Goosebumps official trailer @scholasticnz : Watch out for this scary movie coming soon from Sony Pictures

 

Do you want to be scared! Do you want goosebumps to shiver up and down your spine? If you do then you need to watch out for this movie when it comes out later this year.

We have plenty of the Goosebump books in the library so do come and read a few before the movie. You might need to reserve them as they are so popular they are always out.

Check out the author R. L. Stine’s website for lots of ideas and information about his books.

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New Zealand book awards for children and young adults

The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults is happening in August. Up until July 31st children can vote for their favourite book in the Children’s Choice section.

There are four categories to choose from. As many of you will know my own book Canterbury Quake : My New Zealand Story is a finalist in the junior fiction category. In fact I feel very honored that children nominated my book which put it through to the finalists section. If you haven’t voted yet just click on the image below and get started. Thank you to those who have voted for my book as their favourite. It means so much.

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Awesome night in Christchurch with the very funny writer, actor and comedian David Walliams

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Last night I was one of 700 lucky people to witness David Walliams in action. He was here as a guest for the Word Christchurch  Writers and Readers Festival.

He was incredibly funny and entertaining. Very spontaneous and knew just how to make the crowd laugh. He was interviewed by the award winning writer Rachel King who kept the show flowing with ease.

He read from his books as well with heaps of expression.

He talked about his writing and how many of his characters come from people he actually knows. He even talked about his sister would dress him up in girls clothes when he was very little and parade him around the house. That inspired his book The boy in the dress which we have in the library, of course. Even his famous corner shop owner Raj is based on someone real. If you want to know more do check out his website.

Not the best photo sorry, but it was very difficult to get a clear shot. I waited in line for an hour to get a book signed. We were lucky to get two books signed for school.

 

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There are a few signed copies of Awful Auntie and Demon Dentist available to buy from The Children’s Bookshop if you wanted to get your own copy.

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A beautiful Autumn day here at school

 

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It is a glorious Autumn day here at school today. The children have been laughing to the sounds of the crunch and crackle of  fallen leaves as they run through them,  kicking them up in the air.

It is a delight to watch. The backdrop red classroom is of one of our historic open-air rooms.

Ray Blank was the headmaster of Fendalton School from 1922 until 1949. He was instrumental is opening up classrooms which featured much larger windows for more light and ventilation. The French doors open to the playground. This was to help combat influenza last century. It is wonderful that it survived the earthquakes and still stands proudly in our school grounds.

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ANZAC Day 100th Anniversary and how we commemorated it at school today

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the tragic events which happened at  Gallipoli in 1915 we played our own small part here at school today. We gathered out on the courts near the flag pole where the New Zealand and Australian flags were blowing gently in the breeze. Mr Sibson read out the poem In Flander’s Field and talked a bit about the war. We sang our National Anthem proudly. The seniors have placed crosses in front of the school to honour the soldiers who sacrificed their lives at this time.

The library has a display of books about ANZAC Day and World War 1 if you want to learn more.

You can also take a virtual tour of ANZAC Cove here.

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Ed Sheeran and the Schoolofed competition

The world famous entertainer Ed Sheeran will be coming to Christchurch and our year sixes have worked hard at putting together a video hoping to win a chance for him to visit our school. They have done a wonderful job creating scenes set to his music. We are all very proud of our students. Special thanks to Kelsey Davidson.

And watch out for the tattoos – nothing like getting things just right!

Warner Brothers must be acknowledged here as Ed sings his hit song I see fire. Fingers crossed he will be here at school next week singing this in person.

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Emmaline and the bunny : book review

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By Katherine Hannigan

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This book is awesome. Emmaline finds a wild bunny in the woods and they become friends. Both Emmaline and Bunny hop and “scoot-skedaddle” all over the place. They dig holes together and Emmaline does just what the bunny does. I like this book because they are amazing friends. The pictures are cute and colourful.

Review by Sammy H age 6

Thanks, Sammy. Great review. I love how the author has lots of wonderful words like “dinglederrydee” and  “hoopadinglelaladee”.

