Monday, 5 September 2016

Des Hunt blows us away

Kiwi author Des Hunt is so popular in our school, that the shelf in the library for his books looks like this:

We belong to the NZ Book Council, and they sponsor "Authors in Schools" so we put our hands up when we knew Des Hunt was doing the rounds this term.

Des has been not only (only!!) a science teacher, but has written over 30 science text books, used in secondard schools in New Zealand.  He's a physics and chemistry whizz.
I expected him to chat about his books and characters, but he talked about using science to make his books work.  Here's a photo (courtesy of our senior students) of him demonstrating this by means of an explosive experiment.

He was totally engaging and captivating and at times quite unexpected!

We loved him!

I don't expect to see that Hunt, Des shelf in the library filled up again any time soon!

A few of his books that our students love!

Friday, 27 May 2016

Gavin Bishop and Teddy One-Eye

A couple of weeks ago, some of the senior students had the opportunity to be part of a talk by our wonderful NZ illustrator and writer Gavin Bishop.
Gavin is the creator - writer and artist of books such as these:

 In his talk to us (and several other schools), Gavin Bishop spoke about the process of creating a picture book, and focussed on his two more recent autobiographical works, Piano Rock and Teddy One-Eye.

Teddy One-Eye is the story of Gavin's own teddy bear, told by the bear, and it's a wonderful engaging depiction of life in the 1950s, and later when his own children discovered Teddy One-Eye, in the 1970s.

Teddy One-Eye won a "highly commended" in the Scholastic NZ Best Children's Book Award for 2015.

You might be interested to know that the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award was established in 2009. The award aims to encourage the publication of new and exciting high-quality picture books from New Zealand illustrators. It also recognises the contribution Gavin Bishop has made to the writing and illustrating of children’s picture books and gives an emerging talent the opportunity to benefit from his expertise.

We were very fortunate to have an opportunity to hear Gavin speak and read, and to ask him questions.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Climate Change

We have a wonderful new set of books on Climate Change!

The eight volumes are lovely full colour hard backed books, and the topics covered by each are:
  • Food, Water and Climate Change
  • Habitats and Climate Change
  • Living with Climate Change
  • Natural Cycles and Climate Change
  • Oceans and Climate Change
  • Understanding Climate change
  • Wather and Climate Change
  • Wildlife and Climate Change

Published this year - 2016, and very easily understood information!

Monday, 29 February 2016

We're Live online!

Our Library is now live on-line!
You can perform a search from the comfort of wherever you happen to be, you can see what books we've got and whether they're in or out, and how many copies we've got!
Click here for the link

Friday, 19 February 2016

Introducing the 2016 Team!

Thank you for applying to be School Leaders in the use of the Library for the year!
What an awesome team!

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Can you help please?

What an awesome year St Mary's has had!
And in the library, over 20,500 books have been issued!
That's an amazing number!
Your children are very lucky to have such a busy, well-stocked library that they obviously love very much!

Almost all of those books have been returned, and now that a stocktake has been completed, they're sitting quietly on their shelves waiting for next year and the excitement of going places in your child's hands.

But there are a few that have gone walkabout.
Could you please have a look around home, in cars, and under beds and if you find ANY book - library, reader, anything - with a St Mary's stamp or barcode, please send it back to school.  Even if it's been lost for ages, we never ever EVER growl about books coming back!  Never!  Always happy to see our lost sheep returning!
These ones we would particularly love back:
Cake baking at Gala time?
FOUR different Wimpy Kid books....

Emily Feather has done a runner....

Maybe she's being chased by those dreadful DragonBlood Pirates - four of them are missing too (an awesome series, very popular with 6-7-8-9 yr olds)

If you find any books when you're moving mattresses/clearing out wardrobes etc for visitors or travelling or just "if", please don't forget to get them to school early next year.  Every book found is $15 or so we can spend on a NEW book instead of a replacement for one of these.

Thank you, and I hope you and your family and friends have a wonderful Christmas and a break from routine!

Friday, 6 November 2015

We salute our winners!

The winners of our St Mary's 2015 Book Awards were announced at Assembly on Wednesday.

They are:
Alice Thomas for her book "Kimbal's Rescue" in the Fiction Category

Lily Skews for her book "Georgia the Goose" in the Picture Book Category

Emma Ridgway-Cross for her book "The Cruise" in the Non-Fiction Category

Ruby Foskett (author) & Riley Toomer (illustrator) for their book "Greek Mythology - the Real Hi(Story)" in the Senior Fiction Category.

And here are the winners:
Congratulations to all of you! 
Wonderful writing and art work!