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.


Perfect Platinum!


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.

Happy reading!

2/3E & K/6D BookFace Friday

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.

1. Rhymes with ‘Bali.’


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.

A Child of Books



“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

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.dvv-htjlzaiwzdja5japydl72ejkfbmt4t8yenimkbvvk0ktmf0xjctabnaljim9

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. 😊

World Book Online

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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.




Friday Flashback!

“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!


Happy 100th Birthday!


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.

Students also celebrated at the end of term disco by wearing yellow, Dahl’s favourite colour.


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.