Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Holidays are here

This is the final post for the year.

Thanks to all those who viewed, commented and participated in the King's High Library Blog in 2009.  We will be back on board from about the middle of January 2010 with more of the same. 

Have yourselves some fantastic experiences while you are on holidays and enjoy yourselves.  See you at school next year.

New Zealand Christmas Tree - Pohutukawa

Flikr image from

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Ex Reluctant Readers

These two young men are Jordan and Tim, both were in year 13 this year and have now officially left school.  Jordan to a job in retail in Dunedin and Tim for a gap year working in a school in England.  These guys have always resisted the charms of the library until this year, when, required to spend their study periods here they both discovered a love of reading.  Jordan's taste is for young adult fiction, he likes Fleur Beale, Scott Westerfield, James Moloney and Malorie Blackman.  Tim really enjoys a good sporting biography he's enjoyed books like Tarawera Nicau's book, Shane Warne, Nathan Astle but has also discovered fiction and has been reading Marcus Zusack's The Messenger which he enjoyed.

One of the major joys of being the librarian in this school is when you help someone pick up a love of reading, almost by accident - Tim heard me talking about The Messenger to a class of Year 11 students and grabbed it for himself.  Jordan heard a couple of boys talking to me about the Uglies series and decided to try it.  Brilliant.
Rewarding, and one of the reasons I do my job.  Best of all I know that these guys are set for life.  On one of the last days of school Tim came in and told me that I had ruined his life.  He now can't go to sleep without reading a book.  Jordan came in to complain - "who is going to tell me what to read next"?  Lovely moments.
Jordan is on the left, Tim on the right.

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

I don't know what it is about Ian McEwan's style but his books are amongst those that stay in your mind long after you have finished reading them.  They need lots of processing, even this very small book stayed with me and I carried it around in my mind for a couple of months.  It has been doing the rounds of the staff room for most of this year and has been the subject of lots of discussion.  It has to be said, no everyone has loved it as I did.

It is the story of couple, Edward and Florence, set in 1962, who have just married that morning, they arrive at a small seaside hotel on the British coast for the first night of their honeymoon with so many fears and anxieties that your sympathy is with them right from the start, though my sense of frustration with them was also there.  Their lives are examined up to the point of their marriage and in the course of the evening you find out how they come to be here, in a situation which, today, would be hard to imagine but in 1962 England would have been common.  Reviews of this book say that it is 'tightly written' and I think that is true, nothing in the book is left to chance, every movement of the characters builds the anxiety and tension.  I put this book down totally exhausted, and it is a small book!

This book is unrelentingly sad to me.  The time it is set, the way that relationships were secret, important things went unspoken and the conversations that I remember from my own childhood were common, it is hard to imagine that people would go through this kind of honeymoon these days, but the book does such a fine job of taking you back there, it is just written so cleverly.

The Invisible Road by Elizabeth Knox

Review by Mrs Rosie

This is a very interesting and plausible read and yet very much a fantasy.  It is set in a New Zealand which is called Southland, but that is different in era and feeling to now, and it felt very familiar.  To me it felt implied that it was set on the West Coast of the South Island.  There is 'the place' an area that only Dreamhunters have access to, to become a Dreamhunter you have  to pass the test and prove your skill. 

  The theme of the book is dreaming.  Dreaming means in this context, to heal, subdue, punish, persuade, dreams can be caught and projected to audiences who can view them, the dreams are captured by Dreamhunters. Dreams are valuable, people want to see them and therefore they are an economy of their own, but some dreams are being used for a darker purpose.  The book is centered on a girl called Laura, whose father discovered that he could capture the dreams, and her friends and relatives.  There is romance, and intrigue, and so much to think about in this book.  It is hard to describe because the book is huge in scope and the world is so complex within it.

This is a book for those who are interested in the unusual and the paranormal.  I found it a gripping read maybe more of a girly read than what I usually read but I did enjoy it. Dreamhunter is a 'duet' book, it contains two books in the one volume, both have been released seperately.

