On the 24th of May I visited the awesome kids at Maoribank School in Upper Hutt. On my arrival I walked through the playground and was welcomed by a group of kids playing ball games. ‘Your book is awesome Miss” they said to me as I walked through to the hall/classrooms. I stood beneath the most amazing maori sun that had been created by the students at some stage I presume. While we fussed about trying to get the interactive whiteboard to work, the students filed in. I then noticed they had bought some friends with them “Flies!’ Not just any kind of flies, beautifully decorated flies in all different colours, such a great idea.
After talking a bit about what I do, we read the book aloud, I say we because all the children helped me! What talented little readers, they were able to keep up with me through the entire book, some even read it faster than me. I then got cracking, drawing some pictures on the whiteboard, the children were great at helping me figure out what to draw next. I had to draw a plait with my first drawing, a rat’s tail with my second drawing and an entire beard with my last drawing, oh what fun.
After my visit I came home with a pile of colouring in competitions to judge. This is always a tricky task as there are so many talented artists at Maoribank School. I had such a hard time picking my favourites! But it had to be done and the two winners used a lot of bright vibrant colours and were creative in their approach. A big CONGRATULATIONS to Nathan age 6 and Sapphire age 9. Well done! Your prize is on its way to Maoribank School.