New Year 7 Haikus on PhotoPeach
Year 7 Haikus 2016 on PhotoPeach
The Year 7 class has been focusing on poetry as part of the English curriculum. Our first piece of poetry writing followed the reading of the book Wabi Sabi. This title includes a great narrative, as well as haikus on each page. The students based their work on either the photos they had brought from home or images which were provided to me by my friend, Reg Byrnes. We hope you enjoy the students’ favourite pieces and apologise for the few which don’t quite match the 5 syllable, 7 syllable, 5 syllable formula!
War Brainstorms on PhotoPeach
Since ANZAC day was commemorated in the holidays, I have begun working on a war unit with a number of Upper Primary classes from across Campus. It has been great to see students eagerly engaged in creating their initial brainstorms of different conflicts which have occurred and the words which spring to mind in relation to the topic. Each class has typed up lists and we have since used them to create word clouds using WordItOut, WordClouds or Tagul. As the unit progresses, students will be engaged in reading and listening to some examples of war songs and poems and finally writing and presenting their own pieces. We look forward to seeing some great results.
Year 4 Art Work on PhotoPeach
I was very excited to recently have my attention brought to the following link for Great School Libraries.
The Campus Library obviously fills a number of the criteria to qualify for inclusion on this list and we were proud to see our name at the top of the South Australian section…the joy of being at the beginning of the alphabet! We are very lucky to have a great team of volunteers who continue to support us in giving the best assistance possible to our students, parents and teachers.
As we all get back to routines in the classroom and library at the start of a new year, I am keen to encourage all students, parents and teachers to share the joys of literature with one another on a daily basis. Teachers and parents…take time to share picture books with children both young and old. Parents…take it in turns to read aloud from more challenging novels with older students to provide time for bonding and open discussion on a wide variety of topics.
Barbara Braxton, one of the teacher librarians I most respect, has a great blog promoting libraries and literature. She reminds us on her page, The Reader Leader’s Hat, that World Read Aloud day is celebrated on February the 24th.
Barbara also mentions a number of other library and literacy based celebrations, some of which we often celebrate in our Campus library. February 14th, known by most as Valentine’s Day, is also recognised as both Library Lovers’ Day and International Book Giving Day. We shall update you as to our special events as soon as possible!
I love clever people who enjoy having fun! The librarians from the Shoalhaven Library have created this clip. Hopefully you will share my joy as you watch it. Librarian Rhapsody
Two lucky junior primary classes won the prize draw to work with Sally Heinrich. Mrs Penley’s class really enjoyed their time making some rattle drums. Thanks to Mrs Penley for providing us with the photos for the blog!
Sally Heinrich’s Visit to Campus on PhotoPeach
Today, seven of our junior primary classes were able to come to the Library to meet Sally Heinrich, author and illustrator of the picture book The Most Beautiful Lantern. She read some of her books, talked about the process of illustrating and writing a picture book and shared some of the lanterns she has collected in her travels. The last session was spent with one lucky class enjoying a workshop where they made rattle drums with Sally. Tomorrow will be a repeat performance of today’s sessions with the remaining JP classes.
If you would like to see some more of Sally’s work, visit the Website of Sally Heinrich.
Marc McBride’s Visit on PhotoPeach
Last Friday, our middle and upper primary classes were treated to a visit from the illustrator of the Deltora Quest books, Marc McBride. His energy, enthusiasm and sense of humour kept all of the children engaged during the three sessions over the course of the day. During each session, he created a canvas using the ideas provided for him by the students. There was much laughter and hand waving as children were keen to be “paper peelers” and, by the end of the sessions, each child had drawn their own version of a dragon based on Marc’s ideas. We are now working out how best to have our art works framed for the library.