Who shredded library books? I did!

There are three more books that were sadly destined for the scrap heap but have been reinvented as a cool mystery book to decipher. As a clue you will know these were much loved books, very popular, and book 3 particularly has been borrowed a LOT of times. Don’t worry, we still have at least one copy of these books in the library!

Come in, pick up the jar and scrutinise these jars! Write your name, room number, and the book you are guessing on a piece of paper and pop it in the box. Good luck!

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Enviro update – Predator Free Seatoun

Enviro update – Predator Free Seatoun by Josie and Lily

These past few weeks we have been learning how to set traps and tracking tunnels as part of predator free Miramar / Seatoun.

The Enviro year 7/8 leaders went on a tracking and trapping workshop, in which we learnt how to set traps and identify tracks.

We got given 6 traps to use and monitor around the school and 5 tracking tunnels so we know what type of pests live in our area. We have checked the tracking tunnels after the weekend and have found that the grounds around it attract rats, mice and mustelids (stoats and weasels). We set the traps in the locations where we found the tracks of pests.

Please be aware of these traps when walking around the boundaries of the school, especially around the tsunami stairs. If you see one while you are there please refrain from touching as it is a big danger if you set the trap off.

We will update the school community regularly about how many of these pests we are removing from the Seatoun area.



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Great new book – The war that saved my life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

In The War that Saved My Life, Ada is a nine year old girl who embraces everything about her new surroundings when she evacuates with her brother during World War 2.

This is Madeleine and she loved this book so much she gave it 5 stars and wrote this outstanding review about it. When you have read this I think you will want to read it too. Great work Madeleine!

Ada’s life is like a blanket with three holes in it. The first is her mum, who is too ashamed of Ada’s bad foot to let her go out and play. In Ada’s mum’s opinion, Ada is filth, dirt and rubbish because of her so-called ‘crippled foot’, but that’s just her thoughts. In reality, it’s the opposite.

The second hole is Ada’s bad foot. Ada’s foot is meant to be a secret, but when war breaks out, Ada and her brother flee from their home and Ada’s foot is shown.

The last and final hole is war! Hitler and the Nazis are trying to bomb England. Ada and Jamie now live with Susan who does her best to help Ada’s foot. She gets her crutches and tries everything until the day comes when the bombs go off. As the Nazis attacked England in the air there were still spies on land below. The war was in the tiger’s eyes but you wouldn’t believe that the war did any good but it did. The war saved Ada’s life!

The holes in the blanket are being stitched and sewed as readers turn the page. By Madeleine, aged 8.

The follow up to this is also on its way and can be borrowed soon.

For more books like these, try searching under World War in our library catalogue, there are heaps to choose from.


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New books galore in the library!

Last week we found out that Seatoun School had won the Wellington City Libraries Summer Reading Challenge, with 27 of our students reading books and entering the competition online. We received $500 of book vouchers to buy books for the library and we have wasted no time at all in spending this money with our junior students helping to choose a lovely new set of picture books.

Robbie’s Dad made a robot which does all of their household jobs, but taking it to school doesn’t quite go as Robbie planned! Golly gosh what a mess he makes! Room 6 loved this rhyming book and thought everyone else would too, so Robot Stop is a keeper!

Once upon a time a thief committed a crime
Everything he stole he replaced with a rhyme!

Imagine if someone stole your birthday cake and replaced it with a snake! A thief is about and nothing can stop him – until a tricky word crops up that just doesn’t appear to rhyme with anything! Room 5 and Room 8 loved Rhyme Crime and gave it a big thumbs up:

The year 3/4 classes have been speed reading a large selection of books to help us choose which ones to keep. Here are some photos of Rooms 10, 11 and 12:

Here is another great selection we picked up from The Childrens Bookshop this week with our vouchers. All of these books will be in the library to borrow this week, and here’s Hazel furiously covering them! Thanks Hazel!

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Books for inquisitive minds!!!

For the start of term we have been sharing some of the books I read over the holidays and some new books that we have in our library. This series by Andrea Beaty is all about children who don’t mind asking questions, taking risks and finding out just why?

