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!

June 14

Term 3 afternoon meeting!

The Committee would love to see you at an informal gathering to discuss Book Week activities.

Date: Thursday 29 August (Week 7)
Venue: Banks Public School
182-194 Banks Drive
St Clair
Time: 3:30 – 5:00pm
Topics: Book Week activities, CBC update
Cost: Free. Afternoon tea refreshments will be provided.

RSVP by Thursday 22nd August to Julie Grazotis (Teacher Librarian)
Email: julie.grazotis@ det.nsw.edu.au or
Phone: 02 9670 6506

June 12

Minutes of 5th June professional learning day

Here are the minutes of the recent PL day at Oxley Park Public School.

Host Teacher Librarian: Bonnie Manwaring

Welcome: Mrs Delphine Annette (Principal Oxley Park PS)
• Acknowledgement of traditional custodians
• Teacher Librarians have the opportunity to live and breathe books
• Thankyou to everyone for attending & enjoy the day.

Welcome & General Business: Jenny Scheffers (Chairperson PMBW Committee)
• Acknowledgement of traditional custodians
• Thankyou to everyone for attending
• Housekeeping matters – Bonnie
• Welcome and thankyou to our presenters and sponsors
• Folder contains the following documents:
 * Agenda
 * Term 3 Afternoon Tea – Thursday 29 August at Banks PS (TL – Julie Grazotis) 3:30 – 5:00pm, No cost and no need to register on MYPL
 * School Library Association of New South Wales presents ‘eBooks 4 eLearning’, Thursday 13th June 2013 4.40 – 6.30pm, The Auditorium, Parramatta RSL, O’Connell St Parramatta
 * Evaluation Form
• Term 4 Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Day, Chifley College Bidwell (TL – Janelle Van Capelle), Date to be announced
• Badge draw at the end of the day – prizes donated by sponsors.

Guest Speaker: Paul MacDonald (The Children’s Bookshop)
Review of the Shortlisted CBCA titles and What’s Hot
• Refer to copy of Paul’s PowerPoint presentation
• Greater focus on Visual Literacy – picture books
• Teen fiction and children’s fiction booming – authors for the adult market are now writing teen fiction
• Trend – hopelessness, dark, depressing themes
• Focus areas – books supporting the National Curriculum, Asian texts, sustainability, multimodal texts
• CBCA 2013 Theme – Read Across the Universe
Mrs Mac’s Library website – teaching notes and ideas for shortlisted titles
• Classics are popular – no copyright
• Impact of Diary of a wimpy kid Double dork, Soccer star, Cricket God, Big Nate, Tom Gates
• Easy Read Alouds – Our Australian girls, Billy B Brown, Andy Roid
• Popular picture books – King Pig, Treasure box, Mr Darcy the dancing duck, Baa baa smart sheep, Lilac ladies.

Guest Speaker: Sharon McGuinness (Author of Coming Home and Teacher Librarian, Thirroul PS)
From TL to Author
mrsmacsbooks.weebly.com
• Catalyst for writing – ghost story competition to win a colour TV. Part of story published in the newspaper
• 2006 – participated in Di Bates’ picture book writing course. Wrote short story based on brother’s horse farm – published in The School Magazine 2008
• Wrote beginning chapter book based on rugby league titled Try! – an eBook for kindle and ePub. Dedicated to students, Max and Jack, who provided inspiration for the book. Teaching notes available on Mrs Mac’s website
• 2006 – started Mrs Mac’s
Coming home was written during a time of personal/family trauma. Published 2012 during Mental Health Week. Author royalties donated to Black Dog. Book trailer on Youtube and Mrs Mac’s
• Now enjoying the challenge of writing picture books.

Sponsor: Syba Signs (Phyll)
• Professional Development program 2013
The National Curriculum: Developing a Guided Inquiry and Web 2.0 Approach with Dr. Ross Todd and Lyn Hay – Sydney, Friday 21 June 2013
Resourcing the Australian Curriculum with Lyn Hay – 9 September 2013
• Digital Signage and teaching resources
• Wide range of posters
• Winter catalogue available
• Happy to visit schools to discuss your Library needs.

