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Listen to Nick!

Do you feel obligated to finish a book even though it doesn’t interest you? Do feel as though you SHOULD read the ‘classics’? Well, Nick Hornby – author of About A Boy and High Fidelity – reckons we should just read what we love. And I must say, I have to agree with him! Check out the article below:




Book Week, done and dusted!

Hi everyone!

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in our Book Week activities! Our photo competition, ‘Read Around St Cath’s’, was a roaring success; we still have all the photos on display for you to look at in the library foyer. Our Thursday Trivia quiz was awesome – so many rowdy and competitive students battling it out! And to all the students who were brave enough to choose a mystery lucky dip new release book – Shaun the Sheep thanks you!


For those of you wondering which novel won book of the year (for mature readers), the answer is:

Sea Heart by Margo Lanagan

We have a few copies of Sea Hearts for you to borrow if you’d like to read this award winning book!

pc007-cartoon-shakespeare_188164518_stdA huge thank you to everyone who joined us for Shakespeare’s birthday celebrations in the library last Thursday.  We had heaps of enthusiastic students and teachers in the audience and were treated to some wonderful performances from our Year Nine, Year Ten and Year Twelve English students.  The scenes and soliloquies that were performed ranged from the hilarious to the beautifully moving and it was so great to see so many people involved and riveted by the great Bard’s work.

Join us next year for Shakespeare’s 450th birthday – we’ve already got some ideas for 2014 celebrations!

Ms White 🙂

Too much too soon?

At the Nicholas Library, we’re fully supportive of students making their own reading choices. When you read as a teenager, you start to discover new worlds, ideas and issues that you might not have been exposed to before. Sometimes, these things can be a bit confronting, but that’s ok – it’s all part of the learning process. If you start a book and you don’t like it, it’s cool to simply put it down and stop reading.

But there are many people out there who believe that Young Adult fiction should be censored; that young adults should not be exposed to such complex, confronting issues at such a young age. This article was published in The Guardian, and features some of your favourite titles and authors in its discussion. What do you think? Leave a comment below!


60 Second Recap

Well, it’s Term Four and exams are almost upon us!  The Year Twelves in particular will be getting stuck in to the ol’ study and everyone will be thinking about revision techniques that suit them best.  Often, students find studying for English exams quite challenging – when you’re studying a novel or play, there is so much to learn and it can be difficult to take it all in and make sense of it all.

This week, I want to draw your attention to a website called ’60 Second Recap’.  On it, you’ll find small YouTube clips on any number of novels and plays.  Jenny, the host of these clips, consolidates the main points about character, plot and themes in a given text.  For example, if you’re studying ‘Hamlet’, you’ll find a series of clips on plot, characters, different themes, symbols and motifs.  They could be a great help in reconnecting you with the main ideas of a text, or for finding a way of weeding out the most important information to revise before the exam.

Give them a go! Click on the picture below to connect to the 60 Second Recap site:

Happy Reading!

Ms White