March 30

Pics from the Deborah Abela book launch

Children’s author Deborah Abela launched her new book, “Teresa: a new Australian”, at our Term 1 literary afternoon tea. With this title, Deb delves into her own past to bring us a story of courage, strength and a plucky little Maltese Australian girl…

Deb

Deb 1

Deb 2

Thank you Deb for a wonderful event, and to our host, Jenny Dengate.

March 1

Meet Deb Abela

The PMBW Teacher Librarian Group Committee has plans well underway for another very exciting year of professional development and networking, including our Term 1 Author Book Talk! Please mark the following date in your diaries!

* Term 1 Literary Afternoon Meeting Wednesday 30th March (Week 10) at Glenmore Park High School with guest author Deborah Abela, who will launch her new title Teresa: a new Australian. Deb delves into her own past to bring us a story of courage, strength and a plucky little Maltese Australian girl called Teresa. Bombs, caves and a new life in Australia!

Deb

Time: 3.30 – 5pm
Cost: FREE
Parking: Council car park adjacent to the sport fields, near the school’s front car park. There may be some parking onsite.

Afternoon tea will be provided. Deborah’s books will be for sale (payment by either cash or schools can be invoiced) and autographing!

bookAbela

RSVP: by Friday 18th March to host teacher librarian, Jenny Dengate
Phone: (02) 4733 0155 or email jennifer.dengate@det.nsw.edu.au

In other news, details of our Term 2 full-day conference will be announced soon. Connect to collaborate and create will be held on
Thursday 30th June at Rooty Hill RSL Club.

August 11

Resources from the PD day

In this blog entry, you can quickly locate the digital resources used by the presenters at our Term 3 professional learning day, held on Monday 10th August (Week 5).

* Progressing with Oliver:
Research Projects – Evidence of how Oliver and Orbit are supporting student learning
(A) Primary: Julie Grazotis (Banks PS – their Oliver ClassMovie is linked HERE) and Ian McLean (Penrith PS).
(B) Secondary: Jenny Dengate (Glenmore Park HS) & Lolita Garcia (Richmond HS).

* STEPS Book Forum – Engaging your school learning community: Julie Grazotis (Banks PS) – Click down to Page 2 of the PDF.

* CBCA Update: Jackie Hawkes & Honor White (CBCA NSW representatives)

Book Week poster
Ian demonstrates the phone app that brings this year’s CBCA poster alive!

* Promoting reading through dynamic author/illustrator visits: Jenny Scheffers (Caddies Creek PS)

* Website of our Guest Author: Randa Abdel-Fattah (Click on the hyperlink).

Randa Abdel-Fattah
Randa Abdel-Fattah

May 29

Term 3 professional learning day

The Penrith, Mt Druitt, Blacktown and Windsor Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Group is hosting an exciting professional development day in Term 3, on Monday 10th August (Week 5), at Clairgate Public School, Colorado Drive, St Clair.
Host Teacher Librarian: Lisa McInally
Phone: 9670-1408

Please see the Agenda (below).

Online registration through MyPL@DET is now available using one of the following:
Course title: PMBW Teacher Librarian Professional Development Day Term 3 2015
Course code: NR08226
Hyperlink:
www.det.nsw.edu.au/docprs/publicViewEvent.do?eventId=109144

To enrol for this conference, you need to do the following:
1. Complete the online registration (which closes on Monday 27th July).
2. Give a copy of the tax invoice (see attachment) to your SAM so they can prepare a cheque
When completing the online registration, please select the payment option “Cheque”, as there is NO DIRECT DEBIT available.

Please note that we now have a new Treasurer, Jan Poona from Rooty Hill PS, and there are new payment arrangements. If you are a 229 School please email Jan, so she is aware that payment may be delayed.

Please also note your registration is not official until payment has been received. Places for this PD Day are strictly limited!

If you have any special dietary requirements, please contact Jenny Scheffers jennifer.scheffers@det.nsw.edu.au

The Committee hopes you will be able to join us for this exciting professional learning day!

