April 3

Forthcoming Term 2 full-day Professional Learning event

Please note amended agenda.

Our Term 2 full-day Professional Learning event is now available on MyPL. The session is called “PMBW Teacher Librarian Term2 2018 PD Day”. Type this title or Course Code “NR19790” into the MyPL search engine to enrol. (Note: Enrolments have now closed.)

Day: Thursday May 10 2018 (Term 2, Week 2)
Venue: Richmond High School
Lennox Street

Host Teacher Librarian: Lolita Garcia

8:15am – 9:00am Registration & Refreshments
9:00am – 9:10am Welcome, Housekeeping & General Business
9:10am – 10:15am Book Week 2018, the CBCA Short List, Notables and What’s Hot to support new syllabuses: Paul Macdonald (The Children’s Bookshop, Beecroft)
10:15am – 10:45am Premier’s Reading Challenge – Meet Tamara Rodgers, 2018 PRC Officer (NSW DoE)
10:45am – 11:00am Sponsors’ Presentations
11:00am – 11:30am Morning tea

11:30am – 12:15pm Teacher Librarians, English Textual Concepts K-6 and curriculum overview: Easter Cameli representing James Hoffman, Acting Leader of Primary Curriculum (NSW DoE)
11:30am – 12:15pm Secondary Teacher Librarians’ Discussion: June Wall, Library Coordinator, Learning Systems (NSW DoE)

12:15pm – 1.00pm Science Syllabus K-6 and STEM: Easter Carmeli, Science & Technology Adviser K-6 (NSW DoE)
12:15pm – 1.00pm Science Syllabus 7-12: Sham Nair, Science Advisor, Secondary Curriculum Learning and Teaching Directorate (NSW DoE)

1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm – 3:00pm The new online “Scan” journal and past thematic history articles: June Wall, Library Coordinator, Learning Systems (NSW DoE)
3:00pm – 3:15pm Evaluation and Badge Draw.

Parking on the school site is limited. The entrance is on Lennox Street. More parking is available on Lennox or West Market Street or Castlereagh Road.
If you have any dietary requirements, please contact Lolita Garcia at lolita.garcia@det.nsw.edu.au

As for the $40 payment, give the tax invoice to your SAM. It contains exact instructions as to how payment can be made. Please ensure that PMBW and your first and last names are used to clearly identify your payment. If we can’t identify who made the payment, we cannot determine that you have paid! Both the tax invoice and the agenda are attached to the email that told you that this PD day was on.

Please note that the day is quite early in Term 2. We look forward to seeing you there!

Ian McLean,
Chairperson, PMBW Teacher Librarians’ Learning Group

February 27

Committee Meeting Minutes – Thursday 22nd February 2018

Venue: Penrith Panthers
Meeting opened: 4.10pm
Present: Ian McLean, Jan Poona, Cathie Cattermole, Lolita Garcia, Lorraine Baxter, Julie Grazotis, Jennifer Dengate, Sue Pitt, Kelly Finch, Vicci Bishop, Cate Yard, Melissa Kelly and Michele Young.
Venue: Penrith Panthers
Meeting opened: 4.10pm
Present: Ian McLean, Jan Poona, Cathie Cattermole, Lolita Garcia, Lorraine Baxter, Julie Grazotis, Jennifer Dengate, Sue Pitt, Kelly Finch, Vicci Bishop, Cate Yard, Melissa Kelly and Michele Young.
Apologies: Jenny Scheffers, Fran Mead, Joanna Deegan and Ruth Buchanan.

General Business
• Committee Meeting venues will remain as Penrith Panthers and Blacktown Worker’s Sports Club
• Wednesdays and Thursdays are preferred committee meeting days
• Cate Yard is confirmed as the organiser of Delegates’ & Presenters’ Certificates
• Cate is confirmed as the host for the Term 3 Afternoon Tea meeting at Bidwill PS
• Below is an email received by Jenny Scheffers regarding important changes to the MyPL system

EMAIL – New Functionality – Details Link
The reference guide in the link at the end of this email describes how to create a link to the Session Enrolment page for an individual course. This will be referred to as the “Details link”.
The Details link should be used in all advertisements for MyPL courses and replaces the “Instalaunch link” previously used. The Instalaunch link had the default behaviour of enrolling staff to the waitlist for a course simply by clicking on the link provided.
The Details link will not enrol staff onto a waitlist and simply presents the list of available sessions for staff to choose. Please use this link in future in all advertisements for MyPL courses.
Dominic Bova
Manager MyPL
School Policy and Information Management
Learning and Business Systems
Department of Education and Communities
Level 1, 1 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
NSW 2010 ® Ph: +61 2 9244 5054

• Jenny Scheffers suggested registering PMBW Afternoon Tea meetings on MYPL – Committee decided that attendees could register these meetings for accreditation as Teacher Identified PD (TIPD)
 Ian – investigate how PMBW full day meetings can be registered with NESA.

