Our Interesting Illustrator

On the 21st of August in the morning Wendy Straw came to visit the Grade 1 children. She came to talk to us about how she illustrates her books. We will be illustrating our own books later this term.

Wendy started her talk by reading us Saffy’s Big Adventure. This book was very special to her because she had written and illustrated this story. Saffy was a brave, little duck that left the farm in a truck and went into town.

Next Wendy showed us how she begins her drawings. They started off as small sketches. She does her sketches in greylead first before using chalk pastels for the colour. Wendy uses her fingers to blend the colours together.

Wendy had framed pictures that she had drawn that were then used in her books. The pictures were in frames because otherwise they can end up smudged. The pictures go to an editor, a publisher and finally a printing press.

Before we went back to our tables to draw a duck, Wendy showed us lots of different duck pictures and she also showed us the special paper that she uses. When we were drawing some of us got to have a go at using Wendy’s chalk pastels and her special paper.

We learnt so many good tips about how to be a great illustrator and we were so glad to have Wendy visit us.


What did you learn from Wendy’s talk?

Would you like to be an illustrator? Why/Why not?

Pyjama Day at School

This week it is Book Week so we had a pyjama day. We had to be dressed in our pj’s , mine had Aerial on them. First Miss Hunichen spoke about the activities. I liked the sound of making a book mark. We went to Mrs Morris’ room first. We read to each other. Amelia read first, then Anneleise. After that Chelsea read and then I did. Next we went into Mrs Dawson’s room and made book marks. I chose a Little Red Riding Hood one with a dwarf at the bottom. Then we went to Miss Hunichen’s grade. We had to decide which book we thought would win the Book of the Year. The winner turned out to be ‘The Runaway Hug’. Finally we got changed. The boys got dressed in the middle room and the girls got dressed in the store room. Then it was snack time.

By Grace J

I came to school in my pj’s. First Mrs Morris read a story. Then we read our own book to a partner. After that we went to get a chocolate milkshake and a teddy bear biscuit from Mrs Morris. Miss Hunichen read three books, they were called ‘The Runaway Hug’, ‘That’s not a Daffodil!’ and ‘No Bears’. Last of all we went to Mrs Dawson’s room and made a bookmark.
By Jarrod

What was your favourite part of Ribit and why?

Which book did you want to win the Book of the Year and why?

Who’s Behind the Book?

Next week we will be celebrating Book Week at NGPS and the children will be involved in a range of activities. Next Tuesday in Grade 1 an illustrator will be visiting us and sharing her artistic talents. Wednesday is R.I.B.I.T. (Reading in Bed is Terrific) where the children (and teachers) come dressed in pyjamas and bring along their favourite Teddy. Every day teachers will be reading picture story books to the children in the library. We hope as many children as possible will come along to listen and hopefully hear some new stories.

A traditional Book Week event that takes place every year is “Who’s behind the book?” See if you can guess the teachers that are holding each book!


Who’s behind the books?

What is your favourite book and why?

Run, Run as fast as you can!!

This week Grade 1C learnt all about The Gingerbread Man. All of their learning about this story culminated on Friday when the children got to make and decorate their very own gingerbread men. It was a very noisy activity but we all had lots of fun and were lucky to have so many parents there to help us! Thank you to all of the wonderful women who gave up their time!


What was the hardest part of this activity?

What did you enjoy the most?

Who’s that trip trapping over my bridge?

This week Grade 1B have been learning all about the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We learnt that it was written in Norway over 100 years ago by a man called Peter Christen Asbjornsen. The children enjoyed reading different versions of the story throughout the week. We compared the story of The Three Kangaroos Gruff to The Three Billy Goats Gruff and discovered that the story was very similar they had just changed the characters. We used masks to act out the play and wrote descriptions about trolls. The best activity of the week was when we made bridges out of newspaper, icy pole sticks, straws and masking tape. We worked in groups of three and were only allowed a certain number of sticks and straws. It was a really challenging task but one that we kept working at. Most groups should be proud of the way that they worked together to produce their bridge.

What was the hardest part of this activity?

What did you learn about bridges?

Grade 1 Mini Olympics

After studying different parts of the Olympic Games over the last two weeks the children were very excited to compete in their own Olympic Games.

Unfortunately due to miserable cold and windy weather we had to hold our Mini Olympics indoors. This did not deter our athletes one little bit. They were all revved up and ready to go. We began our day by getting into our Olympic Teams.

Representing Australia was: Charlie, Edward C, Jarrod, Neivh, Billy, Ella B, Blake Y

Representing China was: Oliver, Lola, Jamie, Cody, Mikaylah, James and Deegan

Representing Britain was: Amy, Jonah, Kyla, Emma, Jack, Xavier, Alana P

Representing Jamaica was: Lauren, Blake W, Charlotte, Tess, Cameron, Anneleise and Daniel

Representing Germany was: Mitchell, Caleb, Milly, Fletcher, Grace J, Eliza and Jacob

Representing Greece was: Nathan, Ella RM, Amelia, Edward, Grace H, Indi and Sophie

Representing Japan was: Tyson, Codi, Kirsty, Fintan, Alannah L and Henry

Representing Italy was: Joshua, Ruby, Jessie, Jackson, Sabine, Sienna and Darcy

The athletes then moved to their first events, Australia started with Celebrity Heads which was held in the middle room between 1A and 2A. China excelled at the Basketball throw and Germany tested our the bars at the weightlifting event. Greece began their medal haul at the Balance Beam while Japan participated in the Obstacle Course. The British team started in the 1B and 1C middle room for a competitive game of Charades. Jamaica learnt the rules of Table Tennis while Italy worked out how to run a relay with a balloon between their knees. Teams participated in each event for about 8 minutes before moving through to the next event. Our day culminated with a medal presentation in the 1C classroom.

The day ran very well with all children showing excellent behaviour, encouragement and participation. We would like to extend a massive thank you to all of our parent helpers on the day, Anke, Vanessa, Clare, Michael, Brett, Fiona, Cindy and Simon, Sandy, Paula, Donna and Janet. Without these wonderful parents our day would not have been as sucessful.


What was your favourite event of the day and why?

If you could compete in the Olympics, what sport would you choose and why?