June 14

Committee Meeting Minutes – Thursday 26 May 2016

Venue: Penrith Panthers
Meeting opened: 4.05pm
Present: Jenny Scheffers, Cathie Cattermole, Ian McLean, Jennifer Dengate, Jan Poona, Sue Pitt and Michele Young.
Apologies: Fran Mead, Lolita Garcia, Julie Grazotis, Lorraine Baxter and Natalie Ignacz.

General Business
• Jenny announced that she will be retiring from the position of PMBW Chairperson at the end of 2016. She intends to continue with her support as a Committee member
• Ian will write a short article for Scan, including photos, about our Term 2 Conference
• Ian shared a handout promoting the Jackie French Travelling Suitcase and the blog to support the CBCA Notables and “Book of the Year Awards” Short List at kidsaaa.edublods.org

Jan (Treasurer’s Report)
• $500 deposit paid for Term 2 conference. 50% of balance owing is due to be paid next week.

Term 2 2016 Conference
• Rooty Hill Club – Waratah room
• Thursday 30th June
• 82 registrations at present, up to 100 is acceptable
• See handout for Function details
• Venue seating – tables of 8
• Club will provide notepad and pen for delegates
• Access from 7am via trade entrance – lift available for sponsors
• Jenny emailed Colleen Foley to ask if SCIS could donate any books for the Lucky Door prizes
• Show bags – will contain the Agenda, Evaluation Form, Jenny William’s Handout, Term 3 Afternoon Tea with Aleesah Darlison Handout and a Scholastic book
• Sponsors – organised by Sue – Teacher’s Health, Scholastic, Syba Signs, Copyright Agency, CBCA and The Children’s Bookshop
• Introduction and thank you to presenters
Cathie – Dr Nerida McCredie
Ian – Paul Macdonald
Natalie – Jenny Williams

 Jenny – confirm menu and finalise the number of delegates requesting special dietary requirements
 Jenny – check venue for wifi access
 Jenny – email Club PMBW Logo for signage
 Jenny – copy handouts in colour at Caddies Creek PS. School to invoice PMBW for cost of paper and printing
 Jenny – liaise with Jackie Hawkes about selling CBCA merchandise at the trade fair
 Jenny – bring a spare laptop to the conference
 Jenny – make announcements before and during lunch to remind delegates to visit the Trade Fair. Ask Events Manager if morning and afternoon tea can be set up near the Sponsor’s tables
 Fran – Purchase gifts for presenters
 Cathie – prepare ‘Reserved’ signs for Committee tables
 Cathie – organise the design and purchase of Thank you cards through Vista Print. Add PMBW logo to the back of the card. Email Jenny and the Committee a copy of the final design
 Michele – organise folders for showbags
 Jan – organise different showbag styles for primary and high school
 Jan – bring PMBW banners
 Lorraine – email delegates information about parking, Club entry etc in the week before the conference
 Lorraine – organise delegate badges
 Natalie – organise certificates.

Next meeting – Conference preparation – Thursday 16 June (Week 8) at Plumpton HS
Sue, Jenny, Jan and Michele to attend to fill showbags

Next Committee Meeting: 3.45pm at Blacktown Workers’ Sports Club (date TBA)
Meeting closed: 5.10pm

May 15

The CBCA Shortlist. Soon!

CBCA 2016

The Children’s Book Council of Australia announces the Shortlist on Friday! Have you seen the great merchandise for celebrating Book Week this year? (Includes an amazing poster by Shaun Tan.) Click for more information HERE

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April 18

Term 2 full-day conference – Connect to collaborate and create

Here are some details of our next full-day conference, Connect to collaborate and create at Rooty Hill RSL. The PMBW Group is pleased to be able to subsidise the cost to delegates. The reduced cost will be about $70-$80 (exact costing still to be finalised), which includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Registration details and a detailed copy of the program will be emailed shortly.

Please ensure you discuss this dynamic event now with your school’s Professional Learning Team and book this date in! This will be a most relevant, practical and valuable Conference!

Date: Thursday 30th June at Rooty Hill RSL
8:15 – 9:00am Registration & Coffee
9:00 – 9:10am Welcome, Housekeeping & General Business
9:10 – 11:10am Unpacking how pictures and text work together; Using visual literacy to plan for English K-12: Jenny Williams
11:10 – 11:45am Morning tea

11:45 – 12:45pm CBCA Shortlisted books and What’s Hot: Paul Macdonald , Children’s Bookshop, Beecroft

12:45 – 1:45pm Lunch

1:45 – 3:15pm Google Apps for Education: Dr Nerida McCredie
3:15 – 3:30pm Evaluation
3.30 – 4.30pm Afternoon Tea

A large trade fair will also be a part of the day with suppliers showcasing their library resources and products.

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

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 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!


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!


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

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

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.

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).

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