Jan (Treasurer’s Report)
• Jo Ryan has agreed to assist Jan with the Treasurer’s duties on behalf of PMBW Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Group. Jan and Jo will chase up payments for 2017 PD day once Jo has had time to settle into her new role.

Term 1 Afternoon Tea Meeting – Picture Book S.T.E.M
• Refer to flyer
• Hosted by Teacher Librarian Cathie Cattermole
• James Erskine PS – 53 Peppertree Drive, Erskine Park
• Wednesday 11th April (Week 11)
• 4:00 – 5:30pm
• Topic –STEM / STEAM workshop
• Limited to 40 attendees – Preference given to Teacher Librarians before places open to other interested teachers
• Committee members are asked to bring a plate for afternoon tea.

 Cathie – add parking information to the flyer
 Cathie – email a copy of the flyer to Ian & cc to Lorraine for distribution
 Ian – add flyer to the PMBW Blog
 Cathie – contact Jan for reimbursement of money spent on resourcing the STEM workshop.

Term 2 Full Day Meeting
• Hosted by Lolita Garcia
• Richmond HS
• Week 2 Thursday 10th May
• Agenda being considered:
o Paul Macdonald – CBCA Notables, Short List & hot History resources
o Two concurrent sessions – HSIE Consultant (History – PS & HS) and English consultant (English Conceptual Concepts)?
o Author presentation – contact through Paul MacDonald and the Children’s Bookshop – possible link to the History Syllabus?
o Megan Townes (Microsoft Presenter)?
• Catering will be organised by the school – breaks/meals will be taken in the Trade Training Centre.

 Ian – contact Paul Macdonald to lock in this date
 Ian – contact HSIE consultant
 Jan – contact English consultant
 Lolita – contact Megan Townes (re Term 2 PD Day or Term 3 Afternoon meeting)
 Ian and Jan to work on the Agenda for the next full-day meeting
 Lorraine – email delegates to add this event and date to their diaries
 Sue – organise sponsors – suggestions: Modern Teaching Aids (MTA), MacMillan, World Book Online (Consultant – Libby Gray), supplier of STEM products (email Cathie for her contacts).

Next Committee Meeting: 4.00pm at Blacktown Worker’s Sports Club
Date TBA

Meeting closed: 5.15pm

December 1

Annual General Meeting: Wed 6th December! All welcome!

Our AGM will be held on Wed 6th December!

Blacktown Worker’s Sports Club
170 Reservoir Road
Please try to arrive by 4pm.


All PMBW TLs are welcome. We would love to see some new faces join the committee and help to spread the planning load and prioritise future agenda ideas.

A big thank you to everyone who attended our recent PD day at Rooty Hill HS Function Centre. If you have not yet completed your online evaluation, please contact us for the link, or refer to the recent email.

Thank you also to TLs who have volunteered their schools as venues for meetings in 2018. Term 1 and Term 3 are usually informal (free) afternoon tea meetings, and Term 2 and 4 and full days. It is likely that Term 4 will be a Departmental conference, but a large venue (usually a high school or large primary school; capable of catering for about 90 delegates) is still required for Term 2. If you can assist, please speak with your Principal and then contact a committee member before the AGM.

Ian McLean, Chairperson

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October 11

Term 4 Conference on Friday 24th November

Dear colleagues,

The Penrith, Mt Druitt, Blacktown and Windsor Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Group (PMBW) is hosting an exciting Term 4 Conference on Friday 24th November (Week 7), 9.00am – 3.30pm at Rooty Hill High School Conference Centre, North Parade, Rooty Hill. The Conference Centre is on the first floor above the hall (and was the school library years ago, before the new one was built).

Please use the Tax Invoice attached to the email we sent out by email, which MUST be given to your SAM. The cost is $40. The PD Day Agenda is as printed below. Online registration is through MyPL and the code for this event is NR17175. We look forward to seeing you.


8:15 – 9:00am Registration & Refreshments
9:00 – 9:10am Welcome, Housekeeping & General Business
9:10 – 9:40am Integrating Popular Information Picture Books into Teaching & Learning Programs: Paul Macdonald (The Children’s Bookshop)
9:40 – 10:45am A Guide to using picture books in Geography (Dept of Education’s new online resource): Theone Ellas (DoE HSIE K-6 Advisor)
10:45 – 11:00am Sponsors’ Presentations
11:00 – 11:30am Morning tea
11:30 – 12:15pm Author presentation: Bruce Pickworth, author of The Godwits (book has a focus on bird migration and built environments, HSIE, with online Teachers’ Notes by Margo Pickworth)
12:15 – 1.00pm Using an information picture book as a resource for Geography and History: Margo Pickworth
1:00 – 2:00pm Lunch
2:00 – 3:00pm Discussion Groups (High School & Primary Schools): Library Programs – Lesson Planning & Programming Templates
3:00 – 3:15pm Evaluation and Badge Draw.

