Opera is coming to Tenambit!

Photo credit: Jeff Busby

We are in for a treat at Tenambit when Opera Australia combines with Deaf Children Australia to bring a shadow interpreted performance of El Kid to our school on Wednesday the 3rd of May.

El Kid is a modern reimagining of the classic Norwegian folk tale of The Three Billy Goats Gruff set to the music from Bizet’s Carmen. It deals with the important issues of sibling rivalry, loneliness and bullying as poor Diego, the smallest Billy goat endures verbal abuse and put downs from his brother and sister whose self-importance is inflated by the number of Facebook likes they get. It explores the courage you find when you believe in yourself and shows how confidence and self-respect can help you overcome the obstacles of life.

This will be theatre at its best, highly engaging with lots of laughs.  I’m sure it will stimulate some very meaningful discussion.

 

The Cow Tripped Over the Moon – NSS 2017

On Wednesday 24 May at 11am Tenambit Public School will be joining thousands  of children in thousands of locations across Australia by sharing The Cow Tripped Over the Moon written by Tony Wilson and illustrated by Laura Wood.

National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. WE LOVE BOOKS and reading at Tenambit school. Why don’t you join in by reading along with us.

 

Catawampus?

Don’t you just love the English language? It is continually evolving and changing to reflect the times. Take for example, fomo, selfie, chillax, guyliner, mankini, twitterati to name just a few.

This morning I opened a box of books and was intrigued by a book titled The Catawampus Cat by Jason Carter-Eaton. It’s a magical story about a peculiar, crooked cat who helps people see things a little differently. On reading the blurb I was surprised to learn that catawampus is a real word dating back to the 1840s and means  “diagonal or at an angle,” “askew, awry, or crooked.” For example, “Mr Gaffney, your tie is catawampus; let me straighten it for you.”

It got me thinking about how much fun it would be to make up some crazy words of my own. What about…

Excelagination: “Colin Thompson’s books show that he has an excelagination.”

Campeachy: “One of Mrs Riding’s favourite holidays is to campeachy.”

Why don’t you make up some new words of your own? Go on. I challenge you.

A Notable announcement!

 
Last week saw the announcement by the Children’s Book Council of Australia(CBCA) of this year’s list of notables or in other words, the ‘long list.’ It is from these books that the short list will be selected next month in the lead up to Book Week. We are very fortunate in Australia to have such a depth of talented authors and illustrators producing quality books for children and young people. This is evident when you look at the diverse range of titles included in this year’s list. Have a look for yourself.

2017 Notables

 

My weekend with Sarah

Dear Diary,

Today I came home with Sarah and she introduced me to her dad and her stepmum Lizzie,(short for Elizabeth) I sat on the blanket and read Pig the Pug then she introduced me to her baby brother Darcy who is almost 5 months old. He is so cute!

Sincerely, Blog Dog

Dear Diary,

Today was a big day! Sarah took me to school and I stayed in my bag reading. Sarah’s mum picked us up from school then we drove to pick up Jas, her big sister from high school. We stayed home, I watched the TV and took a long nap. Sarah tucked me in and read my fav book. We have a big day tomorrow so I need a big sleep. We’re going to the beach tomorrow.

Goodnight! Sweet dreams & lots of hugs from Blog Dog

Dear Diary,

I went to the beach with Sarah, Angelique and Annabelle. We had lots of fun swimming and building sandcastles. Today is my last day with Sarah before I go back to Mrs Riding.

Lots of hugs, Blog dog, BD

WRAD wrap

We had an awesome day as we celebrated WRAD. The whole school stopped as one at 11am and celebrated the joy of reading by having a great story read to them.


Mrs Johnson read Stories from our street by Richard Tullock to 3J.


An inspirational local deaf woman, Pam Wells, shared Little owl by Phillip Gwynne with K/6D and then they had fun creating some art work.


Miss Wright read The book with no pictures by B.J.Novak to 2W and then everyone shared a book either from home or from the class library.


Mrs Robinson read Shaun Tan’s Rules of Summer before starting Alice’s adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll to 3/4P. Students also had a chance to choose their own book to read.


These super star students were spotted in our library.

Happy WRAD everyone!

It’s Read Aloud Day everyday for these beautiful babes.

Mrs Brown’s daughter Nicole and her grandson Ari love reading together before bedtime. Mrs Brown told me Ari has an amazing library already. The Cranky Bear is among his favourites.


Mrs Robinson and Georgie have fun reading together. Angelina Ballerina and a cuddle before bed. It doesn’t get any better than this.


Hudson loves being read to. Miss Wright says it’s his favourite thing to do. He just LOVES books!


Mrs Bull and Maxi enjoy a story too.

Are you ready for WRAD? 5/6P and Miss Penburthy are all set. I wonder what great book they will be sharing?

Everyone loves having a great story read to them. Why don’t you surprise someone special and read to them today. I’d love to hear from you.

World Read Aloud Day (WRAD)

On Thursday the 16th of February Tenambit Public School will join millions of people from all over the world who will be celebrating World Read Aloud Day.

Every year World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology. It is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. http://www.litworld.org/wrad

Why don’t you join us too by reading aloud and sharing a story or two?

Please leave a comment and let me know who you read to.

Fantabulous February

Isn’t it great to be back? During the holidays Sarah posted an acrostic poem on her blog that inspired me to have a go myself. Here’s my attempt.

This one’s also for you Mr Brown. I know how much you love acrostics.

 

 

Familiarity and comfort of home after a month away.

 

 

Energy, enthusiasm and inspiration gained from being back among my peers.

 

 

Blistering summer sunshine. Just perfect for long days at the beach.

 

 

Ripe, luscious, juicy stone fruit. Yum! Yum! Yum!

 

 

Unlimited supply of books. Pure bliss!

 

 

Amazing art being created for the art extravaganza.

 

 

Rewards and joy that every day brings and lastly,

 

You, the students of Tenambit who give my life meaning and purpose.

Reflections and resolutions

The rush and excitement that accompanies the Christmas and New Year celebrations are behind us and this, the first week of January sees a slowing of pace and for me heralds a time of reflection and resolutions. This is fitting as January is named after the Roman god Janus who according to legend was given the ability to see into the past and the future by the God Saturn. This is why we see Janus depicted with two heads facing in opposite directions, one looking to the year that’s past and one looking to the future. As important as it is to acknowledge, value and learn from the past I think it’s vital to set realistic goals and face the new year with gratitude and optimism. Bring on a healthy and happy 2017.