Diary entries/ Reflections

August 2nd 2008

I joined www.clipart.com and found some great photos for the Music Blog for Caroline. I updated the first post with the Orchestra photo she wanted  but now it will be up to her. I’m excited for her as the Blog will showcase the excellent Music program she and Vicky Klepkas run at our school.

July 31st 2008

Today I helped our school’s full-time Music teacher, Caroline Le Sueur, to start a Blog for the Music department at our school. She is looking forward to completing it and I will certainly be adding it to our Blogroll. Stay tuned (so to speak).

July 22nd 2008

Today  one of our Grade 4 students who has been on an overseas holiday brought in some postcards from Claude Monet’s garden and some of Guiseppe Arcimboldo’s “Seasons series”.  She saw  an exhibition of his work advertised  on a tram in Vienna and told her Mum she would like to see it. I was thrilled that she showed the interest in what she has learnt in Art Lessons and that she bought the postcards and  has given them to  us to keep.Thanks so much.


July 17th 2008  Yesterday on my day off I visited Zart to buy Art Supplies and Reverse Art Truck which has amazing  junk items for Art activities. They are to be found at www.reverse-art-truck.zoomshare.com

Thursday July 10th- Visited Bendigo Art Gallery on Monday with good friend Vanda Mullen who teaches Art at Penleigh Essendon Grammar. Such a beautiful Gallery and delicious food in the Gallery Cafe which overlooks Rosalind Park. Could have spent more time in the amazing Gallery Shop. Followed up with a visit to Bendigo Pottery at Epsom www.bendigopottery.com.au  Well worth the visit.

Saturday 28th June – School finished for the Term 2 break after 12 long weeks. I am looking forward to a break and the oportunity to visit some  art galleries. Bendigio www.bendigoartgallery.com.au , Castlemaine www.castlemainegallery.com  and Heide www.heide.com.au  Galleries are on my list.

Thursday June 19th  I have been absent from school (small operation) and found it strange to back in the Art Room last night for the Zart BookWeek workshop run by  the very talented Jane Byrne. Great activities for amazing picture story books. Will put up some photos of the work ASAP. Zart is an amazing Art Supplier here in Melbourne found at www.zartart.com.au   They are in the suburb of Box Hill and have a great Childrens’ gallery.Worth a visit.

Tuesday May 27th.   Preps completed their lion  stick puppets and they look wonderful. Check them out at our Recent Student Work page.

Monday May 26th.  Wow. someone from Canada actually accessed the blog. I will be thrilled if I actually get a message from someone in another country.I have started looking at other blogs regularly now, mainly political ones which can be quite controversial.

May 23rd 2008: It’s been two weeks already and it’s great to see we are having visitors and some support from fellow teachers.Mitch ( past TLPS student with the “Your Worst Nightmare” mask) came along to our EXPO night and we showed him his mask on the Archive. He seemed really pleased.We had a problem with the Recent Student Work page not loading at school.I figured ( and I was right) that it was because of the title  I had given the book image. That word is blocked at our school.We have a lot to learn.

EXPO showcases our school during Education Week here in Victoria. It was great to see so many families visiting the school and we appreciated the positive comments made upon viewing our Art Displays . The May 20th  Open evening showcased the wonderful work done by our talented students.


May 9th 2008  :   Welcome to our brand new blog at Edublogs.

We are new to Blogging so please bear with us as we learn. ICT has come a long way recently and we believe that  Blogging presents  us with great opportunities to  share the wonderful work and creativity of our students with a wider community. We will  log in, edit and delete as we check out all the other options available to us. Here goes.

There’s stacks of great supporting material too! Take time to view some helpful introductory videos, read through  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) or stop by The Edublogs Forums to chat with other edubloggers.

You can also subscribe to the brilliant free publication, The Edublogger, which is jammed with helpful tips, ideas and more..

And finally, if you like Edublogs but want to be able to simply create, administer, control and manage hundreds of student and teacher blogs at your school or college, check out Edublogs Campus… it’s like Edublogs in a box, all for you.

We are glad we’ve signed up with Edublogs!

~Blog and Wiki Rules~

Blog and Wiki Rules

In working with this blog and each of our other webspaces all TLPS students need to ensure that they follow these important guidelines. They are designed to make sure that you enjoy these spaces.

  • Only ever use your first name or a nickname when you are writing on this or other blogs or wikis
  • Never use any other student’s last name
  • Never post any personal information–such as your home phone number or home address on this or any other blog or wiki
  • Never share any of you usernames or passwords with anyone and never log in as another student
  • Always tell your parents or teacher right away if you come across anything that makes you feel uncomfortable
  • Remember the “grandma rule” that anything you put on the internet could be read by your grandmother so only write things you could say to the nicest of grannies
  • Be a good online citizen and never write or post anything that could hurt anyone else
  • Always check with an adult if someone asks for your phone number or to meet you
  • Never make arrangements to meet anyone over the internet without telling your parents first
  • Make sure you publish only your own work. Don’t, under any circumstances, use other people’s work and call it your own (this is against copy write)
  • Make sure you proof read your writing before you post it to check the spelling and that it reads okay

To get some more advice have a look in at Cyberquoll and www.nettysworld.com.au great fun sites just for children like you.

This page was adapted from the BPS blog. With thanks to the students and teachers there.