ANZAC Day…For your tomorrow, we gave our today

A number of years ago I taught an ANZAC Day unit with Year 6 classes and we researched what every day life would have been like for the soldiers at Gallipoli. 

I also shared with them one of my favourite poems called Ninety Years Ago by Rupert McCall who is one of our modern Australian poets.  Rupert McCall wrote this poem to commemorate the 90 year anniversary of the Landing at Gallipoli.  He shared his poem on ANZAC Day on the beach at Anzac Cove at Gallipoli just as the sun was rising over the water. To this day it is still one of the most stirring ANZAC Day moments I have ever watched. You can read Rupert’s poem Ninety Years Ago below…

Ninety Years Ago by smotlrc on Scribd

One of the Year 6 students was so inspired by the poem that he wrote his own poignant version of Ninety Years Ago that you can listen to here Ninety Years Ago – adapted by Chris B

The Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 2013. 

When you go home
Tell them of us and say
“For your tomorrow,
We gave our today.
(John Maxwell Edmunds)

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The Boy and the Spy Book Launch

Felice Arena invites YOU to help him celebrate his new book The Boy and the Spy

There will also be a special surprise guest doing a reading-performance from the book.

Felice is currently writing his next book which is another historical fiction story. Here he is writing at one of his favourite libraries which he likes to call his ‘office’…


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Premiers’ Reading Challenge 2017

The Premiers’ Reading Challenge is open for 2017

The Premiers’ Reading Challenge (PRC) is a great way for students to challenge themselves to read regularly, try new authors, genres and different types of books along with thousands of other students in Victoria who will be participating.

If you would like to participate in the PRC this year, please ask your parents to print and complete the 2017 Consent form I have uploaded on our Premiers’ Reading Challenge  page (located at the top of our blog) and bring your form to the library before Monday, May 1st so I can register you.

We have a number of the Challenge books in our library and you can also read books from home and your local library. Our date to stop reading and have your books finalised will be Monday, August 28th in Term 3.

The PRC starts at the beginning of THIS term, but you can include books you have recently read during the school holidays.

Are YOU up for the challenge?

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The 91-Storey Treehouse

The 91- Storey Treehouse is going to be launched in Melbourne with Andy, Terry and Jill on Tuesday, August 8th at 4.30pm at the Melbourne Town Hall. If you want to be there for all the crazy fun then you will need to follow the link to book your ticket NOW! Tickets are $25 and include a signed copy of the book.

“Join Andy and Terry in their now 91-storey spectacular treehouse. They’ve added thirteen new levels, including the world’s most powerful whirlpool, a mashed-potato-and-gravy train and a human pinball machine. Why not try your luck on the spin-and-win prize wheel or hang out in a giant spider web (with a giant spider), or you can always get your fortune told by Madam Know-it-all or eat a submarine sandwich the size of an actual submarine while deciding whether or not to push the big red button . . .”

Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!

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