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The School journal

The School Journal is a magazine for New Zealand school students in years 1–10 published for the Ministry of Education by Learning Media, Wellington. The following pieces of writing are appropriate to support learning experiences on change, disappointment, loss, and

Part One

“Grandad’s Shed” by Christine Johnston, Part 1 Number 2, 1995
Grandad worked all day, every day, in his spidery shed at the bottom of the garden, too busy to stop for cups of tea or to come inside and get warm. After he has died, Grandma and her grandchild remember his busy ways.

“The Story of Papa and Rangi” by Mihi Roberts, Part 1 Number 5, 1994
A Māori legend about the separation of Rangi, the sky father, from Papa, the earth mother.

“Our Sparrow” by K. E. Anderson, Part 1 Number 4, 1993
A class is sad when an injured sparrow dies, despite all their care.

“Three in One” by Alison Crafar, Part 1 Number 4, 1985
Sal lives with her mother from Monday to Friday, her father and stepmother in the weekends, and her grandparents in the holidays. She seems like three different children in the different places she stays.

“Hazel” by Jacqueline Lyttle, Part 1 Number 3, 1984
Hazel, the pet rabbit, dies in spite of the care his owner takes. 

Part Two

“No One Cared” by Rihia Kenny, Part 2 Number 3, 1998
When Minty the goldfish dies, no one seems to want to listen. Strangely, though, everyone seems very upset about something... unbeknownst to Minty’s young owner, another death has cast gloom over the world.

“Matthew’s Nana Jones” by Linda Hallamsutto, Part 2 Number 2, 1995
After Nana Jones helped Matthew’s family through their troubles when the house burned down and Dad lost his job, Matthew decides to find out how she always knows what to do.

“My Nanny” by Jill Bevan-Brown, Part 2 Number 1, 1991
Jill remembers her relationship with Nanny in Ruatoria, who died at the age of 97.

“Helen” by Vivienne Joseph, Part 2 Number 2, 1987
The children find some tiny baby clothes wrapped up in a parcel at the top of the cupboard. Their mother tells them they belonged to a little sister who died when she was two months old.

“When Mummy Stayed Away” by Grace Richards, Part 2 Number 3, 1984
Cindy comes home from kindy to find her father crying because her mother has left home. Cindy has to come to terms with the fact that her mother isn’t coming back.

“Seven Roses” by David Hill, Part 2 Number 4, 1984
It is seven years since Mrs Soafa’s husband died, and each year she has planted a rosebush in his memory. Although it is a day of sadness for her, Mrs Soafa enjoys the roses with their beautiful flowers.

Part Three

“Moving On” by David Hill, Part 3 Number 1, 1998
In this poignant story, Todd and his father begin a new life after the death of Todd’s mother.

“Visiting Day” by Nancy Patulski, Part 3 Number 2, 1993
Dad has gone to jail, and the family is visiting him for the first time. It is a sad experience, but they are trying to be positive.

“Just Like Dad” by Bill Nagelkerke, Part 3 Number 3, 1992
A young girl is reminded of the last parade she watched, when her Dad was still living with the family. She feels sad knowing that he won’t be coming back and that he’ll be watching the parade on his own.

Part Four

“The Body Run” by A. Bowes, Part 4 Number 3, 1993
The aftermath of the disastrous snowstorm on a North Canterbury sheep farm in the lambing season.

“Finding Your Own Tucker” by Jack Lasenby, Part 4 Number 1, 1992
When Mum runs away with all the money, Dad can still find food on the journey to Granny’s.

“Flowers” by Joy Cowley, Part 4 Number 1, 1991
Mum has an ongoing battle with Gran, who lives with them, but when Gran dies, it is Mum who is hit the hardest.

“Mouse Attack” by Leanne Radojkovich, Part 4 Number 3, 1991
It’s not easy to find a suitable pet when living in a flat, especially with unsympathetic parents, one of whom lives overseas.

“Tangi Means Family” by Bernard Gadd, Part 4 Number 3, 1990
Trina goes with her family to the tangi of her mother’s aunt. It is her first experience of a tangi, but she feels she has supported her family.

“The Birthday Bird” by Glen Mackinder, Part 4 Number 2, 1988
A humorous story about a solo parent family.

“The Windfall” by Norman Cole, Part 4 Number 1, 1984
The story of the relationship between a boy and his solo father.

“Tofa Grandma” by Emma Kruse Va‘ai, Part 4 Number 2, 1984
An account of the funeral, in Sāmoa, of a much-loved grandmother.

“The Mystery Night” by Elsie Locke, Part 4 Number 3, 1984
When the children’s mother dies, Dad finds it hard to look after them and keep his important job. He has to make a big decision, which results in a change in the family’s lifestyle.