Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Bored???

OK so now Christmas is over and you are looking ahead to the New Year and a long hot Summer. Visit the library for books, CD's, DVD's magazines and Graphic Novels. Come and book time on an X Box 360 or Playstation 3 at Endeavour Hills, Cranbourne and Narre Warren Libraries. Check out this slide show for a peek at what's available.

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Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Christmas Greetings!



On behalf of the Quicksand team we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Fabulous New Year. Enjoy the Holidays! We hope you have time to read, relax and catch up with friends. Keep out of mischief everyone!!


Cen, Ann, Rafah, Nick and Julie and all the team at CCLC.

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Your Enter Score Is Not The End

So Year 12 is finally over and you've finally got your Enter Score. You're either very happy with what you got or, like many others, you might be disappointed and upset.

Now you've got until 12pm on Monday 22nd December to change your preferences if you wish to.

I'm no expert, but Going to Uni is really helpful and has a list of alternative ways of getting into the uni course you want. Here are just a few:

  • Wait to see if you're offered a place in the following second or third round offers
  • Change your preferences - if you've missed out on the course you want then try applying for a similar course Eg. If you didn't get into Medicine, you could apply for Biomedical Science.
  • Apply to a regional institution - they tend to have lower enter scores compared to city institutions
  • Look into TAFE courses and see if there's a similar course to what you want, you can apply for a transfer into a university course, if possible.
I know I was very disappointed when I'd just missed out on a place for a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science. My enter score was just below the clearly-in mark. But I got an offer for an Arts degree and decided to take it but I still wanted to do an Arts/Science degree. So I took a science subject to make sure I'd still meet the prerequisite and then I applied for a transfer the following year and got into the course I wanted. This is only one example of how you can get into the course you want.

Here's a list of other helpful websites:

For general information on what to now that you've finished school visit www.year12whatnext.gov.au

For more information about uni courses and other ways of getting into uni go to www.goingtouni.gov.au

For information about going to TAFE visit www.skills.vic.gov.au

Just remember, whatever enter score you got, it is not the end of the world (although it might feel like it)!

Best of luck!

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Town by James Roy

In Town, Marty and his best friend, Reece, saunter into the school grounds on their first day of the new school year. Within minutes their cigarettes and lighter have been confiscated by one of the teachers. Undeterred, Marty spies an attractive female who is one of the new arrivals at the school. He confidently begins to talk with her, only realizing at school assembly that 'the new girl' is actually the new teacher.

This is the first of 13 interlinking short stories about a group of teenagers. The stories are shown from different perspectives, so you gain different insights as to the personalities of the teenagers, depending on who is telling the story!

Wonderful reading - some stories are hilarious , some sad, some have you on the edge of your seat with suspense, but all are engrossing and cleverly written.

-Ann

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

A Different Perspective


Hi guys,
Hope you've been enjoying the posts here on Quicksand!

I'm reviewing a book that I stumbled upon during a recent reading frenzy I had, and the book is called Geography Club by Brent Hartinger. It's a book that shows a different perspective to high school life, which makes it very interesting!

The story is told by Russell Middlebrook, a 16 year old guy who is gay, but in the closet. He introduces himself, and explains about the social structure of the students at his school and where everyone fits. He figures he must be the only gay teenager at his school. But then suddenly he begins to realise he isn't, when he meets up with someone anonymously over the net and it turns out to be the school baseball jock. Then when he comes out to his best friend Min, she in turn comes out to him!
They decide to form a club to discuss their feelings and to give each other support. To keep themselves a secret they name themselves the geography club, and more students join. They face difficulties both within their new group, as not everyone gets along, and also within the school population, as they try to remain a secret.

Brent Hartinger accurately shows the different social status levels that exist within schools and the way in which high school students interact and behave.
It is definitely worth a read; for the humour, the emotion and the insight it provides.
I really enjoyed the book and almost didn't want it to end, to bad there's no sequel!

