From the Library 

By Mrs Belinda Roberts | Posted: Wednesday June 28, 2017

New Beginnings Exhibit in the School Library

Many thanks to the students in Rachael Linklater’s Year 8 class who created the display pictured. Thanks to teacher, Rachael Linklater, for her enthusiasm; and to Helen Davidson, also, for sharing her family’s precious memorabilia, which added to the students’ experience. The following description of the class assignment was written by Zara Coleman and Amelia McKeown – thank you, girls:

In year eight this year everyone had to write a diary of an early settler who came to New Zealand from Britain.

Firstly we chose a person we wanted and their occupation. Some people chose farmers, blacksmiths or even just a girl from an orphanage.

After that we wrote two entries of before boarding the ship, another four entries on the ship and two once we arrived in New Zealand.

We also had the opportunity to write an optional entry for five to ten years later. These are just some of the amazing diaries and antiques on display.”

New books in the Geraldine School Library – great reading for the school holidays!

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. This inspirational novel is based on a true story from the Second World War. When the German ship the Wilhelm Gustloff was sunk in port in early 1945 it had over 9000 civilian refugees, including children, on board. Nearly all were drowned. Ruta Sepetys, acclaimed author of Between Shades of Grey, brilliantly imagines their story.

Terror at Bottle Creek by Watt Key. “Everything typically hidden in the damp leaves was climbing into the trees. Thre were eyes watching us from everywhere. I had a bad feeling that we were going to be up against more than just rising water.”

A Passion for Hunting: Trips and Tips by Alex & Tim Gale. Recommended for anyone who appreciates the challenge, excitement, and the freedom that hunting brings. Share the Gales’ great love for the New Zealand outdoors and plan your next hunting trip.