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Term 4 Update 2015

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The weather is warming up, the days are getting longer and we can hardly believe another school year has sailed by.

Syba HQ has been abuzz with product development; we have In response to your feedback and the global library trend towards arranging the fiction collection by genre, we have developed a new range of senior focused genre products; this includes spine labels, posters and more! Check out the full range and let us know what you think, we hope you and your students love these new designs as much as we do!

It’s maker time! As the makerspace movement continues to grow in popularity we have expanded our range to ensure your makerspace looks as engaging and fun as all the creative activity that goes on there.

We have updated our copyright signs and they are looking better than ever! We have also added a dynamic pair of posters outlining copyright requirements and frequently used symbols including Creative Commons and your responsibilities when using content created by others. This is an essential set to foster ethical scholarship and to support Digital Citizenship policies and programs. The reusable wall graphic is a personal favourite!

Our creative team has come up with a beautiful new range of perspex starter packs including non-fiction, locations and genre. Don’t forget, all our perspex signs are made to order and are fully customisable so you can get creative too! Maybe you’d like a set for your new senior genres? The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. We have a whole range of mounting solutions so contact us for a quote!

Remember, many of our standard products can be completely customised or we are always excited to work with you to find unique solutions for your specific need. If you have a product idea that would make your job easier get in touch and if we add it to our range you get yours for free! We are just a phone call or email away.

Syba Academy

Registrations are filling fast for the BOSTES / QTC accredited seminar Rethinking the Collection: Principles and Practices for 21C School Libraries in Sydney on the 16th of November, so get in quick! If you want to learn more about how library design can improve learning in your school then this is the event for you! Lyn Hay will lead the seminar with presentations from current practitioners; Jason Saikaly of Barker College, Sydney and Anne Whisken, Carey Baptist College, Melbourne.

In an effort to make our professional learning more accessible we are running a series of Digital Citizenship Online Extension Courses. These courses are BOSTES / QTC accredited at proficient teacher level and facilitated by head of professional learning Lyn Hay. Most children now have digital footprint before they are even born so ensuring that students and teachers are aware of their rights and responsibilities online is more important than ever! These courses were developed to assist schools to establish clear and comprehensive digital citizenship policies that encourage collaboration, and integrated learning.

Make sure you take a moment to view Syba Academy's upcoming professional development offerings; we are in the process of finalising the 2016 program so stay tuned! Don’t forget we offer fully accredited customised in school professional development too! Get in touch with us for more information on 02 9808 3377 or email

All the best for a fantastic finish to the school year,

The Syba Team.


Book Week Display Competition 2015

Monday, August 24, 2015

And the winner is...

Heatley Secondary College, QLD

We are delighted to announce that after some very difficult deliberations, Heatley Secondary College have won the inaugural, Syba Signs Book Week Display Competition. Thank you to all the entrants, we were overwhelmed with the shear number and quality of the displays shared with us. We are actually feeling a little envious we won't be partaking in all the fun this week, so thanks for making us feel part of it! 

A special thank you to Patricia Kratzmann, Teacher Aide in the library at Heatley Secondary College in Townsville, Queensland for sharing your Book Week Displays with us!! We hope you are able to put the $100 Syba Signs online voucher to good use to help create future displays in your library!

We love Patricia's passion! Patricia says "I love putting up displays in the library as the students always seem to be engaged with the subject I choose to display. I can't teach the students during class time however I try to educate them through my displays when they visit the library. I like to follow the curriculum being taught during the term...For Book week I wanted to embrace the theme "books light up our world" so I made some giant light bulbs and used fireworks as a background to light up our world. I also made a giant book and put the shortlist sections inside...I love my job at Heatley Secondary College and my displays have become quite popular amongst the students and teachers.

And the runner up is...

Aberfoyle Park Campus Library, SA

Thank you to Jo Schenkel for putting forward your entry! Keep your eyes peeled for a package containing Book Week 2015 Bookmarks and a copy of the Book Week Ideas & Activities book title which will arrive at your school this week.

The displays created by Jo and her team were inspired by the Lighthouse Keeper Books and Sally Heinrich's book The Most Beautiful Lantern. Check out all Aberfoyle Park Campus Displays neatly collated in a PhotoPeach and embedded on their Library blog. What a great idea!

