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. ( apparentlybthe quote isn't authentic.)

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?"

Saturday, 15 July 2017


Oh no, you're not going to Frankenstein. You're actually looking for Monsterburg!

Mind blowing

Lemonade stand maths task my wife did at her school.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Science Fiction pun intended.

If you like classic science fiction, one of the genre’s best magazines can now be found online for free. is now home to a collection of Galaxy Science Fiction, which published some of the genre’s best works, such as an early version of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451and Alfred Bester’s The Demolished Man.

The collection contains 355 separate issues, ranging from 1950 through 1976. Open Culture notes that it’s not quite the entire run of the magazine, but it’s got plenty of material to keep fans occupied for years. It includes stories from science fiction legends such as Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, Clifford Simak, and Theodore Sturgeon. There are also some underappreciated authors who deserve re-discovery, such as Kris Neville, Alan E. Nourse, or John Christopher. (Sadly, like most publications of this era, female SF authors were underrepresented.)

Galaxy Science Fiction was a digest magazine founded by editor Horace Leonard Gold, after the Second World War. During this time, the science fiction field was in flux. The scene’s biggest publication, Astounding Science Fiction, was starting to lose its edge, while American readers had more entertainment options, like radio, novels, or television.

Under Gold’s direction (and later, under the direction of author and editor Frederic Pohl), the magazine became a landmark in the science fiction genre, resulting in some of its best-known works. These included early versions of books like the aforementioned Fahrenheit 451 and The Demolished Man, but also Alfred Bester’s space opera The Stars My Destination and Isaac Asimov’s robot mystery novel The Caves of Steel. A sister publication, If Magazine, came later, which can also be found on

From: The Verge

I knew I'd seen the Trump family before

Some early examples of pop-up books some dating from the 1600s

I was thrilled to stumble upon a wonderful take on the early life of  Jane Goodall, ( recently here in Australia) and how she came to live the dream that bewitched her at a young age. In Me…Jane . Celebrated cartoonist, author, and animal rights advocate Patrick McDonnell tells the story of how the seed planted by a childhood dream blossomed, under the generous beams of deep dedication, into the reality of a purposeful life.

A new Wrinkle in Time movie out early next year. Maybe time to dust off that old unit and give it a revamp.

And finally today.....let's get rid of those guns!

Gridlock Game

This game was developed to provide fun practice of the coordinate grid. Students toss two dice, form a coordinate pair and place a marker on that intersection. Students alternate turns, each trying to be the first to get four markers in a row horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Students may use either of the two possible coordinate pairs to make their best moves.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Happy 200th death day

Happy 200th death day to Jane Austen. We did a unit on her last year. ( Pride and Prejudice)
I will start on my holiday reading today but alas won't make much of a dent in it. Back to work on Monday.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Works finished

The asbestos removal team have just finished. ( completed the porch roof) and did a sensational job! I can now take off the asbestos sticker and my explanation sticker ( I'll wait until the audit next week) 
The carpets have also dried well. 
I completed 3 units which will be ready to use next term. Time for a break now until next Monday. ( 6 full days and 3 half days these holidays) 


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Rectification work

All the asbestos is now gone! Even the safe!
New ( hooray... no tumblers!)
I've finished the Wind in the Willows unit and almost finished the Canterville Ghost unit. 
Photos of work samples I completed below
Story in a match box and pop up scene.
Lovely sunrise today and some lovely sunshine.
Carpet cleaning today too.