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Saturday, September 8, 2012


The Senior Room is very excited to be involved in the Flat Stanley Project.  This project provides an opportunity for students to make connections with students from other schools in New Zealand and around the world. We began by reading the book and becoming acquainted with the story. Then we created paper "Flat Stanleys" (representative drawings of the Stanley Lambchop character). Each student first sent one Flat Stanley to a friend or relative and asked to treat the figure as a visiting guest and to send us a letter letting us know what Stanley did while visiting them.  They then returned Stanley and the letter after a period of time.
The Senior Room has had a lot of fun plotting Flat Stanley's travels on our world map.

We have already received the following Stanley's back:
  • Abby’s Stanley back from Alexandra accompanied by photos of him at the Clyde Dam, Alexandra clock and at a winery!
  • Rebecca’s Stanley went to Christchurch where he stayed at a house in the Red Zone, this letter definitely made us think how families are coping after the Christchurch Earthquake.
  • Danielle’s Stanley came back from a sun soaked holiday at the Gold Coast in Australia where he was photographed at many of the Theme Parks!

  • Joshua's Stanley went to Waiuku near Auckland and had fun riding motorbikes and getting to know Joshua's Aunty and Uncle.  He came back with a fabulous folder of his travels around Waiuku. 
  • Liam and Taylor's Stanley travelled to USA with Grandparents Karen and Murray.  The letter that he travelled back in explained that he had seen squirrels in tree, moles in the lawn and a taxidermy window display that had a stuffed moose head that was 4 times the size of a cow
We have had one Stanley back from a school in the UK where the teacher took our Stanley to the Olympics; He was photographed with some English Policeman and was sitting very very close to some famous people... do you recognise them?

 We have also received 4 Flat Stanleys, 2 from a school in England and 2 from an Australian school.  If you are lucky enough to have Flat Stanley join your family for a few days, please take a few photos of him feeding lambs, calves and give him a fantastic experience that our children receive daily in rural Waitahuna. Please forward any photos to Mrs Blackmore so we can print them and send them back with our visiting Stanleys. Also if your family is going somewhere interesting please take a Stanley with you, take some photos, so we can show other schools what an interesting country we live in.
We will keep you updated with our exciting project as it grows.
Mrs Blackmore

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