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Christmas Wishes and other Nonsense!


We have had a blast in Write On School for Young Writers at Heathcote Valley School again this year!


Term 4 has been all about books - learning about layout, page numbers, book design. The children have written nursery rhymes, silly songs, personification poems, contemporary haiku (no 5-7-5 syllable poems here!), and honed their rhythm, rhyme and language abilities.


A huge thank you to tutor and poet extraordinaire, Gail Ingram, who has led Write On weekly workshops at Heathcote Valley School for four years! Find out more about our workshop options here: WRITE ON WORKSHOPS IN SCHOOLS


Here are some special Christmas treats from some Year 5 & 6 HVS writers.

More to come soon from the Year 7&8 crew...


The star wants to be with his friends


He wants to shine in the night sky

Why can’t he shine his light down

on the footpath from space?


Instead he sits on top of the tree

in the corner of the room

next to the lonely fireplace.


Maya S and Holly-Belle P



Dear Santa


I would like a giant horse

to ride at the beach

a pinto horse called Mae


I wish the grass to be long

so Mae can chomp all day


I wish to have a Christmas tree

clipped into the shape of Mae


I wish for

a stable for shelter for Mae


I wish to own $50,000,000

so I can afford like

a polished saddle, a show bridle

and everything for Mae


I would like a giant horse Mae

to ride at the beach.


Maya S




A Kiwi Christmas Beach


1. beach


She waves at me

Roaring up closer to shore

The sun shines on her,

She ripples through the golden grit

She wishes to jump in a foam pit


2. candy cane


I hypnotise her

When I sit with my sister

A heart comes to life

Red swirls my cane

I wish I could twirl all day


3. pohutukawa tree


I watch them swim

Well they stare at my red flowers

They gobble down their canes.

My green leaves get picked

They tick me off my list


Elyssa H




The reindeer that wanted a book.


Ring ring the shop door opened

And in came the reindeer gang.


Bros lets get a book, said the leader of the gang

I want that one, said the reindeer leader.


The book said Nursery Rhymes

for Good Little Kids


That one’s on hold, said the shopkeeper

(to dramatic effect).


Okay, said the reindeer leader,

and they all left.


Elle W



Dear Santa


I wish to keep Kingston

for all my life


I like a stable bright and

colourful


I wish for Kingston to have

a field of long green grass and carrots

that never run out


I wish for a saddle pad

that changes colour

I would like a bridle

black and brown


I wish to go to the Olympics

and win gold medals


I wish to keep Kingston

for all my life


Holly-Belle P




TIMMY TINSEL TOES

AND THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE


Here I'm sitting on the top of the fridge

I wish I could be Timmy Tinsel Toes

He prances with bows,

dances like sprinkling snow


He sits on the shelf

all by himself

What a peaceful life

sitting by the dice


I´m scared to be eaten by evil toddlers

They grab my big blobs of icing and gingerbread

with their stubby hands

and they shove me in their mouths.


Zia K-B and Hanaka S



Five Days of Christmas


On the first day of Christmas

Our friend Elyssa brought to us

A bow on a box of chocolates


On the second day of Christmas

Our friend Holly-Belle brought to us

Two neighing ponies

And a bow on box of chocolates


On the third day of Christmas

Our friend Maya brought to us

Three big strawberries

Two neighing ponies

And a bow on a box of chocolates


On the fourth day of Christmas

Our friend Alba brought to us

Four gobbling turkeys

Three big strawberries

Two neighing ponies

And a bow on a box of chocolates


On the fifth day of Christmas

Our friend Mya brought to us

Five Spitting llamas

Four gobbling turkeys

Three big strawberries

Two neighing ponies

And bow on a box of chocolates


On the sixth day of Christmas

Our friend Elsie brought to us

Six snow globes

Five spitting llamas

Four gobbling turkey

Three big strawberries

Two neiging ponies

And - a - bow - on - a - box - of - chocolates



Zia K-B and Hanaka S




Gumdrop and Goozleberry’s

Last Christmas


Gumdrop and Goozleberry lie on the plate

A glass of milk beside them waiting for their fate


Gumdrop turns to see Goozleberry’s face

And whispers Let's get out of this place!


They jump off the stool, crash into the wall

And scramble out the old cat door


But Goozleberry’s white icing frock

got caught on the old rusty lock


They pull and they pull

But the dress stays still … until


She rips her dress off,

Throws it into the loft


And runs to the garden

Into her bright undergarments


Gumdrop shouts Noooooo

Goozleberry, don’t go


As a faint ho ho ho

fills the air with misery


The sleigh lands

And giant hands


Scoop gumdrop up

from the damp dusty dirt


Goozleberry cries No, please no

And falls to the ground in sorrow


A bright red nose

Sniffs her small stubby toes


She has her last look at light

And with one big bite


Her world plunges into darkness.


Elsie K



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