She started with Why? and then What? How and When?
By bedtime she came back to Why? once again

The author has a great website here, where you can find activities and experiments you can do at home that are linked to each of the books. One page you might like to try out is this one by clicking on the image below. Astronaut Kate Rubins is reading Rosie Revere Engineer aloud from the International Space Station!

For children who love adventure but also have an interest in sustainability and protecting our planet, this two part series is excellent:

He’s just one and a half millimetres tall, but Toby Lolness is the most wanted person in the great Oak Tree. Pursued across a hazardous terrain of falling leaves, thick moss forests and bark mountains, hunted by an army of angry woodcutters and blood-thirsty soldier ants, Toby faces an epic battle for survival in an unforgettable miniature world.

The people that inhabit the Tree are not sure if there is any other life beyond their tree, even if there are other trees, but rumours circulate about the dangers of the Grass People and this threatens their peaceful existence. Toby’s father is a highly respected scientist, until his ideas about the dangers of continued digging and building in the tree and it’s effect on the long term sustainability of it are causing unrest amongst the people that hold power. Toby finds himself alone and in danger from even his closest allies, and he must use his wits and sheer determination to seek the truth about his parents. This book continues in Toby and the Secrets of the Tree, and is a great read for students age 9+.

Finally for our older readers, The Chaos Walking Trilogy describes a time in the future when groups of people from earth have inhabited another planet, only to find that once there, all people’s thoughts can be heard by everyone and this Noise cannot be escaped.  Imagine a world where there is information overload, where you are constantly being bombarded by others’ thoughts and feelings! Not too hard to imagine actually, only, on this planet, the women and girls have not survived and only the men are left. Todd is the last boy to be approaching his coming of age, a point in time that he has only heard whispers about. Why is there a place at the edge of his community where there is no Noise at all? Why do his caregivers want him to leave and what secrets do they keep? We share Todd’s dangerous journey on the run outside Prentisstown with his dog Manchee (who also has Noise). This book would be classed as science fiction or fantasy, and is suitable for ages 11+ due to the detail of violence that is described.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe features Romy, a sixteen year old girl who was born to astronaut parents on board a ship bound for settlement on a distant planet. An incident causing the death of her parents has meant that for the rest of her 50 year journey, she will be alone at steering the ship to it’s destination. She has a friend who she can message back on earth, a lady named Molly who is her mentor and companion, albeit 2 years behind time. Suddenly Romy gets a message that another, faster ship is on its way to the same destination and will catch up with her in a few years – only one person on board, and this time it’s a boy! Will romance ensue? What has happened back on earth? And is this boy J all he says he is? Romy is a very capable girl, but can she cope with what is being asked of her? Read it and find out!


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Summer Reading Challenge – start now!!!!!

Wellington City Libraries’ Summer Reading Challenge was launched on 1st December and we can get involved at Seatoun School to aim to have the most books read and reviewed as a school across the whole of Wellington! There are prizes to be won – after you have reviewed 2 books you win a prize, then again after 5 books and so on, plus you go in the overall prize draw for yourself and for the schools prize. You just need a WCL library card and a willing parent to help you to visit the library over the holidays  – here’s how it works:

1. Choose a book from the summer challenge list – you can pick up a copy of this list at school, at your local library or see it online here. Any books that are part of the series like Captain Underpants or Wimpy Kid can count towards your totals, but try to challenge yourself to read some that you have never read before.We have many of the books in our library at school – see which ones we have here.

2. Read the book.

3. Go online to the review site here and say what you thought about the book. Think about why you enjoyed it, what your favourite bits were, who your favourite characters were and who else you think might enjoy reading it. Give it a score out of 5.

4. Fill in your details, including your WCL library card number, tick the box to say it is part of the Summer Reading Challenge and don’t forget to click on the dropdown box and select Seatoun School.

5. Choose another book and do it all over and over again until 31st January.


Come and ask Mrs Bamber in the the library if you need any help.

