Sunday, August 16, 2015

Christchurch South Lit Quiz

On Thursday 6 August, Springston School hosted the Christchurch South Lit Quiz at Somerfield School. Our two teams were a mix of Year 3 to Year 6 children who had read and studied a set of 12 books, and had to answer 10 questions on each book. 

After Round 4, four teams were on 35 points, after Round 7 there was a split on points but it was still very close. 

Our team "The Village of Readers": Nina, Kaylee, Jess, Gemma, Joseph and Toby, were thrilled to win by 1 and 1/2 points and "Springston 12 Eyes": Lucy B, Sonya, Maggie, Anna, Darcie and Brigid only just missed out on 3rd place by 2 and 1/2 points. 

The winning team got to choose a book prize and we get to host the quiz again next year. The highlight of the night was the guest speaker, Desna Wallace - author of My Story: Canterbury Quake. The audience listened attentively and had the opportunity to ask questions and get books signed. 

A special mention must go to Mrs Winter for all the time and effort she put into helping prepare the team members. Thanks to all the parents and staff members who helped on the night. Thanks also to our two reserves: Adele and Tegan. 

Jess: It was fun and hard. 
Gemma: Some questions were really challenging. 
Lucy: Desna Wallace was amazing. 
Maggie: I would to thank Mrs Winter and all the people who helped out on the night. 
Sonya: I enjoyed being in the team for the first time. 

The team's favourite book was: Teddy One-Eye: The Autobiography of a Teddy Bear, Author Gavin Bishop. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

'Reading gives you superpowers' PSA by Dav Pilkey

Dav Pilkey (author of Captain Underpants) draws and talks about the Power of READING!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Roles of our 21st Century (School) Library

I came across this interesting infographic, referring to public libraries and their changing role. School libraries are adopting this thinking too.

What does our school library mean to you?

Click on the image below to take a closer look. We hope the Springston School Library ticks all these boxes for you. What would you like to see us doing more of? Please comment below.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Your favourite Christmas stories and movies?

Do you have a favourite Christmas story book that you bring out at Christmas and enjoy reading? Or a favourite Christmas movie that you all watch as a family?

Here are some Christmas movies you may have seen - have I missed some that you enjoy?

The Muppet Christmas Carol
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Jingle all the way
Fred Claus
Arthur Christmas
The Polar Express

Here is a nice list of Christmas story books - many of them picture books. My favourite Christmas book is one I've had for many years, and it illustrates the the poem and song - 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Clement Clarke Moore is said to have written the original poem, A Visit from St. Nicholas, in 1823. Here is the poem, sung to a tune we might all recognise:

Or, you might prefer this more modern version of the song - with the pictures telling the story from the poem.

We hope you have a wonderful Christmas holiday break, and there are some great books amongst your Christmas presents - perhaps there will be one with a Christmas story - let us know!