Monday, December 14, 2009

9Tr Drama productions

On the last day of school the final performances from 9Tr drama were held in the library.  Here are some action shots from some of the groups. You will note how entertained the audience appear in the photo on the right.

Because a certain group know of the librarians fondness for John Campbell, a noted television journalist in New Zealand, there was a special performance concentrating on how fantastic he is.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

School's out for summer!

Today is the last day of school for 2009.  It is not the last blog posting though, these will go on throughout the summer, there are lots of photos that I didn't get time to put on and some reviews that are waiting in the wings as well.

It's been a great year here at King's High School.  We have had a focus on academic performance and lots of new initiatives have been implemented.  This blog is just over a year old today.  I can't believe it's had 4,000 hits and people from all over the world come and have a look.  However it is good to reflect on what you do and I thought on the last day I would ponder a little.

What is good about the blog?  
  • A place for the students to interact with the library and the librarian and to feel engaged and involved with what is posted on here.
  • A place to show parents and friends of the school some of the great things about our school and our students and what happens in the library and sometimes in the greater school community.
  • A venue for the students to see some fun stuff in a learning environment.
  • New services and new ideas can be showcased and introduced to the students on the blog.
  • One thing that I personally think the blog shows is how much the boys value our library, they love being here and enjoy the atmosphere and the friends they make in the library and often these groups of boys who are very different, but who connect through the library, stay friends through their high school lives.
What can make this blog better, and what can make it grow?
  • Next year there will be a student as a blog team member.  A way to get greater buy in from the students.
  • A suggestion book for the blog as well as the one for the general library.
  • Staff will be encouraged to participate much more in the blog.
  • More student work will be profiled on here.
  • The blog will be an inherent part of library week in October.
  • Our bookclub will hopefully be up and running early in the year next year and will take an active part in contributing on the blog.
So lots to look forward to in the coming year.  2010 - can't wait!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The desperate reader!

Micah is such an avid reader that he just can't give up the library during the holidays.  Year 11 students have been out of school for a couple of weeks, but Micah can't stay away!  He is pictured here reading Stephanie Meyer's The Host, which he thinks is quite good as long as you haven't read Twilight.  He is determined to finish it before we lock the building on Friday, he has a whole stack of books at home so doesn't want to take it home for the holidays.  Read On Micah!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The library's greatest hits 2009

Time for the lists of the year.

The 10 Most Popular Items 2009 

The most issued books this year are:
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
Point Blanc by Anthony Horowitz
Rangers Apprentice, Book 1 by John Flanagan
Eagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz
Class A by Robert Muchamore
New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
Watchmen by Alan Moore and John Higgins
Naruto 1, The tests of the Ninja by Masashi Kishimoto
Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz

There were slight mutterings in the staff room when it was declared that in our all boys school the most popular book of the year was a vampire romance.  I think that it just goes to show that boys also like a little romance in their lives.  The dominance of Anthony Horowitz means we have many copies of each of the books and they have a huge turnover, whereas with the Twilight series they have to reserve them because we only have two of each book.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Point Blanc, the graphic novel

based on the novel written by Anthony Horowitz. Graphic Novel by Antony Johnston and Kanako and Yuzuru.

This is based on the second book by Anthony Horowitz in the Stormbreaker series.  I've read all the books in the series that our library has, there is a new one coming next year and I can't wait.  This graphic novel is an alright book, I quite liked it but it left out quite a bit of stuff that happens in the novel.  An example is when the guy comes and sabotages the elevator so that the wealthy businessman falls down the elevator shaft to his death, how could they leave that out?  Anyway I read it quickly and I quite liked it but it isn't as good as reading the actual book.

Want to read the beginning?  You can download it from here

Review by Ben Seaton, Year 9 (assistant to Ms Schaumann during sports day because of a broken heel)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Holiday reading for the staff

Although the library is closed to students the staff have been coming over to collect mountains of summer reading.  The tastes of the staff are very wide ranging, everything from light and fluffy, deep and meaningful, sad and beautiful, something with lots of action, popular science, cookbooks, and quite a few of the English Dept reading new young adult fiction (bless them).  Pictured are Ms Harford and Mr Tagg with the books they have had issued for summer.  These guys are very avid readers!

