FCC OPEN DAY

Welcome to Footscray City College!

Hopefully by now you have had a chance to visit all the different parts of the school such as the gym, the Futures Centre, the science rooms, the music and art studios and the new Sustainability Centre across the road. Oh, and of course the WONDERFUL library!!

Please take a minute to post a comment telling us which of the things you liked best on your tour of the school today.

We hope you have enjoyed taking a look around to see the great programs we offer here at FCC.

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WORLD POETRY DAY

In 1999 in Paris UNESCO declared March the 21st as WORLD POETRY DAY. To celebrate I thought I’d share some websites that showcase local poets and some places you could submit your own poetry.

VOICEWORKS is a print and digital quarterly magazine which is published by Express MediaIt features writing and artwork by Australians under the age of twenty five so it’s a great place to start if you want to get your work published. Though it’s not exclusively for poetry, they do have this great page of tips for writing poetry.

MELBOURNE SPOKEN WORD is a site dedicated to… you guessed it – the spoken word scene in Melbourne! This means it’s full of actual videos of poets performing their work – and believe me some of them are great! For example:

CORDITE POETRY REVIEW  is an online journal dedicated to showing off new and established Australian poets to the world. They promote “irreverent and experimental poetics.” This is a bit more of an ‘adult’ site than Voiceworks or but you can still submit to them here.

 

 

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FCC Photography Club Excursion

Artist James Voller with the FCC Photography Club

Artist James Voller with the FCC Photography Club

On Wednesday 11th March, students from our Library’s Photography Club joined Maribrynong City Council’s, F5 Footscray in Transition, artist, James Voller (pictured on the left with students), for an artist walk and talk in the streets of Footscray. The changing face of Footscray is being captured in a five year photographic project, F5: Footscray in Transition. F5 captures Footscray undergoing change as a Central Activities District. The same sites will be photographed every year for five years to provide a snapshot of a suburb that is constantly evolving and subject to rapid change. Our students toured Victoria University’s MetroWest, explored the F5 sites and learnt about the project and James’ artistic practise.

Beautiful street scene taken by Year 7 student Jasmine Rattray

Beautiful street scene taken by Year 7 student Jasmine Rattray

They covered perspective, lines, curves and the “rule of thirds”. Students produced their own work using the buildings and people of Footscray as their subjects. As you can see, some excellent pieces have been produced. James’s photographic exhibition will be at Victoria University’s MetroWest from 9 February 2015 to 28 March 2015. For more information visit: http://www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/f5

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HAPPY PI DAY!

If you use the American format, today’s date is 3/14/15. This also happens to be the first few numbers in pi (π) , the mathematical constant that represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, ie 3.1415. Folks are using this date to celebrate Pi Day.

People use pi to figure out all sorts of stuff in maths and geometry such as the area of a circle:

A = πr2

Here ‘r’ equals the radius or the distance from the center to the edge of the circle. If you sqare the radius and multiply by pi you get the area of your circle.220px-Circle_Area.svg (1)

 

Also, the formula to find the volume of a cylinder is  V = πr2h where you calculate the area of the base (the area of the circle as shown above), then multiply that by the height (h) of the cylinder.

Find out more about pi on this Wikipedia page.

 

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Sir Terry Pratchett, renowned fantasy author, dies aged 66

Sir Terry Pratchett wrote more than 70 books

  • Translated into 37 languages
  • In a career spanning 44 years
  • With total sales of 70 million
  • Read more here

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Paper Towns

I’m excited to report that another of John Green’s novels – “Paper Towns“, is being made in to a film and is due for release in July this year.

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Who writes like… Tolkien?

Have you read everything by your favourite author and you’re looking for suggestions?  This is a useful site for reading recommendations.

J  R  R Tolkien

…and here’s an interesting article in which Tolkien snubs a German publisher asking for proof of his Aryan descent (1938).

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Issuu

Check out this amazing digital publishing platform: http://issuu.com/
“With over 21 million publications, Issuu is the fastest growing digital publishing platform in the world. Millions of avid readers come here every day to read the free publications created by enthusiastic publishers from all over the globe with topics in fashion, lifestyle, art, sports and global affairs to mention a few. And that’s not all. We’ve also got a prominent range of independent publishers utilizing the Issuu network to reach new fans every day.
Created by a bunch of geeks with an undying love for the publishing industry, Issuu has grown to become one of the biggest publishing networks in the industry. It’s an archive, library and newsstand all gathered in one reading experience.”

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Watch Nick Lake talking about his new book

Our library has just purchased Nick Lake’s new YA book, There Will Be Lies. Here are a couple of videos of Nick talking about the new thriller. His other books, Hostage Three (about modern pirates kidnapping a rich family) and the Blood Ninja series (about un-dead samurai warriors) are also available to borrow…

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New Arrivals

As you know we are always getting new books into our library. Here are a few to check out:

A SMALL MADNESS by Dianne Touchell

LISTEN TO AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR DIANNE TOUCHELL ON RADIO NATIONALA Small Madness | FRONT COVER (10 September 2014)

Rose didn’t tell anyone about it. She wondered if it showed. She looked at herself in the mirror and turned this way and then that way. She stood as close to the mirror as she could, leaning over the bathroom basin, looking into her own eyes until they disappeared behind the fog of her breath. Looking for something. Some evidence that she was different now. Something had shifted inside her, a gear being ratcheted over a clunky cog, gaining torque, starting her up. But it didn’t show. How could all of these feelings not show? She was a woman now but it didn’t show and she couldn’t tell anyone.

A devastating, compelling novel that will get everyone talking, from the author of Creepy and Maud.

STORM by Tim Minchin

22997383A storm is brewing at a London Dinner party. When Tim meets the mysterious fifth guest at the table, small talk descends into a battle between science and belief.

Audiences around the world have been wowed by the lyrical wonders of Storm in its viral smash-hit animation form. Now fully reimagined with original artwork, this sparkling ode to scepticism by multi-award-winning comedian and musician Tim Minchin is brought to life for the first time in a book. Includes a foreword by Neil Gaiman.

INFOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO MUSIC by Graham Betts

Discover what’s on ZZ Top’s mind, the degrees of separation between Indiana Jones20706944 and Rihanna, the most popular songs chosen for funerals and more!! Infographic Guide to Music presents unique, witty and surprising facts about every music genre, from pop, rock, indie, house, dance, electronic, rap, country and classical. Mixing musical stats with facts on all your favourite leading legends, it features infamous and often ludicrous tales of the music business. More than just a book of words, with graphs, Venn diagrams and charts, this book provides a unique overview of the music world, boasting over 100 original artworks and illustrations and at-a-glance facts to amaze and astound readers.

FOR THE FOREST OF A BIRD by Sue Saliba

24709229A novel about love and the things you can and can’t change, from the winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for young adult fiction, Sue Saliba.
‘I want to tell you that he’s coming home. . . and it’s going to be like it was before he went away, before everything broke apart.’
Nella waits for the swallows by the creek each spring. It’s a secret vigil she’s followed ever since her father left.
This year she’s going to take him with her . . . but can we ever return to the way things were?
A novel about love and the things you can and can’t change, from the winner of the Victorian’s Premier’s Literary Award for young adult fiction.

REALITY BOY by A.S. King20454066

In this fearless portrayal of a boy on the edge, Printz Honor author A.S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child television ‘star’ struggling to break free of the oppressive anger he’s felt since he was five years old. Twelve years later, he’s still haunted by his rage-filled youth – which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle – and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts; everyone is just waiting for him to snap. And he’s starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that – until he chooses to create possibilities for himself that he never knew he deserved.

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