Colleen Blancato, Library Coordinator, Learning Systems, of the NSW DoE’s Learning and Business Systems Directorate, will also be attending. (More on Colleen’s participation later!)

Ian McLean,
Chairperson, PMBW TL Committee
Penrith PS

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.

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

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

“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.

“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.

June 28

Resources for the Term 2 PD day at Caddies Creek

We had a great response for our professional development day on Thursday 22nd June. Thank you all!

Many thanks to Paul Macdonald for this PowerPoint slideshow of his presentation on the CBCA “Book of the Year” Short List for 2017. PMBW members are granted permission to use this material with your staff and students. Click on the hyperlink to download.

Many thanks also to Leanne Steed, Bradley Cook and Glyn Jones for this PDF of their presentation about PDPs and goal-setting for teacher librarians. Click on the hyperlink to download.

An email was sent out to all members on Wednesday about the online evaluation for the day on GoogleForms. It can still be filled in via Google Classroom from your DoE Portal, or there is also an alternative, direct hyperlink. Please contact Ian at Ian.McLean7@det.nsw.edu.au if you require the direct link again.

We are hoping to have a secondary TL volunteer their school library as a venue for our Term 4 full-day PD day. If your Principal is agreeable to this, please do let the committee know ASAP. The committee will be meeting in early Term 3 to decide on the venue and agenda.

Enjoy your holiday break!
Ian McLean,
Chairperson, PMBW TL Learning Group

May 5

Term 2 professional learning day – Thursday 22nd June

The Penrith, Mt Druitt, Blacktown and Windsor (PMBW) Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Group is hosting an exciting Term 2 Conference on Thursday 22nd June, 9am – 3.30pm at Caddies Creek PS, Glenwood Park Dr & Currawong St, Glenwood. (Host: Jenny Scheffers.) The cost is $40. The payment information is on the Tax Invoice (sent in our email to members).

Online registration through MyPL (see below). Please note your registration is not official until payment has been received. Places for this PD Day are strictly limited! (UPDATE: ALL PLACES NOW FILLED. Waiting list only.)

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

The Committee hope you will be able to join us for this exciting Conference, which will provide most valuable professional development and networking opportunities!
Ian McLean
​Teacher Librarian @ Penrith PS
Chairperson PMBW Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Group

How to sign up for the PMBW conference in MyPL
1. Open MyPL
2. Select Browse learning
3. Type course code NR14363 into Search box on right hand side.
4. When the course appears, click new green button.
5. This makes the enrolment button available so you can click on it.
6. An email will arrive very soon after with 3 buttons on it. Click the ‘Accept’ button.
7. Another email will arrive, confirming that you’re enrolled in the course.​

8:15 am
Registration & Coffee
9:00 am
Welcome by Principal, Housekeeping & General Business
9:15 am
CBCA “Book of the Year Award” Short Listed books, and What’s Hot: Paul Macdonald (The Children’s Bookshop)
10:15 am
Sponsors’ Presentations
10:30 am
Morning tea
11:15 am
Professional Development Plans (PDPs) : Bradley Cook & Leanne Steed (Teacher Quality Advisors, Nirimba)
12:45 pm
1:45 pm
Using Google Docs (PDPs) & Google Forms (Evaluation): Julie Grazotis & Lolita Garcia
2:15 pm
Discussion Groups
3.00 pm
Evaluation & Badge Draw

We hope to see you there!

April 4

Committee Meeting Minutes for Monday 27 March 2017

Venue: Penrith Panthers
Meeting opened: 4.10pm
Present: Ian McLean, Jan Poona, Joanna Deegan, Jennifer Dengate, Jenny Scheffers, Sue Pitt, Lolita Garcia and Michele Young.
Apologies: Cate Yard, Lorraine Baxter, Vicci Bishop, Julie Grazotis and Cathie Cattermole.

