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, 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.

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.