Monday, November 30, 2009

The doors are closed for stocktake

The yearly book and resource count is on.  All the items on the library catalogue must be scanned and checked.  It's a long and dirty job, but someone has to do it.  It will take at least three days to do all the scanning and chase up all the books that are not found.
If you still have books out boys you need to bring them back, just post them throught the slot outside the doors.  Ms Schaumann will be inside playing music you hate (a deliberate ploy to keep you away!) singing at the top of her voice, which occasionally means she misses a vital beep on the computer - which is a bad thing.  Stay well away, and when she emerges from the dusty grimy shelves with a smile on her face you know that her most traumatic time of the year is done, and you can come back into the library.  Yay!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Senior Management pose as waiters

Oh it was a sight to behold in the library this morning!  The Senior Management Team served breakfast of croissants and muffins, with coffee and juice to the teaching staff when they had their final Professional Development session.  Mr Reddiex the Principal, Mr Frost, Assistant Principal and Mr Smith, Assistant Principal served some mightily difficult customers.  Some waitstaff were reluctant to pose for a photo but Mr Smith willingly posed as you can see. Mr Campbell's catering department were much appreciated as usual. 

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Interhouse Spelling in the Library today

It was a hotbed of competition in the library at lunchtime today, Year 10 brains were working very very hard. There was action, there was intrigue and there was a huge audience.  Windsor house were the winners of today's competition and Year 9 compete tomorrow.  Along with this is the General Knowledge Quiz also running at the same time in other locations around school.  These are the final competitions of the year, and at stake is the Junior House Trophy.  Pictured are Mr Gordon and Mr McLean and some of the competing spellers.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

We've won an award!

Wow, this is very exciting!  The King's High School Library Blog has won a Butterfly Award.  This award is passed from one blog to another, so if you win one you get to pass the privilege on to another blog.  The blog received this award from the fabulous Mount Aspiring Library Blog which is run by Florence Micoud who is the Library Manager there.  Her blog is great and you can see it in the blog roll down the side of this blog.  Thanks very much Florence, it is great that people are out there looking at this blog and who think it is cool.

The award is a *meme (mi:m) NOUN an idea or element of social behaviour passed on through generations in a culture. Collins English Dictionary.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Everlost by Neal Shusterman

It is great when you find a book that works as well for adults as it does for teenagers.  This book, Everlost is one of those books.  Two teenagers (Nick and Ali) are thrown out of seperate cars in a head on collision on a road in the middle of nowhere.  They come to in a forest and are being watched by a small boy.  It seems they have ended up in a kind of alternative reality between normal life and the hereafter and are now the Everlost.  Only kids aged under 17 can end up in this place, they can see us but we can't see them, if they stand still for too long they sink through the earth, pulled towards it's core, the only places safe for them to spend anytime are 'dead spots' the place where someone has died.  Even inanimate objects such as buildings that have been loved can end up in Everlost, for example a beloved possession or a building, such as the Twin Towers!  Places such as this make ideal homes for the children of Everlost.
Everlost is rife with rumours of monsters and evil doers.  Nick and Ali and the boy who found them who has forgotten his original name, but who is renamed Leif, after the forest where they landed, start on a journey.  This leads them to the Twin Towers and the person who runs it - Mary Hightower, you learn the stories of many of the Everlost souls, how they came to be in this place and how they can escape it. 
This is a great book, lots of action, fighting the various bad guys and fighting against the forces that make you forget your real life on earth, even your name.  Highly recommended.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Senior Prizegiving - one of the many highlights

Lima Manu and Reece Vaitupu have been stars at King's High for the last five years, along with many of our other year 13 boys, they perform at assemblies and musicals, and other school functions. They both perform outside school and are involved in lots of productions and bands. Along with that they are both regulars in the library, not so much for the research and reading, but for a place to catch up with work and get assignments underway and have a chat with Ms S. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Top 100 Tools for Learning

How many of these do you use?
This presentation is the work of Jane Hart and from Slideshare one of the tools mentioned.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Lemony Snicket gets mad!

