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: 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 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

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.

February 28

Committee Meeting Minutes – Thursday 23 February 2017

Venue: Blacktown Worker’s Sports Club
Meeting opened: 4.30pm
Present: Ian McLean, Jan Poona, Cate Yard, Joanna Deegan, Fran Mead and Michele Young.
Apologies: Lorraine Baxter, Vicci Bishop, Sue Pitt, Julie Grazotis, Jenny Scheffers, Lolita Garcia and Cathie Cattermole.

Night of the Notables – hosted by CBCA NSW Branch and Dymocks
Tuesday 28 February 5.30 – 7.00pm at Dymocks, Sydney CBD
Register online for this free event at
“Anticipate! Appreciate! Applaud! The Short List” event
2017 Short List announcement – Tuesday 28 March 9.00am – 3.30pm
Rydges Sydney Central, 28 Albion Street Surry Hills
Registrations open
• Ian – producing ‘Kids Corner’ of the NSW CBCA website with Marion Silk – encouraging schools to join CBCA NSW and use its website
• Christien Midgley (Hebersham PS) – due to changed circumstances at school, Christien is unable to host the Professional Learning day in Term 2
 A committee member volunteer is needed to take on the responsibility for Delegates’ and Presenters’ Certificates
 Ian – contact Colleen Blancato for any update on possible NSW eBook subscription and guidelines for the promotion of eBook providers.

Jan (Treasurer’s Report):
• No change since the end of 2016
 Jan – to check with the SAM at her school regarding any changes to the operation of our PMBW account eg. Purchasing flowers and gifts, reimbursement of money spent by Committee members, payments to guest speakers.

Term 1 Afternoon Tea Meeting
• Hosted by Terrie O’Hearn TERRIE.OHEARN@DET.NSW.EDU.AU
• Hambledon PS – Bali Drive Quakers Hill 0298373200
• Week 8 Wednesday 15 March
• 3.45pm for a 4pm start – concludes 5pm
• Topic – Professional Development Plans for Teacher Librarians
Guest speaker – Bradley Cook (Teacher Quality Advisor, Nirimba)
A 40-minute introduction to Professional Development Plans (PDPs)
Committee members and attending Teacher Librarians are encouraged to bring along their 2016 and current draft PDPs for discussion and sharing of ideas and strategies
• Committee members please provide a plate for afternoon tea
Ian – contact Cathie regarding the design of the flyer advertising the afternoon tea event
Cathie – design the flyer
Lorraine – email the flyer to the district TLs.

Term 2 Full Day Meeting
 Ian – contact Karuna Chetty, Nepean HS, to ask if she would be agreeable to host this full day meeting instead of the Term 3 afternoon tea meeting
Approach Louise Gaskin at Emu Heights PS if necessary
• Date to be confirmed – possibly Week 9 Thursday
• Agenda
o Bradley Cook & Leanne Steed – PDPs for Teacher Librarians – 90-minute follow up session to their Term 1 Afternoon Tea presentation
o Paul MacDonald – CBCA Short List plus possible second session
 Ian – contact Paul MacDonald
 Ian – Confirm Bradley Cook’s attendance
 Sue & Cate – organise sponsors
 Ian, Jan & Jenny – add the course to MyPL
 Cathie – design Agenda
 Lorraine – email invitation and Agenda to district TLs

Term 3 Afternoon Tea Meeting
• Host and date TBA
• Possible guest speaker? – Bruce Pickworth, author of a new text for Stages 2 & 3 Geography Syllabus with Teacher Notes written by Margo Pickworth
 Ian – contact Bruce

Next Committee Meeting: 4.00pm at Penrith Panthers
Week 10 Monday 27th March 2017
Dinner to follow for anyone who would like to attend.
Meeting closed: 5.30pm

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.

• 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

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.