Thursday, November 5, 2009

It's book return time!

What is this photo?
This is the book return bag (it is even environmentally friendly!). 

This bag is currently doing the rounds of the group rooms at Group Time!  It is collecting your overdue books, and is accompanied by the lovely Ms Schaumann, who is currently using her ever so slightly grumpy voice to try and get back the books from the seniors, some of which have been outstanding from the library since early in the year.  Guys, I hear she is mean!  I hear she is nasty! I hear she can be cruel when faced with 650 outstanding books (which is what we currently have).

Do yourselves, and the librarian's mental health a favour and bring back your books, especially the ones lurking under the beds, shoved in the cupboard, buried by socks and generally neglected or borrowed by your brothers, sisters, parents, caregivers, and even in one case an Uncle Jim!

The Tregonning Brothers Three visit the library

Last week the school was visited by three of our distinguished old boys, the Tregonning brothers.  All three of these gentlemen went through King's High School during the 1950s.  They spoke to some of the Year 12s and the Year 13s about their life at King's during that time and their lives and professional careers since then.  Two of the brothers have gone on to be surgeons and one has been a school principal.  They spoke about their adventures as boys growing up in Macandrew Bay, travelling to school on the bus, getting caned by the teachers, wearing caps every day and told stories of the staff from that time.  It was entertaining and the boys enjoyed listening to the stories.

One of the brothers Bruce, has written a book about his childhood memories and he passed this book onto the school for the library.  This is a real treat!  It's great when former students of the school come in and see how things have changed, and get a feel for how the place is now, and talk to the boys about what those changes are.  We are very grateful to the three brothers for giving up their time to come and speak.   

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Timetable for Tutorials

Here is the timetable for tutorials for senior students.  We recommend you take full advantage of these.  Remember they are for all students, so if you are struggling with study, if you need every credit available - that's all of you, come along.  They are not just for merit and excellence students they are for EVERYONE.

  • PE/OE - All levels, Tuesday and Thursday, 3 - 4 pm in Rm 29
  • HISTORY - Year 11, Tuesday, 3 - 4pm, Rm C4
      • Year 12, by request, Monday 3 - 4 pm, Rm C4
      • Year 13, Wednesday 3 - 4pm, Rm C4
  • MUSIC - All levels, Wednesday, 3 -5 pm, Music RM
  • CLASSICS - Year 13, Wednesday, 6.30 - 8.15, Library
  • VISUAL ARTS, All Levels, Tueday, Wednesday and Thursday, 3.30 -5pm, Art Room
  • ECONOMICS, Year 12, Thursday, 3pm
  • BIOLOGY - Year 12, Tuesday and Wednesday, 3pm, Rm B5
      •  Year 13, Thursday, 7.30am, Rm B5
  • CHEMISTRY - Year 12, Thursday, 7.30am, Rm B3
      • Year 13, Wednesday, 3pm, Rm B3
  • PHYSICS - Year 12, Monday, Lunchtime, Rm B1
      • Year 13, Tuesday, Lunchtime and Thursday, 3pm, B1
  • SCIENCE - Year 11, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 3pm, B6

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Family Tree by Jane Godwin

Reviewed by Mrs Rosie

A good read.  Harry who is actually Harriet) doesn't like things to change (too much), although she's keen to have a  step brother, who just happens to also be Harry but known as Double H, when he and his father move into their house.

The two Harry's share a room, until sister Annaliese goes off to boarding school, and Harry listens to Double H sharing stories and pearls of wisdom as they drop off to sleep each night Harry starts to think about who she really is.  Is she really a Harry?  This is a book about working out who you are, growing up and thinking about the things that have happened in the past.  A very touching book.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Just One Look by Harlan Coben

Review by Matt Plaisted (Year 12)

Just One Look is a stand-alone novel written by Harlan Coben.  It begins with the main character, Grace Lawson, taking a trip down to the local Photomat to pick up some photos onf her family's latest holiday.  Grace finds an unfamiliar photo in the package.  It is a picture of a group of friends standing together, one of whom resembles her husband Jack in his younger days.  But there is something strange about this picture.  Why does one girl in the photo have a cross over her face?  Little does Grace know, but she is about to uncover a massive secret ...

Only minutes after Jack sees the photo, he disappears.  Now Grace must uncover the mystery of his disappearance, and the photo.  Is it a coincidence, or was it put there on purpose?  With the help of an acquaintance from Grace's past, who has connections to the mob, Grace seeks answers.

This book is one of those books that it is really hard to put down.  The characters are really well written and the excitement builds up gradually and the twists and turns keep you guessing all the way.  It is a great read.


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