Raroa's very own Paul Le Roy is famous - his photos and expert knowledge feature in this book about the De Havilland Mosquito by Jonathan Falconer and Brian Rivas. He took the photos at the Wings over Wairarapa Airshow in Masterton this January. We're proud but not surprised he has got published and are really pleased he takes photos for Raroa as well.
If you liked Slide the Corner (and have used it to hook in some of those boys who are convinced that reading really is boring and not something they would really want to do) then you'll be pleased that Fleur Beale has produced another classic NZ winner.
Archie is 15 and a really good kart driver - good enough to maybe win the chance to race in Europe. But things are not always that easy - there's the competition, some who have seemingly limitless funds to buy all the right gear and mechanical help, as well as having to deal with his dad's new girlfriend and her son. She hates karting. Not to mention schoolwork, keeping fit, getting sponsorship, staying in touch with his own girlfriend . . . .
A highly recommended read for Intermediate students - boys and girls. Plenty of action, well constructed believable characters and a really Kiwi story.
This day 120 years ago The Electoral Bill was passed, granting women the vote in New Zealand, making us the first country to do so.
Have a look at this link to the NZ Encyclopeadia for more information, or this one for even more from The New Zealand History website.
Hey guys! I just finished reading an AMAZING book called Revived, it is written by Cat Patrick. I want to tell you a little bit about the book and why it’s so amazing! It includes a bit of romance, mystery and sad parts... well thats what I think about the book. Ok... now I’ll tell you about the book...
Daisy has died five times.
Daisy is a test subject for a government super-drug called Revive, which brings people back from the dead. Each time she is revived, she has to move cities and change her identity to avoid suspicion. Daisy makes a new best friend, and a very cute crush. Anyway that’s enough about the book- you’ll have to read it yourself to find out more. There are a few more books written by Cat Patrick, FORGOTTEN AND THE ORIGINALS.They are all Amazing just like Revived!!
There is a picture of the book below and a link to the book trailer.
By Marina Kyzyl-ool
Tiffs sparkling world comes crashing down when her mum commits a crime and is sent to jail.
She has to be sent to live with her family who lives in the dullest place on earth and without her mum everything starts to loses it shine. But once she makes new friends her shine starts to came back.
“This is a story if you like reading about losing
family then building it back again.’ - Luci, aged 11
Click on the book cover to watch the author read from her book.
This article ( Reading for fun improves children's brains, study confirms) from The Guardian seems to prove what every librarian the world over has known for a long time - reading for pleasure is one of the most important things children need to learn to ensure success.
This is some more detail from the study by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, Institute of Education, London.
Hey there people,
I'm reading this amazing book called Drift House and wanted to announce to you all why it’s an amazing book. Drift House is about three children who are brothers and sister named Charles, Murray and Susan. They go to live with their uncle Farley, on drift house and are in need of some mermaid help to get away from the great drain. But anyway that’s enough about the story line - you'll just have to read it your self.
Drift House is the first book of two and is amazing - it has the future, the past and the present in it. I enjoyed reading it so much, I think you should all to. Plus it's around about 500 pages long so if you hate finishing books this is a great read. But if you hate reading then this book is still a good one because although it's a bit slow at the start it’s so good it won't take you long at all to finish it. So thank you for listening to my long boring speech thing and READ! Clare Tebbs
Raroa was lucky enough to have author, scriptwriter and storyteller Neil Cross come and enthrall us with some of his own story last Thursday. Not only did we get to hear about his love of Dr Who and the Doctor (and his excitement about writing for the show - episodes The Rings of Akhaten and Hide) but we got to be frightened by Neil's creepy retelling of one of his first favourite books, Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot. I loved the look of terrified absorption on the students faces as they watched the trailer for the movie Mama (Neil wrote the screenplay) and was fascinated by what he said about his writing, from when he was young, to now.
I know he inspired some great horror story writing the very next day, and I hope you will all carry on being inspired - to write and read and keep scaring yourselves. (Keep shutting those wardrobe doors!)
On this day in 1916 Roald Dahl was born. In his lifetime he wrote many short stories, amazing tales for children, poetry, plays, non-fiction and even film scripts. Did you know he wrote the film script for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - who else could help create such a creepy character as the Child Catcher?
Celebrate Roald Dahl day by reading (or re-reading) one of his stories. There's plenty in the library to borrow.
Fridays Lunchtime Lit Quiz was another roaring (yes, there was a lot of noise) success. Well done Room 20 for beating the teachers team by a whopping 1 point! The teachers and Room 9A came a close second, with the trainee teachers team not far behind them. Congratulations to all of you who took part and made the quiz such a fun time. Thanks to our quiz master extraordinaire Mr Tilley for making so many people do so much funny stuff. We raised nearly $140 for the Wellington Free Ambulance - good stuff guys. Great photos by Mr Le Roy de Sainte Rene.