If you go to the author’s website you can find pages on how to draw a bunny like the one in her book.

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What a great way to start the day

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One of our senior students just making himself at home in the library before school. Corin was so absorbed in his book he was completely oblivious to anyone else in the library, even when I took his photo. I did of course gets his permission to post this pic doing what he loves to do. Reading anywhere and anytime.

 

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Welcome to Term Four

DSCN2426Wow! Just look at the gorgeous blossoms outside the library. They are just beautiful.

Term four is going to be busy and exciting so I hope you are ready to have some fun as well as learn a few things along the way. Do watch out for a blog post soon all about the piles of new books we have purchased through the wonderful efforts of the PTA and BOT and a grant which will pay for all the purchases. We are so very lucky. Watch this space!

 

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Who has been visiting in the library this week?

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We had a surprise visitor in the library yesterday. Room 4’s Mrs Williamson brought in her dog Tilly for a wee visit.

Isn’t she just gorgeous? It is so special owning a pet. Come and tell me what pets you have.

 

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Room 5 came for a visit to the library the other day and were so engrossed at finding Wally in a Where’s Wally book they didn’t even know I was taking their photo. I wonder if they found Wally?

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Jacqueline Harvey inspiring the girls with her Alice Miranda and Clementine Rose novels

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Our year 4, 5 and 6 girls spent a wonderful hour listening to Australian author Jacqueline Harvey as she entertained them all with tales of her youth and imagination.

Jacqueline Harvey is the writer of the very successful Clementine Rose and Alice Miranda novels. They are great stories full of mystery, adventure and humour.

Her website is a delight to play around on. You can put in your own name and come up with a wonderful and quirky new name just like Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennington-Jones

Click here to create your own name. It was lovely to see the girls so excited about meeting the author and hearing her talk about her writing. Afterwards, many had their own copies signed which was great to see.

All of her books are out at the moment but you can come and reserve them. Here is a sneak peek at just a few of them.

Thank you Jacqueline Harvey and Random House for sharing her with us. We were very lucky indeed!

 

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Our wonderful and talented Kapa Haka performed a welcome for her.  It was very moving to watch and we are all so proud of your performance.

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Popcorn and poetry for National Poetry day

I can tell you that the school library was the place to be at lunch time today. We celebrated New Zealand National Poetry day with poems and popcorn.

Children shared poems they loved or poems they had written. Everyone went away happy with bookmarks after filling up on popcorn and delightful poems. It really was a great time and it was lovely to see so many of the younger children taking part.

 

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Fun story writing prompts

Do you get stuck for ideas when trying to write? Do you want to write but don’t know where to start?

Well, check out this very cool site and enjoy the many different story ideas. It is fun and interactive.

Just spin here and begin! Lots of different types of writing, from postcards, to articles, stories and much more. The fun thing is that you get to choose simply by spinning the wheel.

Come and show me your stories when you have finished. I would love to read them.

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Harry the dirty dog by Gene Zion

It is cold and wintry outside so why not take a few minutes and watch this clip of actress Betty White reading out the funny story of Harry the Dirty Dog. This is a favourite of so many children and yes we do have it in the library if you want to read it yourself.

 

 

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Love that dog by Sharon Creech book review

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By Sharon Creech

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4 of 5 stars

  If you enjoy poetry in a diary format then this is a perfect read for you. Jack doesn’t like poetry. He thinks it is for girls. But he writes one poem and his teacher loves it! So he writes more and more and gets really inspired. His favourite author is Walter Dean Myers. And he is lucky enough that Walter is coming to see a friend that lives in the same town as him and is coming to visit his school. I won’t give away the ending so read the book to find out happens next. This is an easy and fun read that will make you want to write poetry.

This book suits ages from 6-10. 

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Thanks Jack. Do you know that this type of book is called a verse novel. We have a number of these books here. I have to add though that I think any age will love this book. I have seen many of the teachers enjoy this book and some of us have even cried over it and I am sure you can guess what part that is but we will let the children read that for themselves. You might also like the follow up to this book. It is Hate that cat and we have it in the library.

