Constable Brett enjoyed reading to both Room 1 and 2, donating a book to our school library. I was really impressed with the way he connected with our kids and how he enjoyed reading. We loved finding out all about his uniform and police gear, and he even let two of us try it on! We are very lucky top have him as our school's community constable. Constable Brett said, "Do you know what readers are? Readers are leaders." A very perceptive comment and something that fits so well with our school vision. "Waikino School, Learners today, leaders tomorrow" .
Dan 'Elvis' Bustard performed for us in Te Kauri. He told us some inspiring things about his idol Elvis and expressed his feeling that it is important for us to have people to look up to and be inspired by. He wondered who our idols were. Elvis he said was very kind and generous-even giving people cars. He starred in 33 movies, served in the War and sold over 1,000,000,000 records. Pretty inspiring really.
Dan was pretty inspiring too. He sang a few songs, an Elvis number, Puff the magic dragon and Yellow Submarine. We all joined in slowly because we were a little bit shy and we didn't know all the words, but it was a lot of fun!
Graham our local animal control officer talked to us about dog safety today too. He showed us all the special tools of his trade and gave us good advice about approaching unknown dogs. If you are scared he said, never run away, but stand still. Don't look the dog in the eye or wave your hands make noise or try to shoo it away, simply look into the distance and don't panic. Soon the dog will realise you aren't a threat and will leave you alone. Don't pat unknown dogs he said and never treat another dog like your own. You might ride your own dog like a horse but don't try doing that to another dog because they are all different!
After lunch Erin and Cam from St Johns blazed into school sirens blaring. They had been trying to get to school all day but since they were the only ambulance on call, they had a few jobs to do before they could get to us. We really appreciated them calling in especially as they let us tour the inside of the ambulance, toot the horn, sound the siren, test out the special stretcher wheel chair and they even donated the school a book for our library. Then Cam who is Zara and Asha's Dad, said he was donating two more books to the school from his girls. Wow! How awesome is that! And then just as quickly as they came, they had to go, called out to another job. It's so good to know we have kind people out there in our community looking out for us!
What a great day of celebrity readers! It was a busy day, but it sure gave us plenty to talk about. Tomorrow is PJ day. Some of our Dad's are calling in to read a book or spin a yarn. We can't wait! Roll on another great day at Waikino School!
Below are some pictures captured in the day...A big thank you again, to Constable Brett, Dan, Graham, Erin and Cam, thanks for taking the time out to help make our day so special.