Stu Duval at MAC


We had the privilege to welcome Stu Duval at Mount Aspiring College for 2 engaging sessions to all year 7 and 8 classes, one of story telling and one creative writing workshop.


How inspiring, engaging, useful and fun!

If you want to purchase his books, there are order forms at the library. Bring the completed form and money to the office by Monday 20th June.

New Senior Science Books


We’ve purchased several new science books to support the Level 2 and 3 Science curriculum as well as Scholarship. So we now have most books on the list from this Biology Scholarship link.

Bio Scholar 2016

Other new books include:

Dewey Title  Author
500 What if? Munroe, Randall
551 Active Earth Claybourne, Anna
551 Central Rocks: A guide to the geology and landscapes of Central Otago Lee, Daphne;Forsyth, Jane
551 Extreme Earth Claybourne, Anna
551 New Zealand minerals and rocks for beginners Forsyth, P. J
551 The changing landscape Dixon, Dougal
551.5 Mini-climates: Examining our Environment
551.6 Atmosphere of hope : searching for solutions to the climate crisis Flannery, Tim F
551.6 Towards a warmer world : what climate change will mean for New Zealand’s future Meduna, Veronika
552 Rock and mineral Farndon, John
574.92 Endangered oceans : investigating oceans in crisis Rake, Jody Sullivan
575 Evolution : the human story Roberts, Alice M
575 Evolution : the whole story Parker, Steve
577.6 Polluted inheritance : New Zealand’s freshwater crisis Joy, Mike 1959
580 Plant Life De la Bedoyere, Camilla
591 R The Living world of animals World Wildlife Fund
598 Birdlife of Mount Aspiring National Park Child, Peter
598.2P Grebes of Wanaka Macleod, Heather
610 Human Body Woodward, John
612 How your body works Canavan, Thomas 1956-
612.3 Gut : the inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ Enders, Giulia
616.8 Freaks, geeks and Asperger syndrome : a user guide to adolescence Jackson, Luke 1988-
616.8 Born on a blue day : a memoir of Asperger’s and an extraordinary mind Tammet, Daniel 1979-

Keep sending good books recommendations!

Book Club


9780008157944We meet Tuesdays lunchtimes in the library.

We are currently reading the Siren. We are also being crafty and create posters for the library to advocate books and reading.

It is not too late to join so come along in term 2 for some reading fun.


Reading is good


New BooksWelcome to MAC library this year!

Our 3 rules:

  • NO FOOD in the library
  • Borrow 4 books up to 3 weeks
  • Always record your book loan at the issue desk

Many new books arrive weekly on the “New Books” shelf.

There are also more than 200 ebooks on our FREE e-library to read on your own device.

Reading is good, so read more!

Holiday reading


To battle boredom and keep the brain fit, visit the town library to keep reading over the holidays.

If you are under 14, you can sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge, adopt a secret identity then read as many books as you can and get fun prizes.

So go to the Wanaka Library and get reading!

Book Club favourite book!


9780008140878Demon Road

By Derek Landy, the author of the series Skulduggery Pleasant, which we also love.

We rated this book 5 out of 5!

Amber Lambert has never heard of the Demon Road. But when her parents try to kill her, her life changes forever. A maze of secrets, lies and mysteries uncover the real truth of her parents. Now on the run with Milo, her parents and their friends closely behind, she is forced to travel along the Demon Road and confront the devil himself.

Genre: Thriller, fantasy, adventure (and a little bit of humour too)

The best book of the year!



Revision help at the library


Study 002 The library offers knowledge books to support all subjects of the curriculum so it is a good starting point for any revision. Encyclopedias are also great to learn and go deeper in any subject or to check specific points.

The library holds an updated set of Revision guides that cover all NCEA subjects. They are not for loan so that everyone can access them. Please use them here. Each revision guide contains the main points and previous years exam papers. These are also available on the NCEA website here.

The library also holds a selection of books about study skills, how to get organised, how to keep motivated etc.

Come to the library to revise in an inspiring learning environment.

And online, here are great websites to help. Many college departments sites provide detailed info about exams and study. Tutorials offered at the college are listed in the latest newsletter here.

Studyit – Your one stop site for achieving in NCEA maths, science, and English. Find what you need to know, contact subject teachers, and get encouragement from other students.

No Brain too Small – Revision notes, flashcards and activities prepared by NZ teachers to help all levels in NCEA Science.

Epic databases – Access to up-to-date full text articles covering a huge range of subjects from thousands of international and New Zealand magazines, newspapers, biographies, substantial reference works, and images. Ask your teacher or the librarian for our college’s username name and login.

S-cool – A British revision website for high school students, all subjects.  Many will help for NCEA units.

Khan Academy –  The organization produces micro lectures in the form of YouTube videos about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more. If there is a specific point you did not understand (eg. parabolas, deflation etc.), then you’ll find 5mn videos that explain it and exercises to test your knowledge.


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