Songs can hold our memories!

Certain songs or voices can bring many memories flooding back to us. It’s 1970 and the happy and even melancholic memories flood back to me when I hear Simon and Garfunkel sing their classics. Its been over 45 years since they split over “professional differences about a film” so their… Read more“Songs can hold our memories!”

Politics aside we need some truths to accept the challenges we face as a nation. That’s the election message we are sending!

Well its election time here in Australia and we may have a tie. I don’t normally stray into politics but the situation calls for some commentary. For my overseas readers we have 3 levels of government (Federal, States and local councils). Federal elections, which cover all of Australia are important… Read more“Politics aside we need some truths to accept the challenges we face as a nation. That’s the election message we are sending!”

Anzac Day Service at School: Lest we forget.

Recently our year 3 and 4 students led the school in the annual Anzac Day commemoration service. The service which dates back 100 years is to acknowledge those men and women who served in our armed services in conflicts and peace keeping missions. The students investigate what the commemorative service… Read more“Anzac Day Service at School: Lest we forget.”

Eldership: Is this self conceit by a few or are we in education constantly losing this to retirement?

This post is a little introspective so I apologize in advance if the topic is not of interest. Last week was a little strange for me and it started with my regular Monday night viewing of the ABC’s show Q&A. While the topic of the show on ‘primates’ was not… Read more“Eldership: Is this self conceit by a few or are we in education constantly losing this to retirement?”

The case for risky play in schools is building. Does short term pain (injuries or complaints) alleviate long term mental health issues – you be the judge!

I’ve come to this topic of “play” from several different experiences: I remember David Rease from Harvard on his first visit to our school standing in our school grounds during recess utterly amazed at children playing with minimal supervision (we had 3 teachers on duty in vests supervising 600 children… Read more“The case for risky play in schools is building. Does short term pain (injuries or complaints) alleviate long term mental health issues – you be the judge!”

Stop bashing public education for the tsunami effect will be big and long lasting.

I’m indebted to Greg Whitby for provoking me to write this post when he wrote on a quality education for all. Greg, I think was stirred by Prof Dinham when he recently wrote in the Age newspaper about what he perceived as a relentless attack on schooling (and particularly public schooling)… Read more“Stop bashing public education for the tsunami effect will be big and long lasting.”

A shock – bullying too close to home!

Last night I was shown a clip of Australia’s number 1 cyber bully, Tristan Barker. This story featured heavily in the New Zealand press where he is currently living with his father. I suppose what brought this to home was that I coached this young person in a Saturday afternoon… Read more“A shock – bullying too close to home!”

What’s a school’s role in dealing with a “boozy” culture?

Recent articles in the press (The Age), in Britain and in New York all point to community problems around the control and effects of drinking – particularly binge drinking. Over the past 12 months we as a school council have attempted to look at our practices as a school in… Read more“What’s a school’s role in dealing with a “boozy” culture?”

Community Project – a school orchard

Last month my school community led by a dedicated group of parents came together to construct a school orchard. This project has been in the planning phase for over 12 months as the committee rasied funds, involved some university students in the conceptual planing phase, gathered some parents who were passionate about… Read more“Community Project – a school orchard”

Building Classroom Learning Communities

  One of last week’s walk-through foci was on classroom learning communities. These are some of the images I captured on the walk-through. At the start of each school year we as a staff and teachers in all classrooms expect to build learning communities. We devote time each February for this and the… Read more“Building Classroom Learning Communities”

Implications of the “still face” experiment

Thanks to John Connell for this clip which I think has wider implications for all those working with our youth – not just parents with babies. I think this experiment along with a few others like the little Albert Experiment were banned some time ago. In the process of getting to… Read more“Implications of the “still face” experiment”

Floods in Queensland and Victoria

For the past few weeks we have been witnessing the most devastating floods in Australian history. The areas most affected are in Queensland and more recently in Victoria. The newspapers have been running special reports each day for the past 3 weeks and the TV news and current affairs programs have been recording various… Read more“Floods in Queensland and Victoria”