Celebrating Roald Dahl 100 years of the World’s No. 1 Storyteller

 

September 13th marked 100 years ago that Roald Dahl was born. While he died some years ago his books are still best sellers and read and enjoyed by children all over the world.

To help celebrate we have had competitions and fun activities all week. Lunchtime on his birthday children wore big BFG ears, and Willy Wonka hats. Children have written poems and created some wonderful dream jars.

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 Isla with her fantastic BFG ears and amazing dream jar

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Amber and her massive BFG ears                              

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Charlie, Laura and Amy sharing a chat under Laura’s Willy Wonka hat 

 

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Maisy and Amy with their poem

 

Roald  Dahl

 

Books, books, picture books

Trying to cook and crazy looks.

Matilda, BFG, Trunchbull and more,

Charlie finding a golden ticket in the store.

BFG mixing up words

Glue put on Mr and Mrs Twits heads by birds

 

Happy birthday Roald Dahl!

 

By Maisy T and Amy Z

 

 

Some of our wonderful dream jars

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If you want to know more about Roald Dahl check out this website.

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Robots in the library for Space Night

 

Space Night was a fantastic night. The whole school was buzzing with excitement with food stalls and science activities for all ages.

In the library we pushed back all the shelves and let the robots take over. The children even danced with the robots. This little robot  was just warming up before the doors opened.

Our wonderful PTA were the hard-working planners behind this fantastic night. So a huge thank you to all of them.

During the week in the library we had chances to make alien spacehips out of paper plates and stars out of paper bags. The library really is a fun place to be.

And of course there were lots of lovely new space books bought with funds raised by the PTA. Again – a huge thank you to our wonderful PTA

This was the library display for Space Night. 

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Planets jigsaw in the library

Over the last week children have been coming in to the library and helping to complete our planets jigsaw.

Great to see so many children working on the jigsaw. A real team effort. Thank you.

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The 78-storey treehouse by Andy Griffiths. Two happy readers under our own tree in the library

The 78-storey treehouse

By Andy Griffiths

ISBN 9781743535004

 

Two very happy readers with the latest release from Andy Griffiths. Just released today! Rosa and Baxter are in our library standing under our own tree (with our Olympic display), holding up the library copies of The 78-storey treehouse. When I held up the copies of the books for issuing, every hand went up. Pop in and reserve your copy. I confess I whipped through it before I let anyone else have a turn and giggled all the way through it.

Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton are an awesome team. Check out Andy’s website.

 

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Domino run in the library

Our latest maker space activity was a small first attempt to create a domino run. The carpet wasn’t quite firm enough so we tried the table. Setting up took a bit of time as there were lots of bumps that lead to everything tumbling down early.
We did have heaps of fun, lots of laughs and that is wonderful. Most children stood well back to avoid early crashes but as you can see we did try this on a very small scale. We did have little bits running well.
We will certainly do this again. Children will look at how well spaced they place the dominoes, better layouts, and we may even go to the hall and do a bigger attempt. The thing I love about maker space activities is that the children are encouraged to do everything themselves with very little intervention from teaching/adult staff.
A fun way to spend lunch time in the library.
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Olympic Games display and links for learning

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For the next few weeks most of the classes will be learning about the Olympic Games. We have a display in the library with Qr codes to great links, posters of the different sports and of course our bear in the tree is our flag bear-er!

There is a box of resources which can be used in the library. On the library blog under Hot topics there is a link to a number of websites on the Olympic Games. Do check out the BBC Olympic Games advert. It is very cool and very clever. Here is a quick link.

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My Grandpa is a Dinosaur – new book and a competition too.

My Grandpa is a dinosaur

By Terry Jones

Illustrated by Richard Fairgray

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Wow! There are dinosaurs all over the library. We have a great competition at school this week. All you have to do is draw a picture of a dinosaur and you might win a copy of this wonderful book. Any kind of dinosaur – even one you invent yourself. If you come in to the library you can see what some students have created already. There are rainbow dinosaurs and even one with a volcano head.

