Inanimate Alice

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Now that you have seen all four episodes of Inanimate Alice it is time for you to start thinking about creating your own episode. You will be doing this in a group but before you are allocated a group I’d like you to start thinking of the things you need to consider before you start creating. Visit this pinboard and leave your ideas. Remember although it is transmedia it is still a narrative!

Dancing Matt

I know we’ve discussed us having doing some dancing this term and that got a mixed response. On the same topic, although from a different perspective, I want you all to have a look at this video. Some of you will have already seen a previous version of this video. This is the 2012 version. Once you’ve watched it i want you to answer the following questions:

  • Why do you think these videos make people smile?
  • Was there anything that surprised you  in this video?
  • Who is teaching who here?
  • Why do you think Matt does this?
  • Can you see a good use for these videos?

The show must go on! (And it did!)

Year 6/7 students at HPS have just performed their annual plays at Blackwood Memorial Hall. Preparing for these plays is always hard work at the best of times but this year has been particularly difficult for Room 13. Apart from the fact that they didn’t have their regular teachers for much of the term, many of them have also been quite sick over the last couple of weeks. So much so that on Tuesday we had 10 students off sick, and the on Friday, the day following the performance we had a grand total of 10 students at school!

Poor Hamish was so looking forward to the performance but, unfortunately, spent the evening in hospital after collapsing at the matinee. Thankfully, he is recovering well and is at home. Annie, who has been sick for weeks, bravely tok his place – which was a tad ironic as Hamish was her understudy! Jassy was recovering from a raging temperature, Jackson recharged his batteries with a nap and Liam soldiered on although he felt pretty dreadful.

In my opinion Room 13 students are absolute troopers! The performance of “If you go down to the woods today” on Thursday evening was outstanding and nobody in the audience would have known that many were feeling less than 100%.

Watch this space for some photos!

Aquatics Term 1

I know this is a little late, but you know what they say – better late than never! We took part in Aquatics on Wednesday and Thursday of Week 5, and wouldn’t you know it, those 2 days were probably the worst weather we had of the entire term! (With the exception perhaps of the day the wall fell down!) But regardless of the rainy, miserable weather, Room 13 were big troopers and give it their best efforts anyway. Well Done everyone, I’m still proud of the fantastic way you all battled on in the rain!

Sports Day Pics

Here are some pics of Sports Day for you to enjoy – thanks again to Liam’s parents Andrea and Ben for taking them for me, after my camera had frustrating technical difficulties!

Sports Day

Last Friday, 30 March, was our school’s Sports Day. It was a pretty special day for us as last year we had to cancel our Sports Day twice because of weather, and then we ran out of time so there was no Sports Day in 2011 🙁  – very disappointing for the Sports Leaders who had worked so hard.

Thankfully, all went very smoothly this  year. We had lots of parents and grandparents come to watch us, and some of the parents entertained us with a great obstacle relay!

Our 4 teams, Sturt, Barker, Flinders and Light all put in a brilliant effort and the final scores were very close – in fact there were only 9 points between the winning team, Barker, and the second team, Light!

Well done everyone – you made it a wonderful day!

Liam, and his parents, made a great video of our class’s participation too. Enjoy!

If you go down to the woods today….

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We’ve had an extremely busy couple of weeks – preparation for Sports Day (watch this space for some amazing photos!), preparation for Parent/Student/Teacher meetings, performance by Monty Prior, lots of learning, and auditions for our Term 2 play.

This year our play is called “If you go down to the woods”. Obviously we can’t tell you too much about it as it would spoil it for the grand performance next term, but suffice to say you will encounter a bear (surprise, surprise!), a bored princess, the usual king and queen, a very suave spy, a teacher, some students, a minstrel and several other interesting characters.

I think we’re going to have a lot of fun with rehearsals and, although I won’t be in the classroom for the first 7 weeks, I’m sure I’ll be able to find a few spare moments to come in and share the fun!

Parent/Student/Teacher Meetings

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Thank you to all the parents who came to share their child’s learning during the last two weeks. It was a pleasure to meet you and witness such great conversations between you and your child about their learning experiences. These meetings are a wonderful opportunity for the students to reflect on how they are going and to celebrate the successes as well as recognise and acknowledge their goals.

Well done, and thank you, to the students in Room 13 – I know that , for some of you, this exercise meant coming way out of your comfort zone 🙂