Term 4 at Bunjil Place Library

We were privileged to have our tour of Bunjil Place Library led by the very passionate Library Manager, Nilupa Mahanama on 15th November 2018.  This amazing Library has recently celebrated its 1st birthday and not surprisingly the number of patrons continues to increase.

If you missed this then never fear, we went live on Facebook so go there, request to join the group and enjoy the VIP tour virtually!

Some interesting facts about the Libray include the following:

  • On average, 1200-1500 patrons visit each day and the Library is open every day of the week. Weekdays from 9am to 9pm. And weekends from 10am to 5pm.
  • 115,000 of residents in the Casey-Cardinia municipalities have Library membership but the true figure would be higher as many families share one card.
  • The Library team is working at building Library membership and aims to respond to the needs of its clientele.
  • Library team collects data with the help of various systems on all resources in the collection and any items not used are rotated within other branches of Casey Cardinia Libraries.
  • The Library has books, DVDs, magazines in various community languages (not just English) and responds to needs of each group.
  • The Library has a number of free clubs, including craft, manga, conversation and book clubs.  Library also provide books for Book Clubs (costs $100) a year.
  • There are no overdue fees but if a book isn’t returned  you can’t borrow until it is returned or renewed.

At the conclusion of our very interesting tour of these amazing space and facility, we adjourned to a meeting room for a delicious afternoon tea (kindly provided by Susan La Marca). We will be back so save the dates as listed below! 

2019 Meeting Suggestions TBC

Term 1 – Monday 18th March 2019 – Beaconhills College, Berwick Campus College

Term 2 – Tuesday 11th June 2019 – Rivercrest Christian College

Term 3 – Wednesday 11th September 2019 – Kambrya Secondary College (TBC)

Term 4 – Thursday 21st November 2019 – Bunjil Library Meeting Room


Save the date: 29th March 2019 Ross Todd to speak at the SLAV Conference!!!!!! YES!

Happy reading and Merry Christmas!

Michelle Nye

James Foley comes to Victoria

Australia’s funniest illustrator, James Foley, will be visiting Victoria during Octrober. James Foley is a children’s author and illustrator from Western Australia. His books include In The Lion (Walker Books, 2012), The Amity Kids Adventures (2013), The Last Viking (Fremantle Press, 2011) and The Last Viking Returns (Fremantle Press, 2014).

His latest books in the S. Tinker Inc series is Gastronauts!  Brobot and Dungzilla link into STEAM, the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math education.

Dunzilla stars Sally Tinker, creator of Brobot and the world’s foremost inventor under the age of twelve. Sally has built a machine capable of enlarging any object, but when she tries resizing a slice of pizza she accidentally enlarges a dung beetle to scary proportions. As the hungry beetle rolls itself a dung ball large enough to crush an entire town, Sally races to shrink down the monster, before it’s too late

If you think you and your school would like a visit then get in contact with James ASAP!

Happy reading,


Welcome to Term 3

On behalf of the Pakenham SLAV Branch welcome to Term 3! I hope you got this as an email, if not you are not on our database so get in contact with Michelle Nye ASAP!

Just a few things to remember to link into and add to your calendar;

SLAV Conferences;

Have a great term and enjoy the CBCA Book Week – Find Your Treasure.

It is also time to READ the YABBA Shortlisted books. All DET schools are members for free this year. Have you asked for your free poster? It has been illustrated by Heath McKenzie!!!

Happy reading,

Michelle Nye

Pakenham SLAV Convenor

Term 2 Meeting – Farewell to Sue and Lynne

Thanks to all who attended the Pakenham SLAV Branch Meeting and AGM on Tuesday 29th May, 2018.

On behalf of Fay Pattison, the Returning Officer for the School Library Association of Victoria, Pakenham Branch we can announcement the results of voting for four Co-convenors for Pakenham SLAV Branch for 2018. Thank you to all members who nominated.

The four 2018/2019 Co-convenors are;

  • Carmel BYRNE
  • Cassandra CARDAMONE
  • Tracey FERGUSON
  • Michelle NYE

At this meeting we also said farewell to Sue and Lynne who are both retiring at the end of Term 2.

Please find the minutes of this meeting here! 29 May SLAV Minutes-1zwuq1q

Save the date for Term 3 – Wednesday 5th September 2018

Happy reading!

Michelle Nye

2018 Save the Dates for Branch Meetings

There is a lot happening in SLAV this year and we thought you might like an update so you can book into the things that interest you! Here are our Term branch meeting  dates!

Branch meetings for 2018

Term 1 – 5th March at Hillcrest Christian College, 500 Soldiers Road, Clyde North

Term 2 – 29th May at Officer Secondary College – 1 Parker Street, Officer

Term 3 – 5th September at Bunjil Place Library – Bunjil Place, Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren

Term 4 – 15th November Berwick Mechanics Library – 15 High Street, Berwick – tour and End of Year dinner at the Berwick Pub

Happy reading

Michelle and Eileen

Education in Games Summit

Hello all,

Attached is information regarding the Education in Games Summit which takes place at ACMI next Friday, 27 October.

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I would be pleased if you could circulate the flyer among your branch members.

The winners of the 2017 Victorian Schools Games and Apps Challenge will be announced at the event.

