Our recent book week was an absolute belter! The students had the opportunity to dress up as a character from a book and they really made the most of it. It’s almost impossible to describe the number and variety of characters that were on show; just think of a book and there was probably a character in the school that day. Below are a few from our class. Can you recognise them?
I know many people think the term “gaming” is fairly new, but gaming (or simply playing games) has been part of life for thousands of years. When I take a nostalgic stroll through the many decades of my own life (not as many as some may think), some of the best parts include those fabulous family evenings playing board games. There were classics like Escape From Colditz, Mousetrap and Monopoly; Kerplunk was awesome when I was very young, then Cluedo as I got older; a little more obscure was Capital Adventure where general knowledge questions and money would take me around the world.
Whilst I was having fun, I had no idea (and certainly didn’t care) that I was absorbing the educational benefits that go with gaming. There are the obvious social benefits that come from interacting with other: building friendships, using manners, taking turns and developing oral language skills. I learnt to understand rules, agree to them and follow them closely. I projected my thoughts forward in the game to predict outcomes, plan my own strategy and solve ongoing problems. On a basic level, if I played with two dice then I instinctively absorbed all the permutations of pairs of numbers up to 6. I carry with me these number recognition skills which became invaluable when calculating patterns which total 10, the very basis of our number system. Games like Boggle also assisted in helping develop my word recognition and spelling, as did Scrabble. All this while thinking I was just having fun!
Because of this we have decided to invest in some games for the senior block and will be integrating them into group sessions. If you are able to play games at home, then go for it, jump in and make a few memories of your own (and perhaps learn a thing or two at the same time).
I’m a big supporter of charities, it enables me to feel I’m actually doing something about all the inequalities we see in the world (perhaps even easing my guilt at being so fortunate). Many of these inequalities could easily be resolved with the right will and international leadership, but unfortunately politics and national interests often get in the way. This often means it’s left to the people, the individuals and organisations within a country to take the lead on such important, life changing issues. We, as teachers, should be shouting about these issues at the tops of our voices, giving our students a positive example to follow and encouraging them to become the enablers of positive change. However, some of our amazing youth often beat us to it. One of my former students, Demi, has just completed a 40 hour famine to raise funds for children suffering in poverty. She starved herself for 40 hours in order to make a positive difference to the lives of people less fortunate than herself and to better understand exactly what it is to be truly hungry. Follow the link above to read of her efforts, and while you’re there have a read through her awesome blog.
Last week we had the annual lapathon. This is where the students attempt to run 20 laps on the school oval and find people to sponsor them. The money raised all goes to charity and this year it will go towards helping rebuild schools in Nepal that had been devastated during the terrible earthquake. Luckily, the weather just about held off and the students rose to their challenge, completing their laps as best they could. Tom finished first for our class, although others were close behind and some even managed to run extra laps. I was exhausted just watching them! Check out the images below.
It can be very difficult for some students to keep up with their blogging on top of all the other work they have to complete in class. However, I definitely have some superstar bloggers in this class and they deserve a little “shout-out”. If you are passing through and reading my blog make sure you give these students a visit: Tarnika, Elizabeth, Shantelle, Lisette, Lily, Jayden.
On another note, our school participated in a cross country event against other local school and enjoyed incredible success. One of the biggest success stories was our very own Elizabeth, who came third overall in the girls’ contest. Well done to all the students and to the awesome Mr Jones, our superstar Phys. Ed. specialist.
As part of our English activities we’ve just begun using Meccano in the classroom. Meccano is such a fabulous tool with a huge educational value. Besides helping the students develop their problem solving skills and their construction skills, it is also great for their literacy development. The students are having to cooperate in pairs as they attempt to read, decipher and follow the fairly complex instructions. As well as requiring good reading skills, the students have to use clear, polite and constructive conversation skills to overcome any difficulties they encounter. When finished they should have a great model with battery operated, working parts.
The blog’s been a little quiet recently, but that’s not surprising seeing as we’re on our end of term holidays. Just to keep you updated, I’ve been having a great time in Cairns. I haven’t been before and I didn’t really have any expectations, but I have to admit that it’s one of the best places I’ve ever visited. The scenery is breathtaking and I reckon it won’t be too long before I come back. Check out the photos below (I hope this all works – I’m doing it from my iPhone).
This task is all about the year so far. We’ve accomplished so much this year, but what parts of it have stuck in your minds most? Write a post about how you think this year has gone. You may like to consider how you are progressing, maybe how you’ve found the work, perhaps which activity has been your favourite. What are your hopes for the rest of the year? With only 20 weeks of primary school life left how would you like those weeks to go?
We’ll soon be having our “Crazy Hair Day” to raise funds for the year 6 leavers events. To ensure maximum participation the students created posters to advertise the event around the school. They used Brushes on the iPads and Pixir Editor in Google Drive to create their designs. I’m sure you’ll agree they’re pretty weird.
The students recently took part in a “lightning carnival”, a sports day between local schools. During the carnival the schools competed in soccer, netball, modcrosse and Australian rules football (AFL). We had an amazing day and our school was victorious in the football and netball. I was lucky enough to be the girls’ soccer coach and, although we didn’t win the shield, we had an awesome day. The girls had six matches and won five, only losing one game by 1 – 0. Unfortunately, this meant we were just pipped to the top. The day was incredible with the girls doing everyone proud; their competitiveness, attitude and sportsmanship was amongst the best I’ve seen. Check out the action shots below.