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Room 4’s Monsters under Bridges

Children in Room 4 have cleverly combined ideas from these two beautiful books to create their very scary and occasionally disturbing monsters under bridges stories. Have a read of some of their fine stories:

Once a long time ago in 1887 a monster lurked under the Pont du Gard, his name is Razor Mouth! Some information: this creature looks like a great white shark mixed with an electric eel it eats anything but mostly humans. There is one left because the rest died out and it’s bigger than a blue whale. What does this monster do with all it’s spare time? It hangs on the first row of arches  until people try and fish it out. It drops his hand and takes the bait off the fishing rod and eats it then hangs on the rod. The person will think that he has a fish on the rod so they will try and pull up their rod and instead of the human pulling it up the monster pulls it down. The guy said “oh lovely sea creatures” swoosh! “huh!” pop and he was gone.

About the monster body, it has 20 eyes and one hypnotizing eye. The big spike on the tail can shoot, it has razor sharp teeth and one eye connected to a tube to see what goes on above the water. Funny fact, he uses his hand in the jungle gym. The jungle gym is the bridge.

Long long ago there was a monster under a bridge called Brooklyn Bridge. The monster was higher than the clouds. The monster ate cars who went over the Brooklyn Bridge. Sometimes he ate people who went over the bridge too, only if I they were being mean to him. He is round and squidgy he eats pineapple, rubbish bins and giant bananas and of course Donald Trump. The monster can live forever so you might even see him if you go to the Brooklyn Bridge.

A long long time ago there lived a monster called Rocket Shark and he lived under Iron Bridge. He lived in England. He has see-through teeth, a bristled tongue and weapons. He eats people. There are 100000000000 of them. He is as big as an elephant. It has 11 eyes and it has a glowing light on its chin.

Once upon a time there was a monster called Chubby Guy. He lived under the Millau Viaduct. He was shaking the bridge!!! Then cars and people fell off the bridge and he said “Yes, yes, yes it’s my lucky day!” until the cars landed on him! He said “Ouch!” and they still fell on him. “I am getting really annoyed” until half the bridge collapsed and some pieces went in his mouth!!! No, no, no, noooooooooo!!! and then the rest of the bridge collapsed. “This my bridge.” then no one took any cars away because of him. “I’m not Chubby I’m Bad Guy. Not a good year for me or any one.” The End.


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Parent resources in the library

Thanks to FOSS we have a growing collection of books for parents around the often tricky subject of parenting. These books can be found on display in the foyer at school or in the library. Anyone can borrow them, just come in to the library to see Mrs Bamber (Wendy) and we can set you up an account. Books can be borrowed for two weeks and then extended if nobody is waiting for them. You can also reserve them and be first to get them when they come back in. Here is a brief description of the books we have already purchased. (Goodreads.com is a great site for searching up books and also joining others in rating and reviewing books. You can set up an account very easily and link up with friends.)

This Goodreads reviewer gave this book a 5/5 rating – here’s what they thought:
“John Parsons takes a very practical approach to his topic, using short real-life examples to illustrate situations such as cyber-bullying or of young people tricked into sending inappropriate images. He shows how these situations can be resolved and discusses who to turn to for help.

This book is recommended to parents of children from 0-18 years old. If your child is at the younger end, then there are great tips about how to talk about values that will stand you and your child in good stead as they traverse the technology landscape. For parents of teens, there are lots of practical ideas here of how to talk to your teens about the way they use social media, as well as reminders of your children’s rights and what the law says about cyber-bullying. If your teen has already got caught up in a difficult situation, you’ll find the case studies useful as well as the agencies listed in the back.”

For a taster, check out the short videos on the publishers’ website http://www.pottonandburton.co.nz/stor…

The Goodreads average rating for this book is 3.9/5 – here is what one reviewer wrote, rating it 4/5:
Although this book is written for parents who have children with anxiety issues, the 7 strategies the authors offer are also relevant for teachers and other professionals who work with anxious children and teens.The authors contend the strategies work for children aged 8 – 18, but I believe any age may benefit from their guidance. In fact. adults might recognize themselves in the pages of this book and find using the 7 strategies in their own lives beneficial.

