Storylines Story Tour visits MAC

A big thank you to Storylines, Children’s Literature Charitable Trust, who granted us a visit on Tuesday bringing 4 New Zealand authors and illustrators to our students, Des Hunt, barbara Else, Fifi Colston and illustrator Scott Tulloch.

All Year 7 and 8 students were invited to come and listen to these inspiring professionals. “How to unleash creativity” and “Work hard to follow your dreams” were the common central message of all these presentations.

A memorable event for students and teachers alike! 

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Festival winners

Thank you everyone for your participation, it has been fun to receive all your entries!

Best Poster: Slated, by Teri Terry

Slated by Teri Terry - Poster by Ella Robinson

Congratulation Ella Robinson!

Second Best poster: Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Wonder by R. J. Palacio - poster by Mackenzie Allison

Congratulations to Mackenzie Allison.

The library is now beautifully decorated with your many posters. And they are good recommendations for what to read next.

Best photo : ILB

IBL -1 Best

Most People with a book on a photo: Pisa House!

Pisa House with a book!

Most interesting Location

Reading in the Principal's car!

The winning House is Pisa,. followed by Barker, then Roy and Iron!

 

 

Favourite books 2016

These are the books MAC students chose to feature on the Favourite Book Posters they created at the occasion of the Library Festival in 2016.

Title

Author

3 Keywords

Darwin Awards Wendy Northcutt Evolution in action
The Painted Man Peter V Brett Fights back against predators
A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess Dark, dystopian, humourous
Molly Moon Stops the World Georgia Byng Mindblowing hypnotic powers
The Selection Kiera Cass Charming, captivating, entertaining
Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer Fairies, butter, mulch diggums
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Peta, brave, great
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Mockingjay, hunt, adventure
Lion Boy Zizou Corder Jaw-dropping, eye-opening, stunning
The Power of One Bryce Courtenay Compelling, powerful, exciting
Snake and Lizard Joy Cowley Friendship, arguments, trouble
One Sarah Crossan People, love, siamese twins
Matilda Roald Dahl Genius, awesome, engaging
Lake of the Dead Stu Duval Lake, death, survival
The Honest Truth Dan Gemeinhart Adventure of a lifetime
Lord of the Flies William Golding Exciting, interesting, microcosm
Asterix Rene Goscinny Fighting, funny, adventure
Sands of the Scorpion Bear Grylls Breathtaking, survival, adventure
And the Mountains Echoed K Hosseini Family, love, life
Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S Thompson Too weird to live, too rare to die
Don’t Look Now Paul Jennings Exciting, weird, funny
The Secrets of the Fearless Elizabeth Laird Intriguing, awesome, wrapping
The Giver Lois Lowry Rediscover, mystery, adventure
The Road Cormac McCarthy Adventurous, interesting, compelling
The General Robert Muchamore Spy, War, Exciting
Acid Emma Pass Exotic, dangerous, scary
Hatchet Gary Paulsen Exciting, thrilling, survive
Percy Jackson Rick Riordan Immortality
How to Speak Dolphin Ginny Rorby Water, swimming, dolphins
Harry Potter J K Rowling Magic, wizard, Gryffindor
Dork Diary: Once Upon a Dork Rachel Renee Russell Humour Girls
Holes Louis Sachar Camp, curse, friendship
Varjak Paw S F Said Most gangster, cats
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold Captivating, emotional, revenge
Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss Epic poem
The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss Fun, exciting, adventurous
The Light Between Oceans M L Steadman Morally riveting story
One Dollar Horse Lauren St John Heartwarming, heroic, thrilling
Girl Online: On Tour Zoe Sugg Life on tour
The Hobbit J R R Tolkien Quest, fantasy, dragon
Ratburger David Walliams Thrilling, funny, crazy
The Book Thief Markus Zusak Knowledge, death, racism

LIBRARY FESTIVAL 2017

20TH -30TH JUNE 2017

Library activities

During class time and lunchtime, there will be book games and activities. Join in!


Favourite book poster competition

Create a poster showing the title, the author, an illustration and 3 keywords that describe the book. Template available here. Each valid poster earns one mark. The winning poster earns 3 marks; the runner-up earns 2 marks.


Whanau photo competition

Students will take pictures of people reading. Each whanau is invited to select the best of their students’ photo in each of these categories:

> Best  photo > Most interesting location > Most people reading

There must be no harm done to the participants nor the books (or the photo will be disqualified!). The photos may be published so people featured must agree to their image being used online. Each photo earns a mark. The winning photo in each category earns 3 marks; the runner-up in each category earns 2 marks.


Please bring posters to the library and email photos to library@mtaspiring.school.nz by 4pm 30th June 2017. Make sure you put your House on each entry. Marks will be tallied and House Points will be announced the following week.

Library Festival coming up!

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The library festival will start in 2 weeks!

There will be the traditional Favourite book poster competition and new events. Surprise!

And I need your advice, please vote below!

Lots of new Breezy Reads

Breezy ReadWhen the South Pacific books representative brought her boxes of new books to choose from, I asked some students to choose easy books they’d like to read. They are now ready !

Spot the Smiley Face!

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The vocabulary is easy, the chapters are short, the fonts are large and legible, there are some illustrations, just like in children’s books. But the stories are engaging and high-octane to provide the experience of a good novel.

Find them in the Picture Books / Breezy Reads section of the library.

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Maori resources

We were donated 4 excellent resources about maori history in Upper Clutha written by Richard Hewitt.

They are:

  • “The Promised Land”
  • “The Neck Lake Hawea Maori reserves”
  • “Maori History”
  • “Maori Occupation of the Great Lakes and Middle Island & use of some of the resources. Prior to European Occupation”

They  contain detailed research and numerous illustrations. They can be borrowed by MAC students and staff.

We thank the Town library and Richard Hewitt for their valuable donation.

New series

There are lots of new series on the shelves.  For younger and older readers, for boys, girls and everyone. Sport, humour, adventure, fantasy, thrillers…  2017 Series