- Mostafa Elnahas | 9 years old | year 5
- Mostafa Elnahas | 9 years old | year 5
Enjoy these two beautiful poems from our Team Moana writers, inspired by a ginko (poetry walk) around our school grounds.
Slowing down time...
I inhale the sweet scent of jasmine,
the strong vanilla aroma of the ponderosa pines,
and the tangy smell of willow after a rainstorm
I glance up to see the sage green leaves
of the fast growing poplar,
and twittering kākāriki perching on evergreens
Carefully, I listen for kākā,
but find only the raspy chatter of magpies
as they scramble across bewitching magenta
trailing the petals,
I find a lane of fuchsia cherry blossoms
symbol of power and authority,
looms overhead at the end of the lane,
sturdy and dominating
dazed as the scarce monarch
flits between cherry blossoms
apricot wings slowly unfurling
as they rest on dew covered blossoms,
slowing down time
Akhila Sharma | Year 8
sky surrounds me like a cage
slowly consuming me
i am mesmerized by the silk-like clouds
with ripples like lake taupō on a summer day
to my left, is a sheet of imitating clouds
waves of white cotton candy blocks out the burning sunlight
the sound of crunching pebbles
and whistling leaves in the wind follows me like a shadow
but as night falls,
all shadows disappear
and the clouds dissolve into the dark abyss
By Jay Poole | Year 8
It was very exciting to attend the launch of the Lockdown Voices 2020 at Tūranga this evening.
Bryn and Milla bravely took the stage to read their poems to the crowd. They did a wonderful job, and truly did Russley School proud.
You can hear their poems as podcasts on the links below, along with poems from Emma C and Lukas D. Their work will be broadcast on Plains FM Radio over the next few Saturday mornings. (Scroll down for the broadcasting schedule).
Bryn Devonald - How NOT to Wash Hands During Covid-19
Emma Cox - My Grandad's Spectacular 73rd Birthday
Lukas De Wit - How NOT to do a Zoom Meeting
Milla Ydgren - Ode to the Supermarket D.J.
and past-Russley-pupil, Monica Koster - Standing at Dawn.
Not only are these students published authors, but they are also recording artists. Thanks to Plains FM 96.9 their voices will be heard on the radio. Tune in to listen here. They will be broadcast on the following dates:
Lockdown Voices – 1 – Saturday 19 September at 9am
Lockdown Voices – 2 – Saturday 26 September at 9am
Lockdown Voices – 3 – Saturday 3 October at 9am
Plains FM will also repeat these broadcasts several times for different audiences.
Episode 1 includes: Monica & Milla
Episode 2 includes: Emma & Lukas
Episode 3 includes: Bryn
Congratulations to all our talented authors!
Ginko: a Japanese word meaning a walk taken with the purpose of writing a haiku poem
Our walk around the Russley School grounds was great inspiration for some nature-themed poetry. We decided to write free-verse poems as an artistic expression of our response to our environment. We love free-verse poetry, as it gives us permission to break all the rules. We can choose the words, sounds, shape and form we want to convey our thoughts to the reader. We are not confined to following a particular pattern, syllable or word count or number of lines. We can make it up as we go along. We don't even have to use full stops or capital letters. Our line breaks and stanzas (verses) help the reader know when to pause and take a breath, like punctuation.
Look for the poetic language we've used to create vivid images; similes and metaphors, strong verbs, specific nouns and senses such as sound.
Pastel yellow of a sunflower
The freeze of the cold breeze
Roses bloom with joy
Spiky thorns prick like needles
Iceberg of fresh air whips my bare legs
Sky high trees sway like wind chimes
Tiny ant runs on the slippery grass
A nest balances on a thin branch
why do birds chirp
By Morgan Campbell | age 9 yrs | year 5
I Wonder Why
In front of the library filled with books
mysteries and adventures
the bare oak tree stretches its branches to reach the sky
soft breeze cools me down
a flock of house sparrows chirp gracefully
delicate flowers shine in the sun
and I wonder
why the sky
is such a very bright blue?
By Mostafa Elnahas | 9 years old | year 5
Wind so shivering cold
I pull down my sleeves
until they cover my hands
The NZ flag flies awkwardly
grasps the pole like a sail on a boat
A small rock in my shoe
pokes my foot hurting my heel
A fabulous fragile yellow nemesia
drops its petals
My red, sharp WARWICK pencil scribbles
adjectives and verbs
By Esme Stalker/10yrs/year 5
Enjoy these poems from our Russley Writers... inspired by Apirana Taylor's poem, Haka.
Here is Apirana Taylor's poem...
When I hear the rushing wind
Smack my bedroom wall
I feel it down my spine
the cold breeze hits me
through my open window
It makes me shiver and shake
I hide my head under my covers
It is a screeching laughing owl
a sneaky thief
and a smooth flute
It is a spooky spirit
shhh shhh shhh
Rain Falling | by Millie Sutton | Awa Nui
When I hear... the rain falling from the sky
I feel it...rushing down my body
It makes...a shiver down my spine
It is needles and nails
and Lego clicking together
It is tinfoil crackling
Click click click clap
When I hear the soccer ball crashing | by Annabelle Kang | Team Roto
When I hear the soccer ball crashing
into my mums makeup
I feel my heart beat faster
than sprinting in cross country
It makes my lips clutch together
it is my mum wagging her finger
and a dinner without dessert
It is the end of my precious young life
When I hear the Sound of a Rumbling Car | by Finn Beedie | Team Roto
A ginkgo walk is a nature walk traditionally used to help you write haiku. You can go alone, or in a group with other poets, and look for inspiration to write. Haiku were originally written about nature, but today modern haiku poets are finding inspiration everywhere.
Regardless of what genre you are writing, a ginkgo walk can be a great way to connect with nature and the world around you, and be inspired to write something… anything! Even if you only end up with one line of a poem, an interesting description or an original simile, then it is worthwhile.
Take a notebook or scrap of paper and pencil, and go for a walk. Feel the sunshine, the air, listen to the sounds around you. Notice the big things like sky, clouds, trees… and look for the small things like bugs, ants, leaves. Make some notes. Write a list. Take some photos. After your walk, try using one or two of your notes or images to inspire a poem, description or story.
Here are some photos of our Team Roto Writing Group on a ginkgo.
It was so exciting to receive our copies of the latest Toitoi journal, number 20. We are delighted to see mahi from FIVE Russley students published!
Congratulations to the following published authors and illustrator:
Here are some photos of proud authors, Isaac and Henry, with their copies of Toitoi.
|Benson's sample illustration, submitted to Toitoi.|