November 30

Committee meeting minutes – Thursday 22 November 2012

Venue: Blacktown Sports Club
Meeting opened: 4.05pm
Present: Jenny Scheffers, Honor White, Lee Arundel, Ian McLean, Julie Grazotis, Cathie Cattermole, Sue Pitt, Fran Mead, Di Johnston, Belinda Doyle, Jenny Dengate, Janelle Van Capelle and Michele Young.
Apologies: Lorraine Baxter, Shelley Napper, Jan Poona, Lyn Drew, Bonnie Manwaring and Ilse Roorda-Erich.

Evaluation of Term 4 Professional Learning Day
A very successful day
Positive discussion on TL listserv
Thank you to all Committee members
Jan and Belinda welcomed delegates in foyer and Ilse served tea/coffee to quest speakers and sponsors – greatly appreciated
Completed survey for Panthers’ Event Manager – very positive. Prefer Panthers to other venues we have hired for a conference
Hold future Conferences in Term 2

Conference summary publicised on PMBW Blog

Comments about the day were extremely positive
Refer to Conference Evaluation handout

Libby Gray, World Book sponsor, was disappointed that many delegates ate lunch outside in the foyer and did not approach her sponsor’s table enough
Decision by the committee to suggest that sponsors organise a business card prize draw for delegates who have visited them during the course of the conference.

All expenses have been paid
Five delegates not yet paid.

Organisation for 2013
Term 1 Afternoon Tea
TL – Pam Stewart, Blacktown Girls HS
3:30 – 5.00pm, Committee members to bring a plate

Term 2 Professional Learning Day, Date TBA – early June?
TL – Bonnie Manwaring, Oxley Park PS
Avoid date clashing with Writer’s Festival
Agenda (Suggestions)
Paul MacDonald, Children’s Bookshop – Jenny to contact and book Paul MacDonald
Sharon McGuinness – new book Coming home + her Mrs Mac’s website
Colleen Foley – DEC update + eReaders + National Curriculum
Jackie Hawkes and Honor – CBCA
Colleen Blancato
Lizzie Chase
Di Johnston – iPads + apps
Jenny – there are currently Scan articles re iPads + Guided Inquiry
Run concurrent workshops in mid session
High School/Primary discussion groups in the afternoon
Author presentation??

Term 3 Afternoon Tea
Date to be announced
TL – Julie Grazotis, Banks PS
3:30 – 5:00pm
Book Week discussion.

Term 4 Professional Learning Day
Date to be announced
TL – Janelle Van Capelle
Chifley College, Bidwill
Janelle to check with Principal and contact Jenny

Election of Committee for 2013 -Please click HERE.

General Discussion
Belinda Guymer – not in TL position at Emu Heights PS 2013
Thank you to returning members of the Committee and great to have new members for 2013
Best wishes and thank you to Honor who is retiring.

Thank you for presentation of retirement gift
Presented the committee with a Thank you card.

Suggestion to collate Committee member’s personal phone numbers for contact outside school hours and in emergency situations.

Next Committee Meeting: 3.45pm Penrith Panthers – date to be announced
Meeting closed: 5.15pm.

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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.

November 2

Reading Beyond 2012!: a PMBW literary conference

Where to now, after the 2012 National Year of Reading?
Applications have now closed for attending our 2012 conference. Here are some important details:

Date: Thursday 8th November 2012 (Term 4)
Venue: Penrith Panthers
123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith NSW 2750
Phone: (02) 4720 5555

Registration is from 8am and the Conference runs from 8.45am – 4.00pm. In ground free parking is available at the front of the Club. Please enter Panthers from the side door on the right hand side of the Main Entrance and proceed up the escalators. You will not need to sign into the Club unless you wish to enter other areas of the Club. If you have any special dietary requirements please contact Colleen Allen (Panthers Events Manager) on 02 4720 5531 ASAP.

Paul Collins (one of our guest presenters and book publisher) will have a wide range of books for sale. Payment will be by cash, credit card or the school may be invoiced. You will be able to take purchases with you on the day and have them autographed by our guest authors!

Scholastic, World Book, Elizabeth Richards and Bizfurn will also have trade displays.

Please check your enrolment status on MyPL@Edu; “Confirmed” indicates that your $120 course payment has been received, “Tentative” indicates that payment still needs to be made. For any queries regarding the Conference please contact either Jenny Scheffers (Caddies Creek PS) or Lee Arundel (Blacktown South PS).

The Committee looks forward to sharing a very exciting and dynamic day of literature and professional development with you!

8 am Registration.
8.45am Welcome & General Business.
9am Judith Ridge – speaker & MC for day. CS Lewis said, “We read to know we are not alone.” Reading is not just a solitary pursuit, but has become a shared experience. How to encourage a reading community and introduce Westwords Bookclub .
9.45 am Deb AbelaThe write stuff! An activity to get your kids writing their own stories.
10.30 am Morning Tea.
11.15 am Louise ParkBoys who love computer games and not reading, girls who like reading but want more than fairies and ponies. Engaging readers on their own terms.
12pm Paul CollinsAudience participation on creating a fantasy novel outline from a 12-point structure.
1pm Lunch.
2pm Susanne GervayAustralia is an immigrant nation in an immigrant world- presenting complex yet accessible visual literacy and identity through the book “Ships in the field”, a moving exploration of the migrant experience.
2.45pm Panel Discussion: Kim Miller, Meredith Costain and Sophie MassonReading the Future.
3.30 pm Thanks, Evaluation & Lucky Badge Prizes.
4pm Conference concludes.

Gotta keep reading