Wednesday, December 15, 2010
This is the last post on the blog for the year. The library has been readied for the new school year with new displays and new computers, the shelves are tidy and the office benches are nearly cleared.
Wishing you all a fantastic Christmas season and lots of good reading. Hope your summer holidays are fun and that they seem to go on forever!
Above is a photo of bunch of books from the 900s making themselves into a rather odd Christmas tree.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The following is a list of the most popular books this year in our library. As you can see Robert Muchamore and John Marsden are back in the list as they have been over the last few years. New to the list are Patrick Ness and Jim Butcher.
Our lists of most popular books in the past were always full of fantasy books but it seems dystopian fiction and action adventure are flavour of the months at the moment. The books on this list are all fabulous reads and there is a good spread of books suitable for juniors (The wimpy kid) to seniors (Storm front) which is really pleasing.
- Secret army, Henderson's Boys by Robert Muchamore
- The hunger games by Suzanne Collins
- The knife of never letting go by Patrick Ness
- The dead of the night by John Marsden
- The recruit by Robert Muchamore
- Crocodile tears by Anthony Horowitz
- Diary of a wimpy kid: Roderick rules by Jeff Kinney
- Catching fire by Susanne Collins
- Tomorrow when the war began by John Marsden
- Storm front by Jim Butcher
Friday, December 3, 2010
If you have lost a book please come and confess to Ms Schaumann, who will try to be kind to you.
The library stocktake is complete and so we know exactly which books have been returned and which books haven't those that are missing and those that are not.
Image from http://bit.ly/dOuKqh
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Those of you who have loved the books might enjoy seeing how you would cope in the arena yourselves. I have always fancied myself as a Rue kind of character but after playing this game it turns out I am not at all. Check out the game here.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Review by Aidan Hall (year 13)
Usually if I don’t like I book I simply don’t bother doing a review for it, but this one time, I HAVE to make an exception.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! This is not a favourable review!
This book is the final part of the Hunger Games trilogy. The books focus mainly on one person, Katniss, and how she is forced to participate in a televised decimation of 24 tributes from 12 districts, designed to keep them from mutinying against The Capitol.
The first book in the series, The Hunger Games, has to be one of the best books I have ever read, as per usual the 2nd in the series was not as good, but this book which is the 3rd, well I’ll tell you what I thought of it.
The first half of Mockinjay is just Katniss whinging about her new home with the rebels, I'm not joking, it is simply half a book of pure whinging! The 2nd half starts to capture some of the essence of what made the 1st book so brilliant, she starts to do what a rebel leader should, she starts to FIGHT.
The last quarter of Mockinjay is actually the best part of the book, Katniss is fighting and in semi control, but how you see her from the first 2 books is different. In the first couple she relies on her instincts as a hunter using the simple weapon of a straight bow, but now she relies on ultra-modern technology, so its not Katniss you see, like, it could simply be any of the other rebels. Its only in the final few pages that the Katniss we remember from the past really emerges, she is meant to carry out the sentence of death of Snow the evil leader, when she kills Coin instead. This is the ONLY part of the entire book where Katniss as we remember her shows herself.
So, to be honest, I don’t recommend this book, if you are someone who has read the rest of the series, don’t read this one, simply think about how you think the saga should end.
Here is the book trailer for Mockingjay
Look at our new 'thing'. Based on an idea originally posted on 100 Scope Notes by the wonderful Travis, and then adopted by the Russell Street Primary Library in Palmerston North we now have bright yellow and pink 'Recommended by' doodads poking out of our highly recommended books. This is great for the people who can't find a book by themselves and who have to wait a long time to get help if Ms Schaumann is busy. We like them!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
It has been a year full of zombies, vampires and assorted manipulated humans in the young adult books released this year. There are lots of variations on the theme and this story is one of them.
It may sound a bit familiar: Evil mastermind Dr Fry is planning domination, he engineers an explosion at a nuclear power plant which Cameron's class is visiting with their teacher. Cameron wakes up and discovers that his body is not what it was before the explosion happened and he has acquired some added features! He is rescued by a mysterious girl and she takes him to a place where those who have escaped the evil Dr Fry and his minions are in hiding. They must fight for justice against superhuman mutants to try and do what is right and save humanity.
