Welcome to the first blog post in our Learning from Home series. We’re hoping to post new content a couple of times a week for you, although the changing nature of the world we now find ourselves in may affect that. I hope that you find the resources below helpful while your students or children … Continue reading Learning from Home – 1 April 2020
Wink is the new novel, out in April 2020, that Karen Foxlee called 'Completely uplifting, deeply moving and brilliantly funny in just the right amounts'. Suitable for students over 10 years, this novel explores themes of family, friendship and dealing with the usual problems of being in Year 7, all while negotiating a serious illness. … Continue reading Wink Classroom Resources
This month, the books I’m looking at cover those just beginning their reading journey through to those going into their last year of school. Happy reading!
It is difficult to know what to say here. It feels as if life remains suspended while we hold our collective breaths to find out how this bushfire season ends. Still, it’s true that for most of us – at least for those of us not directly impacted – life goes on, and in a … Continue reading And now for Term 1
It’s the end of yet another year; of four terms worth of assessment, reports, staff meetings and working out who is best sat next to whom. At this time of year, it can be easy to give in to exhaustion and forget about everything we’ve accomplished over the year, but, at the risk of sounding … Continue reading We made it!
This month sees both Children’s Week and International Day of the Girl Child. With these in mind, I thought I’d look at books told from the point of view of children, particularly girls. Many of you will be familiar with The Girl, the Dog and the Writer series by Katrina Nannestad, and this month the … Continue reading Through the Eyes of a Child
As a secondary English teacher, I've long been exposed to the war around the usefulness of creative writing in the classroom, particularly as students head into their last years of school. However, there is a great deal of research to suggest that giving children the time, space and tools to engage in meaningful creative writing … Continue reading Time to Get Creative
Whenever you start a new job there’s always a wealth of material to get on top of. Even when you’re experienced in an industry, there’s always new processes to learn & people to meet. But transitioning from one industry to another is whole other level of learning curve; a parabola if you will, where I … Continue reading Hello! from the new Education Manager
To enter: Write, illustrate or film a review for any of the four (4) books on offer - Funny Kid Prank Wars by Matt Stanton, His Name Was Walter by Emily Rodda, Sweet Adversity by Sheryl Gwyther and Withering-by-Sea by Judith Rossell submission Guidelines Each school may submit up to 5 written reviews. Reviews … Continue reading Reading Project – Written submissions
To enter: Write, illustrate or film a review for any of the four (4) books on offer - Funny Kid Prank Wars by Matt Stanton, His Name Was Walter by Emily Rodda, Sweet Adversity by Sheryl Gwyther and Withering-by-Sea by Judith Rossell submission Guidelines Each school may submit up to 2 visual (e.g. drawn, photographed) … Continue reading Reading Project – Visual submissions