Jenny Scheffers,
Teacher Librarian @ Caddies Creek PS

Agenda:
8:15 am Registration & Coffee

9:00 am Welcome by Principal, Housekeeping & General Business

9:10 am Sponsor Presentations

9:30 am Concurrent Sessions: Progressing with Oliver:
Research Projects – Evidence of how Oliver is supporting student learning
(A) Primary: Julie Grazotis (Banks PS), Ian McLean (Penrith PS)
(B) Secondary: Jenny Dengate (Glenmore Park HS), Lolita Garcia (Richmond HS)

10:30 am MORNING TEA and Sponsors’ Displays

11:15 am STEPS Book Forum – Engaging your school learning community: Julie Grazotis (Banks PS)

12:15 pm: Guest Author: Randa Abdel-Fattah

1:15 pm LUNCH and Sponsors’ Displays

2:00 pm CBCA Update: Jackie Hawkes (CBCA) and Honor White (CBCA)

2.30 pm Promoting reading through dynamic author / illustrator visits: Jenny Scheffers (Caddies Creek PS)

3:00 pm Evaluation and lucky badge prizes.

Click HERE to download the presenters’ materials.

February 13

First Professional Learning day for 2015

PMBW is conducting its first Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Day in Term 1.
Date: Thursday 19th March (Week 8) 2015
Host Teacher Librarian: Lynne Millson
Venue: Parklea Public School, 205 Glenwood Park Drive, Glenwood
Phone: 9629-2518.

Agenda:
Oliver Library System Update – Doug Jenkins (Senior Systems Analyst, Schools Admin Support, Information Technology Directorate) & Colleen Foley (Manager School Libraries & Information Literacy)
Panel Discussion of Teacher Librarians who are currently using Oliver

Concurrent Sessions split into primary and high school groups:
(A) Resourcing the new curriculum – Paul Macdonald (The Children’s Bookshop)
(B) Professional Networking-Group Discussion – with peers.

Register online at MyPL@Edu. Course code is NR07564 (where 0 is zero), or via the hyperlink: www.det.nsw.edu.au/docprs/publicViewEvent.do?eventId=100966

Cost: $40 per person. Do not include GST. (MyPL payment option – please select CHEQUE.) PMBW sent out Tax Invoice forms by email for this event. Please give a copy of that document to your SAM for payment. Please send all cheques to: Attention Jan Poona, Rooty Hill Public School, Westminster St, Rooty Hill, 2766. Make your cheque payable to Rooty Hill Public School. For any queries about payment, please contact Jan Poona janice.poona@det.nsw.edu.au

If you have any special dietary requirements, please contact Jenny Scheffers: jennifer.scheffers@det.nsw.edu.au

September 11

Invitation to Term 4’s PMBW Literary Afternoon Tea

Hi Teacher Librarian colleagues,

The Penrith Mount Druitt Blacktown Windsor (PMBW) Teacher Librarians Professional Learning Group, WestWords and Walker Books take great pleasure in inviting you to meet author Sally Murphy.

Sally is the award-winning author of more than 30 books for children, including CBC Honour Book, Pearl verses the world and Toppling, winner of the Children’s Book category in the WA Premier’s Book Awards. Her most recent book is the verse novel, Roses are blue. Sally will be speaking about her books and on working with children as readers and writers.

When: Thursday, 30th October (Week 4 Term 4) 3.30-5pm. Afternoon tea will be served 3.30 – 4pm
Where: Quakers Hill PS Library, Medlow Drive, Quakers Hill
Who: This event is open to all teacher-librarians, teachers, public librarians, parents and adults interested in writing for children.
Cost: Free.

Please RSVP by Friday 24 October to: Michelle Kotowski, michelle.kotowski@det.nsw.edu.au or call 9626 9655.

Parking not available on school grounds: please park in local streets. Sally’s books will be available for sale courtesy of The Children’s Bookshop, Beecroft. Please feel free to invite teachers from your school too! The PMBW Committee looks forward to sharing in this valuable literary afternoon with you!

Jenny Scheffers (Caddies Creek PS)
Chairperson, PMBW Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Group.

September 10

Term 3 presenters’ slideshows

Following our recent professional learning day at Riverstone PS, here are the presenters’ PowerPoint slideshows, which may be useful when sharing your learning with colleagues in your own school and beyond. Please click on the hyperlinks below and, when you get to the slideshow’s link page, click on that hyperlink to “open” or “save” the slideshow.

* Review of the Shortlisted CBCA titles and What’s hot: Paul Macdonald (The Children’s Bookshop, Beecroft).

* Bringing authors and illustrators into your classroom: the value of using Connected Classrooms: Cathie Cattermole (Teacher Librarian, James Erskine PS).

* Unpacking the Teaching Standards for teacher librarians: Nerina Pretlove (Deputy Principal, Chifley College, President Professional Teachers Council NSW).

Ursula Dubosarsky
Author Ursula Dubosarsky and an elephant house – for elephants!