Thank you so much,

Kind regards

Mary Manning
Executive Officer

School Library Association of Victoria

Level 2/ 90 Maribyrnong Street

Footscray, VIC. 3011.

Mob: 0477 439 593

Email: slav@slav.org.

Term 3 Meeting – 7th August at Nazareth College

Over the holidays the new executive team met and reflected on what we have done and where we want to go. As the Lamont Books is really an event they host we felt it prudent to cover the missing items from last meeting. Therefore we will have a meeting on 7th August at Nazareth College – please feel free to add items to the agenda before that time.

Next meeting and at Nazareth College, Noble Park from 4pm

Hosted by Sue Dracoulas, Teacher Librarian Mon-Wed and Resource Centre Manager

Address – Nazareth College, Manning Drive, Noble Park North 3174

Ph 03 9790 8134

Agenda – what we missed last meeting!

  • Casper Pieters – DigCit eLearning program and the DigCit MG novel. This links into SLAV’s 2017 Theme: Collaborating beyond the school walls – engaging students, teachers, parents and the community nicely. See below for more information
  • Sue Dracoulas – Myreading program

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Digital Citizenship is best taught with a coherent school community approach.

The presentation will be about my school community inclusive digital citizenship eLearning program (blended for MG students) which aims to foster informed discussions through moderated forums between students, their parents, and teachers (please inspect the demonstration site sooced.com). It takes a school community to raise a positive and able digital citizen. Both schools and parents need to work together in a cohesive framework of mutual support and students need to be given a voice in the process. As we discovered from practical experience ‘If we don’t want students to game the system then they need to be able to frame the system‘ (Prof. Jason Ohler).


This program was developed over two years and has been trialed last year at Padua College on the Mornington Peninsula. The program is now actively supported by the Victorian Parent Council

Casper Pieters published the popular digcit adventure novel, Team Savv-i The 10 Secrets of Cyberspace for young teens that incorporate the 9 elements of digital citizenship devised by Dr. Mke Ribble.

Dr. Ribble made the following comment about the book; ‘Team Savv-I uses a fictional account to address the real-world needs of our children and students.  By breaking down elemental ideas of this new digital world the book helps to focus the reader on those skills needed when using digital tools.  Those reading this book are provided with a better understanding of what needs to be addressed in our homes and schools.  Text like this is necessary today to provide a roadmap for the future.’ 

Thak you for offering to bring this to the attention of your branch.

Kindest regards,


SLAV Council Message

As we lead up to the semester break, I would like to remind you of the message from Camilla Elliott, our Professional Learning Chair, to please promote the August 10 Conference & August 11 Masterclass to your branches – http://slav.org.au/calendar/2017-premier-conference/

The program looks wonderful with international speaker and data literacy expert, Dr Kristin Fontichiaro, as our keynote. Kristin is also conducting a Data Masterclass on August 11. As this is very early in Term 3, it is important that we highlight the conference and masterclass to our members so please circulate the details to your branches.

Finally, I would like to thank you for your excellent work for our Association.

Please do have a wonderful relaxing break with your family and friends and I look forward to seeing you at Council next term.

Thank you,




Di Ruffles


History Teacher and Tutor of Ross House

The Nigel Peck Centre for Learning and Leadership

Melbourne Grammar School

355 St Kilda Road Melbourne VIC 3004 Australia


T: +61 3 9865 7524

F: +61 3 9867 1820

E: dmruffles@mgs.vic.edu.au

W: www.mgs.vic.edu.au

Notification of the 2016 Annual General Meeting 13th May 2017

In accordance with the School Library Association of Victoria’s Rules of Association, an Annual General Meeting is required to be held within five months of the close of the financial year, the 31 December in each year.

Notice is hereby given of the 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The AGM will be held on Saturday 13 May, 2017, at 10.30 am at:

  • The Dream Factory
  • 2nd Floor Meeting Rooms
  • Level 2/90 – 96 Maribyrnong Street, Footscray 3011

 All current financial members of SLAV are invited to the meeting

RSVP: 8th May 2017


In accordance with the School Library Association of Victoria’s Rules of Association, all Office Bearer positions of the Committee must be vacated and are eligible for re-election.  All nominees and nominators must be financial members.

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

Please note that  ANY current financial members of SLAV are able to nominate for the positions. This is not restricted to Council Members or Branch Conveners.

Nomination Form can be downloaded from http://slav.org.au/calendar/council-agm-4/ and will be included in the Official Notification.


AGENDA 2016 Annual General Meeting 13th  May 2017

  1. Apologies
  1. Minutes of the 2015 Annual General Meeting
  1. Business arising from the Minutes of the 2015 Annual General Meeting
  2. Annual Report 2016
    • President’s Report
    • Treasurer’s Report
      • Auditor’s Review Report
    • Executive Officer’s Report
    • Professional Learning Report
    • Editors’ Reports
    • Branch Reports
  1. Election of Office Bearers.


Kind regards

Cindy Tschernitz

Executive Officer

School Library Association of Victoria: The Peak Professional Body for School Libraries in Victoria

Level 2/ 90 Maribyrnong Street

Footscray, VIC. 3011.

Mob: 0418 353 146

Email: slav@slav.org.au


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