Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Preparing for term 3

I put up my pin board display for The Wind in the Willows which we should start a few weeks into next term. I'll create the library display during the holidays.
I also completed a sample popularity pop up graph for Five Children and It. 
Amy got into trouble because of some limes in Little Women so we thought we'd try some limes. We found them sour but with s different taste than lemons. Some liked it.
Lovely morning this morning but now overcast. It will be interesting today to see how Gonski goes. They didn't vote on it last night but the numbskull cross benches have agreed to it. Thankfully they were able to get another $5 billion inserted earlier ( not $22 billion though) and some sort of lame body to monitor state government spending on state education. ( which would only effect Liberal state governments anyway. They are they only ones who slush state education!) 
I'm sure Turnbull will huff and puff about Hanson today too AFTER SHE VOTES FOR GONSKI.
Great to hear some impassioned responses on radio and Twitter today!
My grade 3 student with some peer tutoring completed her first PieerPoint today on Komodo dragons.
An excellent response to Hanson 
Hanson probably got it from these two idiots!
More lime sucking!!!
Gonski vote has sadly passed but Bill Shorten states today in Parliament the ALP will overturn cuts to penalty rates and cuts to education once it is in government. Good! Teachers and the AEU will keep you to that!

Hanson is bat-shit nuts!

Pauline Hanson came out today in Parliament and said disabled children, particularly autistic children should not be taught in mainstream school because teachers have to spend too much time with them! 
I don't think she realisse that there are autistic children that function at a much higher level than she does! ( watch her's painful!)
I should quote Phillip Adams here: "Pauline Hanson is a fart from the deep colon of the Australian psyche."
Tony Martin : What about moving all the really stupid senators to a different building.
Michael Carlton: What would she fucking know ? My son's had four caring, diligent, inspiring teachers at his state primary school. So grateful for them.
Autism Awareness Australia condemns the appalling, archaic & cruel words of Hanson today.
Bill Shorten: Heartbreaking and upsetting for parents of children with autism to hear Pauline Hanson say their kids don't deserve the same opportunity.
J. Fearnly: Pauline Hanson "we need to get rid of kids with autism from mainstream classrooms". No, we need to get rid of you from mainstream politics.
They couldn't even manage a mild rebuke: Tweeted by Senator Wong: Refusal by @Birmo to repudiate Hanson & stand up for students living w disability shameful & pathetic. Australians deserve better .
Once again Woolworths have sent this promotional shit to my school and once again I've dumped it off at one of their stores in Ballarat!

Gonski lite gets through

Compliant Liberal Party Stooges on the cross bench and the Greens . ( The Human Headline Hinch seems proud to support a plan that will deny Victorian public schools $630 million in the next 2 years will Apparently pass Gonski lite tonight. The true ramifications of this will be seen in the months and years to come. The main stream media will move on from Education now until the next scandal and schools and state education systems will just have to pick up the pieces and deal with it. We won't be worse off here but we Gould have been a lot better off! I wonder what slimy deals were done with the Catholics behind closed doors? Liberals can't claim cuts to Labor's schools plan in 2014 budget as a saving if they don't think the dollars  existed in the first place. Apparently they can?


I completed my mid-cycle review today with my SEIL and some other principals. I think it went well.
Ballarat Winter Festival starts on July 1st.
I'm starting to read Five Children and It and the Railway Children today. My What Katie Did and Little Women unit will be posted on TPT on the weekend 
At the same time this idiot government wants to impose a university standard English test on migrants wanting to become citizens!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

TV Advert

We made our TV advert today. Can't wait to see how it turns out.
Thanks Travis
While the discredited and inept Turnbull government plods along with their Gonski 2.0 negotiations with the Greens ( Here's a shock....they are talking about concessions to the Catholics.....who could possibly have guessed that happening. Below are the Greens negotiators and reminder about Liberal/National liars.
Tania Plybesek: '90% of schools in Australia think Malcolm Turnbull’s funding policy stinks – it’s time for the Liberals to go back to the drawing board.'
HOORAY 111000 views!

Monday, 19 June 2017

Orwell's 1984 manuscript


This morning's kookaburra photo.
Sunrise this morning and owl in a tree craft activity for our nursery rhymes theme.
Separated at birth.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Paper Bag Princess on TPT

My Paper Bag Princess unit is now on TPT for a mere $2.00
Go to :

and here is the Leviathan unit by Scott Westerfield.
I originally put this up on TPT last year but someone complained that Id plagiarised someone else's work. They found the unit on Scott Westerfield's official website! Shock horror! So I got a lecture from TPT and the unit was airbrushed out of history......The problem was, nobody bothered to notice that the unit on Scott's site... WAS MINE! da da!
Anyway, I forgot Scott had put in on his site, (There's an endorsement for you!) This is an updated unit from that one and has my original illustrations instead of the book's illustrations....anyway. I stumbled on it today and decided to put it back on....FOR FREE! So download and enjoy. (I used the unit last year and the kids liked it.


Popped up to work this morning to clean and add mid cycle review comments to my Principal Performance Plan. Very mistyvtodsy.
Yesterday afternoon I dropped off the last 70 newsletters around the Brown Hill area. We make the TV advert on Tuesday. I'll have to study my lines on the weekend.
Nice and sunny when I left. Had to stop for swans on the way home.

Taking a while but truth will tell!

New data on Gonski 2.0 short changing kids is revealed. This is about getting the funding RIGHT! 
The extract below is from The Guardian

The Turnbull government school plan cuts $1.2bn over 10 years from schools compared with regular increases in current legislation, according to a parliamentary budget office costing prepared for Senator David Leyonhjelm.

The costing has reportedly prompted Leyonhjelm, a small-government libertarian, to reconsider his opposition to the Gonski 2.0 school funding plan but could spell trouble for the government among crossbench parties who have argued for more funding for needy schools.

According to the government, Gonski 2.0 increases funding by $18bn over 10 years) compared with current levels, while Labor focuses on the fact it is a $22bn cut relative to funding promised in needs-based funding agreements with the states.


And yes Mathew Knott ( Fairfax) teachers are still fighting for Gonski ( teachers, not the union) and will continue to fight for it until it is delivered in full!

Thursday, 15 June 2017