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Wonder Wednesday: Hexaflexagons!

In the lead-up to this year’s Wonder Expo, the Grade 7 boys enjoy a “Wonder Wednesday” every week in order to build curiosity and excitement about the world around them.

Today’s theme was hexaflexagons! I’m pretty sure this is going to be a big hit because the boys were so fascinated and excited by the idea. Here are the two videos we watched:

And here is a tutorial if you’re keen to make your own!

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Author Visit Bonanza!

On Friday October 16th and Tuesday October 20th, we were fortunate enough to welcome three authors to visit our school! On the 16th we welcomed Kevin Sylvester and Kevin Sands, authors of the Neil Flambe series and The Blackthorn Key respectively. The two Kevins were a wonderful pair, even though their books are wildly different.

Kevin Sylvester has that magic skill that instantly entrances students: he can draw. Really well. So not only were we treated to a drawing lesson (big takeaway: if you’re trying to draw something, start with the basic shapes and then add to it; don’t try to draw it perfectly first.) we also got some great advice for writing: always be curious.

The Blackthorn Key is Kevin Sands’ very first book, and the Grade 5s are totally enthralled by it in library period! It is a tough order to make a book set in 17th Century London appealing to modern boys, but The Blackthorn Key has enough explosions, intrigue and indecipherable codes to keep kids turning the pages. Mr. Sands has researched codes and ciphers extensively and taught us all about them, and even stumped a few kids with a code hidden in a newspaper clipping.

On October 20th, we were fortunate enough to have another visit from Kenneth Oppel. Mr. Oppel is a bestselling author, read all around the world, but you wouldn’t know it to speak to him. He’s down to earth, approachable, and funny! He presented to the Grade 7s about Half Brother and to the Grade 4s (and an errant class of Grade 3s) about his latest novel The Nest. Which, by the way, is astoundingly good. Wasp nests, babies, dreams, angels… it’s unlike anything you’ll read. Go read it.

Thank you to all three K-authors for such terrific visits, and thanks as always to Vancouver Kidsbooks for organizing the author tours and providing us with books!

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The Hungry Squid

Today was the first Film Festival of the year, and we chose to show a hilarious and creative short film by John Weldon called The Hungry Squid. If you missed today’s event, you can watch it online by clicking on the picture below. You won’t regret it!

Credit: National Film Board of Canada

Credit: National Film Board of Canada

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Yo!

Today we welcomed our final Human Library guest of the year – Jeremy McKay, a.k.a. Mr. Yoyo Thrower! Nary a teacher can walk down the hall at St. George’s without risking a minor concussion: yo-yos are far and away the biggest fad this year. While some teachers might consider them an annoyance or health hazard, it’s hard to deny the benefits of learning tricks: physics, hand-eye coordination, concentration and practice. Jeremy, whose day job is a Grade 2 teacher, leads the Vancouver Yo-yo club and has competed at the national and international levels!

Jeremy met with groups of avid yo-yoers and explained the different types of yo-yos, and taught a few tricks. It was a really fun afternoon!

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Sea Star Nerd

Melanie Knight, Marine Biologist, Sea star nerd, aquarium founder & TED presenter visited our school to participate in the Human Library.

 

You can check out Melanie’s TedxTalk here: https://youtu.be/iNnAViq_6nk

 

 

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Yo Yo Crazy

I don’t have any empirical data for this, but I would estimate that I utter (yell?) the phrase “put that yo-yo away!” about 24,736 times a week. Yo-yos are BIG this year at St. Georges. (For the record: I am very pro yo-yo, but very anti reckless-swinging-around-the-library-where-things-can-get-knocked-over.)

Well. If you can keep a secret, I’m going to let something very exciting slip: an upcoming Human Library guest is a yo-yo guru! Jasper in Grade 5 – so often the recipient of my entreaties above – asked if we could invite the current world champion to the school. Unfortunately, Gentry Stein does not live locally, but we’ve secured an awesome yo-yo expert from right here in Vancouver! We’re still working out details so can’t tell you too much yet, but he gave me the heads-up that the Canadian Yo Yo Championships are being held on March 28th at Taylor Park Elementary School! More information can be found here.

If you’re new to the yo-yo craze, check out Gentry Stein’s world championship routine below. It’s incredible!

 

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Pink Shirt Day Film Fest!

Yesterday the Library hosted its February film festival, and in honour of Pink Shirt Day, we decided to screen two powerful short films about bullying. First we watched In A Heartbeat, an Icelandic film about a young girl who stands up for a bullying victim; and To This Day, Shane Koyczan’s brilliant and beautiful spoken word poem. We had a really good discussion about the messages of the movies, as well as the use of music and imagery to convey emotions.

If you missed the film fest, or if you’d like to give the videos a second look, check them out below!

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