Design-an-Alien Competition

When I saw author Adrian Beck and illustrator Heath McKenzie had a ‘Design-an-Alien Competition’ for their latest book The Alien Zoo…and You, I knew our three Year 4 classes would be up for the challenge!

The prize for the winner was to have their alien brought to life by Heath McKenzie and featured in Alien Zoo 2!! The challenge was on…

We looked at the alien creatures Adrian and Heath had already created in The Alien Zoo…and You. We talked about how we could mix up animals to create our own alien creatures for the Alien Zoo – what they could look like, how they could move, special features or characteristics etc and then everyone got to work designing their own alien creatures. 

The Year 4 students were excited to see some of their aliens feature in Adrian’s video updates of the entries he had received.

Adrian shares some entries with Lauren Phillips and Shane Crawford from Kids’ WB.

Adrian looks at more entries with author Felice Arena.

Today the winner of the Design-an-Alien Competition was announced by Adrian and Heath. They had over 300 entries from around Australia which made it an incredibly difficult decision to choose only one winner!

Congratulations from our Year 4 students to the winner, Will (from another school) for designing an awesome ‘Octorg’. We will look forward to seeing it in Alien Zoo 2

Thanks Adrian and Heath for your fun competition and encouraging so many kids to unleash their creativity!

Who is your Reading Super Hero?

Do you know a Reading Super Hero?
Is it someone in your family or even in your class?  
Is it your closest friend, or maybe it could be you?

A Reading Super Hero knows the power of reading and reads every day…

To celebrate our National Year of Reading, Scholastic and Marvel are running  a competition to find Australia’s Greatest Reading Super Hero and you might like to enter here at Reading Superhero Competition.

Tell them in 25 words or less who your Reading Super Hero is and you could win an  amazing National or State prize!   The most creative and fun answers will win.   The competition ends on August 3rd, 2012.

To get you thinking I’ve written a little  something…

A Reading Super Hero is
a Teacher-Librarian
Daily reading books with kids
Creating a “Reading Heaven”

 If you decide to enter the competition we would love you to share your entry with us in the Comments section  

Congratulations Alex!

Alex from 4V brought a visitor to the LRC during the week.  It was her very own Wild Thing!  Alex had entered  a colouring competition at Toys R Us for Where the Wild Things Are and  she won!  Alex won her own very cute and cuddly Wild Thing as well as a copy of the book by Maurice Sendak and a DVD of the movie.  

Alex (Medium)


Congratulations Alex!  🙂 

Megs "Vootball" Competition

There is a competition being held to  celebrate the launch of the  latest book in the Megs Morrison “Vootball” series called Megs and the Wonder Strike.

You can win a signed copy of Megs and the Wonder Strike and a signed Mark Schwarzer football shirt!  The winner will also win a signed set of Megs books for their school, as well as a signed football for the school’s next fundraising raffle.  Three runners up will win a signed copy of Megs and the Wonder Strike for themselves and their school. 

Just visit the Megs Morrison website and answer a simple question…

Please note – to enter the competition you need to join the Fan Club – check with your parents BEFORE you add any information.



Well done Charlotte in 1E who already has her own copy of Megs and the Wonder Strike because she ordered her copy online from the Megs website!


We won the Very Hungry Caterpillar!

Another exciting piece of news – after school today I received a message to say that out of 105 entries, Haruna in 3BY won the Hungry Caterpillar colouring competition with her entry!!  Haruna went to a lot of trouble with not only carefully colouring her picture, but also patiently cutting out pieces of coloured wool and sticking them on her caterpillar and the sun!  What a creative person you are Haruna!  This is her entry below.



The judges’ comment about Haruna’s work was “A creative use of mixed media, colour and pattern, but also good technique”. We are very grateful that Haruna entered the competition on behalf of our LRC so the Very Hungry Caterpillar will be able to live in the Fiction area of our new LRC.

You might like to congratulate and thank Haruna when you see her.  We will thank Haruna  and the 37 other children who entered the competition officially at assembly next Tuesday.

Click here to see the judging at Readings bookshop.  You might recognise some more of our entries.  What a hard job to choose a winner out of so many entries!