Our library was excited to welcome author and poet Kathryn Apel for her visit on Monday, May 22nd.
However, four keen students met Kathryn the day before at her Poetry workshop at The Little Bookroom in Carlton where they had fun with 30 other children playing with words and exercising their creativity.
I was very excited to meet Kathryn who I’ve known on Twitter for some time. To celebrate the release of Kathryn’s latest verse novel Too Many Friends, I even managed to make a Ferris Wheel cake!
Kathryn spoke to our Year 3-6 classes. Each session with Kathryn was different and we discovered how important Kathryn’s family and her life on the farm are in helping to shape her writing.
We also learnt a lot about getting stuck in the mud on the farm and how hard it is to get out!
We enjoyed learning how Kathryn writes her verse novels and were very impressed with her shape poems, especially ‘Duck Dad!’ She has given us lots of ideas for our own writing.
At the end of each session, Kathryn encouraged us to turn off our televisions and devices and be creative. Kathryn showed us lots of ways her sons had been creative over the years and students were amazed that one of her boys had made a chain mail top! When Kathryn returned to our library on Tuesday before school she had a wonderful surprise when two students popped in to show they had heard her message and been creative with boxes that night!
One of our Prep classes was very lucky to listen to Kathryn read her book This is the Mud! before she had to leave. This book is special to our library because Kathryn thoughtfully sent it to us when our library was damaged by flooding and now she has been to our library to read it!
Thank you Kat for showing us how to paint pictures with words and reminding us that playing with words and being creative is FUN!
A number of years ago I taught an ANZAC Day unit with Year 6 classes and we researched what every day life would have been like for the soldiers at Gallipoli.
I also shared with them one of my favourite poems calledNinety Years Agoby Rupert McCallwho is one of our modern Australian poets. Rupert McCall wrote this poem to commemorate the 90 year anniversary of the Landing at Gallipoli. He shared his poem on ANZAC Day on the beach at Anzac Cove at Gallipoli just as the sun was rising over the water. To this day it is still one of the most stirring ANZAC Day moments I have ever watched. You can read Rupert’s poemNinety Years Ago below…
When you go home Tell them of us And say “For your Tomorrow, We gave our Today.” John Maxwell Edmunds 1916
Last year, one of my favourite Australian poets, Rupert McCall wrote a moving ode called “A Hundred Years From Now” as a tribute to our Diggers to commemorate the landing of the ANZACs at Gallipoli, one hundred years ago…
A few years ago I taught an ANZAC Day unit with the Grade 6 classes and I shared with them one of my favourite poems called Ninety Years Ago by Rupert McCallwho is one of our modern Australian poets. Rupert McCall wrote this poem to commemorate the 90 year anniversary of the Landing at Gallipoli. He shared his poem on ANZAC Day on the beach at Anzac Cove at Gallipoli just as the sun was rising over the water. To this day it is still one of the most moving ANZAC Day moments I have ever watched. You can read Rupert’s poem Ninety Years Ago below…
I had a lovely surprise in my emails last night from Taylor R in 4E. Taylor wanted to share with me the poem she had written. Taylor is an avid reader whose love of books was obvious from her first visit to the LRC in Prep! Taylor’s poem definitely reflects her passion for reading and books…