Coming to the library prepared!

Mila Wood

 

It is always wonderful to see children coming to the library prepared to do research or to find a new book to read. Bringing pens and paper, books and devices always makes the library visits easier.

Milla was certainly eager and very prepared today, including bringing a big smile.

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Student librarians hard at work!

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Ryan and George hard at library duty today after our lunch time book club. They were totally oblivious to the other students in the library and also to having their photo taken. I don’t think I can see much work going on here today but it is so lovely to see the boys so involved with their books.

The book they both happen to be reading is

Little Manfred

By Michael  Morpurgo

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The most magnificent thing by Ashley Spires

The most magnificent thing

By Ashley Spires

 

We are moving towards making some fun changes in our school library. As part of the Makerspace movement we are hoping to have Makerpsace Mondays where children are offered the chance to be creative. We will have Lego challenges, chances to create stop-start animations, create artistic items out of old books and heaps of other activities, many science based. One of the main ideas of the Makerpsace movement is the idea of creating something new. This delightful picture book, just new to our library,  highlights the whole idea of making something from start to finish. Beautifully illustrated, this is a perfect example of how imagination and creative thinking can inspire some of the best things in life. Great for our key competencies of “thinker” and “sparkle”.

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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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Dav Pilkey author & illustrator of Captain Underpants wows the crowd

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Wow! What a day. Our school played host to a community event where we were entertained and delighted by the wonderfully talented Dav Pilkey, author and illustrator of so many children’s books. He is of course most famous for his Captain Underpants series.

His presentation was so funny and so well presented that everyone was in awe. From a young child who battled with ADHD and dyslexia he has used his difficulties to his advantage and now sells books in the millions.

Our wonderful Kapa Haka team performed a very touching welcome to Dav and his wife and the team from Scholastic. Many of the students had just come from playing Saturday sports. I know we all felt so proud of them all.

Dav Pilkey talked for about an hour, drawing, giving away books, posters and book vouchers. People were happy to wait patiently afterwards, for up to an hour and a half, for a chance to have a photo with Dav and get their books signed. I waited until the end and got my book signed too – yay!  I even managed to get him to pop in to our school library and have his picture taken next to our library tree.

Scholastic very kindly donated a pile of his books to our library and Dav signed each of them. We are so lucky. Thank you Scholastic! Look out too for a chance to bid on one of his signed posters. Dav very generously donated two signed posters which will be auctioned off later this year with funds going towards building a new swimming pool as ours was damaged beyond repair in the earthquakes.

There may be more photos to come but here are just a few to remember our wonderful Saturday with Dav Pilkey.

I do want to  publicly thank so many people who gave up part of their Saturday to help make this event happen. From the PTA who moved in ever so quickly to set up the seating, to the many teachers and staff who came in on their day off and collected tickets, moved things around, took care of the sound system and just did whatever needed to be done. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you to Paul W our caretaker for helping with security and heavy lifting and waited until the end to lock up. Without everyone’s help this event would not have been as successful as it was.  And it was – a huge success. So many children talking happily talking about books is just music to the ears.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Captain Underpants author Dav Pilkey coming to our school soon

We are so excited to be hosting a free event for Dav Pilkey, the author of the very popular Captain Underpants books. We have multiple copies of his books but they are never on the library shelves as they are always out being read by children. He will be at our school on Saturday 23rd May at 12pm. Check the school newsletter for more information or come and see me in the library.

This is a ticketed event and there will be no entry without a ticket. Tickets can be picked up from Desna in the school library but they will only be given out to adults. You can also obtain tickets from The Children’s Bookshop on Blenheim Road.

This event will be advertised in papers next week and we expect a rush so do get in quickly or you might miss out.

If you want to read more about Dav Pilkey and his books click here.

Enjoy watching the trailers about some of his books.

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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

Emmaline and the bunny
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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Fendalton School’s favourite author David Walliams is coming to Christchurch

David Walliams books are always at the top of the list of favourites. They are always being borrowed and rarely make it to the shelves because they are so popular. As part of the Autumn Christchurch Word festival and in association with the Auckland Writers Festival David is coming to Christchurch. Tickets are available here Wordchristchurch.co.nz but I think you will need to be quick.

