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School Photos 2017

School Photos 2017

School Photos will be taking place very early in 2017, in Week 1 on Wednesday 1st Feb 2017.

Advanced Photography envelopes will be handed out on the first days back of term, however, the preference is that orders are placed online where possible.

Orders can be placed at Advanced Life with the Online Order Code HX7 WJZ 68H.

 

Class Reading Challenge

Class Reading Challenge

DHS Library and the English faculty are working together this term to promote and support a Class Reading Challenge for year 7 & 8. The challenge involves classes competing to read more books and tick off more challenge items than the other classes in their grade. Reading for enjoyment is beneficial to students for many reasons, and this challenge aims to encourage and promote wide reading. Please offer your support to year 7 & 8 students participating in this challenge!

As the HSC exams come to an end, we look forward to seeing more students back in the library from week 4.

 

Mrs MacFarlane (Mon-Tues) & Mr Amuso (Wed-Fri).

Teacher Librarians

 

Earth Hour

Earth Hour

Earth Hour is taking place this Saturday, 19th March, from 8.30 to 9.30pm.

Time to turn off the lights, disconnect, and reflect on the impact our actions have on Earth.

 

Carole Wilkinson addresses the footprint we leave on the Earth’s atmosphere in her book, Atmospheric: The Burning Story of Climate Change.

From the blurb:

‘Talking about the weather used to be small talk, now it’s the hottest topic on Earth.

We can’t survive without Earth’s atmosphere, yet most of the time we ignore it. We treat our atmosphere as a rubbish dump for our greenhouse gas emissions. Slowly but surely, what we are doing to our atmosphere is changing Earth’s climate.

Atmospheric cuts through the many voices raised around climate change to tell the story of our atmosphere, what is putting our climate at risk and what we can do about it.

This could be the most important book you read in your life.

“Young people will be the ones grappling with climatte change. Atmospheric reminds them they are the key to the solution.” – Amanda McKenzie, CEO, Climate Council

 

This book has received excellent reviews, you can read some of them on GoodReads. Better yet, come and borrow the book from the library!

 

Mrs J MacFarlane

Teacher Librarian

Book of the Week T4 Wk9

Book of the Week T4 Wk9

 

The Obsidian Blade, by Pete Hautman

The first in sci-fi time-travelling trilogy.

“Well-developed and complex characters, a fascinating time-travel framework… and a heart stopping conclusion that will leave readers looking forward to the next book.” – Publisher’s Weekly

 

From the blurb:

‘The first time Tucker saw the disk, his father disappeared into thin air. An hour later, the Reverend came walking up the road, tattered and sunburned, bringing with him an unspeaking, yellow-haired, dark-eyed girl. He refused to say where he had been, instead declaring that there would be no more prayer in the Feye house.

The Reverend spends hours brooding in his study, and Tucker’s mother withdraws from the world, claiming she doesn’t care to be watched by ghosts. And, above them, the unearthly disk comes and goes. When both of Tucher’s parents vanish, he goes on a desperate search – and discovers the astonishing secrets of the Klaatu diskos.’

 

Subjects: missing persons, religion, space flight, sci-fi, time travel, supernatural

Read reviews of this book on GoodReads.

 

Mrs. J MacFarlane

Teacher Librarian (Thurs-Fri)

 

Book of the Week T4Wk7

Book of the Week T4Wk7

 

Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

I challenge you to read this book! Visually, it is unlike any other book I have seen. It appears to be a large book, but many pages are image based or have few words.

Watch the book trailer here.

 

From the blurb:

‘The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations – XXXXX and XXXXX – are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, exes Kady and Ezra – who are barely even talking to each other – are forced to fight their way onto the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But the warship is the least of their problems. A deadly XXXXX has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results. The fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what the XXXXX is going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.”

 

Subjects: Artificial intelligence, Computer hacking, Human relations, Interplanetary voyages, Plague, Science fiction, Survival

Read reviews of this book on GoodReads.

 

Mrs. J MacFarlane
Teacher Librarian (Thurs-Fri)

 

 

Book of the Week T4 Wk6

Book of the Week T4 Wk6

 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by JK Rowling, Illustrated by Jim Kay

Many have read, watched, or at least heard of Harry Potter… The series is now being recreated with the release of illustrated editions. This is the first illustrated book of the series, and is definitely worth a look. A good chance to begin reading the series if you never have, or reread it!

 

From the blurb:

Dear Mr Potter,

We are pleased to inform you that you have a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please find enclosed a list of all necessary books and equipment.

Term begins on 1 September. We await your owl by no later than 31 July.

Yours Sincerely,

Minerva McGonagall

Deputy Headmistress

 

Harry Potter’s life changes forever on his eleventh birthday, when beetle-eyed giant Rubeus Hagrid delivers a letter and some astonishing news. Harry Potter is no ordinary boy: he’s a wizard. And an extraordinary adventure is about to begin…”‘

 

Subjects: fantasy, good/evil, magic, witches, warlocks, school, picture book, series

Read reviews of this book on GoodReads.