This is the first book in the series and it is fast paced and exciting. I think the boys will really enjoy it and will be keen for the next one in the series. The graphic novel will also be out soon.
Here is the book trailer!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
1. Complete and submit all coursework
2. Make a study schedule
Having a study schedule enables you to realistically divide your time so that you are able to maximise your study time on all your subjects. Make a daily to do list to help you divide and prioritise your study tasks. Start your revision early to avoid last minute cramming!
3. Study subjects that you don't like first
4. Condense your notes
Condense, reduce, concentrate, 'Boil Down'! Your notes should be a prompt for you rather than a re-written version of your original notes.
5. Put notes into an easily identifiable form
After condensing your notes try and put them into a mind map or cue cards. Use different colours, shapes and symbols to help maximise your attention and memory. It has been found that repetition helps subject retention.
6. Study in small blocks
Try to study in small blocks such as 30 minutes and a 5 minute break. This way it keeps you motivated and you are well rested. Give yourself a reward (e.g. a piece of chocolate cake) at the end of your study period.
7. Study in Groups
Studying in groups can be fun and useful. If necessary organise a study group but make sure that you have a purpose and achieve that purpose.
Eat, drink and sleep. It is vital to keep your energy levels at an optimum. So get at least 9 hours sleep, drink 2 litres of water and eat regularly. Some forms of 'brain food' are boiled eggs, fish, bananas and blueberries.
9. Before the exam
Do not try and do last minute revision before you go into the exam room. Briefly revise 2-3 hours prior to the exam to remind you of the important points you have covered in your revision
10. In the exam room
First, read all the instructions. During the reading time decide the order of your answers. When you are allowed to write, make a map of your essays before you start writing. Be aware of your time, and have fun.
Brought to you by The University of Auckland who also bring you this very funny and a little irreverent video. It is aimed at senior students.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
For all our senior students the end of the year is nearly here. Next Thursday is the last day of school for all our seniors for the year 2010 before they head away on study leave prior to exams.
Wishing you all the best of luck for your exams. Next week I will post some helpful sites for study.
In the meantime All Books Are Due Back! Group teachers have all the current lists for all items currently issued to students and library assistants will be travelling the school every group time next week to collect books and save you the trouble of delivering them back yourselves. See how helpful we are?
Pictured is Nathaniel, Head Student Librarian for 2010 taking a moment to sit at lunchtime with a very large fantasy book, which are his favourite kind.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
It has been a great year for us here computer wise. We finally have a fully operating OPAC machine which is friendly to our network, complete with styley homepage, we have had almost no down time on our existing computers and there are now lots of students who are competent to help others do things on the OPAC and on the issues computer. Watch this space for photos of the completed project.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
We have almost every book published by the Top Gear team here at the King's High School Library. We also have almost every book by every member of the Top Gear Team here. The most recent one is Richard Hammond's Blast Lab Book, pictured on the right. This book is a tie in to a TV series and is becoming very popular in the junior classes.
We have James May on Machines and on motors. We have Jeremy Clarkson talking cars, current events and all manner of other random topics in about 5 books. We have Richard Hammond on his life, on cars, and on what not to buy in the car world.
You want Top Gear, come to the library! From Top Gear at the Winter Olympics to Top Gear Motor Mania it is all here.
I thought you might enjoy the poster below!
Review by Reuben Hilder (Year 10) as part of the 50 Book Challenge
This is the story of Willie Apiata's life. He is interesting because he is the first New Zealander to win the Victoria Cross since the Second World War. I thought the parts that were written by Willie himself were the best bits, they read almost like a story or a novel. I liked the stories about him growing up and about him and his sisters. I didn't like so much the parts which were not written by him, some of those bits were a bit uninteresting to me. Overall it was an enjoyable book and it was good to read about a guy who is a reluctant hero.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Students from our Special Needs Department are very active borrowers from the King's High Library. They often visit with their teacher aides to read, be read to, to use our computers and to work in the courtyard.
In the photo you can see David, Ben and Thomas, all working on various projects.
