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News from the Learning Centre

News from the Learning Centre

Term 1 was an exciting time in the Albertus Magnus Learning Centre with new initiatives launched, new resources purchased and new partnerships formed.  Lunchtimes throughout the week were used to offer an array of activities to cater for a wide variety of student needs and interests.  We introduced Gaming, the Art Club and became the permanent venue for weekly SRC meetings. The student run Anime Club continued to operate and regular craft activities were held.  In Term 2, in addition to these activities, we are launching a student facilitated Current Affairs Group and moving the Craft Club to Tuesday afternoons after school to provide more time for craft activities.  

Learning Centre staff enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate with the Year 7 Religion teachers and their classes to build a Wall of Compassion – a visual representation of each classes’ engagement with one of the stories from Caritas’ “Project Compassion” which runs throughout the season of Lent.  This activity provided us all with the opportunity to meaningfully engage in the Project Compassion profiles and to deepen our understanding of the work that Caritas does throughout the world.  We are looking forward to ongoing collaboration with other faculty areas to enhance the learning experiences of our students in the Learning Centre.  

Many new resources, including a wide range of Young Adult Fiction, were purchased ensuring that there is a constant supply of new and contemporary literature for our students.  As always, students are encouraged to recommend texts they would like purchased in order for our library to meet the interests of our student population.  Students are also reminded of the magazine subscriptions we have in the Learning Centre and are encouraged to borrow these.  We also have a digital library which enables students to borrow a vast range of eBooks.   

As the term progresses, we look forward to providing more information about the range of activities taking place in the Learning Centre.

New Arrivals - Young Adult Fiction

Aurora Rising (Aurora Cycle 0.1) – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

From the authors of the popular Illuminae Files trilogy, comes a new Sci-Fi series. The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions.  Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch:

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm. 
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates.
A smart-alec tech-whiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder.
An alien warrior with anger management issues.
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into her squad leader, in case you were wondering.

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem – that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space.  Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth.  But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.


Half Moon Lake – Kirsten Alexander

In 1913, on a summer’s day at Half Moon Lake, Louisiana, four-year-old Sonny Davenport walks into the woods and never returns.

The boy’s mysterious disappearance from the family’s lake house makes front-page news in their home town of Opelousas.  John Henry and Mary Davenport are wealthy and influential, and will do anything to find their son.  For two years, the Davenports search across the South, offer increasingly large rewards and struggle not to get in to despair. Then, at the moment when all hope seems lost, the boy is found in the company of a tramp.

But is he truly Sonny Davenport? The circumstances of his discovery raise more questions than answers.  And when Grace Mill, an unwed farm worker, travels from Alabama to lay claim to the child, newspapers, townsfolk, even the Davenport’s own friends, take sides.

As the tramp’s kidnapping trial begins, and two desperate mothers fight for ownership of the boy, the people of Opelousas discover that the truth is more complicated than they’d ever dreamed.  Inspired by a true story, Half Moon Lake is a captivating novel about the parent-child bond, identity, and what it means to be part of a family.

Into the Fire – Sonia Orchard

A year after her best friend died in a house fire, Lara can’t come to terms with the loss.  Logic says there was no more she could have done to save the mercurial and unhappy Alice, but Lawa can’t escape the feeling that she is somehow to blame for the tragedy.

She spends a weekend at the rebuilt house with Alice’s charismatic widower, Crow, and his three young children.  Rummaging through the remains of their shared past, Lara reveals a friendship with Alice that was as troubled as it was intense.  But beneath the surface is a darker, more unsettling secret waiting to be exposed.

Through exquisite prose and searing insight, Into the Fire explores the many ways, small and large, we betray one another and our ideals.  It’s a compelling story about power, guilt and womanhood from an outstanding voice in Australian fiction.

Shauna’s Great Expectations – Kathleen Loughnan

Just in time for National Reconciliation Day, comes a new #LoveOZYA book.  Shauna is in her final year at an elite private school and has great expectations.  She holds an Indigenous scholarship and is determined to be the first member of her family to go to University, no matter what.  The year is off to an excellent start, and she and her friends are dreaming big about life after school and a trip to Paris.

But suddenly she’s faced with a choice that threatens to throw all her plans into disarray.  As pressure builds from every corner of her world, Shauna wonders what she’ll have to sacrifice to keep hold of her dreams… Can she fulfil her own promise and still keep her promises to others?  Will her expectations be ripped away?



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