The search for homeostasis

Where have I been?


Two weeks into Term 1 of 2019’s school term year, I officially “separated from the NSW Department of Education”. Despite keeping tabs on the doings of my teacher-librarian colleagues, I haven’t felt a burning desire to do any casual teaching or library work. Instead, have renewed my writing efforts on some fiction manuscripts and started making preparations for a future career(?) as a massage therapist. Recent changes in courses and career paths (to formalise which courses’ graduates can access health fund rebates for their clients) saw me gravitate towards a Diploma of Remedial Massage rather than a Certificate 4 course. Endeavour College in the Sydney CBD offered my best option and I have just completed my first ten weeks of study. Some days, it hardly feels like studying: ie. give a massage, receive a massage, break for lunch, repeat. Now that‘s the way to study.

Diploma of Remedial Massage

First homework involved removing a ring that has been stuck on my finger for about ten years…


All of which led to a firm resolve to lose some weight. This was a momentous landmark.


A few weeks into the course, the other students and I spent a day volunteering at the City2Surf marathon, massaging doctors and nurses who have their annual post-race gathering on the roof of Bondi Surf Club. (Talk about being “thrown into the deep end”.)


We are expected to do at least two practice massages per week to consolidate our skills. When human volunteer crash test dummies aren’t available for practice sessions, there are always other stand-ins…

Massage for bears

Finding my way around the college LMS (learning management system) has made the last ten weeks relatively easy. Certainly a different way of submitting assignments since my last full-time course in 1990. Now I can take a three-week breather before the next term commences…

Academic Integrity

Meanwhile, I am back to writing Draft #2 of a Young Adult novel manuscript. No rest for the wicked, even a retired teacher-librarian.

Merry Christmas!

Have you been wondering why no updates?

Currently I am on Long Service Leave, preparing for retirement. I guess there will be irregular blog updates as they occur to me. Meanwhile, Merry Christmas!

John Lewis Christmas advert 2018 featuring Elton John | The boy and the piano

The making of The boy and the piano | John Lewis & Partners Christmas ad 2018

Researching Scottish soldiers

Stage 2 students need to build their field knowledge about Scottish soldiers for a writing activity based on the ending of the picture book, “Billy the Punk” by Jessica Carroll & Craig Smith.

Anzac Day 2013, walking with the bagpipes in Sydney

Massed pipe bands in Sydney on Anzac Day 2012

Funny introduction to Scottish uniform in Halifax Citadel

Humpty Dumpty and eggs

Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 students are investigating the nursery rhyme of Humpty Dumpty.

Humpty Dumpty Traditional English nursery rhyme egg song

Humpty Dumpty – 3D animation English nursery rhyme songs for children with lyrics

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty rhyme – Meaning behind the nursery rhyme

More origin possibilities at:
Humpty Dumpty and the Fall of Colchester

Alice through the looking glass [movie] | Humpty Dumpty | Disney NL

Humpty was pushed?

Grass into hay: Little Boy Blue

Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 students are investigating the nursery rhyme, “Little Boy Blue”.

Little Boy Blue – nursery rhyme with karaoke

Here are the factual Youtube clips we will be using to expand their field knowledge:

Haystack building using pitchforks

How to make grass into hay bales

Round baling hay

Blowing horns

Blowing 2 shofars

Communication devices: plus, minus, interesting

This lesson is to build field knowledge for a Guided Inquiry unit. Brief Youtube clips, supporting the Stage 3 science unit of “Made environments – Information”, will be discussed and consolidated after considering the students’ responses on a “Plus, minus, interesting” matrix, to encourage/develop note-taking skills.

Morse Code

Morse Code Alphabet – By G4JNN

W48 rotary phone overview and ring

Voice quality – iPhone 5 vs antique rotary phone

The making of information age: Enfield Telephone Exchange