If you have craved a calm, relaxing, peaceful space to retreat to during lunch time you have had to look no further than our library. It’s been the perfect place to come and chill out with a great book or with friends for a game or a quiet chat.
Absent from photograph: Blair B.
Platinum! It doesn’t get any better than this. We have a record number of students receiving platinum awards in this year’s NSW Premiers Reading Challenge. This certificate can only be received in year 6 as it signifies successful completion in every school year. I am very proud of these super students. I hope they continue to take part in the challenge as they move on to high school. Three more years of successful completion will see them receive a medal from the NSW Premier in 2019.
A number of students expressed regret when BookFace Friday wrapped up a few weeks ago. I commented to Charlie V in 2/3E that I’d be happy to post a student BookFace if they found the books. This is the result.
It was a bit tricky to work out who was behind each book even for me, so I have decided to give some clues. See how you go and be sure to post a reply if you want to see more.
2. She shares her name with a highly perfumed spring flower.
3. Anagram of ‘Brain’.
4. Three Syllables, Ist syllable rhymes with ‘Sack,’ 2nd rhymes with ‘Hen,’ 3rd with ‘Bee.’
5. Rhymes with ‘Smiley.’
6. Two syllables; 1st syllable rhymes with ‘Ray’ 2nd rhymes with ‘Ban’.
7. Rhymes with ‘Aims.’
8. Two syllables; 1st syllable is the opposite of ‘Less’, 2nd syllable rhymes with ‘Can.’
Did you see a book here that you would like to borrow? They are all in our library.
“I am a child of books. I come from a world of stories.”
A little girl, a child of books, sails her raft across a sea of words and arrives at the house of a young boy. She invites him to go away with her on an adventure into a world of stories… where, with only a little imagination, anything at all can happen.
This much anticipated, clever collaboration between Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston was worth the wait. It is simply stunning! Jeffers lyrical hand written narrative and illustrations are in stark contrast, yet beautifully woven into the typographical landscapes crafted by Winston from classic books. This book invites you to question and explore. It is a true celebration of the magic of books and the power of the imagination.
Are you a child of books or are you still waiting to climb aboard the raft and be taken on that journey? What books inspired you? I’d love to know.
Flood by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley has certainly become a favourite of both teachers and students at Tenambit Public school. It has been the subject of many book reviews and most recently has been the inspiration for some beautiful artwork by 4G. Students were then asked to select their favourite painting and critique it. I have posted a number of the critiques and artworks by the very talented and creative students in 4G.
Please take a look at the following posts and feel free to leave them a comment. I’m sure the students would appreciate your words of encouragement. 😊
Yes everyone’s favourite pug is back again and ready to get into the spirit of Christmas. We all know that Christmas is a time for giving and sharing. Does that sound like Pig? This is another laugh out loud story from one of my favourite Australian storytellers, Aaron Blabey. Look out for it on our library shelves.
Which is your favourite Pig story?
Good news! After extensive trialing last term, I’m excited to announce that our school now subscribes to the following World Book Web products.
- World Book Kids—is based on World Book’s award winning Discovery Encyclopedia and is designed to give younger students, ESL students and reluctant readers a rewarding online learning experience. The site illustrations, diagrams and maps enrich more than 2,000 articles selected for appeal and relevance.
- World Book Student—forms the foundation of an expansive reference database that includes over 40,000 encyclopedia and reference articles, thousands of links to outside web sites selected by World Book editors and contributors. It also includes an extensive Dictionary and Atlas plus audios, visuals and animations.
- World Book Timelines – Hundreds of unique timelines spanning the arts, science and technology, society and culture, sports, world history and geography.
Our World Book subscription allows students and their families access to this valuable reference source at your home computers 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
We hope that your whole family will use the World Book sites often to help with homework, special projects, at-home learning and information seeking. To access the World Book products students will need to log in through their DET portal, click on Oliver Library and then the link to World Book Online on the home page.
“I can feel all eyes looking at me. The pressure is on. It all comes down to this.”
My body tenses as the opposition races towards me. The ball is passed. The shooter steadies, focuses. For a brief second our eyes meet. I stretch, extending my arms til I think they will break. I must block this shot. She releases the ball and…
“The ball goes up and… and…. IT GOES IN! The crowd stands up and gives a massive applaud that almost knocks me over.”
Thank you Madi for your wonderful post yesterday. It left me feeling very nostalgic. It had a sizzling start that put me right in the action. You built the tension with your short, sharp sentences and dynamic dialogue reminding me of exactly how I felt about 40 something(not giving away the exact number) years ago. I too played netball when I was at Wyong High school and I absolutely loved it. Good writing produces an emotional response in the reader and you have done this. Well done!
Please check out the Tenambit student blogs and leave a comment or two or three… They are doing a great job!
What a wondercrump, whoopsey-splunkers week we had at Tenambit public school as we celebrated what would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday. Many classes have been reading his magical books including The BFG, The Enormous Crocodile, The Witches and Fantastic Mr Fox.
Students in stages 2 & 3 explored the library in search of interesting facts about Dahl. They discovered that his parents were Norwegian but he was born in Landaff, Wales in 1916. Many were amazed to learn of his exploits as a pilot and spy during World War 11. Also of interest was that he was named after the famous Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. We also learned that although he loved chocolate he didn’t like chocolate ice cream or chocolate cake.
Those who had recently read Boy: Tales of Childhood also shared many funny and fascinating tales from Dahl’s early life. Among these was the tragic story of how his father at age 14, fell off the roof while fixing tiles and broke his forearm. Poor treatment from a doctor who thought his shoulder dislocated later led to his arm being amputated.
I reread a number of Roald Dahl favourites leading up to this special week. Among all the gobblefunk and gloriumptious, frothbuggling language there are some amazing words of wisdom. One of my favourite quotes is found in The Twits.
“If you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
…and who could forget the ending of the Minpins?
“Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
Do you have a favourite Roald Dahl book or quote? I’d love to hear about it.
No, you didn’t read it wrongly. I didn’t mean Facebook, it really is BookFace. Your teachers had some fun yesterday posing with some amazing library books. Can you recognise the teachers behind these books?
How clever were you? Were you able to discover the secret identities? Post a comment and let me know. Watch this space for BookFace Friday #2.