Last Friday some of us had a day out. This, though, wasn’t any ordinary day out, it was the local inter-school cricket tournament. We have an incredible record in cricket, especially considering one of our girls’ teams once beat everyone else in Western Australia and represented the state at the famous MCG in Melbourne. This tournament was the first step in our cricket journey this year and, true to form, the students did themselves proud. We excelled our expectations with two of the girls teams winning the A and B divisions and the boys winning their A division. It was a fabulous day and we have to thank our awesome Sports teacher, Mr Jones, for all his time and effort. Check out Maddox below as he fires in another demon ball.
It may sound like a big claim but blogging is one of the very best activities I’ve ever introduced into a classroom. From practicing online safety and copyright to developing creativity and improving reading and writing skills, blogging is an incredible tool for any teacher. It also allows students to develop ICT skills and explore wider social interaction, especially when we communicate with others around the world. The students in LA14 are up and running with their own blogs and some have taken to it like ducks to water. If you want to see, have a look at Emily’s blog (scroll down to hear her amazing podcast) and Tahlia’s, they’re both amazing!
Ask any teacher in a government school in Australia and I can guarantee that they’ll tell you there’s never enough access to technology in class (well, I would). Recently we’ve bitten the bullet, dipped our toe and jumped right in to a “bring your own device” (BYOD) programme where the students bring in their iPads or tablets to use in class. From my perspective, this has been very long overdue and has been a great asset to the students. They arrive in class eager to get working and I’ve been able to utilise much more technology than I used to. Some photos below show the students hard at work.
Who says maths can’t be fun? We learnt about rotational symmetry during our first few weeks and decided to put it to a real world use. We went on a mini excursion to the staff car park and used our iPads and tablets to take photos of the wheels we saw. We then used Google Drawings to create these rotational symmetry images. The two below are from Louise and Emily.
Sometimes you’ve simply got to pause and take a breath. Unfortunately, even though we’re only into our third week we’re moving so fast, doing such great things and starting some cool new projects that there’s not a pause anywhere in sight anytime soon. We blasted through place value, decimals and symmetry in maths; we’ve started podcasts, created character analyses and developed viewing skills in English; we’ve begun to integrate our technology by learning to make music, editing images and audio, developing our online safety skills and starting Google Drive and Classroom. This is just a part of what we’re doing! Is it too soon to start thinking of the end of term break?
During my time as a teacher I’ve been very lucky to have worked with some great classes and some wonderful students and this year is certainly no different. I’ve been bowled over by just how nice, well behaved and hard working my new group are; I have to keep pinching myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. If you’d like to know what they look like then check out the new header.
We’ve been very busy during the first two weeks making sure we get all the usual routines and processes sorted and in place. We’re using Google Classroom this year, along with Google Drive, Edublogs (of course) and so much more. We’ve been busy changing our old, simple, not-so-private passwords to secure, personal and private ones and getting used to our new technology. Of course, we’ve also been doing the usual English, maths, art, sport… All I hope now is that we maintain this incredible start, but the more I get to know these students the more I’m sure we will!
Here we all are again, the start of a new school year with a new class of students and new blogs to start. Our school calendar is different to that of some of our visitors from all over the world (particularly North America and Europe) whose school years begin and end mid year, but hopefully we can still make some international connections as we have done in the past. Over the next few weeks we’ll begin the process of learning about the essentials of blogging such as privacy, safety, posting and much, much more. Once we’re ready we’ll begin posting and, hopefully, make some new friends along the way. Just to be going on with, here are some photo’s I took from my summer holiday – see if you can guess where I went. Oh, just in case any of our old class pop by, I hope you have a great new year at your new high schools!
Not long now! We’ve passed the halfway mark of this, the final term of the year and are on the big countdown to the end. We’ve now only got 5 weeks to go (a little less, to be honest) and, while that sounds exciting, it’s also scary at the same time. The students have so much to think about, not merely their graduation ceremony, but also their friends, about leaving them and the safe, supportive surrounds that have been like a second home for years. The emotions are running high and often all of them at the same time; there’s sadness, a little uncertainty, bubbling excitement and a growing sense of adventure all simmering away in 11 and 12 year old melting pots. Not that it’s any easier for we teachers, with reports looming, excursions, ceremonies and assessments to organise and finish (not to mention those simmering melting pots to manage), but I’m sure it will all be okay in the end. It always seems to work out in the end – somehow!
As you can see, I’ve changed my header photo. My stunning little MG F isn’t only my car, it’s my hobby, my interest and a thing that I thoroughly enjoy. I suppose part of it may lie with the fact I used to be a car body repairer, dismantling smashed vehicles and fixing them up like brand new. I’ve still maintained a great interest in cars and I’m always looking to tinker with my MG and improve it (although it does drain my bank account a little). This new task is to take a photo of your pastime or hobby and post it as a new header with an explanation of what it means to you.
This is a first for me. For this post I’m giving up the reigns of this blog and I’ve invited a guest blogger to present some of her work. This blogger is no ordinary guest, but none other than our wonderful school leader, Megan! Take it away Megan.
Hi this is Megan!! In class we were told that everyone had to create our own stop motion animation. Stop motion animation is where you use small figures take a photo, move them and take a photo again, this is repeated until you are left with a short, interesting film! I did mine with my two friends; Lily and Carys; and created the cool and interesting film, Snail Love Story! This is why the amazing , Mr Hope, wanted me to be his first guest blogger to show you my animation. This animation is about a boy snail who is sad and a girl snail finds him, falls in love with him, and then mid kiss, gets squished by an big shoe! A broom sweeps her away while the boy snail hides. The boy snail is so sad that he walks off the screen; but that is just what you think until a big shoe squashes him too! He pops back up from his squashed self as a beautiful angel. Along comes his former girlfriend snail and they both float up to heaven. Then it’s just the credits. I bring you, Snail Love Story!