Archive for September, 2013

Caught Read Handed book club recommendations


Students from our book club recommend the following books:

“The Billionaire’s Curse” by Richard Newsome

“The Fault in our Stars” by John Green

“Artemis Fowl” (series) by Eoin Colfer

“The Ranger’s Apprentice” (series) by John Flanagan



Caught Read Handed Book Club Dates for Term 4

Fridays in the library classroom

Week 2: 18th of October

Week 5: 8th of November

Week 8: 29th of November

Week 10: 13th of December

Please see Emma Pollock in the library or email her on



Did you know that Curiositas is ALWAYS on the lookout for book reviews to publish? Well it’s true! We will publish your very own reviews on this blog! And to promote this fact we will award prizes for the best 3 book reviews received before the term holidays! Just send us an email telling us briefly what the book is about and why you liked or loathed it – but try not to spoil the story for others. Try not to make it too long or too short – around 150 to 200 words is perfect. Oh, and don’t forget to include the author’s name and book title so others can find the book you’re talking about if they like the sound of your review. Please also include your name and year level in the subject line.

Just send your review to this email address:



CineCity News: THE GENERAL

The next CineCity feature will be Buster Keaton’s 1926 American masterpiece The General. This film is a fantastic example of a classic Hollywood silent picture. Filled with action, adventure and great visual gags it is considered one of Keaton’s finest works by critics, though at the time of release it was not very well received. Keaton himself, who began his career as a child star in a vaudeville act with his parents, thought The General was the best film he ever made. Orson Welles stated that The General is “the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made.” Screenings will continue each Monday and Wednesday through term 3. Any students who wish to participate need to see Daniel in the library to sign up. Bring your own popcorn!

Directed by: Clyde Bruckman

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Cast: Buster Keaton

Marion Mack

Glen Cavender

Jim Farley

Written by: Clyde Bruckman

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Genre: Action / Adventure / Comedy

Rating: G

Duration: 75 min

Colour: Black and White

Country/Language: USA / English  (SILENT)

Budget: $750,000 (estimated)

Year of Release: 1927

Production / Distribution Company: Buster Keaton Productions / United Artists Productions


Background notes:

• The film was based on actual events. “The Great Locomotive Chase” was a military raid that happened on April 12, 1862, in Georgia during the American Civil War. Saboteurs from the Union Army stole a locomotive and took it northward towards Tennessee, destroying as much as possible of the vital Western and Atlantic Railroad line as they went. They were chased by Confederate forces at first on foot, and later on a series of trains.

• Keaton did many hazardous physical stunts on and around the moving train. These included leaping from the engine to a tender to a boxcar, sitting on the cow-catcher of the slow moving train while clutching a railroad tie, and running across the roof. One of the most dangerous stunts occurred when Buster sat on one of the coupling rods, which connect the drivers of the locomotive.

Things to think about:

• Do you think the film would be better, funnier or more enjoyable if there was sound and dialogue?

• Did you find the humour and visual jokes funny or were they out-dated?



A.J. Betts speaks with our Year 9s.

On the 13th August our Year 9 students were treated to a visit from author and teacher A.J. Betts who teaches kids in a major hospital in WA. She talked openly about all of her novels and how she gets her ideas. Betts won the Text Prize for her latest novel Zac & Mia and she spoke about the real kids who helped inspire the book. She was very casual in her approach, often engaging individual students and getting the group to participate in the discussion. The kids were very responsive and participated well. Many kids stayed back after the talk to have a more personal discussion with Amanda about reading books, tips on how to improve their own writing and to get her autograph. A big thanks to Text Publishing and The Sun Bookshop for helping to organise the event.