Friday, November 28, 2008

Year 10 camp! Off they go!!

At the end of next week parents will be collecting from school a bunch of really smelly and tired boys. It will be year 10 students being returned from their various camps. They are travelling far and wide across the South Island but also to islands further afield such as Stewart Island.

It is kind of a tradition here at King's that when the graduating year 13 students are asked about their most memorable moments at school they often say, "year 10 camp". The experiences the students have on camp are treasured for years, new friendships are forged, you get to see your teacher as a person rather than that guy at front of the class asking you if you've handed your assignments in. Camps are held in some of New Zealand's most choice places, so guys, have a great time. Take all the opportunities you get, try lots of new things and above all have a fantastic time!

These photos are from last year's camp on Stewart Island, staffed by Mr Kodyke, Mr Lindsay and Mrs Jopson.


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

After hours in the King's Library????

Library Book Dominoes!!

Well maybe this is what the staff get up to in the library when the students have gone home. Or maybe it is something Ms Schaumann found while casting around on You Tube. Perhaps its one of next years house competitions! Paste the link below into your browser.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

New look for the library

It is with great excitement that we announce, the library will have new a new 'do' in the new year. New carpet for the books to sit on! This is just so cool, major event and the librarian is all of a lather with joy.

How bout this carpet!

Now to choose the colour, lots of the staff - and indeed some of the students have had some input. The job has been entrusted to the 'library queen' who will do her best to choose an appropriate covering for the floor. Suggestions welcome but probably ignored!

So the pressure is on. Lots of books to move and a stocktake beforehand.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Violence 101

As the end of the year looms, and the holidays beckon, I thought some suggestions for holiday style reading might be good!

You could try:

Violence 101 by Dennis Wright - the story of a boy who has a totally different take on the world compared to those around him, he can justify his crimes completely. He comes from a good home, he has been loved and looked after, and yet he has murdered, tortured and done some horrific things. He is sent to a series of 'corrective institutions'.
Hamish is intelligent, disciplined, resourceful and completely confident in his abilities, he despises weakness in himself and in others. He is a major fan of military heroes such as Charles Upham, Alexander the Great and Te Rauparaha, But he is also a fourteen-year-old with a severe problem with his anger and no conscience.
A gripping, fast read for all boys. The language is colourful but totally in keeping with the style of the book and the characters.
The story is written from the perspective of the diaries he writes and the essays he completes for the Principal. He has an interesting relationship with the staff, some of whom are against him and some who find him fascinating. This is a great story, set in New Zealand and very contemporary.
Want more like this - then try: Bernard Beckett, David Klass, or some of Fleur Beale's books.


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