Friday, July 26, 2013

Students Lead! Confirmation Information Night for Parents

Teachers and parents alike were incredibly proud of how our Confirmation candidates presented their learning at this year's Parent Information Night for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Conor wrote, "I personally felt that the Confirmation process, ceremony and aftermath was terrific all around. The preparation for Confirmation was well organised and planned out. We practised three times and everyone nailed their part beautifully!
Amber added, "I thought that learning about Confirmation and the saints taught me a lot. The learning was a great experience. I really enjoyed the silk painting of Confirmation symbols because the colours were so bright and the banners really stood out in the Church.
Mairead reflected, "It was amazing how well the prayers of the Faithful were prepared by the students themselves."


As we prepared to run our Confirmation parent night, we decided to simply display the research done about our chosen saints, accompanied by an icon that we had created to represent our saint. Using the inspiration of other icons of our saint, we created our own representations!

Confirmation from Marg Yore on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Book Week is approaching

Each year, we celebrate Book Week.  This year, Book Week is in August and the theme is "Reading across the universe".  The book week awards are rewards for the wonderful work of Australian authors and we enjoy looking at many of the short-listed books and waiting for the announcement of the winning books.  This year, we were excited to read that Miss Y from LRC Blog from another Melbourne school has a wonderful idea to help us think about and celebrate our favourite books.  

Miss Y has created the "Shelfie Challenge" 

We would love to join the challenge.  When we have some photos, we will publish them on the blog and link them to Miss Y's blog.   
Opportunities like this show how blogging can connect learners across the suburbs and how we can share our common love of books.  Thanks Miss Y. 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Social Bookmarking - Sharing and Evaluating Resources

In Term 3, we will be exploring elements of our past and the stories that create history. There are many resources available on the internet and it is important that we learn to use them critically (not trust everything we read).  We will be experimenting with two tools that help us organise and share on-line resources : EduClipper and Diigo.

Both these tools allow us to share a resource or site with our class mates, tag it (more on that later) and make comments on what we think about the information it provides. All students have accounts for both services.

History can be interpreted differently by different people.  When looking at any new resource, it is important to consider:

What do you know about the person who created this source?
Think about: • age • gender • occupation • position in society • religious background.
What was life like when this source was created?
Think about: • significant events • political environment • common prejudices • social norms.
What is the creator’s purpose? Why did they create this work?
Was it to: • influence people? • sell something? • tell their version of events?

Source : State Library of Victoria :