The Great Kiwi School Day

Starting school is a big step up. The Great Kiwi School Day familiarises children and their parents with the structure of the kiwi school day and puts them at ease with elements of the New Zealand curriculum:

What do you do at school?
Who will be there?
What will I learn?
What will my classroom be like?

Author and illustrator Donovan Bixley has visited hundreds of schools across Aotearoa and has created a friendly introduction to the kiwi school day, gently incorporating the values of the New Zealand school curriculum: excellence, diversity, teamwork, respect, curiosity, and te ao Māori.

Parents and children about to start school will recognise and identify with The Great Kiwi School Day, with the theme, ‘school is fun’.

Created by Donovan Bixley

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What Book Next ~ “Play, kindness, respect, curiosity, teamwork and doing your best is all part of The Great Kiwi School Day.”
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Kiwi Reviews ~ “I enjoyed how [Donovan] has included the learning aspect alongside the fun play setting as well, so that makes it easier for young ones to realise that yes, they have to do learning, but they can have fun along the way.”
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About the Kiwi authorDonovan Bixley

Find out more about multi-award winning, Taupo-based Kiwi author and illustrator Donovan Bixley on his profile page.

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Dimensions21 × 28 cm

Softcover edition



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Published by

Upstart Press


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