WRITER'S WORKSHOP

One of our super Room 7 writers was chosen to attend the recent NZ Reading Association 'Writer's Workshop'. Authors Penelope Todd, Ella West and Raymond Huber were the presenters. They shared some of their writing 'secrets' and strategies with the children who attended.



Being a Beekeeper

Mr B. helped us to learn all about the special equipment that a beekeeper needs. The equipment helps the beekeeper to be safe when he or she is working with bees.
(1) A smoker is used to calm the bees down so they won't get scared. When bees aren't scared they don't sting.
(2) Long gloves are worn so that the bees can't crawl up the beekeeper's arms!
(3) A hat and veil protect the beekeeper's face.
If you try to injure a bee, it will sting you. Leave it alone - and it won't sting!



TREVOR COLEMAN

Trevor Coleman (a former St Clair School pupil) is a talented jazz trumpeter and composer. He composes the film scores for documentaries made by the Natural History Unit here in Dunedin. Trevor performed for us and talked about his career. Can you imagine being able to play the piano and the trumpet at the same time? Well, we know it is possible because that is exactly what Trevor did while playing 'Take Five'. One lucky class (unfortunately not Room 7) later worked with Trevor to create their own film score.


DON McGLASHAN PERFORMS FOR US DURING NZ MUSIC MONTH

Don McGlashan is recognised as one of New Zealand’s foremost songwriters, artists and performers with five entries in APRA New Zealand’s Top 100 Songs Of All Time. His bands have been 'Blam Blam', 'Front Lawn' and 'The Mutton Birds'. His current band is 'The Seven Sisters'. One of his recent songs that you may know is 'Bathe in the River'. What an honour to have such a famous musician performing for us! Thank you to Mrs C for persisting in order to get Don to visit.



RAYMOND HUBER ~ Author of a new novel titled 'Sting'

Raymond visited to talk about how he came up with the idea of writing a novel that had a bee as the main character. He spoke about what authors do when they are drafting and revising their writing. After meeting with all of the senior classes (and Room 10) Raymond worked with nine of our budding writers in a very special writers' workshop. We have asked our librarian to buy some copies of 'Sting' so we can read it for ourselves! If you want to find out more about 'Sting' go to this website: http://www.raymondhuber.co.nz/

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ANANSE STORIES
On Monday March 16th Sam (originally from Ghana in West Africa, now residing in Brisbane, Australia) told many traditional stories, and performed a range of traditional chants, songs, and dance music. We really enjoyed his storytelling and his sense of humour!


OUR CHOIR PERFORMS AT THE REGENT THEATRE WITH GEOFF SEWELL (of 'Amici' fame)

What an honour and a privilege! Several Room 7 students were part of our school choir that beautifully sang 'When a Child is Born' and 'You'll Never Walk Alone' with Geoff Sewell and his band. As one of the students commented, "I'll never forget this night for as long as I live!"