General Business
• 35 Teacher Librarians attended the Term 1 Afternoon Tea meeting for the presentation by Bradley Cook on Professional Development Plans for TLs
• Bradley Cook – suggested that one PDP goal in a TL’s PDP should be linked to the school plan, one be a stage level goal (where appropriate) and one a personal goal
• ASLA – Evidence guide for Teacher Librarians in the Proficient Career Stage
• ASLA – Evidence Guide for Teacher Librarians in the Highly Accomplished Career Stage
• Both of the above Evidence Guides can be found on the ASLA website listed under Publications, or click on the above hyperlinks
• Karuna Chetty, Nepean HS was not available to host the Term 2 full day meeting
• Thank you to Jenny Scheffers and her Principal for volunteering to host the full day meeting at Caddies Creek PS
• Joanna Deegan has volunteered to take on the responsibility for Delegates’ and Presenters’ Certificates
• Colleen Foley has retired & will be invited to our Term 2 meeting
 Jenny S – contact Colleen and ask her permission to pass her phone number on to Ian
 Ian – officially invite Colleen to our Term 2 meeting
 Jenny D – organise a thank you gift for Colleen if she is attending our PL day
 Ian – contact Colleen Blancato for any update on a NSW ebook subscription.
 Lorraine – email TLs who attended the afternoon tea meeting requesting a copy of their PDP goals to collate into a document for redistribution.

Treasurer’s Report
• It will be necessary to include invoice information at the top of any Professional Learning Day Agenda
• Committee members will need to keep any original dockets to support claims for reimbursement of money spent
• Further details to follow, from the SAM at Rooty Hill PS, regarding the information required to process payments to committee members
• Payment for attendance of our Chairperson & Treasurer at PMBW Professional Learning Days will be covered out of Treasury funds.

Term 2 Full Day Meeting discussion
• 22nd June 2017
• Venue: Caddies Creek PS
• Teacher Librarian host: Jenny Scheffers
• Glenwood Park Dr & Currawong St, Glenwood
• Maximum of 75 Teacher Librarians
• Cost – $40
o 8:15am Registration and coffee
o 9:00am Welcome by Principal, Housekeeping and General Business
o 9:15am Paul MacDonald – CBCA Short-listed books
o 10:15am Sponsor’s presentations
o 10:30am Morning tea
o 11:15am Bradley Cook & Leanne Stead – Professional Development Plans
o 12:45pm Lunch
o 1:45pm Julie Grazotis & Lolita Garcia – using Google Docs (PDP) & Google Forms (Evaluation)
o 2:15pm Discussion groups
o 3:00pm Evaluation and Badge Draw
 Ian – confirm Paul Macdonald for this date
 Ian – confirm Bradley Cook & Leanne Stead for this date, confirm the session title and handouts
 Ian – contact Julie to discuss her session on Google Docs for PDPs
 Michele – provide Ian with the link to the ASLA Evidence Guide for Teacher Librarians in the Proficient Career Stage document
 Ian – email the above link to Bradley
 Jenny – email Ian & Jan a copy of a MyPL Agenda template
 Ian, Jan & Jenny – meet at Penrith PS, Wednesday 5th March, to add the course to MyPL
 Sue & Cate – organise sponsors – The Children’s Bookshop & Elizabeth Richards
 Cathie – design Agenda
 Jenny D – organise thank you cards & gifts for presenters and hosts
 Joanna – organise Delegates’ and Presenters’ Certificates
 Lorraine – email invitation and Agenda to district TLs
 Jenny S – contact Richard to book the catering for morning tea & lunch
 Lolita – organise for the Evaluation to be presented using Google Forms
 Michele – organise folders for handouts if required.

Term 3 Afternoon Tea Meeting discussion
• Venue – Nepean HS
• Nepean High School – 115-119 Great Western Hwy, Emu Plains 0247287200
• Teacher Librarian host – Karuna Chetty
• Date – 13th September (Wednesday Week 9)
• Guest speaker – Bruce Pickworth, author of The Godwits, a new text for Stages 2 & 3 Geography with Teacher Notes written by Margo Pickworth
 Ian – contact Bruce and Margo to confirm attendance at the afternoon tea meeting and the possibility of them selling copies of the book.

Next Committee Meeting: Date TBA, 4.00pm at Blacktown Worker’s Sports Club
Dinner to follow for anyone who would like to attend.
Meeting closed: 5.15pm

March 22

Afternoon tea thank you!

On behalf of the Committee, I would like to thank the 35 teacher librarians who braved the inclement weather to attend our very successful and informative afternoon tea regarding our Performance and Development Plans (PDPs) with Bradley Cooper. Thanks to Bradley, and also our TL host, Terrie O’Hearn.

Many of those who attended thought it would be a great idea to share our PDP goals with each other. Lorraine Baxter has invited all PMBW members (via email) to share their goals (either 2016 or 2015) by emailing Lorraine so that she can collate them and then pass them on to our network members. Please feel free to add any explanatory notes to assist. Only those who share will receive this compiled document. We assure you that NO identifying features will be included. If you wish to participate please reply to Lorraine’s email no later than Friday 31st March.

Bradley Cooper and his colleague, Leanne Steed, (Teacher Quality Advisors, Nirimba) have been invited to extend our learning about PDPs at our Term 2 meeting. And a big thank you to Lorraine!

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