Good reads rating 4.49/5 – Many of the children talked about in this book missed out on attachment in their very early years and the impact on their brain activity and development made a huge difference to their outcomes. A fascinating read with some occasionally tricky to follow brain science explanations, this book undoubtedly serves to remind us to be kind to our fellow human beings and treat everyone with care. Nathan Mikaere Wallis recommended this book in an earlier presentation.

4.35/5 Goodreads rating. Steve Biddulph is a well known author of best selling parenting books Raising Boys and Raising Girls, and his followers have not been disappointed with his latest book which offers interactive tasks and advice to start some of those tricky conversations. According to Steve himself, “the aim of this book is to help you understand how to lay down the foundations of good mental health early in your daughter’s life,
and to keep her strong all the way through.”

Look at this link for an honest review by the New Zealand Herald.

Rated 4.28/5 by Goodreads reviewers, this is another book recommended by Nathan Wallis. This is not just for new parents to read – the brain science behind the importance of love, attention and nurturing is good value for any adult involved in the care of children. Here’s another reviewer’s opinion:
This book has been an amazing discovery. The way the author has been able to translate recent hard-science evidence into intelligible information is great. I’d like this book to be made compulsory reading at university, when one is mature enough to reflect about what it means to create a new life, and to try to gather information about our own infancy and how it may influence our emotions around parent-motherhood. This book is an invitation to think, not only about family but also about society.

Goodreads rating 4.08 . ‘Celia doesn’t tell men how to raise their boys . instead she provides tools for parents who want their sons to become good men.’ Celia Lashlie was the first female officer in a men’s prison and after years working in the service she knows what can happen when boys make the wrong choices. During the recent Good Man Project she talked to 180 classes of boys throughout New Zealand, and what she found was surprising, amusing and, in some cases, frightening. In this funny, honest, no-nonsense book Celia Lashlie reveals what goes on inside the world of boys, and that it is an entirely different world from that of girls. She offers some practical and reassuring advice to parents on raising their boys to become good, loving, articulate men. Celia had two boys herself and lived in Wellington until she sadly passed away in 2015.

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Can we build a bridge for 21 elephants?

Rooms 4,5,6,7,8 and 9 have been learning a lot about bridges this term, and together we found out about how one of the most famous bridges in the world, the Brooklyn Bridge, was tested to prove to doubters that it was safe and sound. This book, 21 Elephants and still standing by April Jones Prince is based on the true story of how circus owner Barnum asked the New York City chiefs if he could walk his troop of elephants across the bridge. You can read about this fascinating story by clicking here.

There is also a good selection of facts about the Brooklyn Bridge by The History Channel, here.

Of course we had to see if we could use our new knowledge of bridge building along with some very simple materials to create a structure that would hold our elephants. Here are some of the results:





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Competition launched to celebrate Wonder film

This is the new edition of one of our library favourites Wonder, the story of a boy with facial differences who has been unable to attend school until 5th grade. Despite warm family backing, Auggie finds the going tough until he meets friends who offer genuine kindness and support.

We were very excited to hear that a film had been made of this story and will be released on November 17th. Click on the photo to go to the trailer.

To celebrate this we have a fantastic prize pack of a family ticket for 4 to see the new film at Roxy Cinema in Miramar plus a copy of the movie tie-in edition of the book.

This competition aims to recognise the kindness that we see happening in our school every day. We want people to nominate students who they see showing kindness, empathy, aroha, compassion and inclusion to their fellow Seatoun community members. Come to the library, take a post it note and write on it the name and class number of the person you are nominating, what act of kindness you have seen from them, and your name so that we know who has nominated them. The competition was launched today and already we have had plenty of people recognising the kindness they have seen.  By the time we draw a winner from these entries I hope the board is completely filled with the brightly coloured post it notes:

We are very grateful to the generosity of Roxy Cinema who loved our kindness themed competition so much that they donated a second family ticket! This means we can make two draws at Hui on the 17th November, ready for you to read the novel before the premiere of the movie at Roxy two weeks later.

Here is our finished wall:

Good luck everyone and remember to always Choose Kind.

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