Term 4 is rapidly coming to an end, along with the school year, which must mean Santa isn't too far away! I'm still out visiting new schools, meeting amazing new students and teachers, and loving it. Last week I got to visit Te Kowhai which was spectacular, as two of my grandsons go to this delightful school. Last week I was away from home, and Les and Rosie stayed home. This week it has been day trips. Even though it's a crazy schedule at times, it helps me sleep well after a busy day. Have you heard me snoring yet? :) haha
Rosie has had a fabulous time this week, as she got to come with us and visit some schools for poetry performances. Two down, and two more to go tomorrow in the Te Aroha area. She's as happy as a piggy rolling around in mud when she gets out of the car and meets the kids. She's quite a superstar, and is liking having her own page here on my website. Don't forget to check her out. She loved her new friend she is pictured here with at Te Akau. All that cuddling and patting had her almost purring like a cat.
Also remember to take a look at the 'Jackiwa' poems page as there are only TWO COPIES of 'GRANY GOES TO HIP HOP' left to be WON. Actually the first 4 (plus one more) have been sent, but I thought I'd give two more away. All you have to do is write a simple 'jackiwa' poem. How easy is that? Give it a go they're fun to do.
Congratulations to Rebecca from Timaru, and four fabulous children from Mayfield School. Come on you lot in the North Island, get writing.
I've been busy writing some new poems, and really enjoying myself. I shared one with some of the students at Matatmata Intermediate last week, and again this morning at Waingaro. It made them think, as it's about a boy who seems to have no friends. If you'd like to read it, email me asking for a copy. It's always special when children come up and thank me for being there and sharing my work, telling me they enjoy it, and asking if I'm coming back. Thanks everyone.
On the weekend I had a fantabulous concert for my amazing drama students. Everyone did a great job, and I felt very proud of them all. The photo at the top is of my senior class. We have so much fun in drama classes, and I love teaching them all.
Still coming up for visits are Te Aroha, Tatanui and and Whatawhata. Maybe I'll see you there.
Q: How do you know if there's an elephant under your bed?
A: Your head hits the ceiling!
BOOM BOOM! Or should I say BANG BANG or BUMP BUMP..
WORD OF THE MOMENT
ostracise - who might be ostracised? Not you I hope.
Don't forget to send me writing if you have some you're proud of. Also read what others write. We all have different styles and that's okay. I love hearing from you, and every week I get emails from kids all around the country.
Keep on writing and keep smiling.