Did you love The series of unfortunate events by Lemony Snicket?  Well Mr Snicket is outraged at the fact that you can now read The bad beginning, the first of the series online.  He has made this video as a warning. And if you look at the widget below you will see what he means.

  With thanks to 100 scope notes for the original link.

The Disgusting Dictionary - Warning Warning!

An A to Z of rude and horrid words edited by Tracey Turner

In a boy's school you really can have enough of these kind of books.  They are immature, annoying when the boys find them and full of things that boy's find totally irristible.  This particular one even comes with a warning.  "This book may put you off your dinner"  This is actually not true, it should read "This book WILL put you off your dinner".
A small dip into the book, into the H chapter to be precise, reveals that words such as Heave (verb): to vomit, Huey (verb): to vomit, and Hurl (verb), to vomit.  Now this is only one chapter! Just imagine how many other words in here have the same meaning!  Or maybe you would prefer not to!
All in all I do not recommend this book, it is totally disgusing, should be banned and please do not go near it.  You will thank me for this warning, unlike the heaps of other boys who have enjoyed it and giggled over it and indeed used some of the words in their daily conversations in the library, resulting in them being shut out in the cold.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Payback by Andy McNab

Reviewed by Warren Van Staden (Year 9)

Far away, in the middle of Southern Spain 17 year old Danny Watts and his Grandfather Fergus are on a rampage for revenge.  But their cover gets blown by an assassination attempt that goes wrong, they desperately want to clear the family name. They call their project Operation Payback.

These books are really exciting and full of action.  I loved the action and adventure, and I'm quite fussy and I've read the whole series and I think they are really good. Lots of other guys at King's have been reading these too and we all like them.

Secrets by F.M. McPherson

Reviewed by Jacob Steel-Strange (Year 10)

This book is about a guy called Mike Jaeger. Mike has some pretty interesting problems!  He is 16 and all 16 year olds have some problems don't they?  Mike has more than your average!  Turns out Mike and his father are clones, and his mother was a host. They are not human, they are part of something called the Pack. He can remember things from 40 thousand years ago! Mike starts having hallucinations which are memories, but he doesn't know that at first, or that what is invading his mind are Pack-brothers, his ancestors. Mike's father has spent his life trying to deny his heritage, and cant bring himself to talk to Mike about all this because of the painful memories.  Mike only knows he has one good, true friend, Dave. And Dave has got a secret too.

The best bit of the book is when Mike discovers that he isn't human, the start of this book is really great.  I'd recommend this book to people who have liked the Darren Shan series, and who like really scary books.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

University Enrollments

Enrollments for courses have been the core business happening in the library over the last couple of days as the Year 13s sign up for various tertiary courses.  Here are a group of students getting their heads around the multitude of forms they need to get right to sign up for future studies.  These boys are all planning to do Engineering of various forms next year, some computing and some civil and some not quite sure of their speciality yet.

Any students who still need help can come and see Ms Schaumann and get some help to fill in the forms.  You can also check out the scholarships which might be available for the different areas of study.  Many have passed their closing dates now, but you might find the prefect one for you is still available.

The Chess Men

This group of magnificent gentlemen are our Chess Team.  They are all library regulars so it was deemed appropriate for their official team photo to be taken in the hallowed hall of the library.

They have had mixed success but all are very enthusiastic and are guided by their gallant leader, Mr Benham.

The chess team is a very good thing for students to join, so if you are keen to join their ranks next year get in touch with Mr Behnam, they are taking new recruits now, and would love some junior students to sign up.

Facebook? Twitter? Bebo? Myspace?

This little video (turn the sound down) is interesting, you should think about the things you post on social media sites, employers are using them when hiring staff.  With today being the last school day for our senior students I thought this might be a useful thing to post.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

It's book return time!

What is this photo?
This is the book return bag (it is even environmentally friendly!). 

