This week we finished the speeches for the Atticus Finch Justice Award. The two final speakers were outstanding and now we have the very difficult task of selecting an overall winner. The level of engagement with the issues of freedom and justice in this Year 10 cohort is very impressive.

Media Club, the 23rd Word and Philosophy Club all met this week. Filming for the Wrap will take place after school on Friday and should be available to view next week. Magimation moved smoothly into existence with the formation of a group and plans for regular meetings. Any Year 7 student with an interest in animation is encouraged to come to the Magimation Club meetings in the Library on Fridays at lunch time.


Isabella Fransz, Lara Glanz, Christine Smalberger at Indigenous Literacy Day

Wednesday 4 September 2013 was the seventh Indigenous Literacy Day. Indigenous Literacy Day aims to help raise funds to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remote and isolated regions. To support this cause and help raise funds to buy books and literacy resources for children in these communities, the English Learning Area and Year 12 students ran a Sausage Sizzle outside the Ignatius Centre during lunchtime. They sold nearly $500 worth of sausages for this worthy cause.

Early this week our Digital Media Assistant Catherine Woods, IT expert Yugon Chobanoff and I visited Cisco for a presentation on video and data management. This is a grossly simplified description of the digital management capacity that Cisco offers John XXlll College. Needless to say, the future of libraries and teaching into the twenty first century looks incredibly exciting. What interests me is the potential for secure storage and communication, and easily accessible, simple video production and communication.

While we are constantly adding to our print copy collection, this week saw the addition of many new fiction and nonfiction eBooks. These are available for primary and secondary readers. Please follow the following instruction to access our Digital Collection:


How to access the OverDrive Digital Library Collection

All John XXIII College Students have access to the OverDrive Digital Library Collection at school and remotely.

  • First, download the following App OverDrive Media Console.
  • Access Simon and select the link OverDrive Library eBook
  • Log in with your College Username and Password.

How do I browse the OverDrive Collection?

  • By Recent Additions. The home screen displays all Recent Additions.

You can select any of these displayed titles by clicking on the book cover.

  • By Author, Title, Subject or Format in the search box.
  • By Category/genre search eg Mystery, Science Fiction by clicking on the____ icon.

The OverDrive Collection can be viewed within the existing Library Catalogue.

How do I borrow and reserve eBooks?

  • In the John XXlll home screen, after browsing, select your preferred book
  • When the book displays, click on the Borrow tab to borrow or the red wish list icon to reserve items
  • The book will transfer to your Bookshelf
  • Select the 'Download' tab next to the book.

How many items can I borrow?

  • Three items at once, for up to two weeks at a time.

How do I return items?

  • Titles will automatically return at the end of the loan period.

How do I view my current loans and due dates?

  • Select the 'Account' tab
  • Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period
  • There are no late fees!

Can I read my books on other devices?

Yes, after download you can transfer titles to a mobile device such as iPod® or Sony® Reader.

First connect your device, then:

  • For audio and video, click the 'Transfer' button in OverDrive® Media Console™ to launch the Transfer Wizard and follow the onscreen prompts.
  • For eBooks in Adobe® Digital Editions, drag and drop the title onto the device name on left panel.
  • After transfer is complete, you may disconnect your device and enjoy your title on the go.

Visit for a list of compatible devices.