Star Wars competition in the library

Did you know Star Wars has been celebrating 40 years since the first movie came out? We have so many Star Wars fans here at school that it is a great opportunity to join in the world wide celebrations too.

Come on in and see the library display and heaps of new Star Wars books which will be available next week.

There is also a chance to win a Star Wars cook book and cookie shape cutters or some other prizes. If you happen to win the cook book, I know the librarian would love do some taste testing for you. Just saying!

To perhaps win the book all you have to do is write a poem or haiku about Star Wars. It could be about the characters, aliens, flying through space or anything spacey. Bring your poem to the library and add it to others on the window. Don’t forget to put your name and room number on your poem.




A wonderful surprise to win 20 new books for our library

Thanks to our wonderful Mrs Dodd from room 4 who signed us up for the Books for Schools Initiative we have been very lucky to win a stack of twenty new books  for our library. All the new books are published by Penguin Random House. Children from room 4 were the first to see the new books and just look at the smiles.

Thank you to Kelloggs, New World,  SchoolkitNZ , and Penguin Random House for such a wonderful prize. A prize that will be shared and treasured by so many children over and over. A great day in the library!


Fun visit from two of the Crusaders

Somehow this post got left in the drafts but sharing now although a little late.

Leon Fukofuka and Digby Ioane

Two of the Crusaders Rugby team came to school on Thursday and we were lucky to be able to play a game of Touch Rugby.

I liked that I got to be in a team with a Crusader and we won 3 – against the others.

Chloe Year 6


Making Mother’s Day cards in the library at lunch time

Makerspace in the library.
The library at lunch time these past two days has been buzzing with chatter and creativity as children make cards for Mother’s Day.
Old lace, coloured paper, stickers and a bit of imagination was all that was needed for children to create these lovely cards for their mums. It was great to see the children sharing their ideas and helping each other. There will be more card-making tomorrow at lunch time so do come and join in the fun.





Bubbles, bubbles everywhere

It was a great day for blowing bubbles today. It was lovely to see teacher Lucie and our caretaker Mr Walker joining in the fun as the children danced around the grounds chasing bubbles. 
Our bubble mixture didn’t quite go the way we wanted so a special thanks to Kimberley for coming to our rescue with the loan of her bubble maker. Our makerpsace activity outside the library was still a lot of fun. 



Room 10 watching the new sand arrive for our sandpit

What a busy day it has been here at school today.
A hen in the library this morning and now the sandpit next to the library has been filled with new sand thanks to our wonderful PTA.
Boys from Boy’s High school helped as part of their school workday and the room 10 children thoroughly enjoyed watching it all happen.



There is nothing like reading on the job. Thanks boys!


Are hens allowed in the library? Yes – at least for this morning.

Elliot brought his family pet hen Mary into the library this morning. Our school inquiry this term is all about treasures and for Elliot, Mary is a family treasure. Mary is certainly a beautiful hen and very soft to touch.


Ewan then read to the class the wonderful picture book Peggy by Anna Walker. 

You can’t take Mary home but you can come to the library and borrow Peggy. Watch the book trailer below to find out more about Peggy and her adventures.


Wanted. Little Golden books for the school library

Little Golden Books are 75 years old this year and later on we will be running some craft lunch times using old Little Golden books. If you have any Little Golden books you are able to donate this would be very much appreciated. If they are a bit old with wear and tear, that is absolutley fine as most will be repurposed.  You  can drop them off in the library during school lours. 


In the mean time you can read along to the most famous of all Little Golden Books – The poky little puppy.  (my favourite for sure). 



World read-aloud day

Lots of reading happening in the library and across the school and even across the whole world today as we celebrate World Read-aloud day. There are many children in the world who do not have access to books and who cannot read so this is one way we can stop for a minute and think of them. It also makes us realise how lucky we are to have a library and lots and lots of books to read.

Everyday is the best day to read and we have so many choices in our school library. Graphic novels, picture books, novels, non-fiction – heaps and don’t forget I am here to help you with your choices. You can also request titles using our wish list book.

Mr M and room 5 enjoying a good read-aloud in the library.


Rooms 18 and 19 enjoying a story with Mrs Lidstone


Room 1 Relaxing at the end of the day with a good book or two.




Welcome back

Welcome to another exciting year here at school.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday break and managed to find some good books to read.

The library has lots of new books which are being quickly issued out.

I was asked recently  what a typical day in the library would be like. I said there was no typical day and today just proves that.

Sadly, just after lunch break I removed the remains of a dead hedgehog from under a bush near the junior rooms. A baby hedgehog had come out all hungry and lost. It is now in a box waiting to be taken to the Animal and Bird Hospital. The baby is small and cute but needs a bit of help that we can’t provide.

If you want to know more about hedgehogs come and see me in the library. We have some great books on the subject.

Update. The hedgehog is doing fine at the Animal and Bird Hospital.



Year six Book club trip to Trengrove Kindergarten

What a beautiful day for the year six book club students to walk to Trengrove Kindergarten and share Christmas stories with the younger children.
Our annual trip to the kindergarten is fast becoming a tradition which is well-loved by all involved.
It is a great opportunity for our students to connect with our community.
The lovely kindergarten children welcomed us with a song and our students sang back in return. After a story the children played games, puzzles and made sand castles in the sandpit or some played on the swings and slide.
It really is wonderful to see our students being so caring and responsible with the wee ones and I know that they are very ready to move on to Intermediate next year.










A treat for students today






It was a real treat for students today. Emma and Cameron brought in their pet lambs to graze outside the library. Quite fitting for Canterbury A & P show this week.

The children loved having them and watching them munch away on grass. For many children this was the first time they had patted lambs, which was just lovely.

Thank you Emma and Cameron and of course thank you also to Tom and Nibbles the friendly lambs.


Stacy Gregg and the senior girls and mums lunch

What a fantastic afternoon for the senior girls on Thursday.
There was lots of food to eat as they celebrated a shared lunch with their mums for this special occasion.
After a great lunch the girls sat down to listen to the wonderful author Stacy Gregg. Stacy talked about her journey as a writer and the notion that sometimes you just have to keep writing and re-writing to get things just perfect. Stacy also talked about her latest book The Diamond horse and thrilled the girls with tales of Russia. Research is one of the biggest factors but also one Stacy enjoys the most with heaps of travel and experiences.
The girls were lucky too, to get their own copies of her books signed. It is always a special experience meeting authors.
The girls performed a lovely kapa haka as a thank you to Stacy Gregg.
If you want to know more about Stacy just click here.
As you can see by these photos, the girls had a great day.












Look at what is happening in the library this week. Spring and Halloween

Outside the library the blossoms are looking wonderful. Spring is such a lovely time.


Inside we have a bit of a spring theme going on as well. Some of the junior classes have been making little butterflies to hang from our tree.
We also have a bit of a Halloween display set up to promote lots of new Winnie the Witch books. There are activities and downloads all about Winnie and Wilbur right here.  Even if you are not in to Halloween these books are still very funny, quirky and great to read at any time of the year.



Listening to stories in the library

It is great to see how many different ways there are to read or listen to a story. Rina, Maia and Aria were very involved in reading and istening to the story of Paddington Bear. They read along with the story, looking at the illustrations and taking turns to swipe each page. Children of all ages love being read to and while climbing on to the knee of a parent is the ultimate, listening along to the story on an iPad also has some wonderful benefits.



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.


 Isla with her fantastic BFG ears and amazing dream jar


Amber and her massive BFG ears                              


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





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



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


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. 



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.

Version 2




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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