It is difficult to know what to say here. It feels as if life remains suspended while we hold our collective breaths to find out how this bushfire season ends. Still, it’s true that for most of us – at least for those of us not directly impacted – life goes on, and in a … Continue reading And now for Term 1
It’s the end of yet another year; of four terms worth of assessment, reports, staff meetings and working out who is best sat next to whom. At this time of year, it can be easy to give in to exhaustion and forget about everything we’ve accomplished over the year, but, at the risk of sounding … Continue reading We made it!
HarperCollins was very proud to support the Kids News Short Story Competition, and we are even more excited to announce the winners! Before I get to the lucky two children who will win some amazing prizes, I have to say that reading so many entries alongside our judges has definitely been a highlight of my … Continue reading And the winners are…
There are lots of different kinds of books that children can choose to engage with. For most kids, particularly younger ones, the most engaging books will be those specifically written for them. Sometimes, however, they will find books written primarily for adults more appropriate. With this in mind, for this month’s blog I have chosen … Continue reading Books for All!
This month sees both Children’s Week and International Day of the Girl Child. With these in mind, I thought I’d look at books told from the point of view of children, particularly girls. Many of you will be familiar with The Girl, the Dog and the Writer series by Katrina Nannestad, and this month the … Continue reading Through the Eyes of a Child
As a secondary English teacher, I've long been exposed to the war around the usefulness of creative writing in the classroom, particularly as students head into their last years of school. However, there is a great deal of research to suggest that giving children the time, space and tools to engage in meaningful creative writing … Continue reading Time to Get Creative
This month, in honour of Science Week, our focus is all things science. I absolutely loved science at school, and as a teacher one of my favourite subjects to take as an ‘extra’ was science. In my experience, people of all ages are fascinated by ongoing discoveries about the way the world – and the … Continue reading A Moment of Science Please
And, before you know it, it’s Term 3! Having been a secondary teacher in NSW, just the thought of Term 3 makes me feel tense. Hopefully you’re feeling on top of things and all set for a great term. This month I wanted to highlight a few books that may have slipped under your radar. … Continue reading There goes the first half of the year!
Whenever you start a new job there’s always a wealth of material to get on top of. Even when you’re experienced in an industry, there’s always new processes to learn & people to meet. But transitioning from one industry to another is whole other level of learning curve; a parabola if you will, where I … Continue reading Hello! from the new Education Manager
ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN IN THE MAGIC BOOKSHOP ... On rainy afternoons, when it's too wet to play outside after school, Ben goes to his grandfather's bookshop. But with secret doors and passages, and tigers under the floorboards, there's much more going on than Ben could ever have imagined. An enchanting new collection of fully illustrated … Continue reading WIN a copy of The Magic Bookshop!