14 Mar 2018

Wednesday 14 March 2018

From 26 February to 2 March, King’s hosted several prolific writers to take part in a variety of classroom workshops to celebrate King’s Literacy Week. As always, it was a jam-packed week full of activities.

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Popular children’s writer Bill Nagelkerke visited from Christchurch for the entire week, along with journalist and TV producer Paul Yurisich. Also added to the mix were two journalists from the Spinoff, Alex Casey and Madeline Chapman. Both Alex and Madeline provided fun insight into a young professional’s career in journalism.

Author Graeme Lay, who wrote a series of novels about Captain Cook’s journey to New Zealand, was at the College for one day and Tom Bishop, a Shakespearean scholar from the University, gave two amazing lectures to our senior students in the Lecture Theatre.

“Literacy Week would not have been a week without some competitions,” says Library Manager John Cummins. “This year we held a mini-saga event where students had to compose a 50-word story during one mentor period.”

Congratulations to Adam Wong (Year 9, Marsden) who won the competition with his entry, The Last Shot. 

The week ended with a Literature Quiz in the Great Hall, ran by the Scholars’ Common Room. The event was well-attended and included much cheering from the supporters, turning the Great Hall into an arena of literature. The winning House was Marsden, with Greenbank second and Taylor in third place.


The winning mini-saga entry:

The Last Shot – By Adam Wong

LeBron James had the ball in the half court. It was game seven of the 2018 NBA Finals against Houston. Cleveland was down two points. There were 5 seconds left. Cleveland needed 3 points to win the championship. LeBron shot a three for the win!!!!!!

It missed.