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Bring your pictures to the library before next Wednesday.

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Sam Johnson visiting the seniors. What an amazing afternoon.

This post is from Scarlett in year six.

 

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Year 6 has been working on a biography of famous New Zealanders. I chose Sam Johnson (for those of you who don’t know, Sam set up the Student Volunteer Army and was awarded young New Zealander of the year in 2012 after he and his “Army” helped a lot in the earthquakes). In my opinion he was the best person to pick!! I began trying to email him so I could ask if I could interview him  over the phone. It took a while but finally his secretary gave me his proper email address and within a few hours I had a reply from him saying that it would be fine. It was a great start!

A few minutes later I got another email from him saying that he would be in Christchurch on Thursday and he could meet me at the Fendalton library. That was even better! I told Mrs Harford and she said it was great but if it would be even better if he could come and talk to the senior team. This was quite a lot to ask and remember he was doing all of this for free! I gave it a try and he said he only lived around the corner so he said that it would be fine! I was stoked! Even more Mrs Harford and Desna were stoked! It felt like I was going to meet John Key!! So on Thursday at 2pm Sam Johnson came to talk to the Senior team! When he arrived I had butterflies in my stomach as you can see in the photo he was quite a lot taller than me! When we walked down to the hall I showed him a few of the classes and he was already being recognised by teachers! When he started I was immediately intrigued. It was like the whole senior team wasn’t staring at us and all I could focus on was his words. Every word was inspirational and meaningful and it was a day I would always remember!

 

Thank you Scarlett for organising this wonderful event. Sam was so inspirational and it was lovely to see how well you interviewed him.

I know I will remember two very important things from his talk. One is that you need to be a team player with whatever you do. The second is that your attitude is most important in what you do in life. Thank you Scarlett.

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Samoan language week 29th May to 4th June

Next week is Samoan language week.  Ursla and Henrietta have made a wonderful display in the library to help celebrate the special week.

If you want to learn a few words in Samoan then check out the link here.

Did you know we even have a copy of The very hungry caterpillar written all in Samoan. It is called O le ketapila matua fia ai.

It is on display in the library with a few other Samoan books for you to look at. Thank you Ursla and Henrietta for all your help.

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Making a newspaper tower in the library

Lunch times this week in the library have been busy with lots of children rolling up newspapers to help create a tower. Our wonderful caretaker Mr Walker, has been in every day to assist the children as they roll different lengths. It was a great chance to discuss what gives buildings their strength and how to make sure things actually are strong enough to stand up. The added touch of a flashing light on top was just perfect. Delighted faces everywhere for our makerspace activity.

 

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A special visit from Uk author Liz Pichon of Tom Gates fame

Wow! What a day we had at school today. Not only did we all get to get dressed up in our favourite bookish costumes but we had a very special visit from UK author and illustrator Liz Pichon. Liz is famous for her wonderfully funny Tom Gates books.

Liz was on her way to another school for her only talk in Christchurch but we were incredibly lucky to have her stop by on her way from the airport to her talk. Our Kapa Haka team gave her a very animated welcome. They are, as always, a wonder to watch.

Liz took time to sign books for some of her Tom Gates fans. It was a very special opportunity for these children and such a brilliant thing to happen during our book week. A special thanks to Scholastic for making this happen.

 

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Kapa Haka

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Receiving her kete.

 

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Liz inside our library after signing her books for some of her fans.

 

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We all fell in love with her shoes. They are awesome.

If you want to know more about Liz and her Tom Gates books check out her very cool website here.

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Mr Walker just has to be one of the best team players at our school.

What an awesome day! As part of our week long celebration of books and reading, children dressed up as their favourite book characters and marched around the tennis courts displaying their costumes and their love of books. Even our wonderful caretaker Mr Walker took time to put on the great big and very heavy costume of Clifford the dog. Poor Mr Walker was very, very hot underneath all that gear. So thank you Mr Walker for brightening up the day of all our children and even the drivers driving along our road this morning.
         Thanks also to Mrs Williams for helping him with the crossing this morning.

