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ANZAC Display

In preparation for ANZAC day our fabulous library officer, Ms Higgs, has created an awesome display in the library. To help with this some of the staff also brought in items of their own that have some military significance, or are mementoes of their relatives who have fought in war. I lent some photos of one of my ancestors (John William Terry from my mother’s side) and his death plaque from World War 1. Check out the photos below and click on them for a larger version.

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Blogs Of The Week

I don’t often do this, but occasionally I like to give a little “shout-out” regarding a student, or students,  who have been posting regularly on their blogs. This time I have a few worthy of a special mention. First up is Jayden, who not only posts frequently, but has such a varied range of topics his blog is super interesting. Next is Lily, who posts regularly and also managed to post her very first podcast. Finally we have Savannah, who isn’t as prolific as the others, but who managed to persuade her mum to write a “special guest” post on her blog for our Parent Task. These blogs are all well worth a visit. Well done to you all.

Parent Task #1

This new blogging task isn’t for the students, it’s for the parents! This is a great way for parents to have a look at and get involved with their child’s online life. Although, having introduced it as a “parent task” I’d be more than happy for any close, concerned relative of the students to get involved with our blogs. Parents (grandparents, aunts, uncles…), you can either write a post or comment on your child’s blog (I’m sure they won’t mind if you ask them nicely) or leave a comment on this one. The post could be about yourselves, your work, about your own school life, an event from your past, a hobby, pastime or skill, in fact anything you like. It could even be to do with a news story, something which may spark some thoughts for the students. A comment on this blog would also be welcome. Before you start, however, make sure you first ask your child about our strict safety and commenting rules. Good luck and have fun!

Podcasts

This term the students have learnt about the Stolen Generation during their studies in History. In order to present our newly learned information we created podcasts. By creating podcasts we were able to show what we had learnt and also practice our formal speaking skills – we also had some fun too.

In order to make the podcasts a little more interesting we first created our own theme tunes on Garage Band, before recording ourselves speaking and putting the finished product together on Audacity. This was the first attempt for most of the students, but they managed to create a great finished product. Check out Lily’s and Chloe’s podcast below.

 

iPad Art

During our in-class Art activities we looked at the way light can be used to create great images. The students took their photos and converted them using Pixir, an app attached to their Google Drive accounts. They then downloaded them from their Drive folders to use on the iPads. Part of our learning was to develop an understanding of the use of layers in image manipulation applications. The students created layers and worked on them, rather than the photo itself. As I’m sure you’ll agree, the results were amazing.

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Geography Field Trip

Last week the students from LA19 enthusiastically embarked on our geography “field trip”. I suppose the title is a little misleading as, after all, it was simply a walk around our own suburb. Nevertheless, I can’t think of a better place to learn about geography than developing a greater understanding of the environment in which we actually live.

The curriculum asks us to study how human decisions and actions influence the way spaces within places are organised and managed. It also requires that students become more critical, analytical and evaluative in their thinking. Well, our field trip has addressed all these requirements and more.

Initially, we watched a video which told us, amongst other things, how trees can save electricity by keeping buildings cooler, acting as natural climate managers. They also provide habitats for wildlife and can increase the value of a suburb through adding attractiveness to the area. With these facts in mind we investigated several other suburbs in WA by “driving” along their streets in Google Maps and awarding ratings for different criteria. We then took this into our own suburb. Not only did we investigate how our suburb was planned, we developed our observational skills, linking hints such as the age of the trees to the age of the suburb. We also saw that a total lack of trees tells us that the land was cleared completely with no provisions made to retain old trees. On top of that we established that there has possibly been a change in the way planning a new suburb is carried out, with newer ones having their houses closer together than older ones. We asked the question, “Why is this the case?” Was the land cleared so completely because the houses, being so close together, would have no space for older trees? In fact, we had lots of new questions and are now attempting to see if we can answer these through our observations. The students are now collaborating in groups on Google Drive to create presentations on their work.

New Houses & Old Trees.

New Houses & Old Trees.