Friday, October 15, 2010
This particular one is from Hans Rosling and was filmed in 2007 when TED was just beginning, there is now a newer one as well. You've never seen data presented like this.
"With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called "developing world." If you enjoy this one you will enjoy many of the others as well, upload them to your MP3 player and watch the videos for free.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Assassin’s Creed Renaissance is based on the game “Assassin’s Creed 2”. Having only played “Assassin’s Creed”, I was expecting a kinda Sci-fi type book, but this is nothing like that, as it only focuses on the actual Assassin himself.
The book is set in the late 1400s and focuses on the main character, Ezio Auditore, after his family gets brutally betrayed. This leads onto him discovering that his father was not just a banker, but a member of a secret group dedicated to protecting mankind.
So, the book is about Ezio, and is his journey of revenge and retribution as he seeks out revenge against all the men that caused his brothers’ and father’s deaths, while at the same time doing the work for the Order of Assassins.
As to be expected, the book ends with Ezio defeating the Templar’s, even though it takes 27 years, and ends with the Prophet completely revealed.
I liked this book because it is based on a game (which I have played the prequel to), and coz it ended up being on the type of book I prefer, just a good action book, instead of a sci-fi book, which just makes it so much better.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read action books, and definitely anyone who has played either of the Assassin’s Creed games.
Reviewed by Aidan Hall
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Reviewed by Reuben Hilder, Yr 10 (As part of the 50 Book Challenge)
Moist von Lipwig, an ex-conman has been given the task of resurecting the Ankh-Morport Post Office. This is a feat that has bought all those who have previously attempted it to their deaths! Not only must Moist beat the clacks system for customers he must also come out victorious in a seemingly unwinnable race. The character I liked the best was Adora Belle Dearheart and I didn't really like the "distorting the time-space continuum thing" but I did really like the book.
Going Postal is a Discworld novel and has been turned into a mini-series which has been screened on TV. In the video below you can see Terry Pratchett himself talking about the novel and the series.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Get your read on then guys and keep the entries coming in, you are still in with a chance.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
This is the first book in a series that tell the story of what life might be life in the world when global warming has really kicked in and carbon usage is controlled in an effort to lower greenhouse emissions. The wild weather storms that the world is facing mean that pressure on all countries to deal with emissions is very high, and that carbon is the big issue for everyone all over the world. The UK has decided to commence 60% carbon rations immediately.
Laura and her family live in London in 2015 and their carbon cards have just been issued to them. This means that travel, what you buy, what you go to are all dictated by the 200 point limit per month on your carbon card. This completely changes Laura's life, things that she used to take for granted like holidays and even getting on a bus have points attached to them and people have to make decisions about what they will use their credits for, with extreme weather events happening regularly life is not easy for Laura.
Laura has all the usual concerns of a girl her age, and she is in a band who desperately want to gig and make a name for themselves. Her sister seems to be going crazy and her Dad has turned up with a pig and is turning their back yard into a farm - not very successfully. Laura's Mum is showing a worrying tendency to become involved with her 'inner wolf' and Laura is very interested in the boy across the street who has maybe even weirder things going on at his place. This is the diary of the first year of carbon rationing from Laura's rather snarky perspective.
This is a great book with an excellent main character who will appeal to many.
There is a website you can check out art and other stuff associated with the book.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
It is really easy to use and getting started only takes a minute. I recommend you watch the video to learn how Quizlet can help you. Click here to go to the video. You can follow them on Facebook, the link is on their site, to keep up to date with new developments. Give it a go!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
In a world of rivets and drabness, a boy befriends a fantastical red creature that appears to be totally lost: based on the writer-director Tan's prize-winning children's book.
Friday, September 10, 2010
A boy called David Case has a 1 year old brother who almost falls out of a window and as a result of that David becomes obsessed with the fact that fate is out to kill him. He thinks he is doomed, and changes himself, including his name and assumes a new identity (he becomes Justin Case, see what he did there?) to try and escape fate. He meets Agnes Day who is weird and interesting and who he falls in love with. Fate is watching though, and is ready to make life as difficult as possible for David. Great scene at the airport where it all blows up!
This is a great book. I liked everything about it.