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

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,


Pakenham SLAV Branch 2017 Save the Date!

Welcome to 2017! Please put the following dates into your calendars and share this with the relevant Library teams that you work alongside so we can all glean from one another.

Term 1

Tuesday 14th March 2017 4pm

Topic: CBCA Judges Talk

Both Heather Zubek (Information Books Judge) and Amanda Cooper (Early Childhood Judge) are available to speak to us. Check out their biographies on the CBCA website.

St Peter’s College – West Campus: 1005 Cranbourne-Frankston Road, Cranbourne, Vic. 3977

Angela Gargano – Head of Library

Phone: 03 5990 7777


Saturday 18 February 2017 from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm

SLAV Council Meeting at the Dream Factory Footscray.

It is essential and a requirement that Branch Conveners/Representatives make every effort to attend this meeting as it will influence the pathway SLAV and the Branches will take this year.  More than one person per Branch is welcome so please let me know if you would like to attend this and go with me! As lunch is provided please RSVP by Friday 10 February and also let me know your dietary requirements.

Don’t forget it is Library Lovers’ Day next Tuesday!


Term 2 – Tuesday 30th May 2017.

Hosted by Kamla Reddy, Head of library at Nossal High School.

Topic: Library Processes, Systems and Programs – Open for  Q & A

4pm for a 4:30pm start


Term 3 – Wednesday 30th August 2017.

Hosted by Lamont Books

Topic: Authors Showcase

4pm – 5:30pm


Term 4 – Tuesday 21st November 2017.

Hosted by Lynne Moller, Head of library at Glen Eagles Secondary College.

Topic: TBC

Hope to see some of you soon!





Term 4 Topic: Genrefication of the Collection

On November 17th 2016, twenty Pakenham SLAV members and guests were treated to a tour of the Beaconhills library where we saw the “Escape to everywhere” polypropylene poster that cost $300. This is a great way for the school to showcase their Book Crossing zone also. For more information go to the website.

We went on a tour of Beaconhills beginning in the junior room. Carmel showed us her space where teachers bring their own classes into the space. Due to staffing this has been good and there is a significant picture book collection. Anna Walker was their in house illustrator this year. The first thing in the genrefication process was signage and this saw a big increase in borrowing. There is a junior fiction section and a middle school fiction area. Cross over occurs and there is an openness between the collections with permission required.


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The year 5-8 section come in once a fortnight. The use of Syba genre signs was used across this section. Recommended not to weed prior to weeding as gentrification can help in the discovery of a new text based upon the new love of a genre. Discussion of shelving, heights and moving them occurred as many schools are in a time of renovation. We looked at another space with interesting furniture where the future of maker space may continue. VEF tables were designed for flexibility where individual spot can rotate and flip. This is great for discussion but some concerns with levels matching. The chairs are also from there and worth half the price that Raeco charge.

We chatted about the book crossing. With more than one million people involved where you launch books into the wild! Sounds like a great plan for the 2017 CBCA book week theme of escape to everywhere. The concept begins with a person who releases a registered book into the wild and you can track it around the world. It’s very successful at Beaconhills. Launch with library captains will occur next year.



The gentrification of non-fiction looks great where there is colour coding to help with locations. In sport the sports books are there as are the books about cars. Labels are important. Craft, cooking,  pets with animals ensured the subject is broad. There was a massive weed with this collection with a donation of 5000 books to the Fiji project. They also had a book sale where proceeds went to the indigenous literacy foundation.

Senior fiction includes young adult where the line in the sand lies with the storylines that include sex. A great question of how people coped with this was answered confidently by Carmel with how logical the system is. They use different labelling in this section through consultation with book group involvement. The use of coloured labels has been used across the collection which helps with shelving. The use of Avery labels at the point of catalogue makes shelving much easier. The use of syba section dividers enables ease of location. We chatted about shelving and Michelle Gummer has some large shelves available for anyone who wants them.

We were then led through a ppp that Carmel spoke about the why – the main idea was to make the library more attractive and increase borrowing rates. The timeline began in Term 4 2014 where they started with middle school fiction. They consulted staff and students as they moved forward and again we were reminded how important it was to weed in a harsh manner. Carmel just bit the bullet and got on with it.

Links to these resources can be accessed here:

The first link is for labels and powerpoint and the second for the poster



The main reaction was how excited students are with their reading. But in reality their independence grew. Students could read their way through a genre enables students to find a new author. This has made way for students to make book requests and suggestions. Circulation increase was dramatic from 2015-2016 as seen in the PPP. The initiate of DEAR and Stephen Krashens PD where key people were inspired is attributed to this. Now in the first 15min of every class reads! Teachers now have book collections in their classes and fully supported by college head. School revolution showed that reading was pivotal to their success. DEAR runs from Year 5-8 across the college. The primary run a cafe style reading program. The idea of increased enthusiasm in reading. Lynne spoke about basto program and what is happening at glen eagles where students are actively involved in reading where they write a reflection. Many people are on good reads and create class groups and share about what they are reading.  Discussion of the good reads reading challenge is great. There has been an 83% increase in borrowing across middle school since beginning the DEAR reading program in 2014.