Sponsor: Kookaburra (Jan)
• Jan – 9 years as area rep
• Long term sponsor
• New catalogue available
• Products include trolleys, touchscreens, DVC, headphones, pinboards, dictionaries, atlases, Get Reading Right Literacy program.
• Contact for appointment 0417 101 028, jan@kookaburra.com.au

Guest Speakers: Colleen Foley – DEC School Libraries Update
• Access documents on 21C learning via School Libraries website
Scan online – key support for school libraries and TLs – share username and password with staff
• eBooks – available on L4L (My Library interface), Load H1>G3
• eBooks project – article and report found in 2012 November issue of Scan
• SCIS records can be used to catalogue book trailers, apps etc
• Timeline for Library Replacement System – start July/August for first round (LMBR schools – 229 schools) – completed over 18mth to 2 year period
• New Syllabus
 NSW Scootle – search and discovery tool, bank of resources
 BOS Program Builder
TaLe – will continue – add resources for the new curriculum
 Education Services Australia (ESA) – supported by each state and sector
Scan reviews – future change to see reviews as resource packages, springboards to links with other resources.

Guest Speaker: Sharon McGuinness (Teacher Librarian, Thirroul PS)
Subtle TL Advocacy
• Refer to copy of PowePoint presentation
mrsmacsbooks.weebly.com
• Professional groups – ALIA, ASLA, SLANSW, TL Advocacy group ‘The Hub’
• Opportunities
 Contribute to your School’s Annual Report
 Resourcing the new curriculum
 Present at staff meetings
 Guided Inquiry and inquiry based learning complement the new curriculum
 Have your own library page on the school website
 Contact local public libraries – access databases
• Useful links
 Prezi (new English syllabus) http://prezi.com/
 Squarl http://squarl.com/3v/Ouw
 Pinterest http://pinterest.com/
 NSW State Library
• Web 2.0 tools
 Smore
 Flipsnack
 Motivator
 Voki
 ABC Splash
 Story Box Library
 Literacy Shed
 Show Me the Awesome
 Cybrarian – retro Library posters.

Guest Speaker: Jackie Hawkes
CBCA Update
• Refer to flyer The Children’s Book Council of Australia and copy of PowerPoint presentation
• http://nsw.cbca.org.au/
• Activities
 Book Sale – held in March at Rozelle. Meet guest authors
 Book Week – short list announced
 National Simultaneous Storytime – 2013 The wrong book by Nick Bland
Maurice Saxby Lecture – celebrating the extensive contributions of Maurice Saxby to Australian Children’s Literature
 Writing workshops for students – held at State Library of NSW
 Junior Writing Master Classes – part of Sydney Writer’s Festival – at State Library of NSW
 CBC2U 2013 – Children’s Book Creators to YOU. Invite an author or illustrator to help enrich reading and writing experiences
 Stories on Screen 2013
 Book Week – 2013 Read Across the Universe. Book Week merchandise – order from NSW website
 Judges dinner – celebrates the work of the NSW Book Week judges. To farewell and thank Jill Bruce and welcome Cathie Tasker. August 23, Venue TBC
 Author Teas – invite authors to afternoon tea at your school, buy their books and share their stories
 CBCA Publications – iRead and Buzz About Books.

Next Committee meeting: 3.45pm Thursday 27 June at Penrith Panthers.
Meeting concluded: 3:30pm

May 22

Next Professional Learning Day: 5th June 2013 (Week 6 Term 2)

Just a reminder that the Penrith, Mt Druitt, Blacktown and Windsor Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Group is hosting an exciting professional development day on Wednesday 5th June (Week 6 Term 2), at Oxley Park Public School. Please see the attached program, which provides full details of the day. Online registration through MyPL@DEC is now available. The course title is PMBW Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Day Term 2 2013 and the course number is NR04672. (0 is a zero).

Please register as soon as possible as numbers are strictly limited. When completing the online registration, please select the payment option Cheque, as there is NO DIRECT DEBIT available. Your intial registration will be listed as Tentative. Once your payment of a $40 cheque has been received, your enroment 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 caterer Richard ph: 0418-615- 442 directly yourself. The Committee looks forward to sharing a dynamic day of professional learning and networking.