Special mention goes to...

Alstonville Public Library, NSW

Thank you Nicole for sharing with us displays from the Richmond-Tweed Regional Libraries branches. Congratulations to Alsonville Public Library, in particular the work of the local preschool students in creating relevant displays for this years book week theme! Keep an eye out for some Alphabet Friezes to help brighten your preschools and junior fiction reading spaces.

Thank you again to everyone who entered. We have collated some of the entries into the gallery below for you because we couldn't possibly keep these fab displays all to ourselves, just click on a thumbnail to view larger images.

Aberfoyle Park Campus LibraryAberfoyle Park Campus LibraryAberfoyle Park Campus LibraryAlstonville Public LibraryAlstonville Public LibraryAlstonville Public LibraryBallina Public Library
Ballina Public LibraryCanberra Grammar School SeniorCanberra Grammar School SeniorCanberra Grammar School SeniorEdge Hill State SchoolEdge Hill State SchoolEdge Hill State School
Edge Hill State SchoolEltham College JuniorGeelong Grammar Toorak CampusHeatley Secondary College QLDHeatley Secondary College QLDHeatley Secondary College QLDHughesdale Primary School
Hunter Valley Grammar School NSWHunter Valley Grammar School NSWKinross Primary School WAKinross Primary School WAKinross Primary School WAMercedes College Springfield SAMurwillumbah Public Library
Nagle Catholic CollegeOLMC Parramatta NSWOLMC Parramatta NSWOLMC Parramatta NSWRichmond High SchoolSt John the Baptist Maitland NSW
St Martin of Tours VICSt Paul's RutherfordSt Paul's BrisbaneToongabbie Christian School NSW


Digital Citizenship Online Extension Courses

Tuesday, August 04, 2015


Syba Academy is excited to announce two upcoming Digital Citizenship Online Extension Courses.

  • Digital Citizenship: Core Concepts & Principles
  • Digital Citizenship: Advanced Skills & Leadership

These courses are designed to provide teachers, teacher-librarians, curriculum and e-learning coordinators with an opportunity to develop a digital citizenship policy and program to address the specific needs of their school community.

The knowledge, skills and behaviours that people of all ages as digital citizens need to develop, understand and practice are explored using Ribble’s (2011) nine elements of digital citizenship. These include: digital access, digital commerce, digital communication, digital literacy, digital etiquette, digital law, digital rights and responsibilities, digital health and wellness, and digital security.

School teams of 2-5 participants are encouraged to enrol as their school’s Digital Citizenship Working Party. This can lead to a school planning and implementing a schoolbased program to effectively address their community’s digital citizenship issues and challenges.

Each course is conducted over a period of four weeks and involves a minimum commitment of 15 hours.

Participants can complete the course in their own time, however will be expected to invest approximately 4 hours per week to complete a range of learning activities and school-based initiatives, engage in online professional discussions with the instructor and course participants, and document the outcomes of their learning according to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

A maximum of 30 participants are enrolled in this course at a time to ensure participants gain individual instruction and feedback throughout the course.

Testimonial Mt Alvernia College, Kedron, QLD

Participating in the Digital Citizenship course provided by the Syba Academy assisted us in understanding the imperative role of educators as models and stewards of digital citizenship in 21st century learning environments. It also provided us with the foundation for the digital citizenship practice and programmes in the Mount Alvernia iCentre.

Importantly, the course was the catalyst for us to evolve from a digital citizenship approach that was haphazard, to one that is intentional and systematic.

It has been a year since we completed the course and we continue to build on the foundations provided by Syba Academy. The course gave us the knowledge, resources and skills that have started us on our journey of working with the College Leadership Team on a whole-school Digital Citizenship policy that will provide vision for the college community.

We believe that by building student capacities in digital literacy and digital citizenship, the iCentre team are enacting their responsibilities as information specialists and serving as leaders in the school.

The Digital Citizenship course was the most practical and relevant professional development we have participated to support us in this. We highly recommend this course to any professional interested in developing or improving a successful digital citizenship programme within their school.

Helen Stower, Curriculum Leader (Information Services & iCentre)

Kathryn Schravemade, Teacher-Librarian Mount Alvernia College, Kedron, Qld

For more information and to register visit


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