New Library Books

We are very grateful to the Alexander McMillan Trust for their generous grant enabling us to buy a great new selection of books for our school library. The first lot of new books has arrived much to the excitement of the children.

 Library Books

The Book Fair was a success!

Book wish lists being fulfilled!
Botting family buying books

Wow, what a busy, exciting week we had!

Many thanks to everyone who took part in the book fair, whether you were a visiting speaker, an organiser, a parent helper, or if you dressed up or took part in anyway. Special thanks to people who purchased books. We sold $1850 worth which means we receive $555 back from Scholastic which be spent on new books for our school library.

Importantly this Book Fair was an opportunity to further develop our children’s literacy, to expand their interests and to look at the wider world of information and learning. We were honoured to host a splendid array of speakers, authors, scientists, and readers who all inspired the children (teachers and parents!) with their words, their stories and activities.

We’re sure these events, and access to some new exciting reading material will help inspired our children to read and write even more!

What did you enjoy most about the book fair this year, maybe you could leave a comment below and tell us …

 

 

What’s on at the Book Fair on Friday 13th June?

Screenshot 2014-06-12 20.38.03It’s the final day of our week long book fair and today is Dress-up Friday – children, please come as your favourite book character! Even more great visitors will be here at school today, and there will be a Special Assembly to which everyone is welcome. It is also your last chance to purchase books!

9.30am Zac & Wendy from Dunedin Public Library

Zac & Wendy from the Children’s Team at Dunedin Public Library will be reading, then talking about everything that is available at the Library. (Did you know that you can request Get Well bags for children?)

11.15am Phillippa Duffy

Phillippa Duffy is the Manager of the University Bookshop and formerly of Craig Potton Publishing, and will read to each class.

2pm Janet Pereira

Janet Pereira is a local writer and will read and discuss her beautiful picture book, Blackie the Fisher-Cat.

2.30pm Special Assembly in the library

As usual in Room 3, a wonderful selection of Scholastic books will be on sale, with a percentage of sales coming back to the school in the form of books for our own library. Please support the school by purchasing some books!

Book Fair open hours

Friday 2.30-3.45pm.

What’s on at the Book Fair on Thursday 12th June?

More wonderful visitors – parents and whanau are very welcome. And please come along to the Parents and Friends Association Annual General Meeting with our literacy speaker, and dress-up, popcorn and DVD for the children!

9.30am Elizabeth Pulford

Elizabeth Pulford is an award-winning writer of children’s and adult books, based in Waikouaiti, who has created the amazing Lily series, as well as other wonderful children’s titles.

11.15am Ann Cronin

Ann Cronin is a University of Otago PhD student, neuropharmacologist and science communicator who will be using a Leonardo Da Vinci fold-out model to teach the children about the brain!

2pm Sheralyn Weepers

Sheralyn Weepers is a Resource Teacher of Maori in Otago, Nga Takawaenga Matauranga ki Otago, and will read her favourite Maori myth, followed by a korero

5.30pm Parents & Friends Association AGM, BYO Supper, Literacy expert

Joan Turner talking to parents. Children – please dress up as your favourite book character, and enjoy a DVD and popcorn after supper. Then – cake! A wonderful selection of Scholastic books will be on sale, with a percentage of sales coming back to the school in the form of books for our own library. Please support the school by purchasing some books!

Book Fair open hours

Monday to Friday 2.30-3.45pm, Thursday 2.30 to 5.30pm and during PFA AGM.

What’s on at the Book Fair on Wednesday 11th June?

Today we have a literary workshop for the senior classes, and magic for all the children– this event is one out the hat! Also, a treat of cupcakes!

9.40am Majella Cullinane

Majella Cullinane is an award-winning poet, and writer, and the current holder of New Zealand’s premier literary residency, the Robert Burns Fellowship at Otago University. She will run a workshop for years 3-6.

12 noon El Gregoe

El Gregoe is one of the most highly awarded magicians in New Zealand and will be entertaining the children!

Book Fair open hours

Throughout the week in Room 3, a wonderful selection of Scholastic books will be on sale, with a percentage of sales coming back to the school in the form of books for our own library. Please support the school by purchasing some books!

  • Monday to Friday 2.30-3.45pm
  • Thursday 2.30 to 5.30pm and during PFA AGM

What’s on at the Book Fair on Tuesday 10th June?

Screenshot 2014-06-09 20.08.46Today we’re lucky to have more visitors, and a Samoan workshop for the children! Parents and whanau are very welcome to join us!

 

12 noon – Oceana Gold Nuggets

Members of Otago’s premier professional basketball team, representing the region in the National Basketball League, will come to read to the children!

 

2pm – Samoan Sasa Workshop

Mr Tili will run a Samoan Sasa (sitting drum dance) workshop for the children.

 

Book Fair opening hours

Throughout the week, in Room 3, a wonderful selection of Scholastic books will be on sale, with a percentage of sales coming back to the school in the form of books for our own library. Please support the school by purchasing some books!

  •  Monday to Friday 2.30-3.45pm
  •  Thursday 2.30 to 5.30pm and during PFA AGM

 

What’s on at the Book Fair on Monday 9th June?

We have two wonderful visitors coming on Monday and parents and whanau are very welcome to join us!

9.30am – Katherine Milburn

Katherine Milburn is the Liaison Librarian for ephemera at the Hocken Collections. She will talking about preserving history in various forms and how this tells a story.

