March 25, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Congratulations to all those clever contestants who entered my Practically Perfect Panda Poem competition this term! There were 175 entries from 25 schools from Hong Kong, Shanghai, Suzhou, Singapore, Sydney, Taiwan and the United Kingdom! And extra-special congratulations to the first prize winners in the two age groups: Kaitlyn Leung of Grade 3 Renaissance College Hong Kong for her perfectly rhyming poem “Pandas, Pandas Here You Are”  and Anna K. Gould of Grade 6, Kennedy School Hong Kong for her outstanding free verse poem “Peace of the Panda”! Go to my Clever Competitions page right away to read all the winning entries!

Today’s the deadline for my Clever Competition!

March 23, 2012 at 11:27 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Just a few hours to go and time’s up for entries into my Practically Perfect Panda Competition!! Thanks to all you wonderful writers who’ve sent their entries in and HURRY HURRY all those who still have to hit that SEND button! Remember – you must send your entry to and you must tell me your full name, age, grade and school to be eligible to enter!

Hip Hip Hooray for AIHSK!!

March 22, 2012 at 10:42 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Hello all you feisty and funny kids at Australian International School Hong Kong! It was fantastic to spend time with you all today – and as a fellow Aussie I felt very much at home! Thanks especially to the witty and wonderful Kate Reid, Primary Teacher Librarian, and my dear friend Darryl Hopkins, Head of Library! Here we are!

Thank you my old friend Kennedy School!

March 22, 2012 at 10:30 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A big thank you to Jeff Moore, the lovely Michele Sarjana and all the funny and fabulous kids of Kennedy School for a great day yesterday! I had a ball, so I hope you did too! And thanks for some great entries into my Clever Competition – well done for being so quick off the mark!

Pin Yin blows a kiss to Hong Kong Academy!

March 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Pin Yin had a fabulous day today with the kids and teachers at Hong Kong Academy – what a fun crew they all were! So being the saucy minx that she is, she’d like to blow you all a kiss and a promise to return soon! Thanks to the wonderful Head of Library Virginia Hand for planning such a great day!

107 Perfect Panda Poems and counting….

March 16, 2012 at 7:40 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Hello all you budding poets out there! Thank you to the 107 plus kids from 20 schools in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and the UK who’ve written such great entries so far for my Clever Competition! And for all you other panda-poets out there, you’d better get writing! Remember – you have to be in it to win it! But please remember – you mustn’t post your entry to my blog – send it to me at the address on the Clever Competitions page above right!

Sha Tin Junior teachers go APE…and Ram, Tiger, Ox, Panda, Rabbit and Dragon!

March 16, 2012 at 3:51 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A big thank you to Mr Andy Eastwood for this fabulous photo taken at Sha Tin Junior School on Dress-Up Day for their Book Week this month! Here are seven brave teachers dressed up as the animals in the Chinese Calendar Tales – aren’t they perfectly BEASTLY!!

Perfect PANDA-monium at YCIS!

March 13, 2012 at 6:32 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It was all go at Yew Chung International Primary School today when Pin Yin Panda and I visited the Grade 4s, 5s and 6s for some rambunctious readings!! What with hens’ teeth all over the place, drowned pandas and leaping pigs, there were lots of giggles all round! I look forward to all your Clever Competition entries! Here are some of the Grade 5s, and below is lovely librarian and friend Ann Brown!

Only 11 days to go to enter my Panda Poem Competition!

March 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The race is on!! There are only 11 more days to enter my Clever Competition so if you haven’t sent in your poem yet you’d better get going! Remember to follow the competition rules (set out on my Clever Competition page) and please DON”T send your poem to me by posting it on my blog as I can’t publish it there! If you’ve already posted your poem on my blog, please resend it to me at right away with your full name, age, school and grade. I look forward to hearing from you!

Clearwater Bay School declares it’s the Year of the Panda!

March 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hello all you panda-maniacs at CWBS! Thanks for having me today – I had so much fun! And Pin Yin Panda would like to officially thank you for recognizing her true greatness and promising that from now on, it’s HER year! I can’t wait to see all those panda poems you’re going to enter into my Clever Competition…that’s an ORDER!!! Photos to come!

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