I do not like this word. In fact, it is in my top 3 least favourite words!

Why do people use it? Where did the word “UM” come from?

What do you think?



Another Year And More Learning To Be Done…


2013 is well and truly upon us and I am back into the swing of school. I am excited about the year ahead and look forward to watching students grow, learn, discover, understand, question, inquire, serve, share, flourish, seek, challenge, laugh and have fun.

Why not join me on this journey and we shall see where it takes us…


The photo is to encourage you to start looking up!

Have you ever wondered?

Have you ever wondered whether a shell grows? If shells do grow, how do they grow? Where do they come from?

I found some shells the other day and it made me wonder these things? Do you have the answer?


When I was at school, I really didn’t like doing fractions. I found them scary and difficult. As a teacher, I really want to help students understand fractions and to not be afraid to ‘have a go’ when fractions are being learned.

Here is a good website that targets equivalent fractions. Click on the title to have a go.


Year 4 Excursion on the Southern Swan



Last Term Year 3 and 4 went to Sydney to sail on the Southern Swan. God blessed us with a superb day. We learned about navigating and sailing the high seas. It was an excellent opportunity to experience first hand what it was like to sail and explore. Here are a selection of photos I took on the day.

Roman Numerals

Last term on our excursion, we visited the National Maritime Museum as well as sailed upon the Southern Swan. At the museum and onboard the tall ship we kept seeing evidence of Roman numerals. It was interesting to see where these numerals were carved and why they were there? Do you know why they were used? Do you know the value of each roman numeral in the photo?


I love watching movies but I have never given much thought about how they are made. In class over the next few weeks we are going to learn more about how films and animations are made and how sound effects are added. We are even going to try to make our own short films. I can’t wait to see some of the creations!



I love poetry! I love reading it, writing it and listening to it.

Here are two acrostic poems written by a student in my class.

V iolence is never the answer.

I really hate it.

O ne of the reasons why is because you can get injured.

L earn to tolerate others.

E ven when they are annoying.

N ever abuse others.

T reat people nicely,and they won’t be violent.


H andkerchiefs are also called “hanky’s”.

A lways handy on the go.

N ot just on the go, anywhere.

D urable.

K eep it in your pocket.

E veryone should carry one.

R unny noses no more.

C arefully sewn just for you.

H anky’s are washable.

I n your washing machine.

E verywhere you go,you can blow your nose.

F ancy in your pocket.

Our Walk to Water

Last week year 4 walked to our school dam. The reason for doing this was because we have been learning about wants, needs and responsibilities.

Generally speaking, in Australia, we enjoy freedom, access to clean water, food and shelter. In other countries around the world, people are not as fortunate. We have been learning about how some children in different parts of the world do not go to school for a number of reasons and have to work to survive. Some children even have to walk many kilometres each day just to collect water to drink for the whole family. Once they have collected the water in their containers or gourds, they then have to walk the long distance back with their heavy loads.

We decided we could walk to water with our containers and fill them up. Then walk back to our classrooms. Once we arrived at the dam, the students passed their containers across the fence to me and I filled them up before passing them back. We only had to walk just under a kilometre in total but it gave the students a real life taste of what it is like for some people. Fortunately, we did not have to drink the dam water either. After our walk we drank from our clean drink bottles and bubblers.


They went with songs to the battle; they were young, straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted. They fell with their faces to the foe. They shall not grow old as we who are left grow old. Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.