.

The Sidekicks is his third novel for young adults and was released in 2016, and has since been shortlisted for the QLD Literacy Awards..

As a high school student, Will won Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year for a collection of short stories.

Glenwood High School are very excited to have Will Kostakis join us on Tuesday 14th August for a day of workshops with the students.

Students will be invited by invitation to come along to Will’s workshops. We were fortunate enough to have Will last year and had such a great time with him that we have invited him back to join us again to celebrate Book Week 2018.

More information will follow in the next newsletter.


A very big and special THANK YOU goes to MR WARREN MILLARD.

Warren donates his time to volunteer every Tuesday to Glenwood High School Library. Warren comes at Lunchtime every Tuesday to run and oversee the students who want to play Chess. Warren teaches them as well as organizes competitions for the students.

Warren then comes in at 3pm for Homework Centre. Warren helps organize afternoon tea, signs the students into Homework Centre, then sits down to help with them till 4pm.

Warren has been a great asset to the school since retiring from teaching a few years ago and we appreciate his help very much. Thank you Warren.


Another big thank you to our two parent helpers, Mrs Monica Chun and Mrs Jesitha Vallil who come in every week to help book cover and shelve. Your help is very much appreciated.


Meet Reweis, Reweis comes in to help with the PRC Display whenever he can during Recess or Lunchtimes. Reweis makes sure that all books which are on the PRC list are rotated through the display. This has helped readers re-read an old favourite, find a new title or update their reading records. Thank you Reweis!  

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