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!

Wednesday, 16 September 2015


Amost that time again!
Our School Gala is on Saturday 17 October at midday - if you've ever been, you'll be drawing a big red ring around that date!  Our Galas are FABULOUS!
Every year we collect an enormous quantity of items to sell - I saw high chairs being dropped off this morning, and a crystal decanter! - good used clothing, furniture, baby goods, crockery, books, you would not BELIEVE what gets sold at the White Elephant Stall!  Everything and anything from pots and pans, cutlery, Christmas decorations, glassware, ornaments to baskets, clocks and glass microwave plates.  I have to admit to buying mosquito netting (to go over plants), casserole dishes and knitting wool there myself, and I can't wait to see what other essentials I just must buy this year!

There's a garage sale on the netball courts for the furniture, lawn mowers and trikes!
The food stalls are amazing - hamburgers, Pacific Islands cuisine, icecreams, - can't wait to see what treats will be there this year!

There are stalls of goodies for the kids, and face painting, sponge throwing - a whole afternoon of entertainment.  For the bigger kids, there's a car which, for a small donation, you can attempt to dismantle with a mallet, most years there's target practice - I wonder what excitement is being planned for this year?

Raffle tickets!  Mystery envelopes!  Chooks and other goodies on the wheel!
Sweets!  Cakes!
Ah yes - cakes!  Our cake staffs, and Cake Walk are LEGENDARY!
And the day before the Gala, we have a cake competition - all entries to be sold at the Gala.

This is where the Library comes in -
Come and check out our awesome range of cake baking and decorating books!  Chosen with our students in mind - children-appropriate, easy, quick - we probably have one of the best cookery sections of a primary school!
Some of our books:

Shelved in the non-fiction section, at 641 - get in early as they become VERY popular near Gala time, and the shelf does empty out!
Looking forward to seeing your Cake Competition entry - and see you at the Gala!