Nicko

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Twilight

For those of you who haven't read the book or know what it's about (I'm sure there isn't many of you) I would recommend trying this website http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/ which is the official website of Stephanie Meyer and the Twilight series. For the movie website go here: http://www.twilightthemovie.com/
I am a big reader and I read the Twilight series - all 4 books - in 1 week. I couldn't put it down and everytime I had to stop reading it, it was all I could think about and every minute of my spare time went to reading and finding out more information on the books. Needless to say I was obsessed and with good reason. A romantic vampire fiction entwined around a modern setting and danger threatens at every corner, who would want to miss that?
The story unfolds where two people from different worlds collide into a intense romance that not even fate can dismantle. Edward Cullen and Isabella "Bella" Swan can't help what they feel and are drawn together as though it was meant to be, lest their hearts break asunder at their parting....... OK that was dramatic, but that is the way the story unfolds and you can't help but be swept away with their story. Even when danger and predatory foes threaten Bellas' life Edwards family, the Cullens (animal blood drinkers), band together to save her and destroy James(a human blood drinker) who would threaten their very existence.
Everytime I think of Twilight I can't help but be reminded of Shakespeares' Romeo and Juliet. A very similar story line about 2 star crossed lovers who would defy even death to stay together.
When I was reading the book I was listening to the Twilight Soundtrack and I tried to think what song would fit into what part of the book. I'm pleased to say that when I saw the movie on Sunday 7th December at an advanced screening session, I guessed where most of the songs would be played at certain points of the story. Major fan, who me? I can also safely announce that the movie did the book justice. No main parts from the book were cut out and it was just as I had picture it. A very entertaining movie even for those who haven't read the book yet.
The movie captured the awkwardness perfectly at the start of Edward and Bellas relationship and portrayed each character as they should have been in the book. There were moments in the movie that were funny and you couldn't help but laugh or giggle at something. Jasper Cullen is just as weird as you'd think in the movie too.
And Jacob is just as cute as all the girls say, just so you know. Even when Bella opened the door to the truck and he walked into it by accident, he was still cute and it was just as funny.
I'm extremely excited about the sequels. Books 2 and 3 "New Moon" and "Eclipse" have been confirmed to be made into movies that follows on from Twilight where it ends at the Prom (Victoria makes an appearnce at the end of the movie too). Keep up to date with the news by linking to the websites mentioned above.
If you need something to read now that you've read the series, don't forget to try out the "Beyond Twilight" Reading List, which our clever Librarians have put together just for us who love this series, and this genre, way too much.
Cheers,
Laura


Absolutely True Diary ...

Once you start reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, I guarantee you will find it very hard to put the book down.

The main character is Junior, an American Indian boy living on a reservation. The reservation is depicted as a desperate place in which to live. Alcohol fuelled violence is commonplace, as is poverty. Junior has other worries too - he has been born with brain damage and is regularly taunted and attacked by members of the community.
After a discussion with his teacher, Junior decides to transfer schools and attend the all-white junior high school at Reardon, 22 kilometres from the reservation.

The odds are stacked against him..

This is a very well-written book, full of hope and humour amidst the difficult circumstances of Junior's upbringing and surroundings.

Recommended reading for teenagers, and winner of the USA National Book Award for 2007.

-Ann

Monday, 8 December 2008

Trek Against Trafficking - Bec's Report



WELL, I'm back from Trek everybody and man, was it amazing! It all began back last Sunday week and went through til Thursday night. It was officially launched by the one and only Tim Costello who gave an inspiring speech with a analogy of us, youths, being the wind and the politicians following wherever it blows hardest. We then had some workshops, first with Susu, an international reknowned expert on trafficking in order to determine what trafficking really is. Basically, the transport of people for manual labour through exploitative means. It's a bit more complicated but that's the simplified version. A guy from Fairtrade Labelling Ltd then came to speak about the Fairtrade label and gave us a bit of info on that. We then went LOBBYING round Canberra. Some people visited federal MPs whilst others visited local Canberra cafes urging them to turn fairtrade. Wednesday was our big day, protests on Parliament lawn. It was extremely organised and soon to be on Youtube apparently. We dressed as slaves, had the Cadbury gorilla playing drums and caused a big commotion for a good cause.

Overall, it was fantastic and we learnt ways to campaign in our local areas. We can:
- Visit and write to MPs, urging them to support the campaign -Lobby local cafes to become fairtrade -Ring supermarkets such as Coles and Safeways urging for more fairtrade stocking. We have heard that if they get enough calls it will happen.
-Create a Vision Group (basically a group of people who work together to combat this issue on a grassroots scale; can be through school, uni, church etc

There's a Stir session being run by VGEN (youth movement of World Vision) on December 10th from 6-8.30 at CrossCulture Church of Christ (cnr of Lonsdale and Swanston St). December 10th s the International Day for Human Rights and basically is an update on the campaign, stories of success, a celebration of acheivements and some vocal genius from Tim Costello, Chris Varney and Amy Shand. Come along. FACEBOOK TOO, there's a VGEN facebook you can join.

Right, I'm seriously off now. There's a great 'Bubbles for nothing' video on Youtube that would greatly compliment this piece (nudge, nudge, wink, wink Cenza)

Hey hey ho ho slavery has got to go,
ciao,
Bec

Thanks Bec for sharing your experience with us. Quicksand is all about News, reviews and stuff of interest to teens. So teens who believe in social justice and making a difference in our world is great. Sorry but I used a different Youtube clip. Check out Bec's suggestion "Bubbles for Nothing" on http://www.youtube.com

Cen

 
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