Library Report

The Padua College Libraries have been very busy in the second half of Term 3. We have celebrated Book Week and had students attend the Melbourne Writers Festival.

Book Week is celebrated at Padua over two weeks from Monday 19 – Friday 30 August. In addition to quizzes, movies, displays, UNO competitions and various other activities centred around the theme, “Reading is My Secret Power”, we had two authors visit our campuses to speak to our Year 7 and 8 students.

Phillip Gwynne, author of “Deadly Unna” and “The Debt”, spoke to Year 8 about his life and love of writing and Robert Newton spoke to Year 7 about what lead him to be an author and the things that influence his writing.

What a privilege to have an author come to school to speak to us about their craft and give us an insight into the world of books and writing.

Mornington, Rosebud and Tyabb campuses have Literature Groups that meet during lunchtime in the Library.

These students meet once a week or once a cycle, depending on the group, to discuss and share ideas about books, reading and promoting literature. These students also have an opportunity to attend the Melbourne Writers Festival, which we did on Thursday 5 September.

Fifty students from all three campuses headed to the State Library to listen to talks by authors Will Kostakis and Lynette Noni, whose novel, “Whisper” had just won the Gold Inky award the previous evening. Ten students from Rosebud also joined us and headed to the Immigration Museum to attend a Writers’ workshop led by author, Alice Pung. We all appreciated to opportunity to hear firsthand and work with such talented writers.

“The writers’ festival was an amazing experience! I really enjoyed meeting different authors and purchasing books. I even got mine signed! I'm so glad I went and I had the best day.”Mia Glynn, Year 8.

"I thought Robert’s talk was really, really good. I liked the way he talked about the background of each of his books. I also liked how he talked about how he got into writing and what inspired him to write some of his books. His talk was funny but also interesting."  - Taylah Barnsley, Year 7

Diane Lewis
Director of Library Services