September 15

Thank you for attending the afternoon tea meeting

14 teacher librarians met at Nepean Performing Arts High School’s library on Wednesday afternoon and enjoyed sharing some great ideas from their 2017 CBCA Book Week celebrations.

Sue Pitt and Ian McLean had prepared digital slideshows to present and Kelly Finch shared an art activity that involved using Publisher‘s tools to change backgrounds from photos of students reading to create new surroundings so they could “Escape to everywhere”.

We also discussed the exciting concept of “Book Styling”:
Jimmy Cook
#BookStyling: Captain Jimmy Cook discovers third grade.

Many thanks to our teacher librarian host, Karuna Chetty, for making us feel so welcome.

Ian McLean,
Chairperson, PMBW TLs.

Here are Penrith PS’s class displays to celebrate CBCA Book Week! Click HERE to view a slideshow.

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“Escape to everywhere” display by Classes KF & 3F, Penrith PS

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“Chip” mobile by Class 3/M, Penrith PS

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“The gigantic book of genes” display by 3W, Penrith PS

During Book Week, Penrith PS also had a visit from author Bruce Pickworth, a former teacher at that school. He had introduced his picture book The godwits to students in Class 23, and all of Stage 2 and Stage 3. This resource has strong links to the new geography and history syllabuses, and will feature at our Term 4 full-day meeting.

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“The godwits” by Bruce Pickworth & Lorraine Robertson

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Bruce Pickworth

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“The godwits” display by Class 5/6N, Penrith PS

And here are some old friends…

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Bear and Chook read the latest picture book by Lisa Shanahan.

August 30

Term 3 afternoon tea meeting

The Committee of the Penrith, Mt Druitt, Blacktown and Windsor (PMBW) teacher-librarians invite you to an informal afternoon tea gathering to network, and to share the successes of your Book Week activities. This is a great opportunity to meet your TL colleagues, especially if you are often unable to attend full-day professional learning opportunities with us. We hope to see you there!

Date: Wednesday, 13th September (Week 9)
Venue: Nepean Creative & Performing Arts High School Library
115-119 Great Western Highway
Emu Plains
Time: 3:30 for 4.00pm – 5:00pm
Topics: Networking opportunities and sharing of Book Week successes
Cost: Free. Afternoon tea refreshments will be provided.
RSVP by Friday 8th September to Karuna Chetty (Teacher Librarian)
Email: karuna.chetty1@det.nsw.edu.au or
Phone: 02 4728 7200
Parking details: TBA.

March 12

Invitation to Term 1’s Afternoon Tea – about PDPs

Hi Teacher Librarian colleagues,

The Penrith Mount Druitt Blacktown Windsor (PMBW) Teacher Librarians Professional Learning Group invites you to meet Bradley Cook (Teacher Quality Advisor, Nirimba) at our afternoon tea meeting this Wednesday.

Bradley will be talking about Professional Development Plans (PDPs) as they relate to Teacher-Librarians. The presentation will be 40 minutes. You are encouraged to bring along your 2016 or draft 2017 PDPs, for discussion and sharing of ideas and strategies.

When: Wednesday, 15th March (Week 8 Term 1) 3.45 – 5.00pm.
Cost: This is a FREE event! Afternoon tea will be provided.
Where: Hambledon PS Library, Bali Drive, Quakers Hill, 02 98373200
Who: This event is open to all teacher-librarians

Please RSVP by Tuesday 14th March to: Terrie O’Hearn, TL at Hambledon PS, our host
Terrie.Ohearn@det.nsw.edu.au or call 02 98373200.

You are welcome to park in the school grounds if there is room. Otherwise, street parking is available.

The PMBW Committee looks forward to sharing in this valuable literary afternoon with you!

Ian McLean (Penrith PS)
Chairperson, PMBW Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Group.

December 16

Committee Meeting Minutes – Thursday 8 December 2016

Venue: Penrith Panthers
Meeting opened: 4.10pm
Present: Ian McLean, Jenny Scheffers, Jennifer Dengate, Julie Grazotis, Jan Poona, Sue Pitt, Cate Yard, Vicci Bishop, Joanna Deegan and Michele Young.
Apologies: Maria Formica, Fran Mead, Lorraine Baxter and Natalie Ignacz.

Ian
• Maria Formica has resigned from the committee as she has accepted a position in Lawson and will attend the Blue Mountains Teacher Librarian Network meetings.
• Sue Pitt will transfer to Cranebrook HS in 2017
• Night of the Notables – CBCA NSW event at Dymocks in the city early 2017
• Anticipate! Appreciate! Applaud! The CBCA Short List – Tuesday March 28, Rydges Sydney Central 28 Albion Street Surry Hills, 9.00am – 3.30pm. Registrations open http://www.trybooking.com/NTWF

Jan gave her Treasurer’s Report

Jenny Dengate
• Glenmore Park HS has a subscription to Wheelers ebooks
• Easy to use / multiple copies of titles
• Promotion $995 – Subscription for 2017 plus Term 4 2016 free
 Ian – contact Colleen Blancato for any updates on NSW ebook subscription and guidelines for the promotion of ebook providers.

2017 Organisation
• Term 1 Afternoon Tea Meeting – hosted by Terrie O’Hearn, Hambledon PS?
• Term 2 Full Day Meeting – hosted by Christien Midgley, Hebersham PS?
• Term 3 Afternoon Tea Meeting – hosted by Karuna Chetty, Nepean HS?
• Term 4 Possible Department of Education Conference.

Term 1 Afternoon Tea Meeting
• Wednesday or Thursday Week 7 or 8?
• Possible 2pm start?
• Topic – Professional Development Plans for Teacher Librarians
o Possible guest speaker – Louise King (DoE, Teacher Quality Advisor)?
o Small group discussion and sharing of ideas

 Ian – contact Terrie re date of meeting and start time
 Ian – contact Louise King
 Jenny – visit Hambledon PS to check out the school facilities
 Committee members to copy and share their PDP.

Term 2 Full Day Meeting
• Date to be confirmed – possibly Week 9 Wednesday or Thursday (alternate day with Term 1 meeting)
• Agenda:
o Michelle Jensen – ASLA and Maker Spaces?
o Paul MacDonald – CBCA Short List?
o Catherine Thompson (DoE) – Contextual Concepts?
o Julie Grazotis and Jenny Dengate – Google Apps (G Suite)
o Practical Application for the Classroom
o Author – Walker Books?

 Ian – contact Christien to confirm date, check on availability of breakaway rooms, wifi and computers
 Ian – contact Catherine Thompson
 Jenny – contact Walker Books re author availability
 Marianne – contact Michelle Jensen
 Jan – visit Hebersham to check out the school facilities.

Term 3 Afternoon Tea Meeting
• Possible guest speaker – Dr Belle Alderman of the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature?

Next Committee Meeting: 4.00pm at Blacktown Worker’s Sports Club (Week 3, Thursday 9th February 2017)
Meeting closed: 5.10pm.

August 22

Meet Aleesah Darlison at our AGM

Our Term 3 2016 Afternoon Tea Meeting is also our Annual General Meeting to establish the 2017 Committee positions.

• Hosted by Lyn Drew – Penrith South PS (Committee members please bring a plate)
• Thursday 22 September (Week 10, Term 3)
• From 3:30 – 5pm
• Special guest – author Aleesah Darlison
• Copies of Aleesah’s books will be available for sale on the day by The Children’s Bookshop

We look forward to seeing you all.

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!

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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.

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.

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