Sydney Boys High School Library

This will bring you news from and about the school library, books to read, and much more. Do come back!

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Monday, January 01, 2007

Welcome to our blog.

The KJ Andrews Library has served Sydney High for over forty years. It is simply too small and cramped to cope with the modern demands of a school library as a place of learning, study as well as casual reading and a centre of computing facilities for student use.

Architects Simon Chan & Associates have been engaged to present a proposal for the new library. It was exhibited in the Main Foyer of the school in late 2004. The Chan proposal involves an extension of the Killip Wing from the existing library towards the McDonald Wing, providing a new two-level library space in the new extension. The plans feature a large central void making the library light and airy and an inviting place to work and study.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006


The Taronga Foundation Poetry Prize offers all those wishing to enter this competiton the chance to share over $31,000 worth of prizes and have their poem published by Random House Australia.

By entering, your school has the chance to win $3000 in book vouchers and even if your poem isn't the best you will still benefit since every individual who enters this renowned competition will receive a certificate and a free entry for themselves and a friend into a Taronga Zoo or their participating state/territory zoo or eco-venue on the 28th of October 2006. However if your poem is the best in your country, state or territory then you will receive all this and have the chance to win cash, trophies and leading poetry and wildlife books. Finally winning and comended poets will have their poems published in Poems by Young Australians Volume four.

Poems can be on any subject, but the most outstanding piece of poetry dealing with wildlife conservation or the environment will receive $3000 cash.

Also, these prizes are not the only benefit. Poetry is also a very important facet in English literature. It helps develop experminetal and imaginative text. This exercise will help you develop your English and hopefully give you a greater understanding of life.

This competition is open to all people in Australia under the age of 19 and it closes on the 9th of June 2006.

Further details are on the entry forms. Copies can be found in the library or the library newsboard and can be downloaded from the Taronga Foundation or BTG Studios.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Welcome to our new Library Prefect

Our new Library Prefect, Douglas Chang, came to see us in the Library to see how he could assist us. Douglas will be convening meetings of the Z'ours Committee and will be assisting us to produce a bigger and better blog.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Neil Whitfield's English and ESL Pages: things to read

This is a good place to find things to read.

commenting and trackback have been added to this blog.

Tragedy struck this blog today!

Posted by N Whitfield

Today the blog was accidentally deleted. Now I am rebuilding it. Fortunately I was able to save the entries so far. Someone had tried to add an entry and created a new blog instead! Please don't!

Students writing new entries:

Use "CREATE", not "CREATE NEW BLOG". If you are not sure, go to Blogger Help and study it carefully!.

Friday, November 25, 2005

First Library Blog Meeting

Yesterday I met with Thomas Wilson, Lachlan Brown, Tadeusz Davenport and Rohit Shenoy from the Z'ours Committee who are going to contribute to this blog.

Some things you may look forward to seeing here include:
  • Literacy Circles Quiz
  • Literacy Circles Reviews
  • Noteworthy new books
  • Rumours about the new library
  • Student recommendations for raising money for the new library
  • Discussions: for example, "Should computer games be played on school
  • Writing competitions
This library site will remain ad-free! In the next entry I will tell you why, and go into some other principles of libraries.

Another issue raised was whether we could have online reservations and renewal of overdue books. That is too much for this blog to handle, but may perhaps be possible when we get Alice for Windows next year.