 

Mrs. J MacFarlane
Teacher Librarian (Thurs-Fri)

 

 

Book of the Week T4 Wk5

Book of the Week T4 Wk5

 

Wasteland, by Susan Kim & Laurence Klavan

If you like Divergent and The Hunger Games, this series might be for you.

 

From the first chapter:

‘Esther ran across the broken asphalt.

Her destination loomed in front of her: an odd concrete structure, standing alone in the trash-filled lot. At a glance, it seemed unoccupied. As she neared it, Esther gave a final look in all directions; then she grabbed the low brick wall and vaulted over. Despite the searing heat of the early November morning, it was cool and dim inside. Esther blinked to get her bearings, then took off again.

The sound of her breathing, harsh and ragged, was the only noise; it seemed to echo in the vast space. She sensed this and cursed herself. Clamping her lips together, she tried to hold back the sound, to breathe so as to not to draw attention to herself. But it was impossible to do this without slowing down. She gave up and put on extra speed instead. She had been running a long time and as she gulped air, her lungs burned and a sharp pain gripped her side. But she was almost at the safe place and then she would have time to rest.

Esther was on the second floor and there were four more to go. She ran low, crouching down and sticking close to the center of the structure. It was a strange building, on that offered neither protection nor privacy. There were no walls; the sides were too exposed, open to the world outside, with the rooftops of Prin visible in the distance beneath a dirty yellow sky.

Esther was aware that she was wearing a red hoodie and jeans. With sharp eyes, somebody could spot her from half  a mile off, even though she was a skinny fifteen-year-old with a real talent for not attracting attention, a girl who’d spent a lifetime learning how to slip in and out of shadows without being seen.

Right now, not being seen was all she cared about. After all, those were the rules of the game, the game they called Shelter.’

 

Subjects: dystopian fiction, human relations, survival, sci-fi, variants/biology, viruses

Read reviews of this book on GoodReads.

 

Mrs. J MacFarlane
Teacher Librarian (Thurs-Fri)

 

 

Book of the Week T4 Wk4

Book of the Week T4 Wk4

 

Zeroes, by Scott Westerfield, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti

This book has some great reviews. Those who rated it highly appreciated it especially for not being ‘just another superhero’ story. The characters in the novel have powers and face issues with dealing with them, but they are otherwise normal teens. It is also fast-paced, making the book feel much shorter than it actually is.

 

From the blurb:

One bag of stolen drug money. One bungled bank robbery. Six teenagers. Six unique powers. One action-packed week.

These teens have powers that set them apart. But don’t call them heroes. They are the ZEROES.

Ethan, a.k.a. Scam, has a voice inside him that will say whatever people want to hear, whether it’s true or not. Which is handy, excvept when it isn’t – like when ‘the voice’ starts gabbing in the middle of a bank robbery and lands him in a whole lot of trouble. The only people who can help are the other Zeroes, who aren’t exactly his best friends these days.

After Scam’s SOS, Nate, a.k.a. Bellwether – the group’s ‘glorious leader’ – summons the other Zeroes for a rescue mission. But when the rescue blows up in their faces, the Zeroes find themselves propelled into whirlwind encounters with ever more dangerous criminals. And at the heart of the chaos they find Kelsie, who can take a crowd in the palm of her hand and tame it or let it loose as she pleases. Can they put aside their differences and work together to keep everyone safe – or will it be the worst week of their lives?’

 

Subjects: superpowers, action, teenagers, relationships, friendship

Read reviews of this book on GoodReads.

 

Mrs. J MacFarlane
Teacher Librarian (Thurs-Fri)

 

 

Movember @daptohs_library!

Movember @daptohs_library!

The library has a display this month, in honour of Movember.

Many students and teachers, like myself, cannot ‘Grow a Mo’… but we can show our support in other ways.

  •  You can borrow a book from our display that is written by or about moustached men, or pick up some non-fiction reading on boy’s / men’s health to raise your own awareness.
  • You can participate in the moustache selfie competition – make your own or borrow one of ours, and share your selfie to raise awareness in others.
  • You can head in a lunch or recess and do some moustache colouring in, which will be set up on the square tables in lower library 1… just for fun.

 

J MacFarlane
Teacher Librarian (Thurs-Fri)

Book of the Week T4 Wk2

Book of the Week T4 Wk2

 

I’ll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson

 

A beautifully written novel, uniquely artistic and written from the perspectives of each twin at different stages (ages) of their lives.

“This is the big one – the BLAZING story of once inseparable twins whose lives are torn apart by tragedy.” – Entertainment Weekly

 

From the blurb:

‘Jude and her twin Noah are close until a tragedy drives them apart. Now they are barely speaking – and both falling for boys they can’t have. Love’s complicated.’

 

Subjects: art., brothers and sisters, death, family, relationships, grief, homosexuality, twins

See the author’s gallery of inspiration for her work.

Read reviews of this book on GoodReads.

 

Mrs. J MacFarlane
Teacher Librarian (Thurs-Fri)

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