Blog dog – My first visit to hospital

Don’t worry! I’m okay! No cuts, bruises or broken bones here.


I went to Ipswich hospital with Mrs Riding to visit her son Anthony, AJ to his friends. He had a knee reconstruction yesterday and he was still in a lot of pain this morning. A cuddle from me though really cheered him up. The doctor said we can take him home later today. He’s really looking forward to sleeping in his own bed and to his mum’s cooking. He loves her lasagne and apple charlotte. Yum!


I will be hanging with Hercules too. Lucky for me he likes dogs. One of his best friends is a dog called Lady.

My weekend with Andrew


Dear Diary,

I am so excited to go to Andrew’s house. Before we got there we had a fun time at recess. First I met Andrew’s brother Dominic. He is really nice. We played handball and I played the iPad. His teacher was Mr Freeburn and I saw Leo was in his class. Leo hugged me again and people wouldn’t stop sneaking touches and pats of me when Andrew wasn’t looking. We had to do some singing for carols which is a Christmas thing for the school. We went home and read my favourite book, Pig the Pug. It is so awesome!  We read my diary and Andrew had a shower. When Andrew was in the shower I talked to his Teddys, Ginggy and Rudolph. Rudolph has a red nose and  Ginggy is a gingerbread man. After Andrew got out of the shower we had afternoon tea. I had water and Kristen, Andrew’s mum, makes him and his brothers a smoothie.

Dear Diary,

My new song,

Woof! Wooooof!

This is gonna be the best time of my life, my li-life,

Woof! Wooooof

This is gonna be the best time of my li-l-ife,

Woof! Woof! A Whoo!


Dear Diary,

We stopped a bit early because Andrew’s mum had to do dishes. His mum wasn’t ready for the carols yet and we weren’t allowed to read Andrew’s book yet. Once we arrived at the carols Andrew’s mum said I couldn’t play with him so I had to stay behind. As I said before Andrew’s mum’s name is Kristen and she didn’t do anything fun. When Andrew was singing I was on stage with him. We also got a photo with Santa Claus. I realised that Santa was actually Mr Carter. We had to go back to Andrew’s house after the photo. Andrew got into his pyjamas and I had to close my eyes because Andrew had I a surprise. I was excited because I love surprises. I’ve been excited ever since I got to meet Andrew. When I opened my eyes Andrew had made me a bed out of a washing basket, a pillow and my blanket.



Dear Diary,

Today we didn’ t do much because of his mum saying no. We mostly watched  a movie but we did a bit of reading and craft. The craft was for teachers Christmas presents. Boo Hoo! Porridge for dinner and breakfast.


Dear Diary,

I will miss Andrew very much over the holidays but I still had a great day yesterday. The main thing, and the best thing was reading. We read a lot. The book we read was Heroes of Olympus: the lost hero. We watched the first and second Santa Claus movies. Awesome! I wonder if anything can beat this?




My weekend with Ofa

Dear Diary,

Today I went home with Ofa. Her class is 2/3E. Ofa has six siblings. She’s got two baby brothers and they’re twins, she’s got four sisters. Back to what we were talking about. When she took me home we played babies with her two little brothers. After that we did finger knitting. I loved it. Then I watched Doc McMuffin with her little baby brother Curtis. We had dinner and then bed.


Dear Diary,

Today we woke up and for breakfast had scrambled eggs on toast. Yum! We got ready for our excursion to Taronga Park Zoo. Ofa is taking me. I’m so excited! We got to school, got on the bus and the teacher marked the roll.


We got to Taronga. Ofa tripped over on the bus but her friends helped her up. We had fruit break and then we saw birds, bats, possums, elephants, goats, chimpanzees, echidna, Tasmanian devil and a peacock. When we got back on the bus we watched Happy Feet, then we stopped for a break and had a run around. We played tips then got back on the bus and Ofa read me Pig the Pug, my favourite book then we were back at school. Ofa’s dad picked us up and we went home for dinner then we went to bed.