Host Teacher Librarian: Bonnie Manwaring
Venue: Oxley Park Public School, Adelaide Street, St Marys
Phone: 9623-1375

AGENDA
8.15am: Registration & Coffee
9.00am: Welcome by Principal; Housekeeping: Bonnie Manwaring
9.10am: Review of the Shortlisted CBCA titles and What’s Hot: Paul Macdonald (The Children’s Bookshop)
10.10am From TL to Author: Sharon McGuinness (author of picture book, Coming Home & Teacher Librarian, Thirroul PS)
11.00am: Sponsors’ Presentations: Syba Signs & Kookaburra
11.15am: MORNING TEA and Sponsors’ Displays
12 noon: DEC School Libraries Update (Video Conference): Colleen Foley
1.00pm: LUNCH and Sponsors’ Displays
1.45pm: Subtle TL Advocacy -Engaging Students and Parents: Sharon McGuinness (Teacher Librarian, Thirroul PS)
2.30pm: CBCA NSW update: Jackie Hawkes
3.00 – 3.30pm: Concluding Evaluation / Lucky Door Prize Draws.

February 19

Term 1 afternoon tea meeting!

The PMBW Teacher Librarian Group is hosting an informal afternoon tea meeting in Blacktown Girls High School’s library on Tuesday 5th March (Week 6 Term 1).

This will be a valuable opportunity to network with other teacher tibrarians from across the District. The details of the Afternoon Meeting are listed below. We hope you will be able to join us!

Date: Tuesday 5th March (Week 6 Term 1).
Cost: free
Venue: Blacktown Girls High School, Fifth Ave, Blacktown
Phone: 02 9831 7577
Parking: in school grounds and nearby streets
Time: 3.30pm – 5.00pm

Please RSVP by Tuesday 26th February to host teacher librarian, Pam Stewart – ph: 9831 7577 or email pamela.c.stewart@det.nsw.edu.au

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

November 8

Today’s seminar in pictures

Our highly successful Reading Beyond 2012 conference was organised by Paul Collins, of Creative Net Speakers’ Agency, who hires out Australian authors and illustrators without the cost of a booking fee.

It was a great way to equip teacher librarians with strategies to keep the National Year of Reading momentum chugging along beyond 2012. Here are some photos of the day:

TL PD Conference - Judith
Judith Ridge, MC and keynote speaker, introduces the day’s program

Deb Abela at the PMBW teacher librarians' conference
Deb Abela at the PMBW teacher librarians’ conference, Reading Beyond 2012!

TL PD Conference - Deb
Deb Abela

TL PD Conference - Louise
Louise Park reveals some secrets about Zac Power and Boy vs Beast

PD TLs learn a secret code
Teacher librarians learn a secret code involving a Chicken Dance manoeuvre

TL PD Conference - Paul
Paul Collins presents a writing activity based on the 12-Act Structure of fantasy novels

PD TLs use Paul's 12-Act Structure
In pairs, PMBW’s teacher librarians create outlines for their own fantasy novels

Susanne Gervay at the PMBW teacher librarians' conference
Susanne Gervay tells the very personal story of Ships in the field

TL PD Conference - Susanne
Susanne Gervay

TL PD Conference - Louise and Kim
Louise Park and Kim Miller

TL PD Conference - Group of authors
Susanne Gervay, Deb Abela, Paul Collins, Judith Ridge and Sophie Masson

MC Judith Ridge and a panel of authors at the PMBW teacher librarians' conference
MC Judith Ridge and a panel of authors: Meredith Costain, Kim Miller and Sophie Masson

Susanne and Ian with elephant puppet
Susanne and Ian, with his badge-draw prize elephant puppet

Jackie Hawkes at the PMBW teacher librarians' conference
Jackie Hawkes farewells a retiring Honor White

Honor White is honoured at the PMBW teacher librarians' conference
Teacher librarian and committee member Honor White is honoured at the PMBW teacher librarians’ conference.

Photos courtesy Ian McLean and Paul Collins

UPDATE: If you Google all the authors listed, most of them have websites. Deb Abela specifically offered to send out her teachers’ notes and links to anyone who emailed her.

Paul Collins and Ford Street Publishing have notes for their authors (including Susanne Gervay’s “Ships in the field”).

Judith Ridge runs Westwords and is very keen to get western Sydney schools (and beyond) involved in their events.