Savannah & Shantelle

Savannah & Shantelle

Mae and Jess

Mae and Jess

Joe and Tom

Joe and Tom

Blogging Task #3

Do you have a favourite factual or lifestyle programme? The task this time is to write a post about one such programme. Factual and lifestyle programmes both entertain and enlighten us and can be amongst the best programmes on television.

Over the years I’ve had lots of favourites, programmes that I try to catch each time they’re on. I loved the Cosmos series with Neil deGrasse Tyson which taught us how the Earth and the universe evolved. I never missed Wonders Of The Solar System and Wonders Of The Universe with Professor Brian Cox (from Manchester University, my home town) which took its audience on a beautiful journey of discovery, backed with solid science. Both of these presenters are particular heroes of mine. Currently, I enjoy George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces which shows how you can create life-changing buildings in small, unique and creative ways. I’m also following Walking Through History with Sir Tony Robinson and Big Dreams Small Spaces, a creative gardening programme with the amazing Monty Don. As well as being factual, many of these programmes are very entertaining which is why they’re an effective way of delivering educational information.

Your task is to write about a factual programme or documentary that you enjoy. Tell us what it is, what the programme is about, why you like it, perhaps even who in your family enjoys watching it. Is it more education or entertainment? Is the programme a particular interest of yours or a member of your family? Remember to introduce it properly (like we’ve been learning in class) and use paragraphs for the different parts of your post.

Cricket Carnival

Last week the year 5 and 6 students (some from LA19) took place in a cricket carnival against other schools from the area. Played in scorching sunshine, it was an incredible day with displays of cricket which truly blew me away. The boys and girls were each split into two teams, first and second, and competed throughout the day against some superb opposition. At stake was a trip to the WACA (West Australian Cricket Association) cricket ground to take part in a competition against the winners of other, similar carnivals taking place across Perth. Unfortunately, neither of the boys’ teams made it. They both only lost one game all day, though this was enough to see them fall just short of the prize and demonstrates the high quality of cricket being played on the day. The girls, however, fared better with one of their teams remaining unbeaten and securing a much sought after ticket to the WACA. Well done to all the students for an amazing day of fun, sportsmanship, great behaviour and fantastic cricket.

Jayden and Hayden

Jayden and Hayden

Keenan in Action

Keenan in Action

Blogging Task #2

Book reviews, Singapore, Chinese New Year, Formula 1, The Giants in Perth, these are just some of the incredible topics the students from LA19 have been writing about. It’s been an absolutely fascinating few weeks in the LA19 world of blogging, but now it’s time to get down to the more serious side of our blogging – the Blogging Tasks. Our second task is a bit of fun and gives a little direction to those bloggers beginning to run short of ideas.

Some song lyrics, for whatever reason, strike a chord in our minds and end up having an impact, or at least stay in our memory. This line from Big Country’s hit In A Big Country has always stayed in my mind:

“I’m not expecting to grow flowers in the desert,

But I can live and breathe and see the sun in wintertime.”

I’ve never been a particular fan of their music, but when I first heard these lines they just made such an impact they’re still in my mind. Maybe it was because they convey a message that I can totally relate to, almost like a personal, cool, almost laid back philosophy (it feels like I should have ended that sentence with, “man”). Other songs have stuck too, but these lyrics are more meaningful than most. The task for LA19 this time is to tell the world about a song or some lines from a song that, for whatever reason, have stayed with you. What are the words? What do they mean to you?

I look forward to your completed tasks.

Incredible Start

Well, this is usually the point in the year where I pick out a handful of students who’ve made an extra effort with their blogs and give them a shout-out on this blog. Unfortunately, I’m unable to do that this year. Before anyone gets the wrong idea, though, this is because it would just mean me listing almost the entire class in this post; it really has been an exceptional start to the year. Not only have the students been posting faster than I can comment (honestly, I can hardly keep up), but the number of students doing this has been outstanding. To cap this off we’ve had comments from new friends in Canada and visits from old friends who have moved on to high school. Check out the blogs on my class list and you’ll quickly see what I mean.