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World War 1 centenary – display of the trenches in the school library

Once again the library has been transformed with a special display. This time we commemorate the centenary of World War 1.

Our wonderful caretaker has created a model of the trenches which is based on photos from the war. Looks awesome; thank you Paul W.

There is a backdrop of items, information and even postcards from the Great War. There are some very informative new books on World War 1.  I am indebted once again to the PTA for their fund-raising efforts that provide the  funds for all the books in the library. There are also QR codes with links to information on such awful things as trench foot. Very gross and the pain must have been horrendous. For many soldiers trench foot resulted in gangrene and then of course amputations.

Do take the time to visit the library and see for yourself.

For those of you who want to research more click here and it will take you to a number of sites that have been pre-checked for you already.

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Monkey boy by Donovan Bixley “Part novel. Part comic. All action”

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By Donovan Bixley

This is a great new addition to our collection of library books. Bright eye-catching cover, quirky illustrations and great story full of action.

“Jimmy Grimholt is the youngest sailor aboard warship H.M.S Fury, bound for bloodcurdling battle”.

“It is a story of gruesome horrors, awful amputations and ghastly ghouls …”

Sounds gross, disgusting and scary and it is in our library now!

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Are you all right?

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The library display this week is part of the all right campaign.  We know the earthquakes were three years ago but many people still struggle with so many issues. This is a chance for our students to think about each other and encourage each other to try something different. It might be a new sport, a new cake to bake (and remember the librarian is always happy to taste test!) or perhaps even write a poem. For parents and teachers you don’t even need to focus on the quakes, but just take time out to read a book together and discuss any worries or concerns and see where they take you. Start off with a good book to share and just enjoy some quality time together. If you want to find out more you can visit Allright.

 

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New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults getting to know judge Zac Harding @zackids @booksellersNZ

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I am so happy to be doing this post. Zac Harding is one of the three judges who had the difficult job of deciding which books would become finalists and then which would be the winners.

I have known Zac for many years and am privileged he is sharing his thoughts about judging with us here at Fendalton Open-Air school. Some of you may even remember when he visited us for book week two years ago and read some hilarious picture books.

Go Zac!

 

“When you love books there is only one job that’s better than being a librarian, and that’s being a judge in the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.  I got told, back in October last year, that I was one of three lucky people chosen to be a judge for the 2014 book awards.  It’s incredibly exciting news and I was grinning for days afterwards. 

One of the first things you get told is that you are going to be sent approximately 120 books to read.  120 free books that you can keep!  When the books finally arrived (in 3 big boxes) I spent ages looking through them all and discovering which books had been submitted.  Some were favourites of mine, some were new and looked really interesting, and a few looked really bad, but I had to read them all.

Over the next 2 months I read them all and came up with my list of my top 8 books in each category – Junior Fiction, Non Fiction, Young Adult Fiction and Picture Books.  I met with the other two judges (Ant Sang and Barbara Else), and we decided on our shortlist of 20 books in total, then we decided on the winners.  It was really tough and some of the books I loved didn’t make it to the shortlist, but there are lots of great books in the list.

We’ve decided on our winners and they’ll be announced in 2 weeks on 23 June at the award ceremony in Auckland.  I’m looking forward to sharing our winners and I hope that readers around the country agree with our choices.”

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And if you want to see what else Zac does, do check out his blog on the City Libraries web site

Or if you want to find out more about the finalist books check this siteI know many of you voted for the children’s choice. Not long now until the winners are announced.

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Book week was fantastic

Last week was fantastic. Books everyone, books to read, books to buy, books to share and enjoy.

So many of you entered competitions that judging is going to be hard but we will let you know the winners at the next full assembly.

Thank you to everyone who entered competitions, who shared their stories and read to each other. Thank you to all the parents who bought books for your children or who bought books to donate to the library. It is very much appreciated. When these books have been processed they will be on display in the library. I will let you know when this is up.

Dress-up day seemed to be the favourite day for so many children. They looked wonderful in their outfits, dressed as pirates, princesses, and even ugly sisters.

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