Yee haa the holidays are finally here, and I am well and truly ready for them.
Les and I had a pretty full on weekend at the Te Awamutu performing arts festival, where my drama students were all performing in the drama section. They were all fabulous, and every one of them got a placing. They won a few trophies, age group championships and scholarships. Woo hoo to them I say, and I was very proud of them all. Les and I had 10 grandchildren competing, and we love watching them perform and seeing how their work has developed. We're both pretty tired today, and shhhh don't tell anyone, but I still have my PJ's on today. A real highlight of the weekend was watching my oldest granddaughter win a nomination to perform next year in the nationals of the 'Young Performer Of The Year.' Here is a photo of me and my grandies.
My YouTube channel is going well, and it's great to see some of you are listening/watching the poems. There will be more coming soon. I met a young man who I was told laughed so much at the 'Bottoms' poem, he had to leave the classroom.
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Last week I had a blast at Pukete Primary School here in Hamilton. Their school production was on, and they chose my script, 'Fiasco In The Forest.' I went along to quite a few rehearsals and helped out with a few tips. Wow, they were brilliant when it came to the live shows. I was beaming with pride as if they were all my own children, haha. Now I can't wait till the next one.
'Plastic Minefield' the song about the effects of plastic in our oceans, and now a resource is going well. We've decided to donate some of the money from sales to Kelly Tartlton's turtle rescue hospital. It's special being able to help a little bit. Take a look at the clip on my YouTube channel, and maybe you could share it with your teacher or class. We want to get kids all around the country singing this song.
Remember me telling you I had a cool message from a teacher in Auckland who told me the kids now look forward every week to reading some of my poems. I had a really fun video call with them a few weeks ago, so if you'd like to do the same thing, talk to your teacher and let me know.
Why aren't koalas real bears?
Because they don't meet the koalifications!
WORD OF THE MOMENT
lollygag - Are you a lollygagger?
Don't forget that I love hearing from you, so contact me if you have any questions. I hope this year you may be one of the children I'll get to meet for the first time.
Keep on writing and keep smiling.