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Storytelling with Zac from Christchurch City Libraries

Yesterday the junior and middle teams had a wonderful afternoon being entertained by Zac McCallum from Christchurch City Libraries.
Here he is reading Piranhas don’t eat bananas by the author Arron Blabey.
Thanks Zac or as the children said thanks “banana man”.
We have this book in our library so you can read it for yourselves later.
Zac McCallum
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Book sale in the school library

The library has been buzzing all week with children buying new books. It is wonderful to see so many parents coming in and choosing books as a family.
Our competitions are in full swing with lots of entries. Judging is going to be so hard as we know how much work has gone in to all of your entries.
More photos throughout the week of some of the fun we are having. We are still selling books all day tomorrow 8.30 until 3.30 in the library.

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Internationally famous author Liz Pichon of Tom Gates fame, will be in Christchurch on Thursday

We are super excited that author Liz Pichon will be coming to Christchurch this week. Liz is the world famous author of the Tom Gates books which are very funny. Unfortunately Liz will not be talking at our school but she will be at The Children’s Bookshop on Thursday afternoon.
Liz Pichon
 
12 May
The Original Children’s Bookshop,
227 Blenheim Road
4.15 – 4.45pm
There are lots of fun things to check out and do on her website. It is also very cool to have this opportunity during our book week.
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Just a few more sleeps until Book Week

Next week will be full-on with lots of focus on books and reading. There are heaps of competitions to enter.
Rose has already created her story diorama for one of the competitions and it is gorgeous. I can see that you have taken so much time with this Rose and I love the use of twigs for the houses.
Lots of fantastic new books to buy too. This will be a great chance to stock up on some new titles for the long winter nights ahead. Don’t forget the parade on Thursday at 9.15. Take 5 will be open too if you feel like a cup of coffee or a hot chocolate.

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Star Wars miniature characters – great book week idea

Jasmine has made these wonderful miniature Star Wars characters. They are so small and detailed. These would be great for the altered tins/diorama competition using a small tin or small box. Do you have ideas like this? Perhaps using a Lego character inside a small box with night sky paper behind. Be creative! Enjoy the holidays everyone and see you back here next term with some of your own creations.

 

 

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Book Week coming up next term.

Book Week is in week two of term two – 9th – 13th May.
So many exciting things to do. Competitions, teacher read-around, character dress-up and parade, and of course heaps of new books for sale. It is a fantastic week of thinking about books, reading books and sharing stories.
Start thinking now about which book character you might want to dress up as so you are already for when it happens next term. Check out the competitions below and perhaps do some over the holidays. Creating book trailers seem to be a favourite one to try at the moment but there a plenty to choose from.
Book Trailer      Create a book trailer for your favourite book.
Fractured Fairy Tale  Write a different ending to a well known story. No more than 100 words.
50 word story   Write a story which takes place in a fantasy world. You may only use 50 words or less.
Dust Cover      Design a Book cover for a fantasy book.
Altered tins  Design a mini fantasy diorama based on a book character or scene within a tin or small cardboard box.   The smaller the better. A few examples pictured below. Check them out in the library.
Shelfie  Take a photo in front of your bookshelf. It is up to you to decide how the Fantasy theme is represented in your shelfie.

 

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There will be a few more competitions in the library so do come in.
Book week happens every two years so this is your chance to really have some fun and support our library. It is a good chance to stock up on some new books and put them away for winter. Hope to see you there.
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Awesome prize for our library from New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

Our Year Six book club is participating in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults as a judge school. It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to read and vote for books for the Hells Children’s Choice section. Along with other judge schools our choices will be collated and then released for the final votes from children all over New Zealand.

We are so lucky to have won a prize from the weekly draw of participating schools.

Just check out these photos of the new books. Room 4 are first in for a look at these great titles which will soon be added to our library. Thank you to New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and Hell’s Pizza.

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