This is something I haven’t done in a while, but I’ve been inspired by Monika (an incredibly prolific blogger herself) who has taken on the role of awarding “Blog Of The Week” on her own blog. Well, this time I’m awarding it to Callen who, since November the 27th, has really stepped up and produced some great posts (including Doctor Who and an amazing guitar solo). Have a look.
The end of the school year is now so close we can almost touch it. For those not from Australia, the school year runs from February to late December when we break for our summer holidays and Christmas. As of Wednesday 4th December we have only 12 school days left. For that reason we need to have a review of the year. This post is all about the things you’ve enjoyed, achieved, created, excelled at, in fact anything POSITIVE that you’ll take away with you as key memories from 2013. I’d like this to be a detailed post (especially as for some of you it may be your last) with plenty of descriptions and explanations from your own year. You may even wish to mention your hopes for 2014. Have a look at the points below to give you some ideas (there are many more, but we’ve been so busy I can’t remember everything).
- Activities e.g. iPad Brushes art, Meccano, podcasts, blogs…
- Excursions e.g. King’s Park, Soccer, AFL, Swimming, Interschool…
- Long Programmes e.g. My Place, Boom…
- Subjects e.g. Maths, Phys. Ed., Art, Music, English
We recently grabbed our buckets of water, our measuring jugs and an armful of various sized containers and attempted to improve our skills in estimating capacity. We first used our existing knowledge to write down our best estimates of how much water each container could hold. Then, we split into groups to complete our measurements and find out just how far away our original understandings were. The goal for this activity wasn’t to be the closest, but for each student to develop a more realistic understanding of estimating capacity. Some were close, some were way out, but in the end all the students felt they had developed their skills.
If you’ve followed the previous posts on this blog then you’ll be aware of the art that the students have recently completed. The results were fabulous, but what has been even more amazing was the extra art that a particular group of students managed to complete without my knowledge – a picture of myself! To get things in perspective, the artworks are around a metre high and require access to photo software and an interactive whiteboard. Nonetheless, this elite group of secretive students managed to acquire a photo and complete the art without me knowing anything about it. The fact that these students would put in such an extra effort was a huge and very nice surprise. I love it!
It seems that a lot of my posts are to do with Art, but to be honest the subject does lend itself to the best photo opportunities. Anyway, here’s another! We’ve started our latest Art project and this time it includes a little woodwork. The students will be sawing a piece of wood to the right size, sanding it down then transferring a photo of themselves (which they altered on “Gimp”) onto the wood before finally varnishing the finished product. This is a picture of the first stage with Tayla, Georgia and Nathan helping each other out.
Some of our recent artworks have been completed and the results are great. These works are pretty big, about a metre high, and they’ve taken quite a while to finish. What do you think?
This task is to post some school work. It could be your new persuasive writing, your artwork or even your bike system. I know we haven’t all finished our work, but that means you have even more of an incentive to complete the work.
Last week the students took part in one of our hottest “Lapathons” yet. The students collected sponsors for the number of laps they could run (or walk) around the oval. The senior students naturally had the longest distance to cover and tried to do at least 20 laps. Unfortunately, it was a very hot day so it turned into a bit of a slog. However, the students did everyone proud and are now bringing in their sponsorship money which will go to helping Kathmandu Kids and purchasing new iPads for the school.
I was having a browse through the students’ blogs today and I had an amazing surprise. Monika has had a monster blogging frenzy! She posted eight, yes 8 new posts in one day and all of them were different and interesting. She’s also on the verge of being only the second person in the school to reach over 1000 visitors. Great work, Monika.
This week our amazing Art teacher, Miss Sveinbjornsson, invited the incredible and energetic Aussie artist Phil Doncon to present his inspiring “Paint Storm” show. However, not only did we get the show, but we were also lucky enough to take part in a painting workshop with Phil himself. We learned how to plan, build and create art in specific stages while Phil painted one of his famous super quick masterpieces. After the instruction the students were allowed to create art for themselves. In their groups they performed a mad-dash, tag-team display where each student had about 60 seconds to add their own contribution to the sound of exciting music. The whole experience was highly energetic and incredible fun. Some photo’s are below. Check out Phil’s website – especially his gallery page and his Ocean and Surf paintings.