Tuesday, 25 July 2017


At Her Majesty's in Melbourne with the kids to see Aladdin!
Lollies at intermission
Ushers are very strict about photos!!!!


Monday, 24 July 2017


My grade 3 student just finished a unit on the wonderful 'Frog' stories by Max Velthuijs. We made some 'hungry frogs'.
It is his favourite spot!
Cows checking out the better looking grass on the other side of the fence!


My grade 3 student just finished a unit on the wonderful 'Frog' stories by Max Velthuijs. We made some 'hungry frogs'.
It is his favourite spot!
Cows checking out the better looking grass on the other side of the fence!

A Monster Calls unit

To coincide with the release of the movie of the book in Australia on Thursday I am posting my literature unit on TPT for A Monster Calls: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/A-Monster-Calls-3279113

Only $2.00

Winner of the worst cover art ever?

A boy sits amid the ruins of a London bookshop after an air raid Oct,8, 1940, reading a book. I hope he wasn't shot for looting!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Week 2

We had a busy morning today with Japanese to start, making Cats for the Owl and the Pussycat, finishing our Italian work on face words and completing comprehension tasks using a Tarzan DVD. The bushfire prevention people will start work this week. I'm a bit annoyed at their plans which have of course changed without any consultation but not much I can do!
Today I will also post my A Monster Calls unit before the movie release here in Australia.

More Gonski stupidity from Birmingham

From the AEU

The second Gonski Review runs the risk of being hamstrung by the decision of the Federal Government to prevent it from considering school funding.

The Review, which will again be chaired by business leader, David Gonski, has been established to look at strategies to improve educational outcomes. It will report in March next year.

Education Minister Simon Birmingham said the Review panel would not consider school funding levels because they had already been determined in the Turnbull Government’s controversial plan finalised last month.

Australian Education Union Federal President Correna Haythorpe said the Federal Government should reconsider the decision to stop the panel looking at funding.

“This panel cannot solve the problems facing our most vulnerable and disadvantaged students if it is explicitly prevented from considering school funding,” said Ms Haythorpe.

“The Turnbull Government repeatedly stated it would not set funding first and seek to negotiate outcomes later, yet this is exactly what it is doing.

“There is a direct link between the resources our schools receive and student outcomes – however this panel is only permitted to consider one side of this story.”

The Turnbull school funding plan involves tearing up agreements with five state and territory governments and cutting $3 billion in funding due to be delivered in the next two years.

Instead the Federal Government will provide a fixed proportion of funding to public and private schools.

By the end of 2023, public schools will be receiving 20% of their public funding entitlement (measured by a Schooling Resource Standard) and private schools 80%.

Ms Haythorpe said that plan would still see public schools in six states and territories still under-resourced in 2023.

“The Government have already arbitrarily decided to limit Federal funding to 20 per cent of the Schooling Resource Standard for public schools – meaning that whatever

recommendations this panel makes, many of our schools will still be severely under resourced even after six years,” she said.

“Under the Government’s plan, not only will schools in the areas of highest disadvantage, such as Northern Territory and Tasmania, receive the lowest increases in funding but they fall well short of what would be provided to some of the richest schools in the nation.”

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Dream car.... I even like the colour


Wouldn't this have been great!

This is great....This map shows homeland of characters in Homer’s Iliad. 
And....next time someone tells you we cannot afford Medicare or Gonski - think about this!
And this is amazing!
Kangaroo Island fossil find reveals Tassie tigers, megafauna and other ancient life living together.

Friday, 21 July 2017

King of the playground

One of our kookaburras loves the playground equipment. He is king of all he surveys!
I went up to work this morning to clean and prepare for next week. We have our excursion to Aladdin on Wednesday and our first proper swimming lesson onThursday!

Radio days

I had an interesting day today. Karolina popped in and helped me with our new report program. Reports now finished! I got a  call from ABC radio wanting an interview about what was printed in the Age yesterday. So I had a chat with John Faine about that and then gave a follow up interview to ABC News online! 
Meanwhile.... it was a crispy frosty morning!
We did some Italian work on faces and we made rainbow fish!
Frosty grass
Making faces in Italian.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017


We started 8 weeks of swimming today at the YMCA. A big thank you to Tamara for organising us. The kids did really well, I was surprised.
Grim, cold day today!
Hooray 115000 views
And an Age story ( refer previous post) featuring me!

The Owl and the Pussycat

We are making 'pea green boats' today.
Maths on the mat.
And this...

Monday, 17 July 2017


We had a casual afternoon this afternoon and had an hour or so of construction time with Lego and Duplo
We also has an asbestos inspection. We should get the 'official' all clear next week,
Asbestos inspector 
Daughter making sausage rolls tonight. I'll have a few of them!
New UK bank note featuring Jane Austen. ( apparently the quote isn't authentic. It comes from Bingley's sister and was meant to be ironic?)

NSW Catching up....maybe

First day back for term 3 and it was a cold, wet day. We even had a bit of sleet today.

Meanwhile NSW might catch up to Victoria when it comes to religious education or as they call it up there,'scripture'!

A plan to remove scripture classes from New South Wales public schools will be put forward at Labor’s annual state conference by the party’s left faction.

All public schools in NSW have to provide at least 30 minutes a week for optional religious education classes, but students who opt out are not allowed to undertake any educational activities during that time.

The proposal’s backers are looking to emulate a move by the Victorian Labor government, which in 2015 removed scripture from the school curriculum, meaning the classes could only occur before or after school, or at lunchtime.

Also I had a Twilight Zone experience today when the Scientology ' church' sent out a DVD to all state schools ( maybe privates as well) about the evils of psychiatry. I sent a copy of their letters to the Age but they didn't bother to ring me back. Below is their DVD
"So you say her name was Alice?"