A sunbeam in the dark…

OK, just a little melodramatic, but any delivery of new books is like Xmas to me, so please forgive my hyperbole. Our latest clutch of reading gems from Australian Standing Orders has arrived and is a wonderfully varied collections of texts, guaranteeing something for every one. Students of NHS can access the Covid 19 Virtual…

Strange Days Indeed…

John Lennon really hit the nail on the head – as our school empties of all but a handful of students, there are still a lot of very hardworking teachers frantically working to create engaging, online, lessons for their classes. Our school library doesn’t have a collection of eBooks so I have been directing our…

BestStart for our Year 7s.

Our cohort of year 7 students recently participated in BestStartYear7 in the library. This is a new initiative from the Department of Education. ‘Best Start Year 7 is a new literacy and numeracy assessment package for schools to use in the first five weeks of Year 7. It is designed to: provide teachers with consistent and up-to-date…

The perfect books to curl up with when it’s raining outside…

The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte Tempe dives daily, searching for anything of value to trade or buy her dead sister’s life. For a price the research facility on the island of Palindromena will revive the dearly departed for twenty-four hours before returning them to death. It isn’t a heartfelt reunion that Tempe is after;…

Welcome back and happy new decade!

Tiger Heart by Penny Chrimes One magical friendship. One roaring adventure. Fly never meant to end up in a cage with a man-eating tiger. But even though she’s sure she’s no princess, when the tiger addresses her as ‘your majesty’, she can’t help but vow to free him and return him home. But the bird-filled…

International Games Week at NHS.

From 3rd till 8th November the students of Nyngan High School are privileged to enjoy the wonderful donations the school receives as a result of registering in I.G.W. This year some wonderful board games came our way for our students to explore, plus Mr Casely will be leading some coding sessions later in the week….

Spooky times at NHS Library….

Creepy crawly, blood spattered, and ghostly critters crawled out of the bookshelves to plunge the Learning Hub into the heart of Halloween.           You probably get the idea that I love Halloween,  not the American holiday, but the links it has to ancient people’s relationship with death, and the ways different races memorialising their…

What to do, what to do?

Weeding, or removing old or damaged books, in a modern library is as important as weeding in a garden. Ensuring that students can access the texts they need in a timely manner is so important in these days of the 3 second attention span (thanks MTV). In the past we have offered the unwanted books…

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

We won! Well, we won one of only three runner up prizes in the wonderful Bloomsbury Publishing contest to ‘Turn your classroom into Hogwarts’. A very welcome email letting me know of the success of our ‘dress up’ which was shortly followed by a box of wonderful books, the entire paperback set of Harry Potter,…

Premier’s Reading Challenge Superstars!

Three of our best and brightest managed to complete the Premiers Reading Challenge this year by reading and logging 20 books between the start of the challenge in March and the end at the end of August. This year the sisters were doing it for themselves, with all three winners being female …it just goes…

Escape Rooms a success!

All students with either zero or only one negative Sentral entry were given the chance to take part in an Escape Room experience this week for being such great representatives of Nyngan High. Four groups immersed themselves in Hogwarts to search for the missing Snitches (the tiny but very fast flying ball that is the ultimate prize…

September special reads.

    Stunning new books for September. We have some fabulous new books in the library, please click on the URL at the bottom of each image to find out a little more about the book. Happy reading!