Cells up close

Our Stage 2 students are researching the human body in science and technology. We have made great use of the books, “The magic school bus inside the human body” by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degan, “Exploring your skeleton: funny bones and not-so-funny bones” by Pamela R Bishop and Liz Callen, and “I know how my cells make me grow” by Kate Rowan and Katharine McEwen (from the “Sam’s science” series).

But nothing beats seeing some human cells up close and in action. Thank you to Youtube and the library’s IWB. (Remember those days of 30 students trying to peer down the barrel of a single microscope?)

Red blood cells under microscope

White blood cell chases bacteria

Red blood cells

Cell division (simulation)

Mitosis in real time

All Black Day

From Barbara Braxton and Jill McGeorge:

It is now one week since the devastating New Zealand earthquake that has shattered Christchurch and its people, and there would be few schools in Australia that do not have a student or a staff member with a Kiwi connection. Psychologists say that the trauma can be intensified by a feeling of wanting to help but being unable to do so, so to help overcome this a group of Kiwi teacher librarians teaching in Australia are proposing:


We are suggesting that on March 22, 2011 students be allowed to wear all black instead of their regular school uniform and pay a gold coin for the privilege. If school regulations demand students remain in uniform, then an alternative could be to create a coin trail over the words ANZAC, Aotearoa, Christchurch, or Otautahi (Maori for Christchurch). Any other form of fundraising would also be welcome. If you have ideas, please share them with us to share with everybody. The money raised will then by donated to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal through whatever financial procedures schools have to follow to do this.

Amounts raised would then be reported to a state co-ordinator who will tally them so we can determine the total contribution of Australian schools and share this with participants. We are planning to establish a Facebook page so state and national totals are available and even photos of students participating can be posted.

We need you to:

* publicise this event as widely as possible, sending it to any network you belong to

* consider volunteering to be your state co-ordinator which will just involve receiving emails from schools with their tallies and sending the total to a central co-ordinator. We already have co-ordinators for NSW and Queensland, but no doubt they would appreciate help.

* spread the word about your school’s activities with any media connections you have.

If you have any questions, or are willing to act as a state co-ordinator, please contact one of us:

Barbara Braxton
Teacher Librarian (retired)
Cooma, NSW

Jill McGeorge
Teacher Librarian
Willoughby Public School, NSW

Lara O’Donoghue
Teacher Librarian
Lake Macquarie High School, NSW

Margaret Forbes
Teacher Librarian
Moreton Bay Boys’ College, QLD

Judith Way
Teacher Librarian
Kew High School, VIC

Jill Oates
Teacher Librarian
Ursula Frayne Catholic College, WA

Official website: ALL BLACK DAY.

Tulip hands by SCHP
Will you lend Christchurch a hand and help it to bloom again?

The above frieze was created by students in Class SCHM at our school. Mrs Mead helped the students to paint their hands, then they photographed them in the shape of colourful tulips.