Monday, May 21, 2012

Happiness is in the Air

It was a normal day at school. The Headmistress, Ms. Battleaxe, introduced a new girl to the class. Her name was Jolly Jenna. She had blonde hair, blue eyes, freckles and rosy cheeks. As soon as Henry saw her, he became a different person. From HORRID to HAPPY, just by looking at her.

He was in love!

He was lucky there was an empty place next to him. Jenna sat down and looked around. During play time, they played together. After school, they walked home together. Horrid Henry phoned Jolly Jenna up and they agreed to meet.

When Horrid Henry's brother Perfect Peter met Jolly Jenna, he did not like her. He did not like her hair and her freckles. Jolly Jenna brought her younger sister Angry Alison to Henry's house. Luckily, Peter thought that Alison was just PERFECT. The two brothers and sisters had a great time together and they all agreed to meet every week, and that's what they did.

The four friends lived a very happy life.

John Azzopardi
Winner of the Horrid Henry Story Competition
World Book Week 2012

Horrid Henry goes to Chinatown

"Yippeeee!!!" screamed Perfect Peter.

"Aarrrrrgghhh!!!" shouted Horrid Henry as he fell out of bed with fright.

The sun had barely risen and the room was still rather dark inside. Then he remembered. Today Mum and Dad were taking them on a trip to Chinatown to see the Chinese New Year celebrations. It was a special trip because Perfect Peter got "Yet another of his star reports from school," Dad had said.

"Blah blah," thought Henry to himself. "I could get a special report too... if I wanted," he mumbled.

"Up you go lazy bones!" exclaimed Mum. "It's time to get ready to go... brush your teeth... wash your face... and run the bath."

"Yeah but Peter gets into the bath first," said Henry with a naughty grin on his face as he started filling the bath with super cold water.

"I don't mind, Mum," said Peter as he jumped into the bath.

"Yikes!" he shrieked. "The water is freezing!"

"Heeeennnrrryyyyy!!! You're in big trouble now!!" Mum said.

Meanwhile Dad was loading the car with luggage and getting all set up to go. "Get in you two," said Dad. "And don't forget your seatbelts."

Off they went. It was a 2-hour drive to Chinatown. "Are we there yet?" moaned Henry every 5 minutes of the way. But before they knew it they started seeing fireworks shooting up over the Palatial Pagodas.

"We're here," said Mum. "Be careful now and don't get lost."

As Henry walked towards the entrance he met his friend Cheeky Chang. "Can I have some food please?" said Horrid Henry.

"Yes, ok," replied Cheeky Chang. "Let me go and get some for you." He came back with a handful of food. Henry was so hungry that he put the food in his mouth all at once.

"Mmmm. What was that?" asked Horrid Henry.

"Gooey octopus eyeballs," replied Cheeky Chang.

"YUCK!!" said Horrid Henry.

"Hurry! Hurry!" shouted Cheeky Chang. "The Dragon Parade is starting!" They both ran to watch. However, Horrid Henry was up to no good, again. He sneaked under the dragon, took out a box of fireworks from his pocket and lit them up.


Suddenly the dragon shot up into the sky as Henry laughed and laughed!

Mum and Dad were so furious that Horrid Henry had ruined The Dragon Parade that they decided to take him home before he could cause any more trouble. As they drove off home Henry could see Chinese lanterns floating up in the air behind them. Oh how he would have loved to be there.

Maybe next year...

Carla Depasquale
Winner of the Horrid Henry Story Competition
World Book Week 2012

Horrid Henry's Tadpole Surprise

It was a lovely Spring morning and Henry and his classmates were on a school outing at Chadwick Lakes. The teacher was showing the children all the frogs and tadpoles in the streams. They were tired and so they stopped for a picnic.

The teacher gave each child a sandwich and a bottle of water. Henry noticed that Kate was busy talking to her friends and quickly slipped three tadpoles inside her bottle. Then, he sneaked away.

Luckily Kate's friend Anna had seen Henry. So Anna quickly swapped Kate's bottle with Henry's while he was telling his friends what he had done. The girls had a big laugh as they watched Henry gulp down his water. They had an even bigger one when they told Henry what he had just drunk and he turned green!

Serves Horrid Henry right!

Carla Mifsud
Winner of the Horrid Henry Story Competition
World Book Week 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

World Book Week 2012

A number of guest speakers visited San Anton School to celebrate World Book Week, a five-day long book bonanza that has become a staple in the school's calendar.

The week kicked off with Rita Antoinette Borġ, an award-winning author who is always a hit with the young students. Ms Borġ introduced the Grade 4s to her colourful puppet parrot that hails from Australia, which in turn sparked off a lively discussion about different animals endemic to different continents. Immediately afterwards, Fuxa made her appearance. The hero of Ms Borġ's book is an enterprising hedgehog who decides to cross a very busy street, giving everyone a huge fright. Thankfully, everything turns out for the best, and Fuxa and her friends put an end to the adventure by indulging in a scrumptious picnic.

Professor Joe Friġġieri certainly needs no introduction. He is one of the leading scholars and authors on the island, and who currently has two of his poems included in the Matsec syllabus. He was kind enough to visit the school and talk to the Grade 11 students about his poetry and the rest of his impressive oevre, which includes short stories, plays, academic essays, research and and even song lyrics. It was a stimulating talk, peppered with a lot of Professor Friġġieri's erudite anecdotes about characters and events that influenced his work and piqued his intellectual curiosity.

Clare Azzopardi is unarguably one of the most loved children's authors. Her series of books featuring the meanders of sweet Jake Cassar, and the two books about the nefarious machinations of the notorious Saver DeMolizz, have helped not a little to encourage children to read. Ms Azzopardi visited the school to talk to the students about the second instalment in the DeMolizz saga, U llum jispiċċa l-każ tal-aħwa DeMolizz, which was launched late last year during the Malta National Book Fair. A lot of the Grade 8s were excited about the talk because they had already read the first book and were really curious about the second volume.

Trevor Żahra visited the Grade 9s who are currently using one of his books as a reader. Fuklar Qadim u Bnadar Imċarrta is a class text and the students were really looking forward to meeting the author of one of their favourite books. Mr Żahra delivered an engrossing presentation on Fuklar, replete with intriguing anecdotes and several words for thought about aspects of the book that might well pass under the radar on a first reading. The session ended with an animated Q & A session that spilled over to creative writing, how one can harness the imagination and book publishing in general.