Dear Diary,

Today I woke up and we had breakfast, Vegemite on toast. After breakfast we read 78 Storey Treehouse. Then we practised Ofa’s choir songs, Dreamtime Christmas, I’ve never seen anything like it in my life, Lanterns and Christmas Day with Ofa’s sister Elenoa. Ofa’s little brother said, “be quiet.” We played tea parties with two more toy dogs, their names are Nahla and Nahla. Then I went to bed. When I woke up we played apple on a stick and Miss Mop.


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!

My weekend with James

img_8353Dear Diary,
This weekend I am with James. He is in class 1W. OK back to us. James said we are going to read a book. He gave me the choice of Superman: The Deadly Dream Machine, Superman: The little Green Men, Superman: The Deadly Double Sperman: Deep Space Hijack, Fantastic Mr Fox or ESIO TROT. I chose The Deadly Dream Machine. It was cool, there were 5 chapters. My fave is chapter 5. It’s called Solar Power. Then it was dinner time then we went to bed. I can’t wait until tomorrow. Goodnight.


Dear Diary,
Good morning. It’s Saturday and I only just woke up. I can’t wait for the fun today. I’m going to have a great day. James is going to the hairdressers to get a haircut and his sister Emily looked after me. We had lots of fun. When James got back he was wondering where I was and I was in the room with my friend Cadence. We were sitting right next to each other on my blanket. Cadence is having a sleepover in my bed. Then it was dinnertime. Then we went to bed. I can’t wait until tomorrow. Goodnight.


Dear Diary,
Good morning. It’s Sunday. Today I woke up next to Cadence. James woke up too early to play so we read Pig the Pug. It teaches you a lesson not to be greedy. It was still too early to play so we read another book. It was The Mighty Avengers. It was cool! Heroes Vs Villians. Heroes win because in this one it has five heroes and one villain. Then we had dinner and it was bedtime. I can’t wait until next Thursday because someone else gets me for the weekend.
Goodnight and bye.

My weekend with Jorja


Dear Diary,
Today I’m going home with Jorja and she’s been telling me so many things that we are going to do on the weekend and it sounds like so much fun, like her sisters birthday party where we get to sleep in swags. At recess I got to meet Jorja’s friends and then we went into class and we played musical statues.


After school we walked home and on the way we went to the shop and got slushies. When we went home we had some yogurt, then read my favourite book, ‘Pig the Pug,’ then it was time for a sleep. When I woke up I had a talk with Jorja’s pop. He asked me lots of questions.


Dear Diary,
I can’t wait to go to school with Jorja tomorrow. I just hope I don’t have to go to the bottom playground because I’m very special and Mrs Riding wouldn’t like it. I just want to eat some treats from the canteen. The only thing I want to eat is JELLY!


Dear Diary,
I forgot to tell you when I got to Jorja’s I met her panda called Pandy of course, and then I met her mum, dad and sister. They were really nice. Then a song came on the radio, ‘History’ I think, and her dad was busting out some moves. It was pretty funny! Then we had a group hug. It was snuggly and it felt awesome. Today has been a great day. I can’t wait for tomorrow.


Dear Diary,
Today is Jorja’s sister’s birthday. Jorja’s went swimming and I stayed home. Then Jorja’s sister’s friends came over and Jorja’s friend Nahla came for a sleepover too. During the night she wanted to go home because she missed her mum.


Dear Diary,
Today is Sunday and we went to Woolworths. We got a Boost and it was very tasty. Tomorrow I have to go back home to Mrs Riding. I had an awesome time with Jorja. It was super dooper fun! I wonder who will take me home this Thursday?


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.

My weekend with Bella

Dear Diary,
Today I got to go home with Bella. She showed me around her house and introduced me to her Teddies. I became really good friends with Scooby Doo and Kiki the Fox so we watched Scooby Doo together.


Then when the show was over Bella said she had a surprise for us so we went to her room and she made a little feast with chocolates and choc chip cookies. She said she made them with her brother, her mum and her mum’s friend.

Dear Diary,
Today we got up at 5.33am and went to Bella’s step dad’s house. Bella’s brother woke up and he wanted to keep me and my favourite book, but Bella took over. We had breakfast then jumped into bed and played ROBLOX on Bella’s iPad. We then turned the TV on and watched Mashu’s Spooky Tales. They were very scary. Then we went to school.


At school we did some reading and then decided to look on the library blog and we looked at Mile’s book review. We did a spelling test and I got 17/20 then it was time for sport so I stayed in the classroom.


