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  • 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?
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  • 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.

Olympic Medal Winners


Watching the Olympic games and especially our ‘own’ athletes is exiting. We’re all jumping with joy when our favorite athlete wins and we admire the efforts and perseverence of their competitors that came this far.

To show our pride and give attention to our winning Olympians I created a medal-winning board in the middle of the library. Every day I saw students walking in front of the board watching the photos of their heroes, following their progress and in some cases enjoying the medal(s) around their neck.

What you need:

  • Google images Olympic medals
  • enlarged Olympic images (ancient or recent pictures)
  • coloured paper  – card
  • gold, silver and bronze coloured wrapping paper
  • photos athletes from Olympic websites
  • blu-tack/stapler/tape/guillotine/scissors/ruler/glue stick

What to do:

For the Olympic Medal Winner display I copied an image of ancient Olympic sportsmen from internet and enlarged it. I pasted it on orange card and created a banner as wide as the board. I stapled the banner on the top part of the boards.

For the bottom part I copied the Olympic rings and followed the same procedure as above but to give it a bit more New Zealand feeling I pasted New Zealand logos in the circles. You can do that with your own country as well. The ancient shot putter and running athlete represented the historic significance.  

The display attracted lots of students especially after the New Zealand athletes began to win medals. Every morning I checked the Olympic website for New Zealand winners and pasted their photo on the gold – silver – or bronze section with the winning medal hanging from their neck.  


Seeing the smiling faces of the athletes in a row on the board, some of them even with two medals, made us all feel so proud.  



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