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Coding for kids after school

Code Club is back by popular demand!

We had so much fun last term and we can’t wait to get back into it again. Don’t miss out, register now!

What is Code Club?

Code Club is a nationwide network of volunteer-led coding clubs with a mission to #getkidscoding! We are aiming to give every child the skill, confidence and opportunity to shape their world.
The program is aimed at kids aged 8 – 15 years of age who advance through a series of coding languages:
  1. Scratch – a simple block-coding program which allows users to build animations and games while learning the fundamentals of coding.
  2. HTML/CSS – allows users to develop their understanding while building web pages and online content from the ground up.
  3. Python – this highly versatile programming language allows users to use their understanding and creativity to build Apps and complete web sites.
  4. Blender – coders can build 3D animations and games, creating 3D characters and developing their own movies and stories.

Code Club is project based learning, aligned with the National Digital Technologies Curriculum and provides kids with the opportunity to collaborate, create, communicate and problem solve! We celebrate our errors and embrace them as a chance to learn.

Code Club is free to join and is supported by volunteers and library staff. 

We strongly encourage parents to come along and be a part of what their child is working on and achieving. Not only that, kids can log in from home and continue progressing through their lessons.

Being part of a Code Club means meeting like-minded people, making new friends and coding awesome things together!

Don’t miss out, register now!

Tech Thursdays are back!

Tech Thursdays back for a new term.

Whether you’ve just bought your first computer or you need to brush up on using your digital device, Tech Thursdays will have something for you.

Each week there will be a new topic for discussion. In our first session, we look at the differences between a desktop computer, a laptop, and digital devices. We also discuss some of the ways we use our computers and the internet. See below for our full timetable, or download it here.

WK TITLE DESCRIPTION DATE  
1 THE ABSOLUTE BASICS Basic description of a computer, laptop, tablet, smart phone, and the internet. Brief outline of the application and use of each. THURS,
9 MAY
10-11AM
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2 GETTING TO KNOW
YOUR DEVICE
Using hardware such as a mouse, touchscreen, keyboard, computer tower, parts of the laptop, programs and files etc. THURS,
16 MAY
10-11AM
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3 GETTING STARTED
ONLINE
Using the internet, online forums, email, search engines, and reinforce internet safety. THURS,
23 MAY
10-11AM
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4 STAYING SAFE ONLINE Creating safe passwords, paying safely online, avoiding scams and tricks, downloading and saving documents, how to access help. THURS,
30 MAY
10-11AM
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5 MORE ONLINE SKILLS Online shopping, social media overview, Facebook, using digital camera, watching and listening to online media. THURS,
6 JUNE
10-11AM
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6 CONNECTING WITH
OTHERS
Getting set up for video calling, Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime. THURS,
13 JUNE
10-11AM
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7 ALL ABOUT DATA What is data? Choosing a data plan, managing your data, using your data overseas, home data vs. mobile data. THURS,
20 JUNE
10-11AM
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8 WIFI AND MOBILE
NETWORKS
What is WiFi, Home Networks, WiFi on the go, Mobile networks THURS,
27 JUNE
10-11AM
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9 ONLINE HOBBIES Family history, exploring with Google Earth and beyond, blogs. THURS,
4 JULY
10-11AM
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Tech Thursday is part of the BeConnected series of classes. While the lessons are part of a larger course, attendees can choose whether they want to attend individual classes.

Currently, registrations for sessions are essential and if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Local students participate in national literacy project

Imagine an Olympic Torch carried from town to town from one side of Australia to the other.

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Now instead of a torch, picture a book passed between volunteers as it travels! And at each town where the book relay stops, a new page is added to the story by that community.

Called the Paint Australia REaD Book Relay, the project celebrates the importance of reading, particularly for children.

The Shire of Dardanup organised for the Book Relay to call in at River Valley Primary School earlier this week with Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett in attendance as the Master of Ceremonies.

Students were treated to a reading of the book Alpacas with Marracas by children’s entertainer Glen Perks and his puppet Hen Three.

Paint Australia REaD is one project of national community-driven literacy project Paint the Town REaD.

Also, stay tuned with more events planned by the Shire of Dardanup as a supporter of Paint the Town REaD coming soon.

Shire of Dardanup Library Services has a range of programs and activities designed to get your child into reading. If you would like to find out more please contact us.

Originally posted on Shire of Dardanup website by Kristy Hitchens.

Easter Holiday Library Hours

Shire of Dardanup Library Services will be closed from:

Friday, 19 April to Monday 21 April 2019

We would like to wish you a happy and safe holiday.

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Did you know?

It was a WA Dentist who captured the centre of the Ottoman Empire

Popular history tells us that Sir T.E. Lawrence of Arabia drove into Damascus on 1 October 1918. However, it was actually a dentist from Western Australia who outstripped the revered commander by a matter of hours.

Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Olden, commander of the 10th Australian Lighthorse Regiment, had already arrived at the capital of the Ottoman Empire and encircled the town hall. Drawing his revolver, Olden entered and formally received the surrender of Governor Emir Said before Lawrence was even in sight of the city. The document of surrender handed to the Lieutenant-Colonel hails him as the first “to enter Damascus, in the bravest manner known of the Saxon race”.

Despite Sir Lawrence’s memoirs and Hollywood blockbusters, Australian Lieutenant-General Sir Harry Chauvel notes that English forces were far from the first to enter Damascus:

“The first of the Arab forces to enter Damascus were those who followed Lawrence in and, by that time, an Australian Brigade and at least one regiment of Indian Cavalry had passed right through.”

Caretakers to our local history.

Image courtesy SLWA

Recently, the conservation team at the State Library of Western Australia authenticated a number of maps belonging to Lieutenant Olden. These documents outline much of the campaign to drive the Ottoman Empire back into Damascus and are important relics of international and local history. Thankfully, collections such as these exist to preserve this information within libraries, tasked with the noble duty of caretakers to our history.

At Eaton Community Library we are always collecting for our local history. We have such a rich and varied past in the Shire of Dardanup and it is important to ensure our story is documented and accessible to everyone. Everything from Fee’s Diaries and oral histories of Dardanup, to memoirs of the greater Bunbury area is included in our growing collection. A fantastic recent inclusion has been the The Gravel Pit which tells the story of Charles and Rachel Hill. Their family would go on to comprise much of our Aboriginal population of the local area, including Eaton, Burekup, and Dardanup.

If you would like to do some family history research, we have access to the Ancestry.com database for free (can only be accessed within the library). We also have books on how to do genealogy research. It’s a fascinating subject and something that is easier now than ever before with the online resources available.

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