Dear Diary,
Today me and Bella went to see her new cousin and she was so cute. After we went to the shops to get some stuff for dinner which was burritos. After dinner we read my favourite book.


Emily’s book review


Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney

“Why did he ditch me?!” Hard Luck is another one of those Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. This book is where Rowley Jefferson ditches Greg and becomes friends with Abigail. The blurb reads:

Greg Heffley’s on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and change his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg’s life destined to be just another hard luck story?

This book contains 218 pages (217 for the entire book, 1 for acknowledgments and about the author). Greg’s four aunts are Aunt Cakey, Aunt Gretchen, Aunt Veronica and Aunt Audra.(this is mentioned in the story) The cover is Greg Heffley trying to protect himself by Magic 8 Balls.

So next time you are in the library trying to find something to borrow, borrow Hard Luck.

Abbey’s book review


The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey

The Bad Guys is a funny book about four bad guys Mr Wolf, Mr Shark, Mr Snake and Mr Piranha, who want to be good guys so Mr Wolf comes up with a great plan to break two hundred dog’s out of a maximum security dog pound. Mr Wolf runs into problems when his three friends are distracted and just want to eat.

I really like the book. It shows that just because someone has a bad reputation doesn’t mean that they can’t do good things. Mr Wolf was very much a bad guy but decided he wanted to change who he was. The book also shows that even though you have good intentions and try and do the right things sometimes things can go wrong. There were many times throughout the book that Mr Wolf was very frustrated.
I would recommend this book because the story was interesting and the characters were easy to relate to. One of the parts that I liked about the book was all four characters were very different in personality and they all experienced different emotions. A highlight of the book was the illustrations which were drawn with a lot of humour and made it enjoyable to read.

Andrew’s book review



The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valentine

This book has been a great experience for me as September goes exploring in fairyland, trying to get a witch her spoon back after arriving with the Green Wind and swimming to Riches beach.

The characters are September, Green Wind, A-L, Saturday, The Marquess and Death along with the 3 witches.

September had to travel into a dark forest with Saturday and A-L. meeting Death along the way because the evil Marquess refused to give her the spoon, because the 3 witches deserved to have their wizard brothers and witch sisters to be killed by her panther.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in exploration and exciting endings. I have really enjoyed this book so give me your opinion for I hope you like it to.

My weekend with Geny


Dear Diary,
Today it’s Friday and I get to go to school with Geny. Jorja and a few more of Geny’s friends wanted me to come. In the morning session I needed to stay inside Geny’s bag with my head sticking out. When it was lunch time Geny needed to play down the bottom and she said that I would get dirty so Jorja and Nahla were looking after me. We read books in the library and while we were reading I fell asleep. When I woke up I saw Geny holding me and we were in lines. Then when it was recess Geny and Jorja came with me to the library and we read another two books and again I fell asleep.


Dear Diary,
Today is Saturday. So we were inside the car going to church. When we were there I met a few friends of Genys called Latifah, Tickany, Darius and a few more. Then it was Sabbath school. I learn about Jesus when he died on the cross. Then it was middle session and in their culture they call it Pathfinder. It was lunch time but they didn’t have any good food so we needed to go home. I forgot to tell you this morning I was colouring in. One more thing I forgot to tell you was this morning when I woke up Geny’s brother Ezra was sleeping with me and Geny took a picture and said that it was cute. Oh and also I’m excited of what’s happening tomorrow.



Dear Diary,

mermaiIt’s Sunday! When I woke up I saw Geny’s friend Nicole, so then we had breakfast, blah, blah blah, then we played on the laptop and then went outside to play. Geny’s mum said that she needed to fold her summer clothes. Boring! Geny asked her mum could we go to the beach and swim because we were bored and really hot. She said yes. When we got there we put our suncream on and then went swimming. I enjoyed the sand. We made Geny’s mum a sand mermaid tail. She looked funny when we were finished. We went swimming again, then Nicole’s mum was there to pick her up, so then we went home.

I wonder who’s going to be next to keep me?  Mrs Riding said someone from 3J! Let’s see if she’s correct. Ok it’s night time. Good night. Bye!


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.