Category Archives: News

Stage Set and Props Supply to New Zealand schools

Drama Magic Ltd is now able to offer a no obligation free quote for the build and supply of the following stage set items. 1) Free standing stage door (with side or reverse bracing) 2) Three Panel Accordion flats 3) … Continue reading

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ESA Study Guide: Level 3 Drama

Susan Battye of Drama Magic is one of the contributors to this recently published book. ESA Publications (NZ) Ltd 2014. ISBN 978-927194-70-6 Authors: Jacqueline Hood, Jane Luton and Marty Watson with Susan Battye and Anton Bentley The Level 3 Drama … Continue reading

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Book Review: Drama Cuts and Drama Cuts Teacher’s Resource Book.

 (Putney., Australia: Phoenix Education, 2010) ISBN 978 1 921586 27 9     Edited by Susan Battye.    ISBN 978 1 921586 30 9  Written by Susan Battye By David O’Donnell: Victoria University of Wellington On a rainy winter’s afternoon in 2006 I attended … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Eleanor Catton Man Booker Prize Winner

Manukau Institute of Technology teacher, Eleanor Catton, has  become the youngest writer at age 28 to win the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Literature for her novel The Luminaries. She is the second New Zealander to win the award. The award was … Continue reading

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Save the School Journal

A campaign has been launched to Save the School Journal. This is worth supporting. Why? Simply because many of our leading writers cut their teeth on writing for the School Journal. The School Journal has been the cornerstone of Primary … Continue reading

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America’s Cup 2013

The outcome of the America’s Cup challenge 2013 in San Francisco is not what New Zealand was expecting or had hoped for. But in the end skipper, Dean Barker, and indeed the whole of Emirates Team New Zealand have upheld the … Continue reading

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Cup Magic Review (7)

On the goodreads website Lorraine Orman writes: An extremely informative story about the inside experience of New Zealand winning the 1995 America’s Cup. Written from the point of view of Mike, an 11-year-old New Zealander whose parents are involved in … Continue reading

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Cup Magic Book Review (6)

Book Yak  – Discussion Blog for Young Adults and Children’s Literature – University of Auckland Top Six Books 11 July 2013 Cup Magic: Auckland/San Diego 1995 by Susan Battye (Junior Fiction) Yes, it’s all about lucky red socks and Team New Zealand’s … Continue reading

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Cup Magic Book Review (5)

Waikato Times Your Weekend Magazine on  Saturday 27 July 2013. Elizabeth Gardner wrote: Cup Magic By Susan Battye Scholastic ISBN 9781775430285 Pull out your lucky red socks and relive New Zealand history in this tale set around the 1995 America’s … Continue reading

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Cup Magic Book Review (3)

Shaun Hawthorne, Deputy Principal at Auckland’s Western Springs College  and former Head of English at Mt Roskill Grammar School writes: Cup Magic: Auckland/San Diego 1995 by Susan Battye “Cup Magic” is one of three new titles in Scholastic N.Z.’s popular … Continue reading

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