Year 6 Wearable Arts and so it begins

Wearable Arts is in the planning stages. Year Six students are working on their ideas and using dolls to work on costumes and then the practicalities of how they would work as costumes they could actually make and wear. Lots of thought and preparation goes into their designs including testing the best types of fabrics to use for safety reasons.

Lots of excitement in the Village today with bits and bobs spread everywhere and very creative children working on their projects.

The library has a display set up so that the rest of the school can see what is happening too.


Cook Island Language Week

This week marks the very special Cook Island Language Week. We are very fortunate for the help of one of our mums for putting together this lovely display in our library.

Lukasi is standing proudly in front of the display.

If you want to know more about this week and some of the events around town, then check out this link here.


Awesome author Juliette MacIver visits our junior classes

Wow! What a wonderful, funny, entertaining performance by author Juliette MacIver. We were so lucky to have her at school as part of our Book Week. A huge thanks to ReadNZ for making it possible.

Our junior school were totally engaged with the author’s stories, photos, and picture books. To watch her perform (in a rather squished up room) in front of about 160 children is just amazing. Her books are very funny and hugely popular everywhere.

My favourite book is That’s not a hippopotamus and to see her with her bag of animals and acting out the story is just delightful.

Bella getting her book Marmaduke Duck and the Marmalade Jam signed by author Juliette MacIver.
Fighting a snake!
Some of Juliette’s books. Which one is your favourite?

Lucky Bookclub open online now.

Lucky Book Club is open. Yes. That’s right. You can view the catalogue, make your choices and get the books delivered right to your door. This is a good opportunity to purchase books for reading while shops are still shut. Click on the link and then at the top you can browse the catalogue. If you are in the catalogue just click on any page and it will take you back to the order page. For those who already have an account, just log in as normal. If you are new, just create an account for your child and order. Happy reading.


Upstart Magazine

We subscribe to Upstart Magazine in our school library but just because we are not at school does not mean you have to miss out on your chance to read it. Upstart have very kindly given us permission to share this wonderful magazine online.

There is heaps to read and lots of competitions too. To enjoy this popular magazine just follow the link.


Listen to David Walliams stories

While the world may feel a little strange at the moment there are still lots of good things happening. One of them is listening to the very funny author David Walliams. I know most of you like his books because they are always out on issue from the library.

If you click here you will be taken to the David Walliams website where you can listen to him read his stories. He will be reading a new story every week day.

After you’ve had a listen you can click on some of his other links and do some of the fun activities.

The World's Worst Children 3

How lucky are we here at Fendalton School?

We are so lucky to have once again been given a grant for new library books by the very kind people at CERT.

A grant allows us to purchase new library books and therefore excite our students who love reading. A big thank you to the PTA for making this happen.

Some very excited readers.

Today’s mail brought this pile of new books which will be available soon.

Term One 2020

Welcome back everyone. I hope you’ve all had lots of fun in the summer sunshine. I also hope you managed to read a book or two over the holidays. With the extra hot weather we’ve been having, the air-conditioned library has been the perfect place to cool off in and relax. Lots of books have issued, lots of reading taking place and plenty of conversations going on.

When we sold off some old library books last year we used the money to buy LEGO and it has been a huge success.

Just a few photos to show you some of the fun.


The Guardians of Magic by Chris Riddell

Three children, three objects, three places that results in to a thrilling story of mysteries and magic. This story has made my imagination fly because of its characters creative thoughts. It’s the most mesmerising book I have ever read because it’s full of surprises. It has taken top place of my Chris Riddell list because it’s a different structure to his other books and I prefer this type of structure. As soon as I opened this book my eyes fell in love with it. You have to read this book.

        “ A magical story awaits your eyes”.

A book review by Hannah H (Year 4)


Springtime outside our school library

This is one of our favourite times of year when the cherry blossoms along our entrance path look spectacular. The weather is about to turn a bit nasty with wind and rain for the next few days, so just have to get in with a photo or two before the blossoms fall.


NZ Bookshop Day

If you are going to be buying something from Scorpio Books on Bookshop Day, please remember to mention our school name. Some fun activities to enjoy on the day.


NZ Chinese Language Week 2019

This week is New Zealand Chinese Language Week. If you click here, you can watch a message from our very own prime minister Jacinda Ardern as she wishes everyone the best for this special week

I hope you all enjoy this special week. Do check out our library display and see some of our wonderful Chinese and bilingual books. Picture books, chapter books and books about China too, all just waiting for you to read.


Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach

Come and see our latest library display. The 13th September marks Roald Dahl’s birthday and while he died in 1990, it marks 103 years since he was born. We love celebrating author and illustrator birthdays in the library. There are plenty of his books to get out. Very funny, sometimes a bit scary, but all incredibly popular.


New Zealand Poetry Day

We had lots of poets in the library today. Children shared their own poems, or favourites they had learned in class. I love how supportive the children are of each other, as it is not easy standing up in a crowd. This is an annual event and I continue to love how keen children are to read and write poetry. Many of our children have extension writing lessons and have had their own poems published in different formats. Check out some of the photos below. As a fun thing to do after our readings, children eat popcorn and are given a bookmark to take away. Always a fun day to celebrate New Zealand National Poetry Day.

Toitoi magazine

Otago Daily Times Extra Magazine

NZ Poetry Box

Reading from Toitoi

Author James Russell has the whole school laughing.

Yesterday we were so lucky to have author James Russell visit us at school. He spoke to the year one to three children first and they loved him. Many children in fits of giggles over his story telling. He read, or rather recited, his picture books and told funny jokes. James shared images on a screen from his Dragon Hunters picture books.

Next were the year four to six children who were equally entertained and also in fits of giggles, even when he told gory stories with lots of blood, pain and a hospital visit. His Dragon Defenders books are perfect for this age group. Great for readers who love a good story, a bit of fantasy, and a quest or two.

The highlight for most children was seeing his books come to life with the aid of an App (AR Reads) which can be used on his books. Dragons appear out of nowhere as well as volcanic eruptions and clouds floating by. Augmented reality is an amazing feature and hooks readers in, no matter what age. Teachers were just as enthralled and entertained. It is no wonder he in is the Whitcoulls Top 50 kids books. In fact he has two books on this list and his book at number ten, makes him the first New Zealander on that list. This is a wonderful achievement, so congratulations James.

If you want to know more about James and his books you can check out his website right here.

James in front of our Fantsy display in the library.


Our wall of stories and maps is growing.

Great to see so many stories and maps coming through the library doors. We will display these on the wall. Come and read the stories and check out the maps. You still have plenty of time to enter.

Lots of prizes to give out.

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