Nor West News : March 12th 2015
www.stuff.co.nz NEWS NOR-WEST NEWS, MARCH 12, 2015 19 Crazy creativity rules at Dr Suess day Dr Seuss is inspiring Woodhill School with individuality and creativity. Students, staff and the wider community celebrated the American cartoonist and writer’s 111th birthday this month. They dressed up in weird and wacky ways and enjoying a barbecue picnic, bouncy castle and swim. There were also crazy activities to match including Tying Knots in Noodles, baking Seuss Pancakes, Seuss Hunt, Seuss-Swat Air Hockey and saddling up crocodiles. ‘‘We do not have to conform with the majority, we can all achieve by celebrating our own unique individuality, our quirks and creativity,’’ principal Jacqualene Maindonald says. Many of Dr Seuss’ books are known for having a hidden message including his much-loved picture book The Cat in the Hat, to the now popular movie The Lorax. One of his lesser-known books published after his death is Hooray for Diffendoofer Day, which encourages individuality and creativity with crazy, wacky teachers teaching weird and wonderful lessons. The book quotes: ‘‘We’ve taught you that the earth is round, that red and white make pink, and something else that matters more – we’ve taught you how to think.’’ An acrostic poem by teacher Jeremy Meadows: D -on’t you know where you are? I -t is clear to see - F -or it’s a fun place to enjoy, Go to nor-westnews. co.nz and watch a video by Woodhill School about Diffendoofer Day. Colourful connection: Woodhill School students Matire Ratima of year 6, Scarlet Payn of year 5, Ethan Payn of year8and Belana Wood of year6celebrate Dr Seuss’s 111th birthday. F -antastically! E -xcitement abounds as we all rejoice, N -othing boring you’ll see, D -ifference is choice! O -h the things we will learn, O -n this great diffen-day! F -orever and always, the learning will stay! E -ccentric and odd, individuals we are R -adically different – we are all stars. D -on’t tie me down, to one boring thought A-nd ... Y -ou will see all the wonderful thinks I have caught! Three legged: Fun games for year 8s Dixie Rose and Seth Lawes honouring the 111th birthday celebration for Dr Seuss, the famous cartoonist and writer. Chilling out: Tashi Collier of year 4, principal Jacqualene Maindonald and Dixie Rose of year 8relax amid the crazy activities. Brave boys: Year7students William Roland and Gabriel Dela-Cruz with Tama Mataia of year 8 don’t mind dressing up for a crazy cause. IN BRIEF Market day Head1 Learn about the history of kauri before and after getting plenty of bargains on Sunday at Kaukapakapa. The library is open from 10am till 1pm. There is a display of logging memorabilia and photos from the Jordan Collection and Tudor Collins. Check out the tools, kauri gum, scales, gum spades, timber jack, cross cut saws and pit saws from the private collections of Athol McLachlan and Ken Inger. There is also kauri gum jewellery, turned bowls and trees. The regular Kaukapakapa Village Market is in and outside the hall from 8.30am till 1pm, featuring fundraising stalls, the market cafe, raffles, the Lions sausage sizzle and other treats. Contact Sarah on sarah1@ maxnet.co.nz or 0274 831 542. Busy time Painting package: Varied subjects and styles can be viewed at Helensville’s Art on Track Gallery exhibition. The Monday Group show their talents Four artists from Helensville will display their varied works at the next Art on Track Gallery exhibition until March 29. The ladies belong to ‘‘The Monday Group’’ and include Norma Frazer who paints landscapes, seascapes and stunning sunsets, Avon Aspden who does mainly portraits in stippling from her being a lifelong ‘‘doodler,’’ Laurel North who focuses on the district’s familiar scenes and quirky fun pictures. The trio are past gallery exhibitors and introduce their fourth member Sinda Ruzio-Saban who paints whimsical cats and other subjects. The gallery, based at the Helensville Train Station, is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am till 3.30pm. It features the resident artists and New Zealand themed handmade jewellery by Janz Jewellz and Arataki Ceramics The Helensville Railway Museum, Hand Made in Helensville, the Ginger Crunch Cafe and River Valley Antiques are all in the complex. Phone 09 420 8851. Kumeu police will be busy this month guiding vehicles at busy intersections and at nor-west events. They include this weekend’s Kumeu Show at the Kumeu A&H Showgrounds, the Holi Festival of Colours at the Hare Krishna Temple in Riverhead on March 22 and the Kumeu Militaria Show on March 28, also at the showgrounds. Herb society Auckland Herb Society’s annual meeting is on March 28 at the Horticulture Centre, 990 Great North Rd, Western Springs, from 9am. Phone Helen 479 7344.
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