This Friday (25th August) is National Poetry Day and to celebrate we will be watching some NZ poets perform on the big screen in the Info Centre during lunch time. If you can't make it along on Friday, the clips we'll be watching are in a YouTube playlist here.
And if you'd like to delve a bit deeper into NZ poetry here are some websites to try:
The New Zealand Poetry Society - for news, competitions, information and poems
Poetry New Zealand - poetry news, reviews and interviews, along with an academic poetry journal
Best New Zealand Poems - read and listen to some of the best poems for the year
New Zealand Poetry - an online forum for emerging poets to share their work
And don't forget about the poetry section in the Information Centre - it's full of amazing poets from NZ and around the world.
Thank you everyone for another very successful Book Lovers' Week! We have had plenty of fun this week, making book spine poems and getting caught reading. At lunch time today, we celebrated with lollie cake and fudge slice (thank you to our lovely Canteen staff for this!) and congratulated all our winners:
Reading Challenge House Points:
Reading Challenge winners of chocolate cake morning teas:
Reading Challenge - Total books read by the whole school - 338
Reading Challenge spot prize draw winners of a $20 Whitcoulls vouchers:
Book Spine Poetry Competition
Get Caught Reading prize draw:
Word puzzles prize draw:
A BIG thank you to the PSTA for supporting us with money for the cake and prizes, to Mrs Koni for judging the Book Spine Poetry, and to all the staff who supported our activities and encouraged students to get involved.
The Reading Challenge will finish on Friday 11th August with a lunch time celebration and prize draw at the conclusion of our Book Lovers' Week. We have read an awesome number of books so far, but don't stop yet! Keep those entries coming and be in the draw to win a $20 Whitcoulls voucher, earn house points and increase the chances of your form class winning a special morning tea.
As the end of term approaches, it's worth noting that the Reading Challenge is still in full swing and continues until Friday 11th August.
Currently as a school we have read over 190 books which is an impressive effort. Rae is leading the house points race and 9MER and 11SMI are the best performing form classes so far.
Remember, there is still plenty of time to get some entries in and hopefully lots of opportunities to read over the holidays!
We are very excited to launch eAudio books, now available for students to borrow free of charge via our ePlatform ebook app. We’d like to say a massive thank you to the PSTA for contributing to the cost of subscribing to the eAudio package and making this possible. There is a very good selection of contemporary young adult and adult fiction, as well as all the classics to choose from.
Our eBooks have been very successful since we released those late last year, and the eAudio books look like being equally as popular. The Queen’s eLibrary is available to view at queens.wheelers.co and there is more information about downloading the free ePlatform app on the Information Centre website here. For help downloading the app and logging on, students should see the Librarian.
It's time for our annual Reading Challenge and it's super easy to enter!
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