This bag is currently doing the rounds of the group rooms at Group Time!  It is collecting your overdue books, and is accompanied by the lovely Ms Schaumann, who is currently using her ever so slightly grumpy voice to try and get back the books from the seniors, some of which have been outstanding from the library since early in the year.  Guys, I hear she is mean!  I hear she is nasty! I hear she can be cruel when faced with 650 outstanding books (which is what we currently have).

Do yourselves, and the librarian's mental health a favour and bring back your books, especially the ones lurking under the beds, shoved in the cupboard, buried by socks and generally neglected or borrowed by your brothers, sisters, parents, caregivers, and even in one case an Uncle Jim!

The Tregonning Brothers Three visit the library

Last week the school was visited by three of our distinguished old boys, the Tregonning brothers.  All three of these gentlemen went through King's High School during the 1950s.  They spoke to some of the Year 12s and the Year 13s about their life at King's during that time and their lives and professional careers since then.  Two of the brothers have gone on to be surgeons and one has been a school principal.  They spoke about their adventures as boys growing up in Macandrew Bay, travelling to school on the bus, getting caned by the teachers, wearing caps every day and told stories of the staff from that time.  It was entertaining and the boys enjoyed listening to the stories.

One of the brothers Bruce, has written a book about his childhood memories and he passed this book onto the school for the library.  This is a real treat!  It's great when former students of the school come in and see how things have changed, and get a feel for how the place is now, and talk to the boys about what those changes are.  We are very grateful to the three brothers for giving up their time to come and speak.   

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Timetable for Tutorials

Here is the timetable for tutorials for senior students.  We recommend you take full advantage of these.  Remember they are for all students, so if you are struggling with study, if you need every credit available - that's all of you, come along.  They are not just for merit and excellence students they are for EVERYONE.

  • PE/OE - All levels, Tuesday and Thursday, 3 - 4 pm in Rm 29
  • HISTORY - Year 11, Tuesday, 3 - 4pm, Rm C4
      • Year 12, by request, Monday 3 - 4 pm, Rm C4
      • Year 13, Wednesday 3 - 4pm, Rm C4
  • MUSIC - All levels, Wednesday, 3 -5 pm, Music RM
  • CLASSICS - Year 13, Wednesday, 6.30 - 8.15, Library
  • VISUAL ARTS, All Levels, Tueday, Wednesday and Thursday, 3.30 -5pm, Art Room
  • ECONOMICS, Year 12, Thursday, 3pm
  • BIOLOGY - Year 12, Tuesday and Wednesday, 3pm, Rm B5
      •  Year 13, Thursday, 7.30am, Rm B5
  • CHEMISTRY - Year 12, Thursday, 7.30am, Rm B3
      • Year 13, Wednesday, 3pm, Rm B3
  • PHYSICS - Year 12, Monday, Lunchtime, Rm B1
      • Year 13, Tuesday, Lunchtime and Thursday, 3pm, B1
  • SCIENCE - Year 11, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 3pm, B6

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Family Tree by Jane Godwin

Reviewed by Mrs Rosie

A good read.  Harry who is actually Harriet) doesn't like things to change (too much), although she's keen to have a  step brother, who just happens to also be Harry but known as Double H, when he and his father move into their house.

The two Harry's share a room, until sister Annaliese goes off to boarding school, and Harry listens to Double H sharing stories and pearls of wisdom as they drop off to sleep each night Harry starts to think about who she really is.  Is she really a Harry?  This is a book about working out who you are, growing up and thinking about the things that have happened in the past.  A very touching book.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Just One Look by Harlan Coben

Review by Matt Plaisted (Year 12)

Just One Look is a stand-alone novel written by Harlan Coben.  It begins with the main character, Grace Lawson, taking a trip down to the local Photomat to pick up some photos onf her family's latest holiday.  Grace finds an unfamiliar photo in the package.  It is a picture of a group of friends standing together, one of whom resembles her husband Jack in his younger days.  But there is something strange about this picture.  Why does one girl in the photo have a cross over her face?  Little does Grace know, but she is about to uncover a massive secret ...