Beaconhills Pakenham Campus call it “We have the Power” reading where it is incorporated into the power reading challenge and students read whatever they want and get points for what they read. Magazines have a different value to non-fiction or fiction. They have a reading sheet where points are allocated based on level of difficulty. This is teacher tracked and they run class competitions. Michelle shared about the learning curve they went through.  Prizes are big such as a class going to the movies or a DVD with treats. They introduced a bingo reading challenge and the “Summer Fun” reading challenge will be things like where was the best place you read. Angela shared about how important reading for 25hrs reading challenge called a roller coaster ride with prizes across the challenge. This encourages all readers as it is time related and tracked by library staff and parents.


Others shared;

  • The book whisperer is an excellent book to build a reading culture. Donna Miller books are great launch pads.
  • They have a professional reading group and this has been a great initiative to help the take up of dear across the school. This helps spread the culture.
  • Ann Fuller spoke about the reading culture at Kambrya and the process of change. At that school the library is driven by the literacy team.
  • Lynne spoke about having one genre on focus at a time and how some students then couldn’t find their usual books.Lynne shared about her genre list. This included; action animals, classic, crime, diary, fantasy, grit lit (edgy books), historical, horror, vampire, love other cultures, SCI FI, sport, supernatural, wars, what if (dystopia). Lynne shared about the deteriorating handwriting she has experienced. And that they’ll move to class sets in 2017. She shared about her character bags that she used this year. And it’s fun. Lynne will be 3 days next year with 9 classes. Tracy Ferguson too will change her role in 2017.
  • Ann told us about verse narratives.Ann shared that they will choose to read stories of courage as the college theme is courageousness. This offers different views and texts that are just right to the individual.
  • Carmel shared about her journey and the change to staffing since 2010.

Meeting Minutes attached : 17th-november-2016-minutes

Great ideas were shared with everyone and if I need to edit anything please let me know!

Kind regards and Merry Christmas!

Michelle Nye


Next Meeting:

Tuesday 14th March 2017.

Hosted by Angela Garegarno, Head of Library Services at St Peters College

Topic: CBCA Judges Talk (TBA if available)

Term 4 Branch Meeting – Genrefication at Beaconhills Berwick

imagesThis term the Pakenham SLAV Branch meeting will be held at Beaconhills Berwick Campus – 92 Kangan Drive, Berwick. to see what they have done with their fiction collection.

When it comes to library classification and arranging books by genres or “genrefication,” they’re hot topics among librarians, especially school librarians. Ask any librarian how they feel about ditching Dewey and they’re sure to have an opinion. For me, genrefication is something I did look into a few years ago and would still like to consider in the future. Many librarians are reluctant to genrefy their libraries because of the amount of time and effort required to restructure the library’s classification system. We will look at what Carmel Byrne did at Beaconhills on 17th November 2016.  Be sure to save the date and invite your entire library and literary teams to learn more!

Make sure you SAVE THE DATE – Thursday 17th November 2016

In the mean time if this is new to you check out these websites;

Makerspaces at Belgrave Heights Christian School

We had a great PD at Belgrave Heights Christian School on 3rd march 2016 where we looked at all things MAKERSPACE. Again, a huge thanks to Kathy Frater for supporting Pakenham SLAV branch with such an informative afternoon. It was encouraging to see the BHCC teaching staff get on board really quickly and how Kathy made the clear links to curriculum.

Listed are just some of the activities that we were able to explore and I must give thanks to Jessica Gallagher for sharing her notes that have become a part of this blog post.

  • Kinetic sand – from ELC to high school geography (coastlines etc)
  • Inventor bags – full of random bits and pieces (good for literacy, then write something linked to it)
  • Makey Makey
  • Simple circuitry
  • Colouring pages – geometric shapes and fine motor coordination (please beware of copyright laws)
  • Loom bands – super cheap to purchase. Students follow instructions on YouTube.
  • Making Jewellery
  • 3D printers – think carefully before purchasing but the pi cup holder was an inspired piece of art!
  • Lego – keep it in small kits, students have to disassemble at the end of the week.
  • Hot glue guns – six there but Kathy expressed a need for more
  • Smash books – something done with Year 12 during pastoral classes
  • Badge making

At BHCC, the Discovery Centre is open at lunch times. Each week is themed  e.g. Engineering week, then different age groups each day. Booking sheets at the circulation desk are quickly filled and Kathy and her team advertise what is coming up. Some popular themes include:

  • Maze week (in shoe boxes with marbles using straws and twigs etc), this one took one group a whole week (popular activities are repeated).
  • Paper Engineering week
  • Construction week
  • Friendship week (ideas included bracelets)

Advice and words of wisdom:

  • One activity at a time otherwise it gets out of hand.
  • Low tech items have been the biggest success.
  • Recruit older students to support activities if limited staff members.
  • Keep an eye out for students who have a flair for each thing.
  • Also use your community – parents etc. to run workshops
  • Have YouTube videos ready for the students to follow
  • Pinterest is a great resource.
  • Butchers paper (Ikea) on table to help with clean-up.
  • Get a small vacuum and keep it in the space, students expected to clean up the space.