July 21

Term 3 Professional Learning Day

The Penrith, Mt Druitt, Blacktown and Windsor Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Group is hosting an exciting professional development day on Wednesday, 3rd September (Week 8) at Riverstone Public School. Please see the below agenda, which provides full details of the day.

Online registration through MyPL@DET is now available. The course title is PMBW Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Day Term 3 2014 and the course code is NR06461 (Note: 0 is zero). The event ID is 86099 if you have trouble locating the course using the course number.

Numbers are strictly limited. When completing the online registration, please select the payment option Cheque, as there is NO DIRECT DEBIT available. Your initial registration will be listed as Tentative. Once your payment of a $40 cheque has been received, your enrolment status will be changed to Confirmed. Cheques, together with details of your name and school, should be posted to:
Attention: Lee Arundel, c/- Blacktown South Pubic School, 183 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown 2148. Please make the $40 cheque payable to Blacktown South Pubic School. There is no GST involved in this registration payment.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please contact jennifer.scheffers@det.nsw.edu.au

The Committee hopes you will be able to join us for this exciting professional learning day!

Jenny Scheffers,
Teacher Librarian @ Caddies Creek PS

UPDATE: Three of the presenters’ slideshows are available for download HERE!

Host Teacher Librarian: Ros Graham
Venue: Riverstone Public School

AGENDA

8.15 am: Registration & Coffee.

9.00 am: Welcome by Principal & Housekeeping.

9.10am: Review of the Shortlisted CBCA titles and What’s Hot: Paul Macdonald (The Children’s Bookshop).

10.15am: Bringing authors and Illustrators into your classroom: the value of using Connected Classrooms: Cathie Cattermole (Teacher Librarian James Erskine PS).

11.00am: Sponsors’ Presentations: Tag-Alert Australia & Quantum Learning
Remote sponsors:
• Merchandising Libraries
• Fry Library Supplies
• All Barcodes Australia.

11.15am: MORNING TEA and Sponsors’ Displays.

12.00 noon: From Guinea Pigs to Spoonerisms: Author Ursula Dubosarsky.

1.00pm: LUNCH and Sponsors’ Displays.

2.00pm: Unpacking the Teaching Standards for Teacher Librarians: Nerina Pretlove (Deputy Principal Chifley College, President Professional Teachers Council NSW).

3.00 – 3.30pm: Concluding Evaluation / Lucky Door Prize Draw.

May 15

Integrating Inquiry Learning and Web 2.0 Technologies into the Australian Curriculum

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Registrations Closing Soon!

Thank you to those members who have already registered. Just a reminder that online registration for our Term 2 Conference with Lyn Hay is now open. Registration is through Syba Signs – (not MyPL). You can view information about the conference and register online at
www.sybaacademy.com.au/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=275822

Alternatively you may wish to print off the attached day’s program and registration form and fax your registration. When registering either online or using the downloadable PDF registration form, please select the box to indicate that you are a member of the partner PMBW organisation. This will ensure you receive the discounted registration cost of $135 (plus GST).

You are more than welcome to bring a teaching colleague, however the cost to the colleague will be $199 (NOT the PMBW discounted price).

You may indicate that you would like an invoice to be sent rather than pay up front. The venue is the Novotel at Parramatta (previously known as The Sebel). Delegate numbers are strictly limited so please be early with your registration!

The PMBW Committee, in partnership with SybaSigns Academy, look forward to sharing in a most exciting and rewarding day of professional learning and networking!

Jenny Scheffers (Teacher Librarian, Caddies Creek PS)
Chairperson
Penrith, Mt Druitt, Blacktown and Windsor Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Group

Lorraine Baxter (Teacher Librarian, Werrington County PS)

March 18

Invitation to Term 1’s afternoon meeting

Hi Teacher Librarian colleagues,

The PMBW Teacher Librarian Group Committee has plans well underway for another very exciting year of professional development and networking! The first event is our Term 1 Informal Afternoon Meeting which will be held at Richmond High School’s library. This will be an invaluable opportunity to network with other Teacher Librarians from across the District and to hear more about our exciting Term 2 Conference. The details of the Afternoon Meeting are listed below.

Date: Wednesday 26th March (Week 9)
Cost: free
Venue: Richmond High School, Lenox Street, Richmond
Parking: in school grounds and nearby streets
Time: 3.30pm – 5pm

Please RSVP by Thursday 20th February to host teacher librarian Lolita Garcia phone: 4578-1177 Library extension: 216 or email lolita.garcia@det.nsw.edu.au

We hope you will be able to join us!