Only minutes after Jack sees the photo, he disappears.  Now Grace must uncover the mystery of his disappearance, and the photo.  Is it a coincidence, or was it put there on purpose?  With the help of an acquaintance from Grace's past, who has connections to the mob, Grace seeks answers.

This book is one of those books that it is really hard to put down.  The characters are really well written and the excitement builds up gradually and the twists and turns keep you guessing all the way.  It is a great read.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

10 Wg science research

This morning (and for the last couple of days) 10 Wg have been doing research with their science teacher Mrs Jopson in the library.  They are very on task and working studiously on finding out the causes of various diseases.  They need information on everything from Albanism and Cyctic Fibrosis to Dwarfism and Elephantitis.  Here are some photos of them working.  This assignment is an intersting one for them, and some of them have even discovered that in their family history they have genes for some interesting (and not exactly pleasant) diseases.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre

Have you seen the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre Website?  This is a fantastic resource for anybody looking for poetry from the New Zealand and Pacific region.  Great for students doing wide reading at NCEA Level 1 and 2.  The art on the website is by Richard Killeen and the whole thing looks just lovely.

They feature authors, keep a New Zealand literature file, soundsnz, have a beautiful collection of tapa notebooks you can view, there is a poetry journal, essays and interviews and much more. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

This book has hardly been in the library since it first went on the shelves last year.  It is told in both pictures and story.  It is the story of a boy who lives in a train station - oh but wait, watch the video below and the author will tell you about the story himself.

World Sweet World - new magazine for the library

World Sweet World is the name of a magazine which we have just taken up a subscription to.  It is a beautifully produced magazine and is proving popular with some of the design students and staff.  The website contains lots of information about what is in the magazine but here is preview of some of the things you can find inside.

It has crafty articles, lots of info about new projects for making the world a more userfriendly place. There are projects you can make at home using recycled materials and found items.

The latest issue has information about 350 day which we celebrated here last week by creating a banner to recognise climate change.  Environmental matters are featured often in the magazine.  The latest issue also has information about Sign On day and the Climate Change conference in Copenhagen in December.  The magazine will be useful for many of our senior students studying arts subjects, graphics and technology.  We hope you enjoy it and find it useful.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Cirque Du Freak is now a movie

I can't embed the trailer here, but I am certain that there will be some very excited students at King's High School when this movie comes out.  They keep turning our favourite boy books into movies, sometimes this is good, sometimes it certainly isn't.  Wonder how Darren Shan and the Vampire's Assistant will fare.  There are reviews of some of these books elsewhere on the blog, the boys really like them, they are short, sharp and vampire full.  Check out the movie trailer here
There is a cool website:

Monday, October 19, 2009

It is Teen Read Week in America

This is so cool, I'm desperate to do it here, the theme this year is Read Beyond Reality.  Come on King's Men!  Shall we do it next year?  King's Teen Week.  Come and see Ms Schaumann if you would like to help organise one, I'll be in the library - as usual.  There will be a suggestions list for activities on the Fill Your Brain Board.

Rash by Pete Hautman

Consumption of alcohol: Illegal.
Football and other "violent" sports: Illegal.
Ownership of guns, chain saws, and/or large dogs: Illegal.
Body piercings, tattoos: Illegal.
Set at a time later this century, and the United Safer States of America (USSA) has become a nation obsessed with safety. Everyone is monitored at school, a simple push of another student in the playground can get you marched off to the authorities, alarms go off.  Bo Marsten is a teenager growing up in the USSA, he knows the laws were created to protect the people. His Dad, and brother are already in prison.  Bo's mum would love him to be the 'good one', Bo's grandad lives with them and he fondly remembers the old days of the 90s before the rules changed.  But when Bo's temper flares out of control because he decides not to take the drugs they issue to keep everyone on an even keel, he's sentenced to three years of manual labor.  Bo's sent to prison, living and working in a factory in the Canadian tundra. You will have to read the book to find out exactly what they are making in the factory!

The warden running the place is a total control freak and insane, and the safety of the inmates is not high on his list of priorities, however winning at games is!  Outside the perimeter fence of the prison are a whole bunch of very hungry polar bears and Bo has heard the stories of those who tried to escape and can see the evidence.