New Ideas and resources to supply:

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Image retreived from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVvgysF8a7s

  • Zen tangling – a great way to calm down students perhaps before exams. Just need fine liners and dare I say patience. Great in regards to pastoral care as well, engaging so many different students with their various struggles. Great connections with students.
  • Reverse art truck, Arthur Daley’s for resources, Costco

  • Advertise in the newsletter for specific  supplies, e.g. Wool, Lego etc.

  • Shelves on castors and storage containers from IKEA

  • Flip tables from Wood’s furniture

  • Décor containers on sale in supermarkets.

  • Office works for scrap books

The Brisbane based Edu Tech conference is coming up and Megan Daily will be presenting again. I fist met Megan through my Masters of Education studies at QUT at the CBCA Reading Conference in 2014. Last year I attended an online webinar featuring Jackie Childs who is Megan’s colleague and she is just as inspirational.  This link takes you to some of her recent posts about coding and where they are going in the Makerspace movement. Please feel free to share and support one another with what you are doing too!

What is your manifesto on this new wave?

M4 M5 M3 M2 M1


Term 2 – Meeting 6th May

Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 2.57.26 PMTerm 2 meeting will be held on Wednesday 6th May @ 4.00pm

Location: Gleneagles Secondary College

Reema Blvd, Endeavour Hills VIC 3802

Please RSVP Moller.Lynne.L@edumail.vic.gov.au

Telephone: 03 9708 1319


Theme: Exploring The STELLA Prize.

Guest Speaker: Bec Kavanagh

Stella Prize Schools Program coordinator

Studio 706, 37 Swanston St

The Nicholas Building

Melbourne 3000




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About the Stella Prize

The Stella Prize is a major literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing.

The prize is named after one of Australia’s iconic female authors, Stella Maria ‘Miles’ Franklin, and was awarded for the first time in 2013. Both nonfiction and fiction books by Australian women are eligible for entry.

The Stella Prize seeks to:

  • recognise and celebrate Australian women writers’ contribution to literature
  • bring more readers to books by women and thus increase their sales
  • provide role models for schoolgirls and emerging female writers
  • reward one writer with a $50,000 prize – money that buys a writer some measure of financial independence and thus time, that most undervalued yet necessary commodity for women, to focus on their writing

PD Sessions

Free professional development sessions are available to teaching staff at schools. Held by Bec Kavanagh, Stella Prize Schools Program coordinator, these sessions will introduce and expand on the ideas and activities encompassed in the education kit, and suggest ways to incorporate them into the classroom.

  • 57% of children’s books published each year have male protagonists; 31% have female protagonists
  • Over its 57-year history, the Miles Franklin Literary Award has been won only 16 times by a woman
  • 68.5% of the Victorian Year 12 English Prescribed Texts for 2014 were by male authors

We often discuss literature as a mirror in which readers can see their lives reflected back at them, or as a window through which we can glimpse and start to understand the lives of others. But what happens when you can’t see yourself at all in the reflection? Or, as is often the case for boys, all you see out the window are others just like you?

Unconscious gender bias is at work when women, who make up half of our society, are under-represented in our major literary prizes, in the pages of our literary journals and on school book lists.

Stella Prize Schools Program professional development sessions discuss the importance of addressing gender bias at a school level, and look at ways that teachers and library staff can incorporate the Stella Prize Schools Program into their teaching.

Bec Kavanagh will discuss gender bias and gendered reading patterns in detail – using statistics, anecdotal evidence and her own experience in developing the schools program. She will show several videos that address issues around gendered thinking and marketing (and links for these will be provided to teachers following the session for use in the classroom).

Based on discussions with teachers on their specific requirements, Bec will offer ideas on how the Stella Prize Schools Program can be incorporated into individual classrooms or curriculum. She is also able to make specific text recommendations.

Teachers will be encouraged to think about changes they could make to address gender bias (such as discussing issues with students, changing the layout of libraries, introducing new classroom texts) and should expect to leave the session feeling inspired to make changes in their classroom and school.

The information in this session is relevant to teachers of both boys and girls, as both are affected by gendered reading (and this will be discussed in the session too). The session can be tailored to particular student levels, if desired.

Topics Covered

  • Unconscious bias
  • Gendered marketing of books
  • The effects of gendered reading on our writing, attitudes & sense of self
  • Critical reading/thinking
  • Text suggestions
  • Impact on both boys and girls of gendered reading and marketing
  • Why readers need to see people like themselves and unlike themselves in books
  • The gender bias in YA as well as adult literature
  • Text suggestions
  • Ways to change in-school marketing
  • Questions to help evaluate reading
  • How to incorporate discussion of gender into the classroom in a way that is meaningful and relevant to both teachers and students

Looking forward to a fruitful session with everyone.