• Pages

  • Activities and Competitions

    Organizing activities and competitions can be fun but there are times you need some fresh input. In the activity drop-down menu below, you can find heaps of ideas. What about a Photo Shoot Competition of You and Your Favorite Book? Or You and Your Poem?
  • Activities

  • TIP: Don’t overdue it!

    Too much text, images or books on display too close together will distract the eye. It all becomes a blur. Each object needs its own space. Think of a shop window that is more than full with appliances, you can’t distinguish one object from the other, while carefully placed objects will grab your attention.
  • TIP: Think inside the hat!

    Party hats, store-bought or made from pages of an old book or scrap paper are very useful for a display. You can staple the hat to the board as a container for whatever you want to showcase. Or hang them in front of the board filled with little notes, poems, toy animals or whatever takes your fancy
  • TIP: Create a 3D effect!

    Create a 3D effect by hanging objects in front of the display board, like fish in a Sea Life display or lanterns in a Spring Display. A bare branch with some faux flowers works a treat.
  • TIP: Staple at an angle

    Removing old display items will be much easier when you hold the stapler at an angle when you tack items to the board. The staples will stick out at one side - perfect to get hold of and pull them out when you change displays.
  • TIP: Use a glue gun

    Glue guns are fantastic tools for creating displays. You can attach all sorts of materials like hard plastic, metal, fabric and everything else you can think off. Be careful with your fingers (blow - blow) the glue is very hot and you easily get blisters.

I’d Rather Be Travelling The World


Reading around the world

Each year the students are advised to read a collection of 6 novels each set in another country. They travel to foreign destinations on a Reading around the World trip.

On a large table, the library provides a constant supply of fiction books set in faraway countries be it Arabia or Zimbabwe.

‘The girl with the pearl earring’ (Dutch) –

‘Capture the castle’ (Scottish) –

‘If I stay” (American) –and lots of other great readings are amongst them.

We travel with them, so to speak, providing the ticket.

The topic of travel can give you lots of options be it planes, cars, trains, bikes or walking boots. Whatever you choose, hot air balloon or submarine, as long as it shows you’re going somewhere you’re fine. But you don’t need to take it so literally as you can see in my display about imaginary travels: Travel the world from your lazy chair.



I chose the red yellow umbrella with a girl hanging from it, a younger version of Mary Poppins so to say as to represent travels to unknown destinations, to be taken away by stories, to dream, to get lost in space and travel in unexpected ways ……..

Because of the glass wall that I used as a background, I was faced with the problem of how it would look on the other side. Either I had to double all the images or do nothing so you would see the Blu Tack or tape and the blank back on the reverse side of the glass. Never a pleasant sight!!!! I chose to double all the images and the title to make it interesting from whatever direction you look at it.

It wasn’t easy to make the two images of the umbrella and the girl fit when pasted back-to-back. Because the girl’s shape is not symmetrical and one of the umbrella handles would stick out the other side ….. It didn’t bother me too much though. To make it easy on myself, when cutting the umbrella and girl to shape, I gave them a little border to provide enough space on the backside to look good as well. The white border actually accentuates the red and yellow of the umbrella quite nicely and the dark shade around the girl gives her a bit more body.

I had a bit of fun too with situating the girl within some of the letters or jumping off one. And I pasted some umbrellas on the back of an umbrella. Just some funny details.

Another problem I was faced with was the 3 wooden beams that divide the glass panes in the wall. I couldn’t attach the title in one go, I had to cut it up and paste it in an unusual sequence. The length of the words made it look quite strange when viewed in different sections. After experimenting for a while, pasting it in different sequences, I realized when reading it from top to bottom per windowpane it would become a poem. And suddenly it all fell into place!

What you need:

  • Image of an umbrella (Google – creative commons)
  • Image of girl with her arms high in the air (Google – creative commons)
  • Title – black letters on white background (2 x printed if you need it double-sided))
  • Globe
  • box to put the globe on

What to do:

  • Paste the images of the umbrella and the girl together if you want to create double images – laminate
  • Cut around the umbrella but leave a little white border
  • Cut around the girl but leave a little dark border to provide enough space for the image on the back to be fully seen
  • Laminate one of the 2 titles – when laminated, cut around it with swaying movements to provide a curly border.
  • Cut the shape of the second title a bit smaller than the first one (if you need it doubled) to make it fit on the back of the title on the other side of the glass wall
  • Paste the title to the glass or wall requiring reading from top to bottom in 3 sequences
  • Arrange the umbrellas with the flying girl around the title

Arrange the books on the table or display stand and put a box with a globe in between to emphasize the trip around the world theme

Have a nice journey…….

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