Archive for July, 2009

NOVA Science News

Do you like to keep up-to-date with the latest news for Biology, the Environment, Health, Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Technology? 

 NOVA is a “Science in the News” service run by the Australian Academy of Science. 

 You can also register for new topics by e-mail.novahome

Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

Bicycle riding challenge

nrmaAre you keen to keep up your physical activity through your senior years at School?  Why not take the 2009 NRMA Gold Medal Challenge


The challenge invites secondary school students to register via the website ( and clock up 500km on their bike. Any ride can count towards the goal, including to school, mountain biking with friends or simply a ride to the local park or shops. Students taking part in the challenge are in the running to win some great prizes including velodrome workshops, a fitness session with Ironman Champion Guy Leech, cycle computers and a number of other cycling accessories. The challenge is also open to teachers with a subscription to Australian Cyclist magazine and a road safety workshop for their school up for grabs. It’s free to take part, registrations are open until 18th December 2009 and participants have until March 2010 to reach the 500km goal.

 The aim of the challenge is to raise physical activity levels and promote safe and responsible cycling among secondary students in NSW. Throughout the duration of the challenge Bicycle NSW and the NRMA Motoring and Services will provide participants with a number of resources to increase awareness about road rules, bicycle maintenance and responsible riding.

Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

Test Yourself with new multiple choice HSC exam questions

 More than 5000 questions now available online, in all HSC subjects that include multple choice exam questions.  These subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Legal Studies, Business Studies, General Maths, Tourism and PDHPE.

The Test Yourself quizzes can be long or short, taken from just one year’s exam papers or from a mix of years stretching right back to 2001 – each user decides the number of questions they want in each test.

The practice test site is one of the most popular areas of the NSW Board of Study website.  Set your own quiz to revise your knowledge.

Parents and  teachers are also free to try the online practice tests.

Follow this link to the Quiz site of Studies logo

Louise, Youth Librarian, Manly Library (from material on the BOS website)

The People of NSW – statistics from the 2006 census

Do you need some facts/figures/statistics for your assignment? – this new publication has just been produced –

The People of New South Wales – Statistics from the 2006 Census

The People of New South Wales is a major compilation of statistics on birthplace, language, religion and ancestry from the 2006 Census of Population and Housing.   This gives a very complete picture of the diversity of each Local Government Area in NSW.  Included are data on

  • Age-gender profiles for the most common birthplace, language and ancestry groups in New South Wales showing the diverse structure of our population.
  • Detailed ancestry data by birthplace of parents, giving a clearer picture of the extent of our migrant communities.
  • English language competency by age, presenting the differing levels of English language competency amongst different language and age groups.

There are 2 volumes and they are available on-line at the NSW Govt Community Relations Commission website

Louise, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

ATAR’s are the new UAI

atarIn 2009, the Universities Admissions Index (UAI) for NSW and ACT Year 12 students is changing to the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Students should not be worried about any of the changes as they will have no impact on their current studies or choice of university courses for 2010. With the new name there will be some minor changes that students, parents and teachers need to know about. The number given to the maximum rank in NSW and the ACT will now be an ATAR of 99.95, as opposed to a UAI of 100.

The ATAR will indicate a student’s position in relation to the Year 7 students they began high school with. These changes have been introduced to achieve national consistency in the name and reporting of selection ranks.  All states (except Queensland) will be introducing the name ATAR for their selection ranks over the next two years.

The above information came from the UAC website – head to it for more information

Louise, Youth Librarian, Manly Library