It's a great book, makes you think, makes you consider what personal freedom means and that making laws for every tiny thing might take us in an interesting direction.  I think the author is trying to make a point here.
Rash has been nominated for one of the highest awards in teen fiction, an ALA award.  I highly recommend it.
You can read Chapers 1 and 2 on the Simon and Schuster website

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Pizza lunch for TMl

Today the winning group from the 50 Book Challenge compeition had lunch outside in the sun in the library garden.  10 pizza's were shared amongst the group and luckily it was fantastically sunny and warm.  We drank fizzy drink in the sunshine and chillaxed!  The only sad thing was that Jamie Todd who came third was unable to be there because he moved away to a new town yesterday.  Here are some photos.  Mr McAuslan who is the bold leader of TMl is enthusiastically tucking into his in the photo below.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

50 Book Challenge - The Results

The scores have been tallied and here are the results.

  1. First place goes to Chris Harbrow with 59 books
  2. Second was Jake Massih with 52 books
  3. Third was Jamie Todd with 48 books
Special mention goes to Ali Aman (47) and Ben Whitcombe (33) who both gave up on the challenge at the half way stage.  Weijin Yuen also deserves a mention as he has outread every single person in the school (even Ms Schaumann) but didn't compete in the challenge!

The winning group was TMl (Mr McAuslan's group) for Tudor House.  The prize for the group is a pizza lunch in the library this Thursday.  And also individual presentations for the place-getters at assembly next week.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

The movie of Where the Wild Things Are is coming out in December in New Zealand.  There are plenty of people very keen to see it around here.  The trailer is available online, but I will save that for a future post.  In the meantime it is nice to reflect on this classic book which, I notice on the Harper Collins Website appeals to children ages 5 - 8 when actually this book appeals to everyone from 5 - 500 I think.  The book was first published in 1963.  Maurice Sendak who is pictured here has written quite a few books but this one continues to sell loads of copies and has won some of the most important of prizes in children's literature.  The story of Max who gets sent to his room, and has a huge adventure, is a classic and everyone should share the joy of it.
Of course there is a copy in the library, and it is often taken out or browsed.  It is also popular with the staff who borrow it to read to their children at home.  Long live Max and the Wild Things!  Lets hope the movie does them justice.

Have you seen King's High School website recently?

The King's High School Homepage has had a do-up.  Parents and students might like to go and have a look at the new look page. You can find links to our weekly newsletter for students and their families, King's Week on the website and lots of links to activities and facilities at the school. 

It's New Zealand Book Month

 Book Month is Hot Right Now!

New Zealand Book Month is running for the course of October.
Books become the focus in lots of ways over the month, they are talked about on The Good Word on TV, mentioned on Shortland Street, profiles of new books on Close-up and Kim Hill's Radio Show (of which your favourite librarian is an avid fan), and lots and lots of activities for each day of the month which you can check out on the Book Month Website

But wait, there's more!  New Zealand Book Month has a Facebook Page

There will be regular updates on here but click the links above for more information.

Friday, September 25, 2009

50 Book Challenge Last Day

Today is the final day of the 50 Book Challenge!  It has been incredibly well supported by the boys, they took off on the 1st of March with a hiss and a roar for 6 months of intensive book borrowing and reading.  The final numbers are in during the holidays but today is the last school day that competition can run.

It was a competition for the individuals and for the House Group they belong to.  A clear group winner emerged early on, and they have continued their dominance of the competition.  End of school today the sheets will be tallied and the winner will be announced the first week back.  Prizes will be awarded and the winners will be worshiped for their tenacity, their persistence and their dedication.

Pictured are two of the libraries hard-core readers Harlam who loves Graphic Novels, but has recently discovered Fleur Beale, Mandy Hagar and Malorie Blackman.

Also pictured is Warren who reads all manner of things, but has discovered historical fiction, particularly Iain Gale, Bernard Cornwell and Julian Stockwin.

These two library regulars are just part of our 'happy band' of regulars.


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