This really is a once in a life-time opportunity for fans to see him.

And just as a reminder of  his work check out the trailer for Gangsta Granny below.

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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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Dandelion clocks by Rebecca Westcott . Book review

Dandelion Clocks

By Rebecca Westcott

Book review by Heidi and Zion

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Dandelion clocks is the best book we have ever read because it is very emotional and has a very good story.

I just had to read it again and again. (Zion)

You have to read it again because it is such an amazing book. (Heidi)

It is all about Olivia and her mum and their relationship and what happens when her mum gets really sick.

We both cried but recommend it to 10 year old’s and up because it is sad and funny too.

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Welcome to our new-look library blog

After a wonderful summer holiday filled with heaps of sunshine we are now right back in the swing of things with a fresh and newly designed library blog. Thank you, Mr Sibson for all the time spent making it look so smart. Under the tabs you will find links to all sorts of items. Links for homework help, links to help with literacy and maths and even typing. There are links for some of the topics being worked on in class. There are even links to online reading, some of which are great for our ESOL students. Do take time to play around and let me know if you have links that you think we should share.
Just to get you started, take a look at a new series which has just arrived at school this week.

Dragon Knight : Fire
By Kyle Mewburn
Illustrated by Donovan Bixley

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For children who love the Dinosaur Rescue books, this new series is also one you will love and want to dive in to with great speed. I know the Dinosaur Rescue series is never on the library shelves as the books are always out being read, enjoyed, and laughed over. This new series set, in medieval times is about a boy who is half dragon and half knight. I am pretty sure you will find a heap of gross and snotty bits too which will have you laughing out loud. The humour, the adventure and the wonderfully funny illustrations by Donovan Bixley all add to reasons you will love this series. Another hit in the making!

Sometimes being half boy, half dragon gets really messy!

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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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WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival – review

Writers and Readers Festival Review

By Jack P

On Thursday last week a selection of Year 6’s  were lucky enough to visit the Read Aloud School Programme as part of the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival.

We heard three amazing authors speak. Jackie French, Melinda Szymanik and Donovan Bixley. They all have famous books such as Hitlers Daughter, A Winters’ Day In 1939 and Monkey Boy.

Jackie talked about how she loved books so much – and how you should love what you are reading too, or she recommends you put the book down and get another one!

Melinda talked about what helps her write: her imagination, mixed with curiosity and her experiences! She read a very moving section from her war book set in 1939, that is the retold story of her father’s life.

Donovan showed a slide show of some of his amazing illustrations, and read a very amusing piece from Monkey Boy, about when you need to go to the toilet on a big early-settlers-type boat!

I loved hearing how these authors decided to write their books, what was involved and to hear them read, brings the book alive in front of your eyes!

I also went to another WORD event on Saturday, which featured our own Desna Wallace reading from Canterbury Quake. She read a very emotional part of Maddie’s journey. Melinda read to the packed room too, a different part of her book and we were also treated to a reading  from James Norcliffe, with Felix and the Red Rats, the book I am reading at the moment!

Well done Desna you are such a dedicated author and lover of books!
Aren’t we lucky in Christchurch to be on the cutting edge of what’s happening with these special authors and to explore their new works? I love good stories and finding out about and enjoying new ones read by their authors is such an inspiring and exciting event!

Thank you for such a wonderful review Jack, and I am so glad you enjoyed the festival. I also loved listening to Jackie French as she had so many ideas about reading which were very inspiring. I loved the festival and attended 9 of the sessions. My brain is very tired after so many events but full of ideas as well as a pile of books I now want to read (Expensive weekend!)
Here is a photo of author Melinda Szymanik and I with our books after our event – the Exciting Tales and All Right? Book Launch. Don’t forget we have books by the authors Jack has reviewed in our library so come and see me.
I loved meeting so many authors, like Melinda here,  and will treasure the weekend always. Roll on the 2016 festival.

Melinda

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