12.10pm – Peter Chin

Peter Chin is a former Dunedin mayor who visited us for our last Book Fair, and the children greatly enjoyed his reading and discussion, which he will doing again for us!

Book Fair opening hours

Throughout the week, in Room 3, a wonderful selection of Scholastic books will be on sale, with a percentage of sales coming back to the school in the form of books for our own library. Please support the school by purchasing some books!

  • Monday to Friday 2.30-3.45pm
  • Thursday 2.30 to 5.30pm and during PFA AGM (5.30pm onwards)

Book Fair timetable and speakers announced!

Scholastic Book Fair Logo for T2 2014
Scholastic Book Fair Logo for T2 2014

We can now announce our timetable for speakers and events in our Book Fair Week! Parents and whanau, please do come and join us for any of these exciting events – we would love you to come along and be part of this celebration of reading!

Scholastic books will be on sale in Room 3 throughout the week, from 2.30pm to 3.45pm each day. On Thursday we will be open from 2.30pm-5.30pm and then after the PFA AGM. A percentage of sales comes back to the school in the form of new library books – parents, grandparents, whanau – please support the library by purchasing books!

The children will be given the opportunity to make a list of books they would love to own, and these lists will be available at the Book Fair on request. Classrooms will also have a list of books which can be bought and donated to classrooms. This is a wonderful way to contribute to the children’s learning. If these times don’t suit you, let the office know and we can arrange another time for you.

Monday 9th June

9.30am Katherine Milburn, Hocken Collections, talking about preserving history

12.10pm Peter Chin, former Dunedin mayor, reading to the children

Tuesday 10th June

12 noon Oceana Gold Nuggets, members of Otago Basketball team, reading to children

2pm Mr Tili, Samoan Sasa (sitting drum dance) workshop

Wed 11th June

9.30am Majella Cullinane, Robert Burns Fellow, creative writing

12 noon El Grego, Entertaining the children with magic

Thursday 12th June

9.30am Elizabeth Pulford, local writer, of Lily and other children’s and adult books

11.15am Ann Cronin, Science Communicator, using zombies to facilitate learning

2pm Sheralyn Weepers, Maori Resource Teacher , reading Maori myth, with korero

5.30pm PFA AGM, BYO Supper, Literacy expert Joan Turner talking to parents.

Children – please dress up as your favourite book character, and enjoy a DVD and popcorn after supper. Then – cake!

Friday 13th June

Dress-up Friday – children, please come as your favourite book character

9.30am Dunedin City Public Library, Zac & Wendy (Children’s Team), about the Library

11.15am Phillippa Duffy, Manager University Bookshop and former editor, reads to children

2pm Janet Pereira, Localwriter, reading her first publication, Blackie the Fisher-Cat.

Sacred Heart School Book Fair 9th-13th June

Scholastic Book Fair Logo for T2 2014
Scholastic Book Fair Logo for T2 2014

In spite of the weather, things are hotting up as we approach the Book Fair! Our theme, Reading Oasis: A Cool Place to Discover Hot Books, is certainly looking appropriate.

Come and warm yourself up at one of our events, or browse through our books for sale – a percentage of sales comes back to the school in the form of new library books – parents, grandparents, whanau – please support the library by purchasing books!!!

Our events include visiting speakers:

  • Peter Chin: former Dunedin mayor who has visited us for our last Book Fair, and the children greatly enjoyed his reading and discussion
  • Ann Cronin: University of Otago PhD student, neuropharmacologist and science communicator who uses zombies to facilitate learning!
  • Majella Cullinane – poet and current recipient of the Robert Burns Fellowship at the University of Otago who is working on her first novel
  • Philippa Duffy: General Manager at University Bookshop, formerly at Craig Potton Publishing and recently involved in the Writers and Readers Festival in Dunedin
  • Dunedin City Library: Zac and Wendy will be coming to read to the children and talk about the vast range of books and other material available to borrow, in hard copy or electronically
  • Katherine Milburn: Hocken Collections – how our history is preserved in writing and certainly tells a story!
  • Oceania Gold Nuggets: A favourite story or two from Otago’s premier basketball team, and open to questions about basketball!
  • Sheralyn Weepers: Resource Teachers of Maori in Otago/Nga Takawaenga Matauranga ki Otago, who will inspire the children with Maori legends
  • Janet Pereira: Dunedin author of children’s books, including the very successful and beautiful picture book, “Blackie the Fisher Cat”
  • Elizabeth Pulford: Award-winning writer of children’s and adult books, based in Waikouaiti, who has created the amazing Lily series, as well as other wonderful children’s titles.

 

Other activities include:

  • Storytelling through Samoan Sasa (sitting drum dance) – A day at Sacred Heart (thank you Mr Tili! )
  • Art and Writing Competitions, with prizes for first and second places in each class
  • Dress-up Friday – come as your favourite book character (also at PFA AGM – see below)

Parents are welcome at any and all of the above events, and we will send out a timetable in advance.

And don’t forget the PFA AGM on Thursday 12th June, 5.30pm, BYO supper, followed by a very engaging guest speaker Joan Turner, a highly respected expert in literacy and consultant to Otago University College of Education. Joan will talk about literacy across all areas of the school, how the emphasis changes and how parents can assist children at home. Book character dress-up for children on the evening, and through Friday!

 

From your Book Fair Organisers

Megan Millar-Coote, Sarah Gallagher and Kate Wilson