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!


Bella’s book review


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix J.K.Rowling

If you’re a Harry Potter fan or are interested then you should read this book! The back says, Dumbledore lowered his bands and surveyed Harry through his half moon glasses. “It is time,” he said, “for me to tell you what I should have told you five years ago. Harry please sit down. I am going to tell you everything.” And he had had five years in Hogwarts school. Maybe if you read the book you’ll figure out what he was going to say.

Leonardo’s book review


Phasmid by Rohan Cleave

The book I read and chose to do a review on is Phasmid Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect by Rohan Cleave and Coral Tulloch.

Phasmid tells the story of the life of the Lord Howe Island stick insect. Phasmids life changes when a ship runs over ground on the coral reef releasing black rats. The rats are so hungry that they eat most of the stick insects. There are only 30 left on the island. Somehow they get to a close by island called Balls Pyramid. Scientists are unsure how they got there and miraculously stumble across them by mistake.

I recommend reading this book because it is very informative and taught me a lot of the Lord Howe Island stick insect. The illustrations all throughout the book are amazing. I give this book 8/10. This book is suitable for scientists and people interested in insects and living things.

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.

Elly’s book review


‘One Step at a Time’ by Jane Jolly and Sally Heinrich

‘One Step at a Time’ by Jane Jolly and Sally Heinrich tells the story of a little boy called Luk, and an elephant called Mali, in the jungle.

Mali the elephant reaches for banana’s which are at the top of a tree, until… BOOM, a landmine blows Mali’s leg off and that’s already quite sad.

I think this book would be great for young and old people because it has great illustrations and is a wonderful book about friendships.

William’s book review


Fire by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley

Fire by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley is about a bush fire that is ripping through an Australian bush. It is ruining everybody’s life, animal life, human life, and especially putting firemen’s lives at risk. I wish this phenomenon would stop!

Fire is a really good book for the young and old! Some people will think that it is a bit boring but when they read it they will be surprised that it is a really good book! This is what happened to me.

Noah’s book review



One step at a time by Jan Jolly and Sally Heinrich

Mali the elephant was looking for bananas.

The elephant, Mali, lost a leg and couldn’t stand up. Luk tried to help her. He took her to a cave made of ice then he ran off to a temple to get help. Then they went to a camp site where they made her a fake leg.

Mali the elephant was protected by a young boy called Luk. When Mali was injured in a landmine Luk helped Mali by staying with him. I thought Mali was going to pass out because she stepped on a landmine, that can kill you straight away. But she was an elephant. Luk was pretty freaked out, maybe he thought that she was going to pass out too.

It made me feel sad because I think elephants are endangered species.

Mrs Brathwaite’s book review


The 27th Annual African Hippopotamus Race by Morris Lurie

This fabulous story was one of my all time books from when I was in Primary School.

It is a story about a shy, kind and caring Hippo named Edward and his determination to enter and win The 27th Annual African Hippopotamus Race held in the magnificent Zamboola River. A river filled with dangers, waterfalls and treacherous water. Edward comes up against a very naughty and sly Sebastian who is his BIG competition and Sebastian causes many problems for Edward leading up to and during the actual race.

This is a story about challenging yourself, doing your personal best and most importantly making positive choices.
I would recommend this book to children aged from 8 years and on. It is a feel good story, easy to read and has many exciting chapters which make it difficult to put the book down.

If you have read this book or when you do choose to read it come and let me know.
Happy reading!

Jayden’s book review


Fire by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley

(Fire) is a really good book because during the fire the fire brigade comes out and helps the people fighting the fire. Everyone in the community comes and helps each other out.

In the book (Fire) after the fire is put out, the SES people come and give food and water to the animals.

After the fire, people stand outside their homes and cry at what has been lost.

I recommend this book to the young and old because all the community members got together and helped each other out and we can learn from the book.