MS Readathon 2015




The MS Readathon is a reading-based fundraiser run by Multiple Sclerosis Australia (MSA). Now in its 37thyear, the MS Readathon encourages people of all ages to read and improve their literacy whilst at the same time raising their community awareness and empowering them to make a difference in the lives of people living with MS.

Children read as many books as possible during August. They can ask friends and family to sponsor them either online or by giving a donation in cash or cheque. This money goes towards providing vital support and services for people living with MS. Books read for the Premier’s Reading Challenge can also count towards the total books read for the MS Readathon.

The funds must be returned by October 31 and, in November, all participants receive a Certificate of Appreciation.

For more information, tips and fundraising ideas, visit the MNIRC, or 1300 MS READ.


Storm the Castle!!

Storm the Castle is exactly what Year 8 Encounter students had to imagine when completing their Castles Project recently.

As part of their Medieval Period study, Year 8 students had to research all of the aspects of building, defending and attacking a castle. Many students built their very own functional or fantasy model castle and these are now on display in the MNIRC.

Blue & white castle          Boys castle      Jaime castle     Kai castle

We have  wide range of both fiction and non fiction books and resources on the Medieval period that are sure to interest or provide valuable information for assignments. Some titles include “Days of Knights and Castles”, “The Castle at War”, “Avoid being in a Medieval Dungeon” and “Why, Why, Why did Knights wear Heavy Armour”.

General castle tv display               General castle cupboard display

New historical series.

Are you a fan of historical fiction? If so, you’ll love this new set of books  –     “The Story of…….”

They’re a set of short, easy to read, first person accounts of events in history. Read the stories of a passenger from the Titanic, a tail gunner from bomber command in WWII, a runaway slave from 1850’s America, a Roman gladiator, a survivor of the Holocaust and a soldier from the trenches of WWI.

Holocaust  RunawayTail gunnerTitanicgladiator blogover the top





















Marcel Nyeholt

The Marcel Nyeholt Resource Centre is named after former deputy Headmaster and Geography teacher, Marcel Nyeholt who was a valued member of the Braemar College community and passed away after a long battle with cancer in August, 1991.

Marcel NyholtHe commenced at Braemar College in 1978, and is remembered for his positive, encouraging attitude to life.

According to former student, Ashley Young, he used to say, “Life’s too short to waste. Go out there and be yourself. Don’t fear the future, have fun, be different, don’t worry about it.”

Marcel Nyeholt had a strong sense of commitment to his family, his profession and his community.

He is remembered by his friend of almost thirty years, Peter Goodwin as “Someone who was unafraid of what people thought of him as long as he thought he was doing the right thing. ”

Mr Goodwin remembers him for “his warmth and his love, his sense of humour, his relaxed manner, his integrity and his individuality. These are the things that Marcel has left for us and they are wonderful memories of someone who has touched our lives and who gave far more to life than he ever took from it.”

Marcel was deeply committed to teaching. He had a passion for geography and was also well known for his prowess as a teacher of Latin.

In the wider community he was known for his involvement in the CFA, cricket and football. Marcel had a passion for the beach and surfing where he would head every Friday afternoon after work over the summer months to his caravan at Anglesea. He also worked tirelessly for friends after the Ash Wednesday bush fires, helping them rebuild their homes.

Marcel was survived by his wife, Lesley, and children, Bree, Marcus, Lisette and Piers.

The Marcel Nyeholt Resource Centre was opened in his honour on 22 March 1997.

“My Life” competition.


My Life comp


Try your luck in this Random House competition.

About the Competition

How would you like to win $1000 cash, a signed set of the My Life series and $1000RRP worth of books for your school?

Sound amazing? Are you a student in Australia and aged 8–13? Do you have a story about your life that is funny, gross, weird or amazing? Well, we want to hear it!

To enter

1. Get permission from a parent, teacher or guardian.

  1. Enter your details and upload your 500 word short story below, or download our entry form and send it to us with a copy of your short story.If you are a teacher, you can enter on behalf of students in your class. Download the entry form, attach one to each story and post it to us. Postal details are below.Attention: Sarana Emerton
    Random House Australia
    Level 3, 100 Pacific Hwy
    North Sydney, NSW 2060

    Need some inspiration for your story? Many of the stories in the My Life series are based on things that have happened to Tristan.

So make sure you grab a copy of his books MY LIFE AND OTHER STUFF I MADE UPMY LIFE AND OTHER STUFF THAT WENT WRONG and the new book MY LIFE AND OTHER MASSIVE MISTAKES, and give them a read. You can also visit for some great writing tips.

If you have uploaded your story and details in our online entry form, you do not need to post us your entry. Competition ends 11.59 pm AEST on Monday 31 August 2015.

Les Aventures de Tin Tin

The Resource Centre is pleased to be currently hosting a colourful display of posters completed by Year 5 and 6 students studying French with Ms Heidi Wyder.

Their topic is the the much loved character of Tin Tin, created by the popular French author Georges Herge. Tin Tin and his little dog Milou have lots of exciting adventures solving mysteries in exotic locations all around the world.

The MNIRC has an extensive range of Tin Tin books available for you to enjoy.

Students & Tin Tin

Amber, Jasleen and Jessica with their posters.