Gus Gordon’s CBCA-nominated picture book, Herman and Rosie, has been selected by Literacy & Numeracy Week’s Read for Australia event. View the Story Box Library presentation, read by Australian actor, Melissa Bergland.
These electrical saftey videos from Youtube will also be useful:
Dexter Duck: electrical safety video
Electrical safety tips
P.I. Plug’s home safety video Note that this plug-like caricature is in the US configuration (compare with Australian electrical plugs). Measurements are imperial and the emergency phone number demonstrated is American. In Australia, we dial 000, or 112 (for GSM mobile and satellite phones), which is answered by a Triple Zero (000) operator.
Over the weekend, was the 44th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Penrith Public School’s then-fledgling magazine was named after NASA’s Apollo program.
“The ‘Apollo’ magazine blast off is taking place. Like its big brother at Cape Kennedy this vehicle is one of adventure and discovery… This is our magazine’s beginning. Who knows to what heights our ‘Apollo’ may climb?” – A.K. Allan, Principal (1968).
“We cannot thank the Department enough (that poor old lady so often criticised for her many shortcomings) for its assistance in transforming a once useless area into a lovely place [a new assembly hall] where the WHOLE SCHOOL can experience together matters of such earth-shattering importance as the T.V. viewing of the initial landing of man on another world, and the visit of Miss Australia to our school…” – A.K. Allan, Principal (1969). Artwork by Mrs Casey.
Apollo 11 restored Moon footage
Apollo display at the Smithsonian Institute’s Air & Space Museum, 1984
The same display at the Smithsonian Institute’s Air & Space Museum, 2013
Lunar rover at the Smithsonian Institute’s Air & Space Museum, 2013. Identical vehicles were used in the Apollo 15, 16 and 17 missions.
In Term 3, our Stage 1 and Early Stage 1 students will be investigating the topic of Winter, and then moving on the Aboriginal Dreaming Stories.
I had promised to share a childhood favourite winter book from my own collection, Snow by Roy McKie & PD Eastman, which is a hard title to find, Down Under, in Dr Suess’s classic Cat in the Hat Beginner Books series. I bought this particular copy during my White Christmas 2012 trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, where, way back in 1984, my penpal had taught me how to make snowmen and snow angels, just like in the book I’d read in 1966!
Next week, we will be comparing this book to the more recent, There was a cold lady who swallowed some snow! by Lucille Colandro & Jared Lee. The school library’s resident artifical snowman is actually a stage prop from my 2006 Stage 1’s assembly item performance of this book. This was also when I learned, via Wikipedia, about the inate and significant differences between British and American snowmen. (Count the bodyparts!)
Snowman built by Mr McLean and his penpal, Ann Arbor MI, USA, January 1984 (Three body parts)
Snowman built by Mr McLean and his class, November 1996 (Two body parts)
The artificial snowman finally experience a real hailstorm, Penrith NSW, December 2010
Penrith PS in December: a white Christmas?
Please click HERE if the music track doesn’t play.
Miniature snowman in Ann Arbor MI, USA, December 2012 (Three body parts)
Even artificial snowmen must do their research! Penrith NSW, December 2010
Our first Aboriginal Dreaming Story, in Week 3, will be about the Rainbow Serpent. Past Kindergarten students, now in Year 3, made some great artwork last cycle and it is preserved in a FlickrSLIDESHOW. We also made good use of a Youtube animation, located HERE.
Well, one thing *I* did was to get Issue #2 of “iLeader” professional journal (of the School Library Association of NSW) approved and off to the printers. After getting a designer friend to help with creating a slick, new, modern template for the first 2013 issue of the